An Author Interview on Creative Inspiration and the Writing Craft

I'm honored to have been interviewed by memoir author Kathleen Pooler on her excellent website/blog, Memoir Writer's Journey. I guess I got a bit carried away in my answers to her questions, because she's having to break up the interview into two parts. The first--a discussion of creative insights and inspirations, largely--is now live. The …

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Creative Wisdom from COMMITTED Creatives

Long before Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road was published, I had been sharing wisdom on the creative process I learned from artists interviewed on my 2010 cross-country road trip here on this blog. Now I've distilled five of them for a guest post on The Loft Literary Center's Writer's Block blog. Those who have read Committed …

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MFA Nugget: A Fresh Take on How Artists Should Steal

MONTPELIER, VERMONT -- The quote is attributed to Pablo Picasso: "Bad artists copy. Good artists steal." The line has been quoted enough that it's lost a bit of its oomph. But I liked how poet Ilya Kaminsky began his discussion of the subject in his informal talk here at my Vermont College of Fine Arts …

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Are Creatives Born or Made?

It's a provocative claim, made right in the headline: "Want to be a writer? Have a literary parent." I included this London Independent article in last Friday's Creativity Tweets of the Week, and it's been gnawing at me ever since. As I am wont to do with The Artist's Road, I will now turn the …

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Cultivating Creativity in the Sonoran Desert

Today I’m honored to provide a guest post by Melissa Crytzer Fry, whose blog What I Saw never fails to inspire. I was first drawn to her blog by her amazing photographs of the Sonoran Desert; it was there that I grew up, and Melissa's blog allowed me to return. But what struck me was …

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Maintaining Creative Momentum

I anticipated riding a wave as monstrous as the surfing delights found on Oahu's North Shore. Instead I've been floating in the bathtub that is the Gulf of Mexico post-hurricane season. Last July I rode a huge creative wave out of my first-ever MFA residency, seemingly unlimited energy that carried me through two "packets" of …

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