Category Writer’s Craft
What Is Art?
What is Art? Yes, I’m pretty sure a lot of people have defended entire PhD dissertations on this topic but, as I said before, André Gide wrote, “Toutes choses sont dites déjà; mais comme personne n’écoute, il faut toujours recommencer. [Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back […]
What is your favourite piece of writing advice?
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” — Terry Pratchett Just wonderful…
Setting a Writing Schedule with a Busy Schedule
I think anyone who has tried to write something, anything, has run into this. I have found this to be the single biggest challenge to being able to maintain a blog or start a writing project. I have a a young family and I want to be an involved parent. I also have fitness goals […]
The Versatile Blogger Award
It is my great pleasure to accept this award from experiencedtutors. You should really go over and have a look at his blog. He discusses his trials and tribulations as a private tutor in the UK as well as presenting little vignettes of life in and around the place where he lives. It’s a little […]
Comment on Self-Assessment: The One Question Every New Writer Wants Answered
The One Question Every New Writer Wants Answered On the last day of the quarter, I often ask students in my memoir class to write down on an anonymous slip of paper a question about writing. When I did this recently, I received a number of questions about the legal implications of writing about others, […]
It’s Time to Get Meta….
It’s depressing to see how much YouTube and BuzzFeed items I repost or reblog get looked at and how little anyone looks at my original material. Currently my highest number of views is 89 and that on a day I posted about an article on LinkedIn “Class of 2013: Four Things You Must Unlearn Immediately […]
One Way to Motivate Yourself to Write
Things I Carry: The Thumb Drive That Keeps Me Working and Worrying This author and columnist has a decidedly “low tech” method of motivating himself to write more.
Writing Subjects & Blogging Styles
Do you ever get the feeling that someone, somewhere has written about what you’re about to write about and then found confirmation of that fact? I have gotten this a lot the few times I’ve sat down and tried to come up with a good idea for a work of fiction. My passion is science fiction and […]
In defense of purposeless writing
Originally posted on bottledworder:
I have been wondering, like many a scattered soul on the blogosphere, about what it might mean to write aimlessly. By aimlessly I mean to write without a specific purpose such as to sell, to build a resume, to add to a larger work, or to vent. When I browse posts…
Structured Versus Unstructured Writing & Other Thoughts on the Writing Process
How much structure does one need to write something? I suspect it varies from person to person and from project to project. In my case for this blog, I generally gather ideas in notes on EverNote, usually in point form. When I judge I have enough to create a decent post I write from this […]