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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Theater etiquette (what's that?)

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Writing in The Stage, Mark Shenton gave this example of audience behavior in the theater: "An audience member at Sunny Afternoon last week told the London Evening Standard how he was "left fuming" when an usher asked him to stop...

Why book trailers are not a good idea for self-published fiction authors

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I see that somebody is selling a course for self-published authors on how to make "Hollywood-style" book trailers. I don't think that's a very good idea. Reading a book is a different process from watching a movie. A trailer is...

A present to give yourself

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

This can be a rough time of year for some people. If that's you, I'd like to encourage you to give yourself this gift: Be as kind to yourself as you are to your friends. Once a day or so,...

What ingredients do you need for flow?

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A lot has been written in the past few years about the state of "flow," in which whatever you're doing seems to come to you effortlessly. I had a rare experience of it yesterday, on a ten-hour flight back to...

Why not get a head start on the New Year?

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Have you ever come to the end of the year only to find that many of the things you intended to do somehow fell by the wayside and you're pretty much at the same point with them as you were...

Make Your Own Meaningless Quotes (it might lead to a best-seller)

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"Meaningless quotes are nature's way of telling you to think for yourself." - Anonymous (all right, it was me) Spring.org.uk cited a study of quotes, featuring these from Deepak Chopra: “Attention and intention are the mechanics of Manifestation.” "Imagination is...

The best children's books according to the Guardian authors panel

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

If you write children's books or are looking for a good book for a child (maybe early Christmas shopping?), here are the ones a panel of authors judging children's fiction for The Guardian (UK) selected as the best. Even if...

Robot authors are waiting in the wings

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A report on Cnet news says that an artificial intelligence program called Sheherazade is able to create interactive choose-your-own adventure fiction. It's not quite ready to kick us out of our chairs yet. According to a paper published by the...

Write it right: flare vs. flair (et tu, New York Times?)

7 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

What's happening to the New York Times? They promoted one of their food articles today with the sentence, "Turn your stuffing into muffins for a festive flare to the popular side dish." Leaving aside the fact that muffins made out.....

So what's the deal with sitting down?

7 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Well, they've ruined food for us, and drinking, and being in the sun, so I guess it was only a matter of time before scientists would get around to finding out that sitting is bad for us as well. This...

Roundup: An ugly word; Nicely written; Online security tip

7 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

AN UGLY WORD Here's a word I hope doesn't catch on, as used in Entrepreneur magazine: "When new hires are onboarded at iCracked..." When they're fired, are they made to walk the plank? NICELY WRITTEN Written by Joan Acocela in...

Want to be more creative? Let there be dark!

7 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A German study conducted a couple of years ago found that people came up with more creative ideas in a dark environment than in one flooded with light. The researchers theorized that the darkness reduces inhibitions and provides a feeling...

Lies, damn lies, and statistics...online

7 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Deception is nothing new, of course, but the internet gives it new outlets. Here are a few I've spotted lately... OPRAH IN THE SLAMMER!? Click bait: Links that say something like, "Ten celebrities who have criminal records!" and show a...

Is it OK to criticize during a brainstorming session?

7 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

One of the cardinal rules of group brainstorming sessions is, "not criticism!" The idea is that you note every idea and then analyze them in a separate session. However, a study at the University of California, Berkeley, found that groups...

The two blacklists of Hollywood (and the importance of story)

7 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Screenwriters know about two blacklists--one was the notorious attempt to stop writers and others who were Communists or refused to inform on Communists, or even were suspected of being Communists, from working in Hollywood in the 1950's. I got to...

Are authors wasting their time with Facebook? (1 surprising fact says yes)

7 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Is it a waste of your time trying to cultivate a following for your books via Facebook? In a recent article at digitalbookworld.com, Michael Alvear makes a good case for the answer being yes. I don't like blog posts that...

Animator Gil Keane on the soul of art (and writing): freedom

7 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

It's always interesting to me how much writers and artists have in common. In the video below, animator Gil Keane ("The Little Mermaid," "Tarzan," Beauty and the Beast") draws characters in space using a virtual reality headset and talks about...

Do you need a Thinking Chair?

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Dov Gordon of Alchemist Entrepreneur Ltd. had an idea I like. He said when he moved into his new office a few weeks ago he bought a Thinking Chair, where he goes to get away from the screens and reflects....

When a reviewer gives you lemons...

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The Guardian gave only two stars to the film "Legend." Notice how the clever ad designers dealt with that...

A great way to get ideas for characters

8 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Writers love hearing about all kinds of people and all kinds of things...you never know when something will lead to an idea for a character, a setting, a plot. While there's no substitute for actually getting out there and meeting.....

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