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Want to Watch Luc Besson Make His Next Film?

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The director Luc Besson (Fifth Element) is using Instagram to document every step of making his next film, Valerian. The movie is based on the graphic novel Valerian and Laureline, and it's a sci-fi tale in which the title character...

Could this work to promote your novel?

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The TV show VEEP has created an off-screen world for its viewers to play in. It could serve as a model for a fiction author wanting to market their novel and keep their readers engaged, especially if the book in...

Is Your Time Really in Short Supply?

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

We all have more to do than we have time to do it, right? An article in the New York Times by Laura Vanderkam suggests maybe we need to re-think our attitude toward time. She spent a full year noting...

Is this creative vision of the future a dream...or a nightmare?

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Technology allows us to bend reality in many ways. One example: One of Kanga's more promising ideas is a "Disneyland dementia village," with a fake butcher and grocery store, based on a Dutch model where dementia patients live in a....

Watch out for this smart phishing ploy!

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

As you may be aware, recently all of my websites were hacked and the home pages replaced with an image of an evil grinning cat. My tech consultant says hackers must have had a way of getting into the server...

Sci fi? Nope, sci fact (probably)

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I've spotted some amazing new tech devices in development that not long ago would have belonged in science fiction. One is an instant translator in an earbud, called The Pilot. There are no wires or cables and it works even...

The elephant in the room vs the 800-pound-gorilla

9 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I've written once before about how gradually the meaning of the term "the elephant in the room" is changing. It means something with a large presence that doesn't get talked about. However, more and more I see it used this...

The unsexy part of creativity

9 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

10 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

10 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?

10 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

10 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

10 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!

10 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

10 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

10 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

10 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)

10 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...

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