You are what you read? Or are you?

It’s debatable whether you are what you read, but it’s certainly true that what I read influences my writing style. A recent blog by Scott McKnight entitled Tips for Writers speaks to that point. Have you ever asked the question, “Who do I want to sound like?” Of course, the best answer is “be yourself,” […]

Is there a perfect audience for The Soul of Atlas?

The Soul of Atlas is addressed to three distinct audiences: two explicit and one implicit. The explicit audiences are Objectivists, or admirers of Ayn Rand and Christians; the implicit is the listener, the “fly on the wall.” (Not that I think of any reader as a fly; it’s a metaphor.) There is also a sense of […]

Three Pages

I came across a great website that offers some motivation to write. Although it comes through the back door, I’ll take whatever I can get. The website is called and it encourages people to write 750 words a day, about three pages. Why? Because three pages, written in the morning, is what The Artist’s […]

Three Pages, and Some Insights about Writing

Recently, I spoke about a writing site that I stumbled across called After tinkering around on the site, I spotted some feedback on my writing. Not that anyone was looking at my writing; that’s all entirely private and no one will see it. However, a computer algorithm has been applied to my writing in […]

How I actually wrote it and how you can too!

Even if someone doesn’t ask the question out loud, they often think about asking it. Especially when they find out that I have a full-time capital markets position, a family (including three boys), and that I write on weekends and evenings. I am impressed by others who do this with more success like my former […]

Overcoming Hesitation

I came across this quote on Richard Nordquist’s blog, on overcoming the hesitation I have been feeling lately, including last night’s blog. It’s from Annie Dillard. Usually you will have to rewrite the beginning–the first quarter or third of whatever it is. Don’t waste time polishing this; you’ll have to take a deep breath and […]

Story and Inspiration from Atlas Shrugged, and The Soul of Atlas

The following quote comes from Robert McKee’s book entitled Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting. I am very impressed with his exposition of the screenwriting process, his endless movie illustrations, and the helpful way he goes about laying it out. I heard about him from Donald Miller (in his book A Million […]

The Artist’s Unique Way of Warming Up

The Artist’s Way is kind of like a 12-step program to “recover your creativity.” Julia Cameron suggests writing three pages every day from the top of your head. Brainstorming, stream of consciousness. Pick your euphemism. I have thought of it as “warming up” to write rather than actually writing The Soul of Atlas. But I […]

Hank Rearden, and the first look at the bracelet

Nice clip of Hank Rearden, coming home to an ungrateful family, after a long day at the mill. This is the day that Rearden poured Rearden Metal for the first time. It’s perfect. I saw the movie in its entirety this Thursday. Brilliant. I will be writing a full review soon. Become a fan! Visit […]