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Creative Writing

Dialogue without quotation marks. Why?

I recently read 1 yet another book in which the author decided not to use quotation marks to indicate dialogue. This is normally a signal to me that I am not going to like the book. I’m not sure why – perhaps it’s because it indicates to me that the author is more interested in form and being “artsy” or “nonconformist” than in the story itself and clarity for the […]

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2015

Winner, winner, chicken dinner, y’all! Camp NaNo, which just wrapped up at the end of April is a much more laid back version of the main NaNoWriMo event in November, but I still found it to be helpful. I started Camp with about 60,000 words in my draft and a goal of adding another 20k within a month. I’m now at about 81,500 total words, with a long way still […]

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NaNoWriMo 2014 (Or: What am I, crazy?)

I must be crazy, but I’m doing this. What is NaNoWriMo, you may be asking? It’s a commitment—perhaps even a dare—to write at least a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days. Find out more here and sign up if you’re game to join me in my craziness. Although I’ve thought of doing NaNo in the past, I chickened out each time—always with good excuses, mind you. This […]

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On Rejection and Acceptance

I wrote a short story some time back (as in almost 2 years ago) as part of an assignment for a writing class I was taking. I knew it needed some polish, but I felt like I spent too much time in it to be objective about it, so I set it aside for a while and worked on some other things. Fast forward a bit and eventually, I came […]

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The Science of Great Ideas

I came across an interesting look at the science behind creative ideas and thought I would pass it along. The article also references one of my favorite books on the topic, A Technique for Producing Ideas by James Webb Young. Young was an ad man from the Mad Men era who fully believed that you can train your mind to produce ideas. He goes on to say that this is […]

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Real Artists Ship

Back in the early 1980s, the Apple Macintosh was behind schedule and the project team was close to burning out when Steve Jobs wrote on a nearby easel “Real Artists Ship.” Why did he write that and what did he mean? Well, of course, he wanted the project team to finish (and finish on time too). But at its core is this simple truth: everyone has ideas, but real artists deliver […]

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I’ve Been Published!

It's a Crime

Several months ago, I took a deep breath and a chance and submitted a short story to a contest sponsored by Florida Writers Association. This marked the first time I’ve ever participated in a writing contest or submitted anything for publication. I have a hard enough time just letting people read my stories that the thought of sending one off to literally be judged was a little intimidating. The rules […]

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