Perhaps a book shouldn’t be judged by its cover, but what about its first sentence?

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a writer in pursuit of a great lead should not steal others’. …


Timeless advice for writers is to not use long and difficult words when short and easy ones suffice.

I see lots of otherwise brilliant people writing due to when they mean “because”, complex when they mean “complicated”, in order to or towards when they mean “to”, in the midst when…


A guide for effective writing habits.

Lots of people say they want to write, but they struggle to find the time, the will, or the effort. After all, life is filled with many other commitments — to your work, your family and friends, your health — and there always seems…


Two opposite kinds of articles come off my fingers: those where I know where I’m going but don’t yet have the words, and those where I have the words but don’t yet know where I’m going.

In the opening chapter of his classic On Writing Well, William Zinsser tells of…


Remember who the enemy is — and it is not the friends, neighbours, or family members you’re lashing out at.

“And you, Ring-bearer,’ she said, turning to Frodo. ‘I come to you last who are not last in my thoughts. For you I have prepared this.’ She held up a…


Another one of those backward-looking summaries of what happened in 2020.

Thankfully, I focus not on the corona-world outside but the financial and professional world of myself. Much more tangible, and perhaps a tad more sane than the average shite outside.

As I meticulously note all my expenses and make…


Frankly: Nobody ever told them how to. If you’re struggling with writing, here are some rules that can help.

I write a lot: about 22,000 words in the last month, and probably double or triple that in notes, early drafts, and passages I don’t use.

I edit my words even…


I saw a guy in a Tesla today. That’s not so uncommon in Reykjavík, Iceland, a land with clean energy, cheap electricity and a decent about of wealth (though only a single dollar-billionaire, Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson —or Bjöggi, as they call him). …


Nicholas Christakis has written a long-read for the Wall Street Journal, ‘The Long Shadow of the Pandemic: 2024 and Beyond.’ …


Nobody likes taxes. Ok, fair enough — a few wackos here and there do, but whoever say they like taxes generally mean that they like it when others pay taxes. …

Joakim Book

Writer, editor, and student of money past and present. Here: mostly finance-musings worldly observations, writing guides and life reflections.

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