Word count: 185 words
Reading time: Less than 1 minute
This is my weekly installment of “writing about writing,” in which I scan the world to find websites, books and articles to help writers. Today, I focus on Study Hacks.
The site I recommend this week, a blog, is one of my favourites. It’s called Study Hacks and it’s written by Cal Newport, a 29-year-old computer scientist who is an assistant professor at Georgetown University. Although it’s aimed at students — most particularly those who want to get into Ivy League universities (Newport often tries to talk them out of that goal) — it also explores why some people lead successful, enjoyable, meaningful lives, while others do not.
I can’t remember how I discovered his blog but I think I read somewhere that he managed to get his PhD, launch a blog AND write a book while never working later than 5:30 pm. I was gobsmacked! He writes well and I find his arguments convincing and interesting.
Look for his theory of “deliberate practice” (enter that term in the search field on his blog). I think this hypothesis could be useful for my readers although I don’t believe Newport has yet nailed an adequate explanation for how such practice could work for writers. Here’s hoping he does!