Where Ideas Come From: A Lesson from O. Henry

Unlike O. Henry, most of us are not short story factories. We stare at blank screens and wonder if our writing lives are over. What if we never get another fresh idea? What if that last essay or story or … Continue reading

Book Club #2: What Is Harry Potter Without Hogwarts?

I love to travel so I am a fan of settings in books. But I don’t have much patience with pages of purple prose about snowy cliffs or waxy magnolia-guarded plantations or dark Victorian mansions. I like when settings infiltrate … Continue reading

One Day at a Time: How to Break the Blocks

Painter Anna Oneglia created the artwork for the cover of my novel of lost and found creativity, Maud’s House. I remember the first time my young daughter saw it she said, “It looks like Maud’s outside looking outside.” The story … Continue reading

Tips to Make You a Better Writer

Call me a cock-eyed optimist, but I believe anyone can be a better writer. Maybe you are not the next Hemingway, and there’s not a classic fish tale in your future. But you can learn to write about the one … Continue reading

Everyday Creativity Can Keep You Healthy

A creative idea a day keeps the doctor away. And it doesn’t even have to be a big idea. We don’t have to be the next Michelangelo or be a whiz at creating things with pipe cleaners. We just have … Continue reading

Book of Mercy Finalist in Midwest Book Awards

Book of Mercy was a finalist in the 22nd Annual Midwest Book Awards, which were announced on May 9 in Bloomington, MN. Is this a big deal? I interviewed Antigone Brown, the main character in Book of Mercy, about her view of … Continue reading

I Have Been Outsourced to a Computer?

This post was crafted by a human being while eating chocolate chips straight from the bag and watching the snow fall. Not all stories have the luxury to be created in such a ridiculously unscientific manner. Forbes is now using computer-generated … Continue reading

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