Writing As Art

Mapping Your Writing

When I was a snot-nosed kid, before my parents paved our driveway, my little brother, Roger, and I used to “play cars” in the dirt after school. Fun times involving early miniature cars and a small gas station made from thin metal and painted with Gulf Oil Company thematic colors and emblems. We would scrape […]

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On Being An Addict

One of the great joys of my life is my fur babies. Billie girl, the rescue kitty. Banjo, the baby momma. And Ebon, the boy wanderer. Three cats, all with distinct personalities, all with individual wants and needs. Once or twice a week, in the morning after they eat breakfast, I give them catnip for […]

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Sometimes It’s Not About The Words

Sometimes it’s not about the words, it’s about the music, underlying the words. About the melody flowing through the prose, from beginning to end. Nature provides an underlying melody, a frequency at which all animate and inanimate creations vibrate. Simultaneously exclusive to the individual creation, and inclusive harmonically with all other creations in nature. Writers […]

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Teacher As Student

The amount of information on the Internet is beyond comprehension. Whether that information is factual or not, or based in reality, is not the point. The human imagination is the point. How presumptive computer and mechanical engineers are who believe they can design a robot capable of being nearly human. Key word being, nearly. No […]

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Learning Your Writing Style

As I read through writers’ comments in discussion groups on websites like Goodreads, I am struck by the number of new writers who are struggling to find their writing style. As if style is some kind of tool one just picks up and starts using immediately. Truth is, style takes some authors years to develop. […]

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Persistence of Vision

Many early science fiction film producers utilized the phenomenon of persistence of vision. They were creating the illusion of movement in some of their non-human characters. Dinosaurs, for instance. While the earliest attempts were crude and “stuttering” in motion, they got the job done. The amazing human mind is able to fill in the gaps […]

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The Other Half

It’s common knowledge that a writer has more than one job. I’m not talking about delivery work or flipping hamburgers to help pay the bills. No. Your writing career has two halves: the actual writing, and the actual marketing when the writing is done. As professional writers, we are accustomed to thinking that all we […]

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