Authors and Their Writing Tools

I love writing and I am fascinated by the tools that other writers use to get their work done. Whether this is an actual device and tool or a methodology and strategy for execution I study them all in an effort to glean a bit for my own use.

Many of the writers of our contemporary time find their instruments in digital form, writing applications that help them to capture thoughts and bring them to life. Of course, I’m building my own as well in an effort to create the best solution for my own needs – and I hope it’ll provide a lot of value for others as well.

A friend of mine stumbled upon this interesting and short infographic on famous authors and their writing instruments – I was not surprised to see how many of them just used paper and pen:

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Love My Town

I love my city. I love my town. I want this city to be the birthplace of great ideas, the place that I and the many creatives who live here can give her credit for when the business thrives, and the place that I can grow my family.

I want to give the city her fair shot about being the best that it can be, especially in terms of startups, incubators, accelerators, networking, entrepreneurship of all kinds, and just simply value-creation.

I would never have thought that I would have so strongly identified with a city for all that I do but it’s kind of happened. I have come to terms with being an Atlantan and I want to do much, much more for her because she’s done so much for me.

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Finding a Break

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I have been discovered, on many occasion, sleeping soundly next to my notebook computer trying to catch a few Z’s in between work and binges of code. I have learned that there are very few places that do not actually work as places of rest – in fact, I’m pretty sure that as long as I can fit at least half of my body on some surface (doesn’t need to be flat) that I can get some rest.

And the list of places and circumstances and environments that I have found rest span the strange to the very, very awkward. Sometimes my partners, staff, or even my wife are dastardly enough to capture a picture (or two).

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Mr. Procter, Mr. Gamble

It floats.

It floats.

I am constantly fascinated by the dynamic created by two people who passionately execute against the things that they love, especially when it brings them together in ways that would not necessarily make sense.

I think the story of Procter & Gamble is one of those dynamics. Did you know that they reached $1MM in annual sales back in 1859? With all the money that’s being thrown at worthwhile companies (or at least how often you read about it in the tech blogs) it’s hard to imagine that there was that much capital to consume from buyers back then.

Think about that with a historical context in mind: This was just a few years before the North and the South clashed in our epic United States Civil War. This was approximately 20 years before Thomas Edison found a use and market for his lightbulbs.

Nuts.

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A Vision That Compels

As a bootstrapped startup you’re sure to be short of one thing nearly always (at least for a period): Cash. I’ve lead a few of these before and it’s both a blessing and a challenge (not a curse, mind you) to have the freedom to execute without the weight of someone else’s money on the line.

Consequently, how does one motivate a team when the financial rewards are clearly not available? And, perhaps more importantly and primarily, how do you motivate people to jump on board with little promise of that short-term financial reward?

I believe the answer lies in visioncasting.

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Best Company to Work For

Fortune, every year, will list out the top companies to work for and the list is riddled with some of the biggest names around. On occasion they’ll throw in a decent interactive as well with it.

I was passed the link, once again, from a friend of mine who is considering an opportunity to work for one of the top companies on the list and it caused me to pause for a moment and think through what it means to be a “best company to work for.”

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