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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

WRITE IT RIGHT: Demure, demur and an old favorite

In the same week I noticed two mix-ups of the words demure and demur: "The costumes ranged from the demur to the over-the-top." - Coachella Valley Weekly "But ask him about it and he'll demure." - Reader's Digest (!) Demure...

How the Trump Drama Will End

IF DONALD TRUMP WERE A TRAGIC PROTAGONIST... If you were writing a drama in which you’d invented the character “Donald Trump” and all the events that are happening, how would you end his story? I can imagine two types of...

The great children's ebook con trick

I've seen a lot of promotion recently for courses that purport to show you how to make loads of money writing children's books and selling them on Amazon. One of them shows you have to use clip art or public...

Do you follow the 5-hour rule for improving your writing or other skill?

The five-hour rule refers to spending at least five hours a week on improving your skill, and it's something practiced by Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates and other very successful people, according to an article at inc.com. The article's...

Pixar knows it's what the audience FEELS that counts

Pixar has the most consistent record of success of any current studio. Why is that? Songwriter and composer Randy Newman said this: "The Pixar people always emphasize that the characters in their films are adults and deal with adult emotions....

Would you Grangerize your books?

Did you know that people used to personalize their books by adding illustrations to them? Sometimes they drew or painted these or pasted in maps, engravings, letters, stamps, autographs or photographs. Just like now, somebody figured out how to monetize...

If having your book at the London Book Fair sounds like a great deal...read this first

Some vanity publishers offer to put your book on display at book fairs, like the London Book Fair, the LA Times Festival of Books, and the Miami Book Fair. Surely the people who organize those events check into the bonafides...

What's the deal with starting sentences with "so"? (and my alternative)

SO--WHAT? What's the origin of the practice of starting a sentence with the word "so," even when that sentence is not following on from anything? It's not totally new (there are examples in Chaucer and Shakespeare) but it has become...

When publishing meets television: a new approach, but is it a good one?

When pitching a movie or a TV series, writers sometimes characterize their project as "X" meets "Y"--as in, "Romeo and Juliet" meets "Lord of the Flies." There's a new approach to books that might be described as "TV writing" meets....

Authors, this could be a way to get paid to write your book

How has an author recently raised over $1 million to fund the publishing of a book that tells the stories of 100 inspiring real-life women? The answer is Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site. Better known for raising money for tech gadgets,...

How to question your procrastination

I'm always interested in reading about how to beat procrastination. It's a great way to procrastinate but sometimes it also yields some helpful tips. At Psychologies.com, life coach Kim Morgan suggests asking ourselves these questions about the things we are...

David Lynch on Creativity

This short film from The Atlantic magazine animates some of film director David Lynch's thoughts on creativity (recorded in 2008): http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/491738/david-lynch-on-where-great-ideas-come-from/

The Power of Nothing and a text you should send

Does your inner critic create fear that keeps you from doing things that could bring something worthwhile into the world? (Inner critic: "Ha! You?! Who do you think you are!?") Entering the Zone of Nothing can free you from this,...

The Amazing Inspirational Art of Burning Man

Take a look at some of the amazing art at this year's Burning Man festival...even more impressive when you realize it's all created to exist for one week only. When the festival is over, the desert landscape is returned to...

Quick tip if you love cartoons & comics

2 years agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

If you love cartoons, in this case strip or single panel, not animated, check out theNib.com. They offer cartoons that are political, journalistic, or just plain funny. You can also sign up for a daily email infusion of cartoons.

Summary books: parasites or time savers?

2 years agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

What do you think about summary books? I've noticed more and more of them popping up on Amazon lately. For instance, consider the book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy, 352 pages, £8.99 in...

When will headline writers stop misusing the word "insane"?

2 years agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

How you noticed how often clickbait headlines use the word "insane"? As in, get insane results, one insane trick to help you lose weight, etc.? Here are a few real examples: "How Pokemon Go is Driving Insane Amounts of Sales"...

A simple question to help you understand what your characters would do next

2 years agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

When you're stuck for what a character in your novel or screenplay would do next, there's a simple question that can help you decide. As novelist Lili Wright ("Dancing With the Tiger") points out in an interview in The National...

A better formula for creating your passwords

2 years agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A mistake people make when changing their password is just changing one element or adding one character to their current password. Apparently, hackers program for that. A better option is to have your password made up of four unrelated words,...

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