Category: Writing Tips & Career Advice

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Thank You, Zork

Zork

About a week ago I discovered that someone has put the original Zork computer game online. (It should be noted that my productivity has crashed mightily since this discovery.) I’ve also found many of the text adventure games made for the Commodore Vic-20 and 64 that I had as a kid. Holy cow, it’s a …

Productivity & Time Management, Writing Tips & Career Advice

The Joy of Having Less Time

Less Time

What’s the one thing we as humans always wish for more of? (Other than money.) Time. Everyone is always complaining about how they just need more time in the day/week/month. Just a couple more hours could make all the difference! Sometimes that’s true. And sometimes you can actually make a little more time by giving …

Writing Tips & Career Advice

Writing Has a Learning Curve, Just Like Any Skill

Learning Curve

This week I went to visit a new writer’s group. Quite a few people there were lamenting their latest rejections (as all writers do), but one person’s complaint really struck me. “The rejection said my writing didn’t show the required skill for publication. How can it not? I’ve been writing all of my life. No …

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 …