Perhaps more than any activity we choose, writing pushes boundaries to the extremes. Writing is a joy and writing is a chore. Writing is a pathway to greater heights, both personal and professional; but the hard work of writing can sink us into depression. Mostly, writing is an activity that allows us to clarify our thoughts, express emotions and tell stories. Here at Riffiti, writing is ingrained into everything we do. We Tweet, we write Facebook posts, we send messages to each other all day long. We write and edit marketing material, blog posts and technical articles.
People everywhere, like you and I, carry within us a treasure house of wisdom, intelligence and nuance — most times unarticulated, unspoken — which we acquire as a result of our natural, day-to-day life, as well as from the cultures around us. Riffiti is designed to tease out this wisdom from large populations with the aid of questions. Each of these questions is followed by a rich Riffstream of voices from all over.
Not all writers are published yet, and it is in the darkest of writing hours when the most dreaded event happens to novices and veterans alike:
Finally, every writer must face the Capital-E Enemy, the bad habit of procrastination. If you’re a young writer, or a grizzled veteran, it helps to hear from other writers how they combat the natural inclination to put off until tomorrow or tomorrow’s tomorrow. Here are two Riffstreams about starting and continuing the writing groove.
Once you’ve started your story, your poem, your essay, how can you sustain your momentum?