Journalist and This American Life host Ira Glass is one of the few voices that I regularly seek out because he is an excellent storyteller. So when I came across this animated video based on an interview he’d given, I knew I had to watch. I’d never heard Ira’s explanation that creative folk start on their path because they… Read more about Ira Glass on Storytelling
I came across some old writing notebooks from high school and college. The assortment of prose, poetry, and story ideas were so bad, so stuck in their time, that I did something I couldn’t bring myself to do before: destroy the pages. I’d kept these books for years because they contained my writing, my penmanship,… Read more about Destroying Pages
Business fascinates me the same way architecture does: I want to see how various resources come together to create something new. It’s a combination of structure, efficiency, and beauty—very much like writing. I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life. However, I’ve never said, “I want to be an entrepreneur.” I’ve always wanted to do something… Read more about Are Writers Inventors or Entrepreneurs?
The United States Constitution is one of my favorite works ever written. I don’t hold it in high regard simply because I’m American, although I am fortunate and proud to be a citizen of this country. Rather, the clarity of thought and purpose this document embodies is so wholly impressive that I cannot suppress my amazement.… Read more about Authors and the United States Constitution
Writers trade in ideas. That’s why we always carry a pad and pen because we’re never sure we can recreate the exact phrasing—or recreate the idea at all—at a later date. By extension, we’re paranoid about losing our work. So imagine my panic when I not only misplaced my notebook but found it in the dryer… Read more about Best. Notebook. Ever.
One of the concepts related to my recent pursuit of getting back to basics is outcome versus process. A book or a script is the outcome, but the act of writing is the process. The final result occupies such a small space compared to the weeks, months, and sometimes years spent actually creating that result.… Read more about Outcome v. Process
I just got a nice, little note from WordPress tonight: Thanks for remembering, WP. That’s very kind of you. I started this blog in June 2008 on the Blogger platform, but since I took a year off in the middle, I won’t argue with celebrating my four-year anniversary. Anyway, this online adventure really began when… Read more about Happy Anniversary to Me (Or, the Secret to Blogging)
Almost four years ago I wrote a blog post titled “Patience.” I initially wanted that entry to be a single word for it conveys much with very little. Having just completed my first novel, I had to keep this lesson in mind: I spent over four years writing the manuscript (not full-time, of course). With… Read more about Patience Redux
I currently use the writing software Scrivener because the program is packed with features. Initially created as a project manager for novels, you also can create scripts and e-books. You can write in one font and compile your manuscript in another. You can easily write out of order, then drag and drop the files to change the… Read more about Scrivener & Dropbox