Category Archives: creative process

To nanowrimo or not to nanowrimo

This week I realized that it won’t be very long until we’re back into the writer’s holiday known as Nanowrimo. I was introduced to the phenomenon two years ago. National novel writing month is a great motivational tool for writers … Continue reading

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English, a painful language

I just noticed that it’s been ten days since my last post. I’ve been editing my last Rembrandt Parable. This story, for some reason, has been particularly challenging. The problem has been my love/hate relationship with the English language. I … Continue reading

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The second story of the Rembrandt Parables

I’ve posted the second of my Rembrandt Parables. I’ve been working on the latest story but have made little headway. This story is more work than the others I’ve written. Still there is something profoundly enjoyable about creating this series. … Continue reading

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When I was in grade 5 or 6 we were taught how to brainstorm. At the time I thought it was a great way to waste time. After all, we were told any idea we had was a good one. … Continue reading

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Purpose and randomness

I recently heard the comment that the difference between fiction and real life is that fiction is supposed to make sense. Considering the randomness of falling branches on my car, I’d have to agree with that statement. If this is … Continue reading

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One book a week

I’ve been a creative funk the past little while and I’ve struggled to discover why. A couple of days ago I had an epiphany. I’ve stopped reading. It wasn’t intentional. Perhaps the good weather and the gardening have swallowed up … Continue reading

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What is interesting?

Today I watched five minutes of Larry King on CNN. I rarely ever watch him. Tonight Larry was away and the host from “American Idol” was his replacement. The guests were the two finalists and one of the judges from … Continue reading

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