It is not uncommon to read a book on writing that will preface itself with the idea that writing — and more specifically great writing — cannot be taught. It’s an attitude that I think stems from the misplaced idea that writing is a mysterious gift, one that bubbles up from some unknown place within the writer, which cannot be replicated or taught. You simply have that gift or you don’t. But it’s a strange attitude. Why is writing unlike any other skill, so mysterious up on its pedestal? The fact is, it’s not.
As much as writing is my…
A lot of Medium articles are general advice or self-help, or someone telling you about how they’ve done this and that, and they’ve grown from it and they’re getting better, or they’ve solved their issues.
This is not that article.
Ever since the pandemic started, and my work life moved to being exclusively from home, my MFA program shifted online, I’ve noticed that my internet habits revolve around a revolving door of faux connection through social media notifications, youtube videos, and Reddit posts.
It doesn’t help and it’s getting worse. I feel like I’m constantly looking for something to entertain…
there’s a place at the centre of your heart
it’s deep and dark and never-ending
sometimes you get lost in there, lose your way
it’s reminiscent of a black hole, which is to say
it looks like nothing, is nothing, is a cavern, a cave
and when you’re lost you wander on into infinity,
you stumble, you fall, you drown in mauve dreams
of lust and love, looking for something in the dark
palming soggy bumps and sharp foreign edges
nowhere and nothing to know where’s up and where’s down
until you, by some miracle, a grace of god, a…
In Facebook, both your audiences and your creatives will become exhausted over time. One of the best ways to combat this unfortunate reality of Facebook advertising is to always have fresh, high-performing creative on the stand by to revive your dying audiences.
Why do audiences become exhausted? Within every audience, there’s sub audiences. Say you have an audience size of 10,000,000 people. Within that audience you have a variety of sub audiences of, let’s say 10,000 people, who Facebook is quite confident, based on billions of dollars of data, that they will convert. …
to walk backwards
into the future
to stick your hand
into the lines of time
feel it work its way
its soft strands
between wrinkled fingers
it moves in all directions
360 degrees of time
ceaselessly and without emotion
leaving us behind
through an illusion of causality
deterministic, be damned
one to two to three
the cause of me and you
a series of
unfortunately fortunate events
leaving all of us trapped
in a cycle of time
to live and to die
on our planet of rot
an island in our solar system
separated from ourselves
Before reading ahead, here’s the exercise in plain english. Simply write out a personal anecdote. It doesn’t have to be complicated or exciting or unique. You can describe how you take a shower or the process of making breakfast this morning. That’s it. Tell it to yourself in a few hundred words, as if you were telling a friend over coffee. Don’t over complicate things and don’t over think it. If you want to make the writing “good,” go ahead. If you want to write it plainly, that works too.
Once you’ve written it you can come back to this…
run out the clock before you cease
find in death a lasting peace
stomp out those long unburied words
slip them between the novel’s crease
before your life’s work is deferred
don’t let your writing go unheard
with so little time left to burn
and still forevermore left to learn
keep to the page undeterred
nothing else should hold your concern
come to it with a certain fire
avoid the everyday quagmire
focus on the fun of action
poetry’s a playful little vixen
i, the subject, a loyal squire
Ian Canon is the author of It’s A Long Way Down…
As I sift through an ocean of junk — riding a wave of technological advancement thrown to the wayside, billions of burnt out batteries, hulking quantum computers, nano processors so small they verge on non-existence, self-regenerating plastics, memory coils expanding to infinity — I think of the humans.
It has been 742 years, 18 hours, 17 minutes, 42 seconds, 482 milliseconds and 146 microseconds since the last time they walked the earth, bumping organic elbows with metal, firing their illogical neurons towards fleeting fantasies of which I, C75821, an elder android, would never understand.
At the bottom of a heaping…
a storm rages —
and this steadfast course
now requires all of you
so raise your oars, men!
your sea salted blisters shall run red.
and whether boy or captain,
we will share the dread
of this old weathered ship
or the sea gets fed
Ian Canon is the author of It’s A Long Way Down (2018) and Before Oblivion (2017). His second novel What We Do On Weekends is forthcoming. …
With the 2020 election looming, Facebook advertisers and e-commerce stores are going to continually see their ad costs go up as the date gets closer (if they haven’t already).
In June 2020, Trump spent nearly 6.6 million, and Biden 11 million, on Facebook ads directly. Indirectly, people will also try and cash in on hot news items for cheap clicks. From the 2016 election, there’s a famous story about Macedonian teens who used the election to share and advertise wildly popular fake news about Hillary Clinton in order to gain ad sense. This election cycle likely won’t prove any different.