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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

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Hemingway on how to practice to be a good writer

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Ernest Hemingway had this advice on how to practice to be a good writer when you're not actually at your desk writing: "When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor...

Fixing weak character voice

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A reader emailed me to say that her novel had been rejected and the editor in question had scribbled on the cover sheet that the problem is "weak character voice." She asked me what that is and how to fix...

PS: Is broadcast TV violence a race to the bottom?

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A few days ago I started to watch The Blacklist, one of the more intriguing new dramatic series on broadcast TV, but it turned out to be the straw that broke the camel's back. I turned it off and I...

Some tips from 100-year-olds

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Mental Floss magazine rounded up 100 bits of advice from people who have lived 100 years or more. I don't think getting old necessarily makes one wise but they did have some great tips. Here are my favorite ten: “I...

Three keys to having creative confidence

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

What's the secret of having creative confidence? After all, every creative act entails some kind of risk. Mainly there's the risk of failure--whatever we create may not work or be appreciated. There's also the risk of success. This may not...

Do you have a creative name? Should you?

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

People judge how creative your work is partly by how unusual your name is. That's the result of a study done by researchers Izabela Lebuda and Maciej Karwowski. They had five groups of people judge four different types of creative.....

Living with the shadow

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Want to get a better grasp of your protagonist or other character--or yourself? Consider this quote from Carl Jung: "The shadow is the negative side of the personality, the sum of all those unpleasant qualities we like to hide.........

Are you making these mistakes?

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Here's another roundup of common mistakes in word choice or grammar. These are all examples I've read recently: "Quick to setup." That should be "Quick to set up". Setup is a noun referring to the process, so you might say...

Jurgen's PS: Why I write

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Why write? I'm sure there are as many reasons as there are writers, but when I was asked this question recently it got me thinking about what writing has meant for me. When I published my print "Brainstorm" newsletter I...

Weird writing rituals (and a few not so weird)

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Is one of your goals writing more, or writing more regularly? If so, establishing some simple rituals may be helpful. Many writers do have a ritual and sometimes they’re pretty strange. Honore de Balzac drank gallons of coffee—possibly as many...

Five Productivity Rules Writers Should Ignore

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Entrepreneur.com recently featured an infographic showing 35 productivity guidelines, most of which make sense for everybody. But there are a few that I think writers might want to leave out: "Tune out the news. Nothing important happens, most of the...

Start the year with these wise ideas of Epictetus

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

This is the time of year when people think about their lives and what, if anything, they want to change. Sometimes changing one's view of the world is more powerful than moving to a different continent or changing jobs. See...

One wish for you

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

My wish for you for 2014: That you get everything you wish for, starting with the wisdom of what to wish for.

Last year's words, next year's words

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding" And any day can be your New Year's Day!

Stay motivated with small servings of feedback

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Completing a large project like writing a novel or screeplay without any feedback is daunting. It's all too easy to start wondering whether you've chosen the wrong story or the wrong structure or even whether you're wasting your time writing...

Here's your plan (why not start today?)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

One of a series of quotes for writers and others that you might find useful in thinking ahead to the new year: "Get that dream clearly in sight, start thinking weirdly, be committed and confident, use pressure as your energy...

Can props help you write? (The secret of Moleskines.)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

In the previous post we considered the roles of clothing in prompting creativity. Props can serve the same function, probably more easily. I got to thinking about this after reading on the 99u site about some studies, including this one,...

Does it matter what a writer wears?

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Can what you wear influence your success? As living proof that one size does not fit all (I'm 6' 7" tall), finding clothes has always been a challenge for me. Even in the "big and tall men's shop" it turns...

What top performers don't do

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

One of a series of quotes for writers and others that you might find helpful in thinking ahead to the New Year: "Top performers do not generate fame and fortune--or fervent happiness, for that matter--by following the conventional wisdom or...

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