I've taken a nearly 30-day hiatus from this blog while I got heavily involved in this writing project. I don't always multitask well, so I felt it was better to streamline the number of pots I was putting my fingers into in any given day.I even abandoned Twitter for the duration, which was actually kind … Continue reading Where do you find characters?
I've been exploring the video presentations on ted.com, and ran across this presentation from Amy Tan on creativity, where it comes from for her, and where it hides and can be found. I found it helpful, and I hope you do as well.there is also this presentation from Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creative genius - … Continue reading On Creativity
Character motivation drives plot!
There is a tremendous difference between having a character walk through a set of plot elements, and letting that same character crash cleanly through them because he/she is properly motivated.I was reading a younger writer's efforts last year, and this extreme example has stayed with me: The main hero was standing in the middle of … Continue reading Character motivation drives plot!
Here are the initial guidelines for how my coaching service (Literary Nudger?) is going to work. I am not monetizing this effort. I am not selling a service, nor am I pitching a "How to" book (nor do I plan to write one). Im just trying to pay it forward a little.I am not trying … Continue reading Creativity Coach
Why do you write?
"Leave the why for psychologists. It's enough to know you want to write. Write."I write because I am crazy, schizophrenic, and I know it and accept it and I have to do something with it other than go to the loony bin."I write because there are stories that people have forgotten to tell, because I … Continue reading Why do you write?
Writing Exercise: just do it
Every writer who has ever lived has, at some point, stared blankly at the paper / parchment / monitor and wondered, "Now what?"Writer's Block isn't a curse, it's an opportunity.Today's writing exercise is simply a series of timed exercises. (These are all ten minute segments)How to begin? Start with the words, "I remember" and let … Continue reading Writing Exercise: just do it
Dragon in a Jaguar
I needed to change my karma a little bit today, so I went out for a haircut, lunch and a couple of errands.The haircut was uneventful, and I won't bore you with the grocery shopping. Lunch was more interesting.I went to Panera, and got the tortilla chicken soup (yummay!) and the bacon turkey sandwich (feh). … Continue reading Dragon in a Jaguar