Remember, remember, the fifth of November… A very short post to mark five years since my entry into the world of blogging, and to thank you, gentle reader, for taking the time to read my words.
Welcome to MJCarty.com! This here website is the new home for my blogulent musings. I’ll be publishing all my new blog posts here henceforth. It also works as the new home for all my previous blog posts.
Why do you write? How do you write? This post looks at the why and the how of writing. My friends Heather Bussing, Mic Wright and Neil Morrison – each of whom writes both regularly and well – have kindly contributed a few words on their own experiences as writers. I also share some choice […]
If a tree falls in a forest and no-one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?* Is the true Zen wisdom of blogging to be found not in whether it speaks to an audience, but in the purity of writing itself? Moby has been there and done that. In a fascinating chinwag […]
Writing is a joy. Writing well takes application. Writing better is an eternal aspiration. I want to share here three great voices on how to approach writing and the endless choices offered by words. Writing should never be seen as a chore, but as a timeless delight. Written or spoken, the word is perhaps the […]
What can you do that takes you to the heart of simplicity? We can all of us cut through it all, and achieve simplicity through focus. Bizarrely – to me at least – both Muhammad Ali and Garry Shandling found focus via boxing, of all things. “Boxing is all publicity,” said the dear-departed Muhammad Ali […]
Twitter offers connection across all boundaries and beauty in brevity. So will the rumoured extension of tweet lengths spoil Twitter’s ‘thing’? And just what is Twitter’s ‘thing’ anyway? Are you ready for the era of the tall tweet? Coming this year, the rumoured increase in tweet lengths from 140 characters to perhaps as many as […]
Do you remember a time before the tweet, before the text, even before fingers gave way to thumbs, when writing was all about the flow or the scratch of pen on paper? In this day and age, you can write fast. Or you can write slow. Neither way to write is better than the other. […]
Gentle reader: When was the last time you lost yourself completely in what you were doing? Before we proceed on this line of enquiry, I must caution you that this post contains cussing words. The language, if you will, of the streets. The purest moment of creativity is the one from which you’re most absent. […]
Season’s greetings, gentle reader. In this Christmas day post, I want to celebrate a fictional conversation that took place three decades ago today (kind of, in a fictitious way). It’s all about what makes for great writing – a subject which will never cease to fascinate me. Is the best writing a chain of inevitabilities? […]