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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Grammar Gone Wrong (USA Today--hire a copy editor!)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

What's the correct usage when you're referring to people that could be either gender? The exclusionary tradition was "he/his" regardless of whether or not it referred to something that included women. Some people suggested using only "she/her" for a hundred...

Three questions that can change the way you think about your life

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

If you find yourself being too critical of yourself and others, too affected by rejection or setbacks, there are ways you can correct that. The first mistake we make is automatically categorizing lots of things as negative without considering that...

Time to put the ice bucket challenge on ice?

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

It was a bit depressing to see Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, and Alistair Darling take the popular "ice bucket challenge." If I thought they were doing it due to a genuine awareness and concern about ALS--well, I still would...

Do writers and other creators get their fair share? (Hint: no)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Writing in The Register, Andrew Orlowski points out that "the sharing economy" doesn't always share. For instance, Amanda Palmer used Kickstarter to raise $1.2 million to fund an album and a tour, but then tried to get volunteer musicians to...

Scams to beware

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Recently I wrote about the Green Shore Publishing scam, where they're using actors from Fiverr to provide fake testimonials on the Green Shore site, and a mail drop as their headquarters, and the books they say have been published don't...

Stories you won't soon forget from Humans of New York

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Humans of New York is an amazing blog that features photos of New Yorkers along with quotes from brief interviews with them conducted by the photographer. On the site the photographer writes, "My name is Brandon and I began Humans.....

A pink gun named Lucy

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Although I haven't lived in the US for quite a while, the fiction I write is set there and I like to keep close tabs on what's happening. I'm also always on the lookout for interesting characters, and a recent...

The problem with "Don't take it personally"

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Recently I saw a cartoon in which a man is curled up on the the floor, a letter next to him, presumably a rejection letter. He's crying out, "I'm no writer. I've wasted my life." I doctored the text to...

An author who got others to pay for his trip to Las Vegas

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

You may know of Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site where you can ask people to finance your invention or, in this case, postcards. Julian Gough, past winner of the National Short Story Prize, set out to raise $1500 to pay for...

Robin Williams, the inner critic, and you (and me)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I had two small connections with Robin Williams. He optioned a movie script I wrote but I didn't meet him then, only his representatives. Of course I was disappointed when he went on to make a different movie and the...

Why writers need courage (& 2 tips for getting it)

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The need for authors to have courage came up at the summer conference of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Author-illustrator Tomie dePaola said, "“Sometimes I still get up in the morning, I face the blank piece of...

Hemingway's Iceberg

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"If it is any use to know it, I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it underwater for every part that shows. Anything you know you can eliminate and it only strengthens...

This charming two-minute video shows why creativity takes time

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The charming short (2 minute) video below uses kids to demonstrate the difference between going with your first idea and giving yourself enough time to come up with something more creative:

The simplest, least expensive way to boost your creativity

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

It's official--a study at my alma mater, Stanford University, showed that walking is a way to increase your creativity. Great writers have known this all along, of course: "Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move my thoughts...

Take 5 for yourself: Stop & ask 1 question

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A series on how to improve your life, 5 minutes at a time. Today: Stop and ask yourself one question This is the single best simple time management strategy I've come across: Several times a day, stop what you're doing...

Creativity Now gets around!

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Here's the brand new Thai edition of Creativity Now: Tell all your Thai friends! Of course you can also get the English edition from Amazon or your other favorite bookseller. Related articles Creativity Now: The case of the fake bus...

Why "free" is on the way out for ebook authors

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Marketing guru Ramit Sethi recently said that if you send people a link for something free they may find interesting, most of the time they won't click on it. This may not be true of your family and closest friends;...

Take 5 for yourself: Send a Postcard

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A new series on how to take 5 minutes to do something for yourself and others. Today: send a postcard or greeting card to somebody with whom you've been out of touch for a while. Yes, a physical piece of...

Just For Fun Sunday Roundup: robot fans, menu engineers, and a saloon

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I have 10,000 (robot) friends A Korean baseball club called The Hanwa Eagles has installed a cheering section made up of faceless robots. If fans want to be at the game virtually they can send a head shot to the...

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