The Next Big Thing: Breaking the Rules

I have a congenital allergy to blog chains. But I'm loading up on as much pseudoephedrine as the pharmacist can legally sell me (no, I don't run a meth lab) to participate in "Then Next Big Thing: My New Project" chain. I am to discuss my big writing project, then pass the task on to …

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MFA Nugget: Are You Sharing an Anecdote or Writing an Artful Story?

You crack people up at dinner parties. It seems there's no end to your ability to draw a smile with a quick take on a past event. With so much material, writing it should be a cinch. Right? That is what Sarah Braud once thought. Sarah graduates today from the Vermont College of Fine Arts …

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Does Insecurity Drive Creativity?

I had the pleasure yesterday of seeing a photograph, taken by my daughter, on display at a D.C. art show. Pleasure is an understatement; I was bursting with pride. Both of my children give me reasons to smile. My daughter's art. My son's grades. The thoughtfulness and generosity of both. And yet. As I was …

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Why Do I Write? Because…

This thought exercise began over the weekend, as I was writing a guest post for another blog answering the question "When do I write?" (It should run next week; I'll provide a link at that time.) Just a few weeks ago, I wrote another guest post answering the question "Where do I write?" I am …

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Who Has Your Creativity Sold Out?

Is your creativity selling out someone in your life? Joan Didion famously wrote that "writers are always selling somebody out." Songwriters, painters, novelists and other creatives channel their life experiences when producing their art. Take my post on Tuesday, in which I passed along advice I heard at a recent writer's conference about building a …

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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 – 3/23/12

If it's Friday, it's time for my latest collection of links on creativity and writing I tweeted this week. There's a lot to be said for reliability. Tourists will be coming here to D.C. through April 27th to take in our beautiful cherry trees in the 100th anniversary of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, but …

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