Writing Tips & Career Advice

A Course in Fearless Writing? Excuse Me While I Laugh.

Fearless writer

Why has “fearless” become the new buzzword? Universal Studios has been running ads during the Olympics touting a trip to their resort as a way to raise fearless kids who won’t be living in your house when they’re thirty-seven. A local zip-line park is running ads about becoming fearless when you tackle their zip-lines. Even …

Fun & Humor, Writing Tips & Career Advice

What Olympians and Writers Have in Common

Olympians and writers

I’ve written before about why I am an avid Olympics watcher. Basically it’s because I’m enthralled by the stories of the athletes and the Games themselves. As a writer, I appreciate the trials and tribulations, plot twists, and history that go hand in hand with the Games. It all combines to make a magnificent story …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Productivity & Time Management

The Reproduction of Creativity

The Reproduction of Creativity

Today I’m going to teach you a class that I’ll bet you missed in high school biology: The reproduction of creativity. (Don’t worry. This isn’t the sort of class where boys and girls need to have separate classrooms. This is all for one because creativity is, thankfully, gender neutral.)

Fun & Humor, Random Generalizations & Observations

The Thrill of Quirky Analog Places

Analog places

A record store just opened in my town! It goes nicely with the indie bookstore that opened last year and the board game shop where I spend too much time and money. No, the year is not 1980 and we’re not going back in time. Analog is making a comeback and with it comes the …

Freelance Writing Advice, Writing Tips & Career Advice

So You Want to Be a Freelance Writer? Some Ideas on Getting Started.

Freelance writer

One of the questions I’m asked most often is, “How do I get started as a freelance writer?” Today I’m going to give you my answer, but be warned: There is no advice that works for everyone, and my path will likely not be your path. Also, there is no magic bullet or golden ticket. …