Five of best Writing & Writers Advice Videos

Five of best Writing & Writers Advice Videos

A collection of five short videos presenting simply valuable advice for writing and writers

How to Tell if You’re a Writer?

For John Irving, the need for a daily ration of solitude was his strongest “pre-writing” moment as a child. So he discovered a difference, or a need to entertain!

 

Tom Perrotta debunks the maxim of always writing what you know

Tom Perrotta’s Advice to Writers

Anne personalize writing advice

Anne Rice share some of her personal insights into writing.

 

What Do You Have To Sacrifice To Be a Writer?

Nothing, according to Mosley. He wakes up early every day so he can write before most people even read their morning paper.

 

 

Christopher Hitchens Advice for Writers

Every day, the New York Times carries a motto in a box on its front page. “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” it says. It’s been saying it for decades, day in and day out. I imagine most readers of the canonical sheet have long ceased to notice this bannered and flaunted symbol of its mental furniture. I myself check every day to make sure that the bright, smug, pompous, idiotic claim is still there. Then I check to make sure that it still irritates me. If I can still exclaim, under my breath, why do they insult me and what do they take me for and what the hell is it supposed to mean unless it’s as obviously complacent and conceited and censorious as it seems to be, then at least I know I still have a pulse. You may wish to choose a more rigorous mental workout but I credit this daily infusion of annoyance with extending my lifespan.

“Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the ‘transcendent’ and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don’t be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.”
— Christopher Hitchens

 

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Internet Defense League member; Cat Signal Feb 11 we fight back against NSA spying

Internet Defence League latest NewsLetter:

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Dear Internet Defense League member,

Cat Signal! Feb 11 we fight back against NSA spying.

Two years ago Internet users rose up and won the fight against SOPA and PIPA. One year ago, internet activist Aaron Swartz, who was a leader in these protests, tragically took his own life. In celebration of our huge win against SOPA and in memory of Aaron, we are helping coordinate a mass day of protest against mass surveillance to take place on February 11th.

It’s called The Day We Fight Back. This Tuesday, more than 4,000 websites will host banners urging people to call/email Congress to oppose mass government surveillance. Since the day Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA’s cynical abuse of the Internet we’ve been building a mass movement of Internet users to meet government surveillance head on. On Tuesday, the Internet will show its power to defend itself from threats once again.

If you’ve already got the Internet Defense League’s “all campaigns” code installed, you’re all set! The “cat signal” will be raised at midnight on Feb 11th.

Will you join? Click here to get the IDL code for your site.

We’ll demand that legislators

1) Pass the USA FREEDOM Act, which would move us in the right direction and restrict some of the spying.

2) Defeat the so-called “FISA Improvements Act”, which would entrench — and potentially expand — NSA spying.

3) Create additional privacy protections to protect the human rights of those outside the U.S.

4) End the NSA’s subversion of encryption and other data security measures.

Click here to stand up with thousands of other websites on The Day We Fight Back.

If you don’t have a website, you can still tell the world you’re taking on the NSA. Post on social media, make and share a meme, link to a NSA-related story, or organize a protest. Anything you can do helps, and if you tell us about it by replying to this email, we’ll help spread the word.

For years, the NSA has exploited secret legal interpretations to undermine our privacy rights — thus chilling speech and activism, and thereby threatening to subvert the very underpinnings of our democracy itself.

Now the time has come to once again fight back against mass surveillance. Are you in? Click here to get the code for your site.

Stay tuned after The Day We Fight Back — we’ve got the groundwork laid for another massive effort that will keep the pressure on and throw a wrench in the NSA’s plans like never before.

If you just want to get the code for The Day We Fight back, and not the IDL all-campaigns code, get it here.

For the Internet,
Tiffiniy, Holmes, and Evan

Internet Defense League
Fight for the Future

P.S. If you are part of the IDL’s twitter army (meaning you signed up with your twitter handle when you joined IDL, and authorized us to tweet out at key moments) we’ll be activating the twitter tool for this too to amplify the Cat Signal, so expect to see a tweet on Feb 11th! If you want to opt-out, just go to your twitter settings.