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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The unsexy part of creativity

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

What's sexy is new ideas, breakthroughs, innovation. This paragraph from Farnam Street Brain Food newsletter reminded me that maintenance matters, too: Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more...

How I Found My Publishers

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

People sometimes ask me how I found the publishers of my non-fiction books. In recent years, I've had two publishers: Nicholas Brealey Publishing, which now is part of Hachette, and Pearson. In both cases, the process was the same: ...

How to write descriptively

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

How do you make your writing come alive in the minds of your readers? Here, in a four-minute TED-Ed talk, Nalo Hopkinson shares her thoughts:

You look, but do you see?

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

One of my challenges in writing prose is coming up with good descriptions, because in screenwriting (which has been the bulk of my work) you tend to keep descriptions extremely short and don't get much into how things feel or...

The nightmare of being hacked--and one precaution to take

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Today almost all of my websites were hacked by an Indian hacker. He removed all of the content and put a rant on one of the home pages about people hacking Indian websites. My hosting is with Hostgator, and they...

Good news about exercise and chocolate

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I'm always interested in studies that can help sedentary types like most of us writers remain in good health, and this time there are two encouraging results, one about exercise, one about chocolate. THE REJECTION WORKOUT One study found that...

Looking for a good topic to write about? Conspiracies abound!

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I've always liked movies and novels about conspiracies, but I didn't know how realistic they were. Pretty much, it turns out. THE ENERGY CONSPIRACY "Pressure on Exxon Mobil and the energy industry increased on Wednesday with the release of a...

The fear of being wrong

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

However, that doesn't mean it's going to feel good when it happens. Having been wrong only turns into something noble when you eventually are right (the old Edison quote about his lightbulb experiments applies here). Until then, it's no fun...

This Google Calendar function can help you stay on course

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

It's always a good idea to block out time on your calendar for appointments with yourself to be sure that you are working on the things that are important to you, not just the ones that are urgent. Now there’s...

Let sound help you be more productive

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

What sounds help you focus? Finding a quiet place to work is harder these days, and one alternative is to generate sounds you find less distracting than the ambient ones. For that purpose, a site I've discovered recently, Noisli.com, is...

The best way to have a good idea for a book (or anything else)

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

And the best way to have a lot of ideas is to give your inner critic time off when you are generating ideas. Come up with as many as possible, write the all down (yes, even the bad ones), and...

What not to say to a depressed friend

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The nature of depression It’s Depression Week, not a week for everybody to get depressed but rather to make people more aware of the illness. I have personal experience with it, so I thought I’d share my thoughts. It’s not...

For authors who want to be read, is free the answer?

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The argument for free As a comment on one of my older posts, a reader asked which would you rather have: a handful of book sales of your self-published book on Amazon, or thousands of readers gained by giving the...

What kind of exercise is best for your brain?

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Can exercise boost your brain power? We keep hearing that exercise is good for your brain as well as the rest of your body, but what kind of exercise is best? A study in Finland looked at three types of...

Overcoming the fear of failure

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

What’s the solution to the fear of failure? We know that successful people are not immune to fearing failure, so how do they still manage to succeed? This is my third and last post that steals, er, curates, the ideas...

Self-doubt and how to overcome it

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Two Types of Self-doubt In a TED talk, organizational psychologist Adam Grant mentions that there are two types of doubt. One is positive, one is negative. Self-doubt tends to be paralyzing. If you continually question whether you are up to...

Why you should procrastinate (a little)

10 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Can procrastination be a virtue for creativity? Apparently it can, in moderation. In a TED talk, organizational psychologist Adam Grant says a study showed that people who rush into doing things and people who wait until the last minute both...

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