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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Messy people of the world, science is on our side!

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Is your desk messy? Are there piles of paper everywhere? Feel shame no longer, science says it makes us more creative! The study was published in the journal, Psychological Science and summarized in a New York Times article. The researchers...

The high price of learning to write via the Guardian

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I see that the Guardian Masterclasses in writing include a two-day session called "The Fundamentals of Fiction," taught by novelist Tim Lott. It has room for 16, and it runs from 10am to 4pm. Assuming the participants take a one-hou...

Why bother with a book signing (and the secrets of making it work)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

It's getting harder to arrange a book signing at book stores unless you're a big name author, but it's still worth doing. The point isn't necessarily to sell a lot of books on the day, it's to get the book...

The reason Spammers use bad grammar

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I get my fair share of SPAM offering me a share of the money that deposed dictators wish to spirit out of their country, or from fatally ill rich people who have no relatives and therefore have decided I should...

Why self-publishers are selling less--and what to do about it

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

At TheDigitalReader.com, Nate Hoffelder summarizes the challenge that self-publishers (and even traditional publishers) are facing: "As 2014 draws to a close indie publishing finds itself at a crossroad. There's a growing consensus that the supply of indie e-books is beginning...

The Writing Secret that Marketers Don't Want You to Know

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Do you want me to tell you the secret that people who market to aspiring writers don't want them to know? It's that THERE IS NO SECRET. Another day, another offer in my email for aspiring writers (from the same...

The business of life (and Happy New Year!)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"All the animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it." - Samuel Butler

Writers: beware the extreme hype! (part 2)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

In the previous post, I shared a pitch for a book on self-publishing. Unfortunately, the information used to try to sell it to you was out of date at best, misleading at worst. Recently I got another pitch from the...

Beware the self-publishing hype and misinformation! - part 1

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Here's part of an offer I received via email today, about self-publishing for Kindle. My comments are in red. "You would be surprised at how easy it is for anyone to get published on this new platform and the industry-crushing...

Two ways to keep your mind sharp as you get older

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

This is the season when we tend to appreciate even more than the rest of the year that the best gift any of us can get is good health, but unfortunately it's not something anybody else can give us. As...

Why it's OK to be nervous when you present your ideas

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Writing on the thnk.org site, Robert Wolfe makes an interesting observation about how storytelling can gain power when the teller reflects the hero's journey in the way he or she tells the story: This journey is a structure underlying many...

The beer that helps you solve problems

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

You may remember a while back I wrote a post about how beer (in the right quantity) can enhance your creativity. Now a creative person has figured out a way to cash in on that. According to research by Jennifer...

If you have trouble sleeping, try this (non-drug) method

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

As somebody who suffers at times from insomnia, I've always been on the lookout for solutions. Taking melatonin at bedtime makes little, if any, difference. I still take it because a doctor I trust told me it may help stave...

An epidemic of word conflation!

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

There seems to be an epidemic of word conflation: "China and Russia Will Takeover Economic Lead" "How this model can takeoff" "Become an e-learning rockstar" (recognized as one word in the Urban Dictionary, otherwise it's rock star). And a few...

The first sensible thing I've ready about the Sony hack and movie

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

North Koreans (or somebody very much like them...) hacked into Sony's systems and revealed emails that upset a bunch of high-paid executives, producers and actors. Boo hoo. In response to a vague threat of violence by the same people, all...

Free? No, I'll pay, I insist!

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The Senate Select Committee report on torture by the US is available free in PDF form, but Techdirt.com reports that it's selling rather briskly in a $2.99 Kindle version anyway. You can read PDFs on a Kindle but many people...

Irony, headlines, and the ugly 'below'

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

IRONY 1: How's this for irony: Che Guevarra's son is offering motorcycle tours of Cuba in honor of his father's love of motorcycles (as shown in the film, Motorcycle Diaries). The nine-day tour goes for $5,800, flights not included. I...

What's happened to Smokey the Bear? (Random Sunday thoughts)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Do you remember Smokey the Bear from your school days? Friendly-looking bear teaching you to be careful not to start forest fires? Look at him now: The glassy eyes, the vacant stare-what do you think, drugs? And what's with the...

This kind of letter makes it all worthwhile...

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A couple of my books have been translated into Russian, and today I received an email from St. Petersburg that reminded that even though very few authors get rich from the royalties, there are other things that make writing books...

How Nick Hornby deals with the long process from script to film

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

It can take ages for a screenplay to become a film and of course a lot of times the production never happens. Nick Hornby, whose most recent adaptation is Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, deals with it by using the time...

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