Category Writing

The Creative Process: is confrontation

January 10, 2014 Writing  3 comments

 The Creative Process series is my way of trying to understand how creative people create.

The creative process is the way in which an artist creates or brings something new into being. It's the vision; the crafting of an idea; the act of sculpting, painting, molding, filming, acting, writing; it's the drafting process; the editing process; the act of engaging oneself wholly; it's taking what one see's in their imagination and bringing it forth into the world.

But before creation can begin, a confrontation must take place.

Because, you see, artistic people of whatever medium (graphic design, film, music, painting, drawing, writing, acting, etc) are people who are highly sensitive to the world around them. They see and perceive the chaos, the beauty, the complexities,

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Feeling uninspired in your writing? Career? Life?

November 8, 2013 LifeWriting  One comment

 As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves. Gandhi

Me too.

Like Down by Jason Walker depressed and uninspired (YouTube it = instant pity party anthem).

So, whether you're  a writer or some other kind of artist, or a teacher, a social worker, a cashier, a hair dresser, a counselor, a bartender, or any other thing you could possibly be ... I've got some simple advice (I strongly adhere to the Keep It Simple Stupid philosophy) to help you feel that all-consuming passion for your career/occupation/life again.

Now I could tell you to go outside and get some fresh air or exercise or take a vacation. And I'm sure these things are all fine

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Literary agents, editors, and publicity

October 23, 2013 Writing  One comment

 Continuing on from last week's post ... I will finish talking about:

- What happens after you get an agent

- What happens when your manuscript goes to an editor

- Publicity and marketing strategies (plus, building your social media platform)

Please note that most (or all) of the following information is taken from The Complete Idiots Guide to Getting Published, 5th Edition. I do not claim any rights or ownership to the information posted here.

What happens when you get an agentIf you've successfully gained the representation of an agent, and signed an author/agent agreement then they will start submitting your work to the editors they think will be interested in them. Each editor (and/or publishing house) has a list. This

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Research, the publishing industry, and finding a literary agent

October 18, 2013 Writing  One comment

So recently, every time I see someone they ask me what I've been up to. Because I can't say "school" or "work" without elaborating more, I thought I'd just write a post about it to update and inform everyone (as well as have something to point people to, thus getting them to check out my blog. Sneaky, huh?)

I (finally!) finished The Complete Idiots Guide to Getting Published, 5th Edition by Sheree Bykofsky and Jennifer Basye Sander. It is filled with really good need-to-know information, but completely stressful to read if you have no idea how the publishing industry works. Disclaimer: most (or all) of the following information is taken from The Complete Idiots Guide to Getting Published, 5th Edition. I do not claim any rights or ownership to the information posted here.


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Culture of discontent and judgement

October 11, 2013 ThoughtsWriting  No comments

If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.Frank Zappa


Recently, I have been doing a lot of research on the publishing industry and just how difficult it is to break into the market and be successful (more on this coming up in my next post).

As I've said earlier, I've given myself a year to "figure out" -  to live in what it feels like to be a writer, without any obligations or pressure from myself (it's funny how I think this is actually possible). In concert with last week's post about other career choices, and thinking about the future, I have to stop and ask myself: is how my life is right now

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Possible career choices …

October 4, 2013 LifeWriting  No comments

A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it. Roald Dahl

As I am in the process of finishing my first novel and hopefully, getting it published, I am finding it to be very uncomfortable territory. It is uncertain and I honestly have no idea how it is going to play out. I do not know what next year will look like, what the rest of my life will look like. And for someone who has always had a plan, well let's just say I drink a lot more beer than I used to.

It is quite often I am struck by the fear that I won't be able to sit in my room and make up stories for the rest of my life (which I very much like to do), so I often contemplate what my

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Stranger than fiction

September 27, 2013 LifeWriting  No comments

It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. Mark TwainI spend the majority of my day in other worlds. Writing my book, reading other books, reading scripts for my Intro to scriptwriting class, watching movies for class/fun, listening to music, as well as watching my daily episode of Gilmore Girls and whatever else is on that night. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that I spend a minimum of 10 hours a day in other worlds. I have always been more at home in stories than in my own life; whether it be books, movies, TV shows, songs, whatever. It may have started out as a way to escape, but it has turned into something bigger than that. I get cranky and off-kilter if I don’t have a book to read or a good movie/show to watch. And when I do

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The Artistic Personality

September 10, 2013 Writing  2 comments

Most of us know that artists work and think differently from the general population. Granted, everyone thinks in his/her own way, shaped by his/her experiences and beliefs, but artists as a group tend to view the world in a different way. Namely, we have to find meaning in everything. And I mean, everything. If we don't find meaning in our day or experience something meaningful we are liable to fits of depression and despair. Whereas other people think, "I had an okay day. Everything's fine," we experience an existential crisis.

Most of the time, if our gifts are not nurtured or if we have not chosen a specific artistic pathway or even if we have, we as artists often do not understand ourselves and why we work and think the way we do. It can often be frustrating and

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September 3, 2013 Writing  No comments

 A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.    Roald Dahl

I am at a huge transition point in my life. And I'm kind of (a lot) freaking out about it. I'm sure I'm not the first college graduate to experience this weird post-school limbo of finding your place in the world, but I'm finding myself in a particularly new and uncomfortable place. You see, for the next year, I am committing myself to being a full-time writer. Now, however you quantify full-time, to me that is not having very many other distractions and/or responsibilities. Of course, I have a husband and a house and three pets, so I will never be free of all responsibilities. There will

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A thousand lives

August 29, 2013 Writing  No comments

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. Then man who never reads lives only once. George R.R. Martin

A love of writing can only stem from a love of reading. My love of reading was inherited by both of my parents, but especially my dad. I got my love of reading and all things fantastical from him. I also got his sensitivity (just about anything can make us tear up), his sense of wonder, and the need to permanently scar our bodies with ink. And also, because of him, I always feel the need to stop and buy a lemonade from a little kids lemonade stand whenever I pass by one or if given the choice between a chain restaurant (ie: Tim Horton's) or a mom-and-pop shop (ie: Elaine's Bagels) you always go to the latter because that is just the right

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