After you’ve written a paragraph, have you ever stopped to squint at the words, wondering if you’ve chosen the right ones to convey the mood you intended? Did you manage to craft a distinct voice for your viewpoint character, or does the narrative sound too much like you? Are your commas placed correctly? All the… Continue reading 5 Practical Exercises For the Creative Writer
This Valentine's Day, I gathered four thoughts about how to make friendships last.
A new story is hard to write. And generating ideas to fill it is even harder. When you’re staring at a blank page, Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes might haunt you: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” With so many great… Continue reading The Life Changing Magic of Brainstorming
When was the last time you were bored? During my childhood, those who dared utter the forbidden phrase “I’m bored” were saddled with a chore or two (or three). Boredom is often viewed as idleness, and the solution is to fill that void with productivity. What if I told you that, as a writer, boredom… Continue reading How to Harness Your Boredom and Spark Creativity
In 1995, the BBC released their timeless television adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Since then, countless women have been swooning over Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and countless men have been rolling their eyes. My memory of watching Pride and Prejudice is clear and vivid. What I remember the most is the language—its… Continue reading Finding Jane: The Case for Rigorous Reading
What will it take to start, and stay, on the path of self education?
We've all heard the worn out phrase "Life is short." As humans, we don't like to really take time to think about life long enough to evaluate the truth of that statement. Nobody likes to think about it. I've become more aware of life's brevity as I hurtle towards my thirtieth birthday. Anyone older than… Continue reading To Read or Not to Read? Revisited
Why do human beings read? What's the point? My six year old announced to his grandmother one day that "all Mom and Dad ever do is work and read." Aside from a few other basic activities like eating and sleeping, he isn't too far off the mark. We read a lot. Our house is full… Continue reading To Read, or Not to Read?
Why is there never enough of time? This week I had a wonderful opportunity to listen to a master teacher speak on the value of fairy tales and how they form the imagination. During his talk, he said something completely unrelated that made me pause. "Two things happen to you when you turn fifty. The first is that… Continue reading Ten Thoughts on Reading More
Have you ever struggled to read a book? It might have been a serious tome of a book like Don Quixote or maybe it was a simple little book like The Old Man and the Sea. But for some reason reading it was as painful as pulling teeth. Even the most seasoned reader struggles to… Continue reading Game Changer or How to Read a Boring Book