Thirteen Thoughts On Writing

BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog

By Paul Skenazy

  1. Writing is an invitation to humility—you realize you’re on the wrong track, you’ve lost connection with a scene, an emotion, a voice. The return on that humility is when your imagination lets you slip into someone else’s skin. The tales you come up with tell the story you are trying to tell when you sit down to write and also the story of the years you spend working on the book. Rendering a/your life into art changes you.
  2. Trust your intuitions but trust (admit) that you don’t understand what your intuitions are telling you. They have their own truth and direction; your job is to follow where they lead. This doesn’t mean you don’t exert control, but you don’t exert as much control as you think you do. And you are often at your best when you don’t.
  3. Defend your story; don’t give up on it. At…

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Dear Terrorism

Tellawell

Dear Terrorism,

Maybe you believed you triumphed, but let me tell you you haven’t.
I know what it feels like when you put your all into something
And you aren’t successful.
Yes, a lot of planning goes into carrying out the killing of innocents.
So, I can only imagine how frustrated you must be.

But fortunately, for those of us who have to endure in the wake of what you did,
You actually miscalculated a few things.
These things expose your fallibility.
Indeed evil is fallible
Because it delays submission to God.
But I know all things must submit to God eventually,
No matter how long they delay it.

Miscalculation Number One:

You did not consider that Ramadaan is fast-approaching.
So on the heels of your blood-spilling,
Muslims now have a fresh, visceral reminder
Of our mortality
And I believe we will take every day of fasting more seriously,
Give…

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Deep Thinking..

Have you ever thought that the Earth you are now walking on is moving at a speed of 1,670 kilometers an hour? Have you ever thought why your hair constantly grows, while your eyebrows and eyelashes stay fixed? Wouldn’t it be bad otherwise? Have you ever thought about all the wondrous happenings in and around you? This post is an invitation to think so. Because in the Qur’an God invites us to think about the living things that He has created.....

Honoring The Companions.

Let us altogether internalize upon the noble akhlaaq of the Companions of Rasulullah in terms of their obedience and adherence in upholding the symbols (shi'aar) of Islam. Verily, the Companions had undertaken great sacrifices and performed the best of deeds in aiding Rasulullah to uphold the religion of Allah....

Islam as The Foundation for The Unity of The Ummah.

The reality today is that the Muslim ummah is faced with the great trial and fitnah of disunity all over the world. The strife within the Muslim ummah itself is a severe calamity that has yet to end since the fall of the ‘Uthmaaniyyah Caliphate in Turkey on the 3rd of March 1924. Since that day, the Muslims became weaker and strayed away from authentic Islamic teachings even though they are large in numbers.....

5 Tools You May Not Know About

Tips for WordPress blogger. 😀

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New to WordPress.com? Or been around for a while? If you poke around your settings, you may be surprised to come upon features you didn’t know existed! Here are five tools and settings that you may not know about.


“Stick” a blog post to your front page

If you have a blog, your posts are displayed in reverse chronological order on your homepage, with your latest post at the top. Sometimes you may want to showcase a specific post or resurface an old favorite; in this case, you can “stick” the post to your front page so it stays at the top. Some themes use special styling for sticky posts, so try it out on your site to see how it looks. (And don’t forget to unstick the post when you’d like to remove it from the spotlight!)

To mark a post as “sticky,” look to the right of your…

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God Is Merciful: Why Hell?

The majority of the adherents of the Abrahamic religions, namely, Jews, Christians, and Muslims believe in the concept of the Day of Judgment as well as Heaven and Hell. Unlike the believers in reincarnation, in which the dead are believed to be reborn into a better or worse life according to his/her deeds in the last life, the adherents to the Abrahamic religions believe that there are only two lives. The first, being from the mother’s womb, and the second, when a person is resurrected on the Day of Judgment to account for his deeds.....