From There to Here: Integrity

Stand in Your Integrity

in•teg•ri•ty n (15c) 1: an unimpaired condition : SOUNDNESS 2: firm adherence to a code of esp. moral or artistic values : INCORRUPTIBILITY 3: the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS syn see HONESTYContinue Reading

How to be a Better Writer: Acknowledge the “but”

The Contradiction
I still remember one of my professors chastising the class about absolute statements. He told us to avoid them or risk the peril of being confronted with a contradictory claim, not to mention a less than stellar grade. I accepted his instruction because the underlying statement was and is sound: no one person can know everything there is to know about even a single topic. It’s foolish to pretend otherwise.Continue Reading

Who are You Writing for?

Who are you writing for?

Of our greatest acts we are ignorant. You were not aware that you saved my life. – Emily Dickinson to Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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Will Visual Media Kill Writing?

Doodling: a blend of writing and visual media.

The newer social networks – Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, Snapchat – have one thing in common: they’re visually oriented. The premise behind them seems to be about sharing experiences and emotions “of the moment.” None of them require much captioning, raising the question of whether they’re killing writing.Continue Reading

Write Right and the Giving Tree

Write Right and the Giving Tree

How to Handle Failure

I'm not afraid of failure.

The problems of failure are problems of discouragement, of hopelessness, of hunger. You want everything to happen and you want it now, and things go wrong. – Neil Gaiman, “Make Good Art”Continue Reading

Get out of the Emotional Sandbox

The Emotional Sandbox

emotional sandbox: (n) an overreaction to external stimuli that points to a deeper and larger issue than the surface one

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Write for the Big Picture

The Big Picture: The Field

Every story is supposed to have a single, predominant theme, and every detail is supposed to work toward that theme. It isn’t that writers can’t insert smaller themes within the larger one, but they have to be conscientious about the main impulse. It directs every detail, from the characters who inhabit the story to the setting and structure.

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The Blank Page is not Your Friend

The Blank Page

We don’t go to the page to make friends. We go to see something other and apart from who we are. – Jodi Angel

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Give Away Your Ideas

Give Away Your Ideas

Do not covet your ideas. Give away everything you know, and more will come back to you…The problem with hoarding is you end up living off your reserves. Eventually you’ll become stale. If you give away everything you have, you are left with nothing. This forces you to look, to be aware, to replenish. – from Paul Arden’s It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be

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