I’ve been thinking a lot about productivity lately, largely because I’ve gotten precious little work done over the past couple of holiday months and want to get back on track. Since I’ve had some success with this in the past, I thought I’d share some of the things that made a drastic difference in the … More Productivity Tool #1
I’m watching Huang’s World, recommended, on Viceland and he’s walking through a cellar of wines, some of which are well over a hundred years old. One of them is from the mid-eighteen hundreds. My first thought is that it’s pretty cool that someone saved anything for so long. But then I start to wonder – … More Value Time
What is writing, especially fiction? What purpose does it serve? Where does it come from? Why do we spend time doing it, or doing anything? Sometimes it all slips through your fingers, because finally, there is no reason. It is its own reason, like everything else.
The most impressive collection of storytelling ever compiled. It’s a master class in imaginative fiction. Over half a century later, it remains unequaled. There’s no better way to ring in the new year than by being reminded of what’s possible. Happy New Year… from The Twilight Zone.
No matter what you’re doing creatively, it will involve work. It will be fun, but not just fun. If the project doesn’t come with immediate tangible rewards, getting through it will mean fostering a particular state of mind. The end, what comes next, and even what has already come, all have to take a backseat to now. … More Just Work
There seem to be an infinite number of things for which agents and publishers are searching. There are an infinite number of pitfalls and ways not to fit into their prescribed box. But the issue that no one addresses is this – if you try to give them what they want, it very likely won’t … More Selling
Local Hero, from director Bill Forsyth, is an understated, atmospheric masterpiece. The movie follows “Mac” (Peter Riegart), an oil executive from Houston, as he travels to a small Scottish inlet called Ferness, where he is tasked by his eccentric boss (Burt Lancaster) with convincing the locals to sell their home so that his company can build an … More Recommendation: Local Hero
One of the beautiful things about fiction is that it gives the writer a chance to explore his or her own life in an uncensored way. The page will never criticize or condemn and so offers a freedom that can otherwise be difficult to come by. It forces one to view their beliefs in a critical way, … More Open Up
The most difficult part about engaging in a long-term, time-demanding project, goal, dream, what have you, is contending with everything else. By the time you jump in, you’re likely already well-prepared to do whatever it is you’ve set out to accomplish. You already have everything you need but you still have to live your life – that’s the … More Get Out of Your Way
Some writers, such as James Patterson, outline every inch of their book before starting in on the actual writing. While an outline can be a useful tool, it can also limit your ability to utilize good ideas later on. By design it creates a box for you to work in. But while that box provides … More Outline?