Recent posts tagged creativity


2022


The Cardinal Sin Of Repeating Myself

No matter how much I try to avoid it, I see more similarities than differences in everything I write. But is that a problem?

Looking Onto Other Pages

"When everyone in the community reads the same books, you can an inward-looking, intellectually impoverished community that can only contemplate its own navel."

Join The Faker's Club

On the sociology of impostor syndrome.

On The Transformation Of Inspiration

Most projects don't end up anywhere near where they start out, and for good reasons.

The Container It Goes In

We put things into genres to make them sellable, and the best way to do that is after the fact.

The Art Of All, 2022 Edition

"All entertainment is art whether we like it or not" holds up better with every passing year, and for many reasons.

Self-Criticism Session

What do you do when you find yourself writing the kind of book you might take issue with if someone else wrote it?

To Embody The Moment Without Trying

People can get the anger of the current moment from anywhere. See what else you have to give.

Time, Time, Time, See What's Become Of Me

Some healthy tension is needed between keeping the wheel of production turning and leaning on myself for being a lazy slob.

Magpie Mind Power

With every story set in a strange new world, give yourself as many individual elements of wonderful strangeness to draw on.

A Glass Of Chablis And A Corn Dog

On spontaneity as the wellspring of all creativity.

The Same Furniture In The Same Room

On deliberately not finding an equilibrium for one's creative work.

Lest We Repeat Ourselves

In some ways this new book of mine is a rewrite of an older book. In most ways, I hope it isn't.

Bookish Heroes

Let's have an end to the trope that a character who is an artist or an avid reader automatically makes them a protagonist.

Your Own Thing

"What is it that I have to bring to the table?" is the hardest question any of us can answer, and I think many of us never do in fact answer it.

Misery Index, 2022 Edition (And Earlier)

The story of a never-written project that made me realize why I don't want to rub the misery of our moment in people's faces and call that art.

On The Noting Of Some Turning Words

How an entire story can pivot on a single sentence, and lead to a new world in the head.

My Inner Eye

On being a writer as an extension of being an artist who plays with images, rather than words.

Look Under The Sun

How to find something new there. (And how to make it.)

The Momentum Of My Curiosity

I still want to review stuff, it's just making stuff that's taken first priority.

Multiplicities

Examining your inner creative voices: "Are you 'one' writer or 'many' writers?"

Ring Around The Story, Pt. 2

More Marvel discussion: On entertainments vs. objects of study vs. role models.

On The Job Training

I always go back and forth about the value of "formal" education in creative endeavors -- e.g., creative writing classes or MFAs or film school or whatnot.

Solving The Ego Problem(s)

"Solving the problem is more important than being right." A quick guide for writers.

Over The Top, Out The Bottom

If there was an envelope I wanted most to push, it was envelope of "accessible and fun" as it edged up against "complex and challenging".


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