Writing and Other Arts

9 Tips and Advice for Other Writers Read! Read with breadth and depth - Stephen King calls reading "the creative center of a writer's life" Write every day, even if it’s just in your personal journal. Daily prose evolves into prolific prose. Allow your ideas...

I’ve written and self-published six books since 2011. And while self-publishing is a constant learning journey, here are some tips based on my experiences and observations to date: Don’t invest a lot of time exploring self-publishing until you have a finished product that has been revised...

Writing and Other Arts Prose, Francine, Reading Like a Writer King, Stephen, On Writing Gilbert, Elizabeth, Big Magic Lencek, Lena, and Brunello, Pero, How to Write Like Chekhov Hemingway, Ernest, Ernest Hemingway on Writing Gioia, Ted, How to Listen to Jazz Career Development/Vocation Aujla, Dev, 50 Ways...

Yesterday morning, I listened to The Paris Review podcast and heard LeVar Burton recreate a 1984 speech by the late writer James Baldwin. I was walking through my neighborhood and had to stop a few times to enter quotes into the Evernote app on my iPhone: "An...

Last night's Paul Simon concert in Nashville was one of the best I've ever attended. And it wasn't just Simon's beautiful singing, surprising energy, and creative approaches to tunes long-familiar and recent. Even more so, it was the amazing band that Simon generously allowed to shine...

As I hit a "milestone" birthday this weekend, I find myself grateful for the journey so far and excited about the possibilities going forward. There's a lot of things I would do differently if I could regarding people, circumstances, and key choices. But I've learned and...

One of my core values is writing prose that echoes what human beings experience. One particular mindset that is absolutely essential to such an effort is curiosity. We have much to learn from our pets, who are constantly exemplifying curiosity to us--sometimes to a fault, especially...

These days, I'm practicing making the "first three hours" of each day all about my own health, personal growth, creativity, and learning. If you don't prioritize time and space for such endeavors (and the specific chunk of the day when you do them will vary...

Beauty abounds; but we often fail to take notice, even if we're growing skillful at "Present Living" by more fully engaging with people, activities, and our own intentions (see previous posts). "Present Living" is a mindful state that includes noticing and appreciating our surroundings. Our surroundings,...