How to be a Great Writer

How to be a writer. Not just a writer; a great writer. Two easy steps. Sit on your butt. Write. Beverages and music allowed. That means you don’t dodishescheckemailmakecallsbalancethecheckbookpaybillsdochoreswatchtv or blog. I’m writing this waiting for the tea to boil, so I’m claiming the beverage exception. Don’t tell me how busy you are. It impliesContinue reading “How to be a Great Writer”

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Kicking the Bucket in Academic Writing

I think that when students (at any level) are given a writing assignment, they sometimes think of the assignment as if it were a bucket. So a ten page paper is a bucket of a certain size and a twenty page paper is a bucket that’s exactly twice as big. In this way of thinking,Continue reading “Kicking the Bucket in Academic Writing”

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On Being Creative

This is a somewhat modified repost of an entry originally published in September of 2014. I thought I’d revisit and update it because I’m teaching an introduction to creative writing course this semester, and my class and I have been covering the creative process over the last couple of chapters. Artists and their Art I’mContinue reading “On Being Creative”

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The Art vs. the Business of Writing

The art of (creative) writing involves drawing on your emotional reserves to create something new. It requires an investment in imagination, emotion, and skill. It asks for the force of effort to get a work started followed by perceptive and collaborative resignation once the work starts to take on its own life. It involves aContinue reading “The Art vs. the Business of Writing”

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Intuition and Creativity

I’m fortunate enough to be teaching an Introduction to Creative Writing class this semester. Last Thursday was the first day of class. I encouraged my students to pay attention to the people around them: how they spoke, acted, seemed to think, as that will help them write characters. But that led me down a bitContinue reading “Intuition and Creativity”

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