Category: Writing

Chris Lovejoy

I’m a doctor working in the UK from a white middle class background. I studied at a good university, grew up in a countryside town and have never had to seriously struggle for money. Not exactly the background from which rap originated… Yet I want to be a rapper. Or, more accurately, I want to…

Chris Lovejoy

One sentence summary A heart-warming account of the human experiences associated with writing, scattered with practical advice as well as humorous and relatable anecdotes.   Some key ideas Author’s brother, at age 10, was writing a report about birds for 3 months. The day before it was due he hadn’t started, immobilised by the size…

Chris Lovejoy

The life of an idea conforms to the rules of evolution. If you put a number of ideas in someone’s brain, they can combine and produce completely new and unique ideas – a process that has oft been compared to sexual reproduction. My current approach to life is to continually expose myself to new ideas…

Chris Lovejoy

Lower your activation energy, so that periods of productivity and clarity can lead to even greater results Our levels of thinking fluctuate. Some days our brains will fire off great ideas in all direction, on others we want nothing more than to switch off and forget any of our grand ambitions. This is always going to…

Chris Lovejoy

My writing journey so far For a long time I wanted to write, but I was too worried what people would think and never quite found the time. Finally, I plucked up the courage. I started a blog and have posted >50 articles in the last year. Unfortunately, my writing kinda sucked. I didn’t have all…

Chris Lovejoy

This book considers a society designed to provide maximal happiness through stability, as achieved by applications of science and new discoveries. The idea is explored through the narrative of a few individuals who “don’t fit” into the system that has been established – their viewpoint acts as a lens for the reader to view the…

Chris Lovejoy

Pursue your interests with passion Right now, I want to write. This may change in a few years, a few weeks or even at the end of this post. I might decide it’s a waste of time, that it’s too embarrassing or too narcissistic. That the pros are outweighed by the cons. Part of me hopes…

Chris Lovejoy

#29. Learning from an attempt at fictional writing I want to write fiction, but I find it hard enough to write about my daily thoughts and experiences. Yesterday I began writing a fictional short story. I started out optimistically; I had a calm, clear mind and spent about an hour creating a plot for the…

Chris Lovejoy

#27. Learning to control my ‘pond-skater’ mind When I sit down to write this blog each day, I have noticed a pattern that repeats itself. I will sit down and ask myself “what do I want to write about?”. An idea will enter my head so I’ll start brainstorming. As I do so the idea…

Chris Lovejoy

#25. Writing is a record of your current thoughts, free to evolve with time “Great, I’ve finished. I’m really satisfied with that article — can’t wait to publish it.” How often do you feel this way? It may not be very often, but don’t worry — I argue that it doesn’t need to be. Often as I finish an article,…