Category Archives: Creativity

The power of well-chosen words


This one speaks for itself:

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Agatha Christie and the Case of the Messy Notebooks


How did Agatha Christie—author of more than 70 novels, more than 140 short stories, and 22 plays—manage to generate and keep track of all of the ideas that went into her works? How did she develop the characters with their … Continue reading

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The agony of writer’s block


From Hugh MacLeod of gapingvoid. (If you like this, you can buy a print here. I’m not affiliated with Hugh in any way other than being a fan.)

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Invigorate your writing with some unconventional modifiers


Jonah Goldberg caught my attention the other day with this: The story of all three major races . . . is that this conventional wisdom was incandescently wrong and ill-advised. Incandescent can mean “glowing or white with heat,” “intensely bright,” … Continue reading

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Creative DNA: Are you a writer or an editor?


According to choreographer Twyla Tharp, we all have “creative DNA.” I believe that we all have strands of creative code hard-wired into our imaginations. These strands are as solidly imprinted in us as the genetic code that determines our height … Continue reading

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Book giveaway: Share what helps you write better


What book, blog, or person (or other resource) has done the most to improve and inspire your writing? Tell us and you might win a copy of Andy Nulman’s book Pow! Right Between the Eyes: Profiting from the Power of … Continue reading

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Surprise me!


As soon as I came to, I knew it was going to be a long day. My head was throbbing like I had had one too many boilermakers down at Geno’s, a seedy bar on 5th Avenue frequented by a … Continue reading

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Need a creative boost?


I put a new free ebook in the Articles and eBooks section: Practical creativity boosters. Share and enjoy!

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