How Yoga and Patanjali Can Help Your Writing

Long ago in a land faraway a humble physician named Patanjali codified his thoughts and knowledge of yoga in The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. This is a guide for living the right life. It is also a guide to right … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Bet Hemingway Was a Whiz in the Kitchen

The last cake I baked drifted out of the pan as if it were an angel descending, settled on the platter, and promptly split down the middle. The fissure was about the size of the Grand Canyon. Since it was … Continue reading

5 Ways Plain Writing Helps You, Your Book and Your Business

Plain language is the law. And it’s not a moment too soon. For years, I have been preaching clarity in writing to author clients and in business writing classes. Now, someone finally gets it, and that’s President Barack Obama. In … Continue reading

Themes Are for Disneyland, Not Writers

Themes are for parks like Disneyland, not for books. When it comes to writing,  I prefer to sculpt my stories around an armature. I came upon this concept in an extraordinary little writing book called Invisible Ink by Brian McDonald. … Continue reading

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