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welcome.
Today, we have reading recommendations, inspiration, and writing advice from Daniel Asamoah Yeboah (also known as Coby Daniels) and Patrick Neate. We’ll also hear from Michael A. Gayed, who writes The Lead-Lag Report.
read + recommendations
Each week, a writer will join us to answer some questions about what they like to read.
Our first guest is Daniel Asamoah Yeboah. Daniel is a poet and spoken word artist. His work has been published in Lunaris Review, For the Motherland, and Tampered Review. His first collection of poetry, Shards and Other Poems, was published in 2021. 
📸: Brita Boateng
📸: Brita Boateng
What’s the thing you’ve bookmarked, you know you need to read, and are excited to read?
What’s the thing you read when you want to remember how to write?
I read poetry, simply because it speaks to you with a raw nerve. My favourite poem is ‘Ambassadors of Poverty’ by P. O. C. Umeh.
What’s the thing you read when you need to feel something?
Historical Fiction — particularly Genghis by Conn Iggulden. And I just love everything by Dan Brown. 
Is there a thread you love that you come back to (or finds its way back to you)? (if so, why)?
Threads on relationships. We are the most vulnerable without the people around us.
What’s your favorite This Is A Great Day On Twitter day (one of those days when you couldn’t stop reading the timeline)?
When book/poetry Twitter blows up with news on publications and reading events, that’s definitely a good day.
What’s the first book you remember reading and loving?
The Arabian Nights, a collection of folkloric stories from Persia, Arabia and I don’t know where else. George Eliot’s Silas Manner would give it a tight run.
What’s the best thing you’ve read this month?
I’m still reading There Was A Country by Chinua Achebe. It speaks about pre-independence Nigeria in a narrative woven around strands of the writer’s personal experience of life in a fledgling country, just emerging from the throes of colonisation, while trying to hold all of its fragment parts together.
Who’s the Twitter follow that hasn’t let you down, since the beginning?
Tough ask. @kwaku_kyereh though. Give him a follow and you’ll understand why.
newsletter time
Every other week, we’ll include an established Revue newsletter (established = at least a year old or 60+ issues). 
The Lead-Lag Report
At almost 80 issues, the Lead-Lag report is still going strong. So we asked Michael to offer some tips for keeping a newsletter going, in 280 characters or less:
The key is consistency and being creative in saying the same thing in different ways, relating it to relevant current events. It takes time to build a following and a brand within your niche, so the more you communicate, the more you’ll find new ways of getting your point across.
write + inspiration
Each week, a writer will join us to answer some questions and give their perspective on writing.
Our second guest is Patrick Neate. Patrick is a writer, critic, and podcaster. He has written several novels, including City of Tiny Lights (2005), which he also adapted into a film script. As a journalist, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, and more. He also hosts the Sony Award-winning Book Slam podcast. 
Provided by Patrick Neate
Provided by Patrick Neate
What’s a piece of writing advice that’s held true for you?
“Don’t get it right, get it written” becomes ever truer as I become ever fussier with my output. Although I’m also increasingly drawn to the wisdom of football managers, including “trust the process,” “it’s a results business,” and “don’t let the highs get too high, or the lows too low.”
What’s the thing you read when you want to remember how to write?
Pretty much anything. All writers are thieves (sorry, “magpies”), so I’m generally just looking for something to nick. My chief mark is probably Raymond Chandler, but I’m Catholic so my tastes are catholic too. On second thoughts, perhaps the very best writers aren’t thieves. Perhaps I wouldn’t know.
As a writer, how do you stay curious or keep yourself curious?
People are endlessly fascinating. The fact that people are capable of, can justify and rationalise, just about any behaviour? It’s amazing. I can’t stop thinking about that. I can hardly think about anything else.
Who do you think really knows how to do an email newsletter?
There’s some guy called Nick Ortner who runs ‘The Tapping Solution’ app. You tap various parts of your face and body to relieve stress. It was a typical lockdown purchase, but every time I plan to unsubscribe I seem to get a newsletter and, within 10 minutes, find myself hopefully tapping my temple. The man knows his way around an aphorism.
How would you describe your relationship with your readers? (especially if it’s evolved)
You do know whom you’re talking to, right? I don’t think I’m successful enough to have much of a relationship with my readers — we’re more like parents nodding at each other at the primary school gates. Occasionally, I’ve seen people reading my books on public transport but always assume they must be in some way connected to my mum. I do sometimes get praise and sometimes grief, but I try not to take it to heart — don’t let the highs get too high, or the lows too low. 
Once, at a book festival, I was buttonholed by someone who gushed at me, but it turned out they thought I was the poet, Don Paterson. Fortunately, I love Don Paterson, so answered in some detail about his collection Rain. I hope I did it justice.
What’s your one tip (that doesn’t get discussed enough) for a writer trying to improve in 2022?
Just one? Specifically in 2022? I have hundreds (read more poetry, cheese is not your friend, your writing doesn’t matter, nothing matters more, scream into a pillow…), but if I have to choose just one it’s this: get into Wordle by all means — it takes two minutes — but avoid the offshoots like the plague (Quordle, Sedecordle etc). They prove nothing but your procrastination; basically drugs without the high. 
wrap up
Thanks for being here — lots of great stuff in today’s issue. As always, you can reach us at @revue.
See you next time,
Anna
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