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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

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How much exercise do writers (and other sedentary types) need?

Writers and many other spend much of our days sitting down. We know we need exercise in order to stay healthy, but how much? Science Daily reports a study from the University of Cambridge that suggests the magic number is...

The One Hour Pre-Motivation Strategy

I've written before about the fact that it's easy to make hard decisions for our future selves...but when we arrive at that point, our present self doesn't stick to the plan. For instance, it's easy to decide right now that...

How the movie Spotlight covered up its missing plot element

I finally caught up with the film, Spotlight, on a plane trip from Los Angeles to London. It won the 'best picture' Academy Award this year. Sure, the acting was good, the story was important, and it was well directed,...

Is there a web series in your future?

I've been looking at a number of web series lately and have been impressed by the level of professionalism of many of them. There are series based on just about any topic or situation you can imagine, but some seem...

These folks make a movie in 48 hours...what can you do in 48 hours?

In the 48 Hour Film Project, teams are given that amount of time to make a short film incorporating several elements that aren't revealed until just before the event starts. These include a genre, a character, a prop, and a...

Could your blog vanish without a trace?

What if you woke up one morning to find that your blog had disappeared? Do you have it backed up? Are you sure? I read about an artist to whom this happened and not only didn't he back up his...

Would you agree to give away your firstborn? (Probably)

A study confirms what we already know: hardly anybody actually reads those lengthy terms and conditions you have to agree to before you can download an app or join a social media or other site. Here's how MediaPost summarized the...

The Parody Site That Can Help You Generate Story Ideas

The Upworthy Generator is a tool that comes up with the kinds of clickbait headlines you see online all the time. It creates a headline and an image that actually has nothing to do with the headline. It's not that...

Why you should make your characters lose control

A feeling of having no control over a situation has been identified as one of the main sources of stress...which is a good reason to find ways to put your character into situations in which he or she has no...

A thought about ideas (and bad first drafts)

“All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that’s why it takes so long.” Stephen Spielberg To which I would add: if you think your first draft is really, really, really good...oh oh.

Writers and artists, we have to lose the supplicant mentality

I gave a talk to a writers' group this morning and one of the things that came up is the mindset that writers and artists often have. My graphic representation is: I call it the supplicant mindset. Because writers and...

Chocolate, Radishes, and Willpower

Is willpower something you just have or don't have, or it is something that we have in a certain quantity that diminishes over the course of a day, as we use it? Today I read an account of a study...

When a scene in your novel or screenplay isn't working, try this

Sometimes a scene in a screenplay or novel just sits there, not doing what it's supposed to. It's an experience I've had more than once, and here are three things that I've found helpful. iMAGINE CUTTING THE SCENE If you...

Write it right: sloppy language and farther vs. further

Here's a quote from an article in the Toronto Globe and Mail: "People who take long-acting opioids for chronic pain are much more likely to die than those taking other medications, according to a study published..." And here I...

A new way to brainstorm?

Normally brainstorming is all about generating ideas as fast as you can, not judging them as they come up (write them all down), and later assessing which ones are worth pursuing. A different approach is catching on, according to an...

Write it right: edition, heroin, cachet

Let's look at a few word mix-ups to avoid. First, here's part of the text for an ad for a speech to text program: Are you looking for dictation software with maximum versatility and functionality? Look no further than the...

To stay safe on the internet, lie

Here's a good strategy for making it less likely that hackers will be able to access your password by guessing the answers to your security questions: lie. I read that the hacker who got into Hilary Clinton's account had a...

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