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Polaroid Snapshot and a Windowpane

"Words are a lens to focus one's mind" - Ayn RandWords, being preeminent, have the potential to engro
Polaroid Snapshot and a Windowpane
By Amit Gawande • Issue #2 • View online
“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind” - Ayn Rand
Words, being preeminent, have the potential to engross you for hours; beyond that, they have the power to mold your personality. Yet they are ethereal when they come from the accomplished masters of the art form.
Khaled Hosseini said during one of his interviews, “there’s always something to be learned by reading another writer”. That is exactly what this second issue is about, some words of wisdom from authors well-renowned.

Featured Writing
On the Journals of Famous Writers
A vintage Kurt Vonnegut session on the Shapes of Stories
A vintage Kurt Vonnegut session on the Shapes of Stories
Featured Writer - Cheri Baker
Cheri is an author with a brilliant mind. She has published some fine cosy mysteries that would be very valuable in these moments of isolation and social distancing. Besides, she is an astute reader of events going on around and shares her thoughts openly and regularly. Here’s an excerpt from a recent entry on her blog about her forced time in quarantine.
In a way, this moment feels like the morning after a storm. You go outside and check for damage, counting broken windows and dangling power lines, wondering how much it’s going to cost to put everything back together again. Only the thing that’s broken isn’t a house or a neighborhood, it’s the entire economy. And without a vaccine ready there are likely to be more storms rolling in. Still, even knowing that, I’m relieved to discover tiny moments of reprieve. Like a brief chat with a barista while they pull a shot of espresso, or twenty minutes sitting in the grass in a park.
Do purchase and read her books. And do follow her words.
Featured Tool - Freedom
You need a good word processor to begin writing; one powerful editor was featured in the last issue. But once you are staring at the blinking cursor inside that editor, it is staying focused, distraction-free that is absolutely necessary. Freedom helps you with exactly that. It blocks all the distractions for you to lend you a productive session of doing what you want to do. It can block apps, websites and even complete Internet access on your machine. It can sync sessions across all your devices so you don’t go running to your smartphone when your laptop is locked down.
Freedom has saved me many hours from getting wasted. I am sure it can for every writer out there. Take it for a spin for the free trial run of 7 days.
One Final Inspiration..
Octavia Butler knew...
Shout out to everyone writing thru the weekend:

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice"//Octavia Butler
Postscript
Have any recommendations or feedback for me? I’d love to hear from you. Just hit reply or you can even email me.
Thank you for reading and sharing.
Amit
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