Month: September 2014

Book Notes: On Writing – Steven King

Reading is such luxury. Reading about how to write from someone like Steven King is a greater privilege. The first thing I thought about after reading the book was, why aren’t Singaporeans writing more? Fiction, non-fiction, whatever? Or are there people who write but have gone undiscovered? What happened to our generation of Russell Lees, our Teenage Textbooks, our Catherine Lims? On Writing should be made a textbook for all writers. Fiction or not – Steven King covers the nooks and crannies of writing with honesty and pragmatism. There’s lots of practical tips in his “toolbox” for beginners but it’s his emphasis on writing about the truth and sticking to what we know, said what was on everyone’s mind but hadn’t been said before. Here are my highlight / notes from the book: Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around. So you don’t need a big fancy desk to start writing under the perfect conditions. All you need is a closed door, a computer or notepad and grit. In fact, put …

Book Notes: Anything you want – Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers’ “Anything You Want” is a quick hour read that’s easy to understand. I love how he lives by his life’s philosophy and his very human approach to business. Here are some of the highlights I made of his book: You need to know your personal philosophy of what makes you happy and what’s worth doing Business is not about money, it’s about making dreams come true for others and for yourself. Do business so that you can answer the calls for help. You can’t please everyone, so proudly exclude people – it’s really ok! The real point of doing anything is to be happy, so do only what makes you happy. Derek goes on to talk about how he started CD Baby as an accidental entrepreneur. His main goal was to help musicians and that was always the guiding principle behind CD Baby – before profits. Some people will tell you to outsource everything, but if learning to do it by yourself makes you happy, then do it. A tech startup that outsources …