Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
I believe Francis Bacon's three principles are the foundation of good writing. By "conference," he means conversation and that is what the vast majority of people do the most; it's unique to humans. But where we truly find discovery and advancement is by expanding beyond our ability to converse and developing the other two capabilities we possess: reading and writing. Amassing knowledge and having the ability to articulate it in a permanent form – for millions across history – is a wondrous gift that we humans can give to others with whom we share the planet.
Author Archives: david
A short story by David Hughes I’ve seen him before. Not often, but before. Diminutive. He’s maybe a hundred-and-twenty pounds and just a head higher than the counter. And today he seemed even smaller, standing in line between two strapping, … Continue reading
(photo: sidereal) I couldn’t be happier. Or maybe I should say … more content. I’m dead, but I’m content. At peace. Because there’s a harmony that holds me like a lover’s embrace, like a spring meadow holds the promise of … Continue reading
From Mark Twain’s scathing essay on the Literary Offenses of James Fenimore Cooper A tale shall accomplish something and arrive somewhere. The episodes of a tale shall be necessary parts of the tale, and shall help develop it. The personages … Continue reading
All writers read but if you read only one more book, read this one! Steven Pressfield’s book the War of Art is a MUST read for anyone serious about living the life of a true – and successful – writer. He … Continue reading