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Aug.15.2011
We go through many, many adolescences in our lives. But if you continue to mature as you age, you will go through minor “adolescences of the spirit” at least every decade. ~Laurie Halse Anderson No truer words have been written. I've survived two adolescent phases since my teens and I'm in the...
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Aug.14.2011
(Start your day out right by debunking a few grammar myths!) I have a theory about creativity. It has everything to do with growing. We go through many, many adolescences in our lives. The first one (from roughly age 12 – 19) is the most dramatic. Once you survive that, you might never want to...
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Aug.14.2011
(Today’s goal for me – write blog before painting.) Do you know about the Hero’s Journey model of storytelling? It was popularized by Joseph Campbell in his book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Briefly, Campbell found common mythical elements in many stories across countless cultures. (Note – the...
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Aug.14.2011
Because, seriously, I am. Covered in paint, I mean. I have been painting for the past 10 hours. No, not an artistic masterpiece. I’m painting the mudroom. (We gutted our house in April. It seemed like a good idea at the time. When this project is finished (current projected date: March 2057) I...
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Aug.11.2011
I saw a lot of early autumnal hints on my run this morning. Dark, low clouds scuttled from Lake Ontario to the Tug Hill Plateau like hungry crabs. The first small flock of geese passed overhead, either going for a test flight, or intent on getting south early so they’d have the best condo...
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Aug.10.2011
I am reading The Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich (which I recommend highly, btw!) and am struck by the layers and layers of storytelling that Louise presents to the reader and the number of narrators of these layered stories.         Louise nests these stories one...
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Aug.10.2011
If you are writing a plot-driven book, one in which the main character’s journey is largely a response to exterior forces (Harry Potter, Hunger Games) then you will rarely be at a loss to decide what kind of action a scene can contain.     (CAVEAT – except for when you hit those “quiet”...
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Aug.08.2011
    I am beat. Whooped. Drained of all energy and intelligence. But it was SO worth it!     Yesterday I gave the closing keynote speech to 1300 people at the 40th SCBWI National Conference. To say I was nervous would be an understatement. Some of the best and brightest...
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Aug.07.2011
How are you doing on your attempts to write at least fifteen minutes every day? What is hard? What is harder? Did you have any unexpected resistance, either inside yourself or from the Universe at large?         I am a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions. I know that when I...
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Aug.07.2011
I’m in Los Angeles this weekend at the 40th annual SCBWI National Conference and having a blast. Yesterday I gave an hour-long workshop on the nuts and bolts of crafting a creative life. The official SCBWI blog covered a couple of the high points. (Be sure to read the rest of the coverage of the...