How Freewriting Saved My Life. After a long time without paying attention to imagination, the world of creativity is rediscovered. Writing to a prompt, with a timer, and without judgement connects us to the imaginal world.
Personal History: But Before That . . . In this personal essay, the author recounts the various ways he’s been employed over the years, starting from the present and working back in time to get a “wrong-end-of-the-telescope” look at his own work history.
Although Authors should have blogs to help form community and support their marketing, it’s not always the best idea to blog works in progress. Here are five reasons authors should think twice about what material they blog about, and what they might keep private.
Shipping, in Seth Godin’s work, is taking a chance by actually putting something unique, something of yourself “out the door.” This is what we do in self-publishing. And the more true it is, the more risky it seems, and the more resistance we have to overcome to “ship” the book.
On Saturdays, I often use this space to go off-topic, leave books and publishing behind for a day, and turn my attention in another direction. Enjoy. I remember how heavy the bike felt as I leaned into the pedals, gaining speed. It figured that the rental place would use sturdy bikes, but getting it going […]
Making lists is a way to use the organizational power of the mind in the realm of creative writing. By making lists of possible lists, we are freed from the confines of the trivial, and can use our imagination within an organized framework with surprising results.
For new visitors: Saturday is the day I take to write about pretty much whatever strikes me, frequently off-topic. A recipe might appear once in a while, or a memory. It’s Saturday—take a minute. Enjoy. May 28, 2010 / By the side of the road rounding Back Ranch / 8:07 a.m. Friday, Sunny I’m not […]
I want to tell you about this book, Writing for Your Life, by Deena Metzger. I want to tell you that I owned this book for several years, where it found a spot on the back of a shelf and never came out again. No, it was after I’d started taking freewriting classes with Suzanne […]
I started writing as a freshman at SUNY Buffalo quite a while ago. The coolest kids I knew were in English, and the coolest of them all seemed to be writers. That’s where I wanted to be. But once I went to work I wrote only institutional copy for many years. Instructional manuals, sales letters, […]