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  • Summoning the Muse

    Summoning the Muse

    Where does inspiration come from? By dissecting the methods of Mary Oliver, Michael Pollan, and Michael Lewis, we see how their routines look more like devotion than discipline. Away from their desk, they have a lifestyle that brings them a flood of ideas. How can we reliably summon the muse?

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  • IKEA Words: How Not to Furnish Your Digital Home

    IKEA Words: How Not to Furnish Your Digital Home

    Why are we drawn to cheap, re-usable, and safe language? The pressure to use modular Swedish furniture is similar to the pressure online writers face. We want quick results, we cushion our words, and we crave to be accepted. How can we break out of our bad habits?

  • Pseudonymous Cape

    Pseudonymous Cape

    Are pseudonyms a mask to hide behind, or a superpower that unlocks your potential? Around 20% of Write of Passage students write under a pseudonym. It lets them explore personal writing, which can be tough to do under your own name. What happens when you bring confessions, transparency, and authenticity into your writing?

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