“Ranting has always been a passion
of mine for as long as I can remember. I come from an island of ranters. I love
the process of taking a subject that is large and complex, and distilling it
into a single, coherent, ninety-second rant.”
"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself." ~ Albert Camus
Since the beginning of time, people have been fascinated by words -- and those who yield them. Who are these artists who can string together a selection of otherwise random words and weave them. The result? A sentence, a theme, sometimes simple, other times complex, but at all times having the potential to shift our thoughts and influence our behaviours.
Most of us dream of becoming a writer, but few actually have the gumption to follow a path laden with toil, tears, and the tedium of starting from scratch over and over again. But true writers aren't in it for the rewards. They enjoy the journey. They crave characters coming to life and jumping off the page. This is the path to the great idea that works, it is what gets writers up at at the break of dawn, and keeps them up long past dusk when the candle has frittered away.
At almost every author's event that I've attended, one …
The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator is an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions. The MBTI was constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. ~ Wikipedia Who isn't familiar with the Myers-Briggs personality test? It is after all one of the most popular personality tests in the world, used regularly by Fortune 500 companies, universities, and even the military. Did you know that the Myers-Briggs personality test was conceived a century ago by a mother and her daughter - fiction writers with no formal training in psychology? How did this home-grown multiple-choice questionnaire, infiltrate our workplaces, our relationships and our lives?
Merve Emre's The Personality Brokers, tells the story of the birth of personality testing. The book is a blend of history and analysis. The story goes that Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs M…