Wired for Story

I don’t know about you, but I’m always writing stories in my head. A snippet of interesting conversation, an observation on the street, a song on the radio — my brain will wheel off on a creative tangent. I hear dialogue in restaurants. I imagine plot twists on my drive to and from the office.Continue reading “Wired for Story”

The Blur of Familiarity

The human brain is constantly in search of shortcuts. Once you learn a task, it rushes to create a find a way to skip as many of the steps as possible. For example, when you get good at reading, your brain begins to change the way it sees words. You’re probably not stopping to readContinue reading “The Blur of Familiarity”

Breathing Room for the Brain

As writers, we love to wrap the creative process in a shroud of mystery. We ritualize it, we personify it. We pretend there’s a magical spigot of creativity in the sky that only the writing elite can turn on. But the reality is, creativity is a discipline. Channeling it may be more art than science,Continue reading “Breathing Room for the Brain”