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9 Tips and Advice for Writers

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 to spring up organically, rather than selecting genres you perceive […]

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Some Wisdom From James Baldwin

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 artist is someone who helps you see reality.” “A […]

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Creativity Without Torture

Are you bought into the ubiquity of the suffering artist, whose creativity is best birthed in anguish? In her latest book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert writes: “If you want to be an artist of any sort, it seemed to me, then handling your frustration is a fundamental aspect of the work—perhaps […]

What Drives You to Write?

Writers, what drives you to write? Early this morning I was doing some self-examination, questioning my motives as an indie author and blogger. How much of crafting words on a page and uploading for the world to see is about my own manufactured self-importance? Do I have a suffering need to be read? And if […]

Writing Down Your Stories

I recommend writing the stories from your life. Nearly 10 years ago I took a “storytelling” class in graduate school that inspired me to spend an entire week just chronicling all of the little episodes and anecdotes I could remember across my life at that point. I organized them into a Word document, and have […]