Scott Postma

A blog about the Great Books, the Craft of Writing, and Human Flourishing.

A Primer for Thinking and Writing About History

Anyone who has contemplated researching and writing about the past would benefit from a careful reading of Livy’s History of Rome. In his introduction, he offers a compelling apology for studying history: There is this exceptionally beneficial and fruitful advantage to be derived from the study of the past, that […]

What Are You Creating Today?

You could create value in the world. You could create more noise. You could create a warm memory. You could create a painful one. You could create better relationships. You could create division. You could create life. You could create death. You could create chaos. You could create order. You […]

The Truth about Poiema

[This post was first published at on April 10, 2017] In the age of the internet and social media, writers can be like bad cliches—a dime-a-dozen—and redundant too. Online writing courses are nearly as ubiquitous. So why pour another glass of water into a swollen ocean? Hi. My name […]

Enrich the Well From Which You Draw Your Inspiration

Last week I began a discussion around the idea that if we want people to read and follow our work, it has to be interesting. I don’t mean interesting in the sense of cool, hip, or flashy. I mean intriguing and meaningful in a human sort of way. It concerns me […]

Three Tips to Writing Interesting Work that Actually Gets Read

If you want people to read and follow your work, you have to be able to write something interesting. And isn’t that what all of us writers want–to write interesting work? While there are a lot of us calling ourselves writers, how many of us are doing really interesting work. Those who […]

A Lesson From a Tombstone: Part Three

{If you missed it you can read Part One here, and you can read Part Two here.} Finally, the more serious questions—the human questions—made their way up the levee and displaced the silty ones, distilling truths in my mind like the clear waters of Lake Tahoe. Who was this unknown man? Was he […]

A Lesson From a Tombstone: Part Two

{If you missed it you can read Part One here.} Wandering among the dated memorials trying to decipher the stories of shades who walked the dusty streets a hundred years before, we came across the most unusual and intriguing tombstone. In one sense, it was very much like the others around […]