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Aug.25.2010
NPR recently did a segment on the best meals shown on film. If your book doesn’t have a scene of someone eating something, you might want to consider one. Most people eat at least three times a day – often more – and a meal can carry every imaginable kind of metaphorical weight. It’s a great way...
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Aug.24.2010
I’m late. I know. I should probably hang my head in shame. But I’m not going to. Our weekend was filled with camping with friends and then today we had some family stuff that took up most of the day, which was way longer than I thought it would. I don’t regret one second. There are some things...
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Aug.24.2010
Do you dare disturb the universe? This question is what holds many of us back from writing, or from writing the things that we really want to. Because our lives are ordered and comfortable and to become creative just might mess all that up. But… I’ve met so many people who want to write, who talk...
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Aug.23.2010
Such a strange thing writing is, don’t you think? Visions of other people and other worlds swim in your head until you have no choice but to write them down. Then you have the burning need to have someone else read what you’ve written, so you embark on the rocky path to publication. The writing...
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Aug.23.2010
Do you flow? Do your words flow? I’m talking about “flow” as it is used by psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who wrote Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. In an interview in 1996, he defined flow as “Being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls...
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Aug.18.2010
I was going to blather on more about the state of flow and mindfulness today, but the universe had other plans. Every once in a while something happens in the news that you can use in your writing, whether its in your Work In Progress or in free-writing. What am I talking about? The Jet Blue...
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Aug.18.2010
I love reading about neuroscience. I know. It’s not the thing that you admit often in public. But the truth is that I read more non-fiction than fiction, and one of my favorite things to read about are books that explore the human brain. This is all connected to writing, of course. I am...
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Aug.18.2010
I spent the weekend in a haze of gunpowder and sunscreen, visiting the largest American Revolution reenactment in New England at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.   I visited this reenactment a couple of years ago when I was scouting out scenes for FORGE. In some ways,...
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Aug.18.2010
You made it through the first week! Most of you. If you were able to write at least 15 minutes a day for the last week then HUZZAH!! What (if anything) felt different about this past week’s writing? If you stumbled, then I will pat the back of your hand, brew you a cup of tea and murmur soothing...
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Aug.18.2010
When I am teaching writing to students, I sometimes tell them to think of themselves as a film director. Like Clint Eastwood, who dabbles in a little of everything; writing, acting, directing, financing, cooking, etc. The director has assembled her actors (characters), she kind of knows what...