One of the biggest compliments anyone has ever paid me was to say my writing reminded them of CS Lewis. I’ve written before about he’s influenced me more than any other single writer, and I’d like to explore why through one of his most insightful essays: The Inner Ring
I speak 3 different kinds of English. That’s in addition to Yoruba, which is the language of my ancestors. Let’s talk about it.
The more important the idea, the more we should prioritise power over precision: aim to be as minimally precise as necessary to convey your point, but as maximally powerful as possible. There are two reasons why.
Every now and then I run into one of those misguided people who think fiction is not serious reading. But even those of us who like fiction can take it for granted.
When you get stuck, more knowledge isn’t helpful—it’s more frustrating, even. What you need is figuring how to come unstuck. Here’s how.
The short—and obvious—answer: write a ton. The long answer—how I wrote the ton—is this essay.
If you’re struggling to say no to something maybe you should try saying yes instead. Not to the same thing, of course! But instead of focusing on what you don’t want, why not focus on what you actually want? Because, let’s face it: every no in one direction is a yes in another direction. Put …
We’re only as whole as our relationships—to be healthy, physically and mentally, is not something we find inside, but around us: in the richness of our connections to the people and things that surround us.
“I don’t know if I can.” I hear those words all the time, in my work and from friends. They often come as the person is feeling challenged to take a step in a new direction, to make a hard decision. And by “hard” I mean a decision that feels necessary to take and impossible …
All frustrating criticism to one main issue: dishonesty. And the fundamental dishonesty at the core of poor criticism is self-centredness.