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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

No, Santa Claus is not in town (scams to beware)

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The excellent Hoax Slayer newsletter reminds us of a few scams that are currently harvesting lots of suckers. Here are a few reminders: Nobody is giving away iPhones. Especially not iPhone 6's. Nobody is buying iPhones at auction....

If teen and Young Adult novels were realistic

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A clever young man named John Hansen came up with the Twitter hashtag #VeryRealisticYA. Here are a few contributions that have been posted: "Broody bad boy says something sexist to quiet, bookish girl. Girl puts him in his place.They never...

A quick word about depression (a personal post)

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

It's natural when something terrible happens to want to find the reason why, which is happening with the recent airplane crash apparently caused by the co-pilot's deliberate actions. The media have been pointing the finger at his problems with depression....

Volvo uses 'the opposite' technique for innovation

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

One of my favorite methods for coming up with ideas for stories and projects is The Opposite Technique, in which you identify the way something usually is done, generate the opposite of that, and then see how you can turn...

Write it right: Mindless?

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Here's a headline that had me heading for the dictionary: "Seven Mindless Ways to Earn Extra Cash When You're On the Road" Mindless? I wondered whether it had a meaning I wasn't aware of. But the dictionary offers these: adjective.....

Write it right: envious vs. enviable, flare vs. flair

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A few more matters of grammar, punctuation and wording that are easy to get wrong: From an ad for a new apartment development: "..making this a truly unique and envious place to live." envious: feeling envy enviable: worthy of envy....

Language Matters: You can fool some of the people quite a lot of the time

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Years ago I read a terrific little book called "How to Lie With Statistics" and I was reminded of it this morning when I got an email with this promise: "Yoga-Like" Routine Burns 53% More Calories (Take 2-Minutes) As far...

How long does it take to get out of writing shape?

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Is there such a thing as getting out of writing shape? I read the other day that if you exercise regularly and then stop, it takes three to five weeks before you lose general strength but specialized (sport-specific) strength diminishes...

Why 'wasting time' isn't really wasting time

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

When we're not being overtly productive, when we're daydreaming, chasing random links on the internet, or looking out of the window, are we just wasting time? Sociologist Christine Carter says no, in an interview with the Washington Post: We have...

Why Mozart should be on your playlist

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I don't listen to classical music very often. If you don't, either, maybe we should start. Here's a summary of a University of Helskinki study of the influence of classical music on our genes, as reported in Science Daily: Although....

The magic of being a writer

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"What I'd really like, in fact, is to be young and middle-aged, and perhaps even very old, all at the same time--and to be dark- and fair-skinned, deaf and hearing, gay and straight, male and female. I can't do that...

Cliches to avoid : waking from the nightmare (eeek!)

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

There's no shortage of cliches to avoid in films and novels, and here's a great illustration of one of them: 89 scenes in which someone sits bolt upright as they wake from a nightmare (screaming optional). The collective effect is.....

This U.S. summer program is for writers of sci-fi, fantasy and horror (apply by April 8, 2015)

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOP ANNOUNCES ITS 20th SUMMER SESSION! About Odyssey Each summer, writers of the fantastic come from all over the world to attend the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Odyssey is one of the most highly respected programs for writers of...

Free: how to be an Amazon best-seller

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I've written about this before, but I STILL see people charging for this information, so I'm going to give you the procedure for making your book a best-seller on Amazon--however, please be aware that this doesn't count for a lot...

Creativity Now...in simplified Chinese!

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Just got this--cover of the 2nd edition of Creativity Now in simplified Chinese. You can get it in English, too--published by Pearson and available from your favorite bookseller.

A peek into the crowded field of not so good self-published books

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The great thing about self-publishing is that anybody can do it...the bad thing about it is so many people are doing it that it's hard to find the good stuff (or to help people find it, if you're the author)....

Will people pay for a book you gave away?

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

There are a variety of sites on which authors can showcase their work and get feedback from readers. At one of the biggest, Wattpad, readers can comment on your work, follow you, and vote for their favorites. The site is...

How fast can you write a book? (and why that's the wrong question)

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I see that somebody has an ebook out called "8 Hour Bestseller: How to Write Your Bestselling Book in Record Time." I guess in an era of the supposed 4-hour work week, 8 hours is a long time. The author...

Writing for children - the author /illustrator connection

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

If you want to write a children's book you may want to know how much description of the illustrations you should include. In an interview with the author Tara Lazar, illustrator Troy Cummings talks about how he went about illustrating...

You're writing the wrong things...the money is in (ignored) government reports

6 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

So you've published a book and nobody's reading it and you haven't made any money?You're writing the wrong things! You should be writing reports for the government. Nobody reads those, either, but the money is great. You should be writing...

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