If 2018 has been a tough year for your personal productivity, you are certainly not alone. The world is noisier than ever and making space for oneself in these uncertain times can feel near impossible. For self-generative careers like writing, these are especially challenging times. That’s why theOFFICE (our physical location here in Santa Monica, … Continue reading A message for our local readers
Looking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and just sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster filled with A-list screenwriters, novelists […]
Don't look at a lackluster first draft as hopeless, look at it as the first step towards the version that you have in your head.
"If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them."
"When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always … Continue reading Writing Routines: Ernest Hemingway
"I write in the morning and then go home about midday and take a shower, because writing, as you know, is very hard work, so you have to do a double ablution. Then I go out and shop—I'm a serious cook—and pretend to be normal. I play sane—Good morning! Fine, thank you. And you? And … Continue reading Writing Routines – Maya Angelou
"We tell ourselves stories in order to live...We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon … Continue reading Quote of the Day
Everyone's familiar with the vampiric writer stereotype - we're all pale, gaunt creatures who haven't left the house in weeks. We can construct a wonderful metaphor about the sun, but we'd probably ignite if we actually stepped out into it. We're morlocks staring at computer screens and blank pages. Outside? What the hell is that? It's a misleading … Continue reading Celebrating Earth Day: Writers and The Outdoors