What a cool weird post! :D

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As a participant in Sasha Chapin’s workshop, I most heartily, and in the Chapin spirit, disagree.

About three-quarters of the way through your piece you squarely hit the nail on the head: “I wrote a whole other newsletter post before this one and spent like 3 hours writing it. I ended up scratching all of it because when I read it to myself it sounded boring. It wasn’t spicy enough.” Spicy = Sensationalist = Click Bait

Is that really your goal? You are a thoughtful writer, I read you for your ideas, not for spice. That’s what Twitter is for.

Which cycles back to Chapin. He comes off as an entitled white male who projects an abundance of testosterone.

He does not appear to value original thought, cannot back up his arguments with real world examples of how his

disagreeable technique has ever helped anyone or made the world a better place.

The writing process can be thrilling. It can also be a slog as you organise your thoughts and present them coherently.

Writing nasty is a quick, easy shot of adrenaline that fades quickly and you feel the need another shot to keep the high.

I'm curious - what do you make of this opinion piece?


P.S. I'd love to hear about the puzzle you are working on.

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Hi Judith! Thanks for writing your thoughts and providing great discourse.

Lol to your comments about Sasha 😂

I'm not encouraging to write nasty. Most definitely not. Nasty is not the same as spicy. Spicy is authentic, fun, and, most importantly, vulnerable. Spicy can be thoughtful too. Nasty is purposely being mean to be offensive.

Writing needs to be fueled by adrenaline. I'm reminded of writing advice from George Saunders, who suggests to jump up and down before you start writing so you get blood flowing!

I think the opinion piece about quitting Twitter is totally valid. I know a lot of people who quit and that's totally cool!

As far as the puzzle..it's a beast! But I'm not giving up :-)

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Ciao! I agree spicy can be 'authentic' (I have a serious allergy to that word - topic for another day) and fun...but why is spicy vulnerable? I view spicy as being assertive and inspiring thoughts (aka flavors) to mingle and enhance each other, but not vulnerable. Am I over reacting if I've mislabelled disagreeable as nasty?

As far as quitting Twitter, running around the block...that's all in the 'you do you' category. I'm a big believer that the physical fuels the mental. At least for me.

Warm regards on a find spring day!

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"I view spicy as being assertive and inspiring thoughts (aka flavors) to mingle and enhance each other."

^^ Wow. Yes! I <3 that!

I'll have to think more about spicy + vulnerable.

"Am I over reacting if I've mislabelled disagreeable as nasty?"

^^ Haha, I don't know, but, if you are, it's okay 🤗

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