An Ear for Good Writing

There are some writers who can work in total silence. I have never been one of them. I don’t understand them and I don’t associate with their kind. I’ve always been at my most creative when my auditory senses are engaged. Not just any sound will do. I’m a well-known eavesdropper — it’s where IContinue reading “An Ear for Good Writing”

Solo Writer’s Retreat

Some writers spend hundreds of dollars for a few days of seclusion in the wilderness. Far from Internet connections and cellphone reception, writers at retreats try to rekindle the spark of inspiration. Authors have always found isolation to be rejuvenating and beneficial to their work. Some checked into hotels in strange cities; others venture outContinue reading “Solo Writer’s Retreat”

The Year In Focus

When you’re developing film by hand, you always print a contact sheet — a single print of all of the negatives on your roll of film. Every shot is laid out in neat rows, side by side for comparison. You can see which photos are correctly exposed, composed and lit and which ones you shouldContinue reading “The Year In Focus”

Discovering the Write Place

I’ve never been into the whole writing at a desk thing. I’ve tried it, but couldn’t get comfortable in that rigid, upright position. I suspected that what I needed was room to spread out, so I pushed two desks together, but that didn’t help. I tried writing on couches, but I couldn’t get comfy leaningContinue reading “Discovering the Write Place”

Still a Work in Progress

In your voyages around the blogosphere and the twitterverse, you’ve no doubt noticed that this is the time of year when anyone with an internet connection tells the world about their resolutions for the new year. I promised myself that I wasn’t going to be that guy, but all the cool kids are doing it,Continue reading “Still a Work in Progress”