Lessons on Writing Dialogue from a Memoirist

My blog tour following the publication of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road continues with a writing craft post of mine on the award-winning blog by K.M. Weiland, Helping Writers Become Authors. K.M.'s readership largely comprises fiction writers, so I kept that in mind in writing a piece about crafting dialogue in your stories. In my …

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AWP Nugget: The Bubbling Debate over Self-Publishing

BOSTON -- The fireworks didn't come during the panel session, which is a good thing, because every square inch of the floor was covered by attendees. Pyrotechnics in rooms violating fire codes never end well. But the figurative fireworks came that night, assisted with alcohol. I refer here to the third rail of our modern …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 9/14/12

It dawned on me that I should collect some of the best links on writing and creativity I tweet during the week and compile them in a single, easy-to-use guide. I thought I'd call it "Creativity Tweets of the Week." Oh yeah, I used to do this pretty regularly, didn't I? Here at the Artist's …

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Seven Vows for Sustaining an Art-Committed Life

So you've dedicated yourself to living an art-committed life, I can hear you saying. It's one thing to proclaim that. But how do you maintain it during those moments when real life interferes? I have capitalized on the flexibility of self-employment over the last year to grow this blog; start an MFA program; and begin …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 4/20/12

You shouldn't be reading blogs right now. It's spring. Go outside and frolic in the grass. You can read these links later, in bed, while recovering from your allergy attack. CREATIVITY "4 Secrets of Great Critical Thinkers," Paul J. H. Schoemaker, Inc.: I'm shocked "Eat bacon" isn't on the list. "Slow down" is. "9 Inspirational …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week 4/6/12

Care to join me in an interactive, creative storytelling workshop? Make your way to D.C. on Wednesday, April 11th for "Telling Your Story Creatively: Principles and Whole-Brain Practices for Writing Compelling Blog Posts." It's the April event for the Capitol Creativity Network, and it should be a lot of fun! Now on to some of …

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What’s Your Take on Pinterest?

Pinterest is the next big thing, right? Look out, Facebook. Get over yourself, Twitter. You're so 2011, Tumblr. That's the noise echoing through social media. It's so loud it reached the editor of one of my freelance clients, who asked me to write an article about how Pinterest is causing both excitement and concern among …

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