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A thought about ideas (and bad first drafts)

10 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

“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

10 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

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

10 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

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

10 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

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

10 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

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?

11 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

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

11 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

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

11 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

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...

One good question to ask about your fictional characters (as well as yourself & others)

11 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

There are lots of things you can ask yourself when creating three-dimensional characters for your novel or screenplay, but one of the best was suggested in a New York Times essay on marriage: We seem normal only to those who...

Some days writing (or life) feels like this...

11 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"LOST IN SPACE" -gif by Geoff Keough (https://dribbble.com/gdk221) AND OTHER DAYS, LIKE THIS: JAM - gif by Pedro Piccinini https://dribbble.com/shots/2741806-Jam

Want to Watch Luc Besson Make His Next Film?

11 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?

11 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?

11 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?

11 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!

11 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)

11 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

12 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

12 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

12 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

12 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:

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