Here are some articles, blog posts, book reviews, etc., etc. which you can read while you’re stuck in Jakarta’s notorious gridlock or, you know, while waiting for your significant other to finish his/her shopping.

Not all of them are about writing, but we guarantee you they are all good examples of what great writing should look like.


» Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling

Remember how good it felt to watch Toy Story for the first time? Or Finding Nemo? Or Wall-E? Or a slew of other incredible stories Pixar has produced? Well, turns out none of those stories were crafted “by accident”. They actually have rules. It’d be good for you to get to know them, too.

» The universal shape of stories

The fundamental concept behind Kurt Vonnegut’s master’s thesis in anthropology at the University of Chicago was, in Vonnegut’s words, “that stories have shapes which can be drawn on graph paper.” Curious and curiouser?

» Duotrope

Writing resources for literary listings, including upcoming submissions and genre magazines; you can also connect with other writers, consulting and sharing information about MFA programs or writers residencies.

» 750 Words

A good practice right after you wake up, 750 words remind you to write daily. You can also set certain goals and for yourself and see how other writers are doing. This is a good motivational website to keep you going even if you’re stuck.