Towards the Coast


Jerry House is a holiday home that is a true escape from the rigours of daily life in the big city. Designed by the Bangkok-based creative studio Onion, the interior of the home at Cha-Am Beach for a family with four sons, who wanted a playful space that encourages a different way of…


Writing Quote – Carol Bly

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Strong verbs improve your writing in three ways. They help you:
  1. Reduce adverbs: Choosing strong verbs helps you to be specific. You should replace an adverb and a verb with a strong verb if you can. It will improve your writing. Don’t say: “She held on tightly to the rope.” Do say: “She gripped the rope.” Don’t say: “He looked carefully at the documents.” Do say: “He examined the documents.”

  2. Avoid the passive voice: Choose specific, active verbs whenever you can. Don’t say: ‘He was said to be lying by the teacher.’ Do say: ‘The teacher accused him of lying.’

  3. Eliminate wordiness: Strong verbs help you eliminate wordiness by replacing different forms of the verb ‘to be’. They allow you to stop overusing words like ‘is’, ‘was’, ‘are’, and ‘were’. Don’t say: ‘She was the owner of a chain of restaurants.’ Do say: ‘She owned a chain of restaurants.’

If you reduce wordiness, choose specific verbs, and use the active voice, readers will be able to understand you more easily. This is what you want because the reason we write is to communicate. 


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Writing Quote – Robert Hass


Facebook. Perhaps a writer’s worst enemy. The procrastination. The temptation. The incessant feed of information.

But need it all be bad? Make your Facebook visits feed your writing by following these great Facebook pages for writers.

1. Poets & Writers

This magazine is a great resource for writers, including information on contests, calls for submissions, and articles about all stages of the writing process. And their Facebook page keeps you plugged into daily writerly news, information, and writerly inspiration.

2. Banned Books Week

The Facebook page for Banned Books Week provides information on injustices within the literary world, currently banned books, and breaking stories on censorship.

3. TED

Writers need inspiration. We need new information and points of view, and TED Talks are a great way to get that inspiration right on your Facebook timeline.

4. NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) isn’t just limited to the month of November. The Facebook page for NaNoWriMo keeps the party going by posting quotes, writing prompts, and information about programs within NaNoWriMo.

5. Writers Write

For more quotes, fun words (hello, vocabulary building), and writing prompts, check out the page for Writers Write.

6. Letters of Note

When living a life of letters, it’s important to remember that writing includes communication – namely, letters. And the Facebook page for Letters of Note provides links to legendary pieces of correspondence from writers and non-writers alike.

7. Academy of American Poets 

Who hasn’t gone to to find the perfect poem for a wedding, Intro to Lit assignment, for wooing someone, or even for breaking up? The Facebook page for the Academy of American Poets delivers poems (as you might expect), but also discussions about poetry, its role in our lives, and writerly advice and quotes.

8. Hedgebrook

Hedgebrook is a residency center for women, and their Facebook page is immensely positive and encouraging, providing prompts, quotes, and links to their alumni’s work.

9. Humans of New York

A photography page for writers? Yes. Hear me out. The photography on Humans of New York is not just about snapping a picture and leaving. Brandon, the man behind the camera, is interested in story, in people’s lives. And that’s kind of a writer’s jam. The photography is often inspiring, allowing a little ekphrasis in your Facebook feed.

10. PEN Center USA

The PEN Center strives to protect the rights of writers around the world, especially in places where setting down the truth in a book (even in fiction) can be dangerous, illegal, and/or deadly. The PEN Center spreads awareness, reports on stories, and includes interviews, quotes, and news.

11. Tin House

There are many, many excellent journals to follow on Facebook, and you should, but Tin House has a lively Facebook presence, sharing music, quotes, opportunities, and links to work by Tin House authors.

12. Electric Literature

Electric Literature publishes original fiction in its literary magazine as well as previously published stories in its weekly email blast, Recommended Reading. And their Facebook page hooks readers up with all that great fiction, writerly news, and craft essays.

13. The Writer’s Almanac

The Facebook page for The Writer’s Almanac reminds you, once a day, that it’s time to let the sweet soothing tones of Garrison Keillor remind you of why you became a writer in the first place – and don’t forget that daily dose of poetry to keep you healthy and creative!