Writing and the Writer’s Life

Any person who has ever taken an introductory creative writing course has heard this advice: "write about what you know." Ironically, the very next advice seems to be "write about what you don't know." The instructors think they're clever, but I can't count how many times I've heard this. You can't accurately write about something... Continue Reading →

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How to Make a Killing as a Writer

You're all here, I assume, for the secret. You're looking for the trick no one told you, the trick no one knows, no one but me, and now you. You want to know what made the greatest and most successful authors? Well, I'll tell you. Drum roll!!! The truth is only dedication to the craft of writing... Continue Reading →

The Cognitive Correction

As I continue to suffer and weep in the cold hands of a relentless depression, I have took it upon myself to read a self-help book on cognitive psychology. The book, Feeling Good by David Burns is an excessively long look at the causes and solutions for depression. Although I have completed only about 300 pages... Continue Reading →

Not Perfect!

That last poem was not perfect and it's bothering me. I usually write the poems just to continue writing. I need practice and also I love seeing your views and likes and follows. Ugh, but that wasn't perfect enough. It's a unique concept, but the poem seems unfinished. I would love some advice. I know... Continue Reading →

So Close…Or Maybe Not

A while back I mentioned that I finished the first draft of a novella about a hallucinatory painter. Since then, I've revised the draft and sent out copies to some friends in the hope that they'd give me some good critiques. So far every person has given positive responses, and positive responses only. Hooray! Actually,... Continue Reading →

The Self-Esteem Dilemma

I, along with the majority of people I've met, struggle with some insecurity. For some it's just a bother. For others it's crippling. They become so conscious of the way they look, talk, and/or move that they close themselves in their room. Then, the insecurities fester. When next this person interacts with others, they act as if... Continue Reading →

Chekhov’s Gun

Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first act that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third act it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there. —Anton Chekhov Minimalism and set-up. When you think about... Continue Reading →

Dots

I stumbled across a short film called "Kropki" (Polish for dots). The film points out how mechanical we are. We do what we need to do and never ask more. We never question why this happens and that happens, who that person over there is, what that person thinks, why they dress the way they... Continue Reading →

Writing a Heroine

One of the main complaints about literature, especially fantasy, is that the hero is generally always a male. If I look back at some of the books I read, especially as a child, this complaint holds up. Percy Jackson. Harry Potter. Eragon. Frodo Baggins. Kvothe. Okay, so there was Katniss Everdeen, but otherwise...not many girls. I... Continue Reading →

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