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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The most important person you'll meet through your writing

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"I read and I walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that...

Do you lose motivation in the winter?

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

We're coming off Daylight Savings Time, it's getting dark earlier, and there are more grey days ahead. Do you find your motivation flagging as winter sets in? I do--I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (a bright SAD light helps). Even...

Alcohol, creativity, and memory (cheers!)

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A while back I wrote a post about research that found that creativity is enhanced by having a couple of drinks (but not more). A new study shows that light consumption of alcohol can also help memory--at least for older...

Why is Sherlock Holmes on the cover of my book?

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A couple of new translations of my writing books. The figure with the pipe reminds me of Bertrand Russell or Sherlock Holmes... (Your Writing Coach and Your Creative Writing Masterclass are available in English too, from your bookseller. See YourWritingCoach.com...

Tortoise Scandal Exosed!

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

You may think you know the story of the tortoise and the hare, but you don't know the FULL story! It's all here... PS: This is also a little promotion for the online MASSIVE ACTION DAY taking place today (Saturday,...

A word to leave out of your fiction (most of the time)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

What's the word to leave out of your fiction most of the time? Suddenly. Almost everything happens suddenly. A shot rings out. She realizes there's a man behind her. The waiter arrives to take your order. OK, I guess he...

Where famous authors wrote their books

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

If you think you need a nice office space with a great view to be inspired, take a look at the writing spaces of some famous authors, as featured at http://www.TheWriteLife.com... How did Jane Austen write such big books at...

A brilliant kids' book with no pictures

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Case in point, a kids' book with no pictures...one that makes kids scream with laughter...and sells LOTS of copies, if the 600,000+ views at YouTube are any indication. I won't spoil it, se...

Some hard data on ebook sales

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

There is a lot of speculation about the impact of e-books, but often without any hard data. In the October 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair edition of Publishers Weekly, Jo Henry passes along some interesting figures regarding the sales of e-books:...

David Fincher thinks you're a pervert (but he's a director worth studying)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

It's important for writers to understand what directors do (and vice-versa). One of the current top directors is David Fincher and this video analyzing what he does and how he does it is well worth 8 minutes of your time:...

Songwriter Ryan Adams on connecting to your unconscious mind

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

In an interview with Neil McCormick of the London Daily Telegraph, songwriter Ryan Adams has an interesting take on what distracts us these days from connecting with thoughts beneath the surface. Looking at his iPhone, he says, “There’s something in...

Why you shouldn't write like (fill in name)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

99U had a post today critical of the many articles that are headlined something like "How to Innovate the Steve Jobs Way" or "How to Think Like Warren Buffet." It brought to mind how often writers see similar articles: "How...

Sunday Stories: "Feet" (Why not write one, too?)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

This is a little experiment in flash fiction, using photos by a very talented photographer, Ryan McGuire, who generously lets people use his images without charge - you can find them at Gratisgraphy. The idea is to craft a story...

How artist Edward Hopper "wrote" his most famous painting

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A fascinating article by Robin Cembulest at ArtNews.com reveals how Edward Hopper created his most famous painting, "Nighthawks"--the one that shows the interior of a diner as seen through its large window, revealing a couple, a man by himself, and...

This is why (some) publishers deserve to go out of business

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

In 2012, authors sued the largest publisher of romance novels, Harlequin. Here's a summary of the situation, as described at www.harlegquinlawsuit.com: THE LEGAL ISSUES "A class action lawsuit was filed today against Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd., the world’s leading publisher of...

Sunday Stories: "Fading" (Why not write one, too?)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

This is a little experiment in flash fiction, using photos by a very talented photographer, Ryan McGuire, who generously lets people use his images without charge - you can find them at Gratisgraphy. The idea is to craft a story...

Another way to be an "author" by writing "books" without actually writing

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Is a story 7500 words long a book? No, I don't think so, either, but that's what an outfit called "Authors in a Flash" is offering as "sizzling hot fiction romance books" for you to buy and put your name...

Sunday Stories: "Antique" (Why not write one, too?)

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

This is a little experiment in flash fiction, using photos by a very talented photographer, Ryan McGuire, who generously lets people use his images without charge - you can find them at Gratisgraphy. The idea is to craft a story...

Are people more creative when standing up?

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A recent study suggests that individuals who work collaboratively are more engaged and less territorial when they work standing up. Professors at the business school at Washington University in St. Louis had students work for 30 minutes in groups of...

Write it right: Unfortunate wording

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Time for the Associated Press to have a quick review of sentence construction. Here's the first line of an article they released today: LIMA, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities say they have apprehended the convicted killer of three Ohio students who...

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