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Life As Art

How do you teach an old dog new tricks?

One thing I’ve been more proactive about this year is reading. I’ve read at least a hundred times more this year than I’ve written and it’s changed the way I write, for sure. 606 more words

Writing Experiences

The unoriginal sin

Plagiarism isn’t going away. In fact, it’s easier than ever before to commit and catch what Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark called “the unoriginal sin.” Sometimes well-meaning people copy and paste as if it were an acceptable part of the writing process. 321 more words


Writing Tips I Have Ignored No. 1: Write about what you know.

Start out by writing what you know: that’s what new writers are often told. The thing is, I haven’t had that many adventures. Why would I want to write about someone like me – and why would anyone else want to… 456 more words


The Other Half

When I visited my school guidance counselor to discuss my future careers, the term “creativity scientist” never came up. Then again, neither did “musician” or “novelist” or even “computer programmer,” all of which I have used to describe various aspects of my “career.” 874 more words


Drawing characters for visual reference

Lately, I’ve been thinking that it would be good idea to have my characters drawn up. The idea behind it is that it would be cool to have not only a visual reference, but a tangible one. 321 more words

Flash Fiction published - 'Unsatisfactory'

This is a nice post for me to write after a brief break from the blog (I’ve been on holiday!) Remember a few weeks back, when I’d been nice and productive, I wrote that I had submitted a piece of Flash Fiction to an online publication (or ‘Microfiction’, if you’d rather)? 464 more words

What I Did Write

Into the Action - Hanging off the Cliff

It’s been a bit since I talked about action, which I should say is a gaff on my part.  I mean, my primary works are bathed in the essence of the action/adventure piece so you would think I’d have more to say on it.  471 more words