Is Creativity Best Fostered Alone, in Pairs, or in Groups?

Collaborative teams spark the most powerful creativity. So Walter Isaacson tells us, repeatedly, in The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. The power of teams was true in any form, whether it was like minds coming together through common interest, such as MIT’s legendary Tech Model Railroad Club; government-funded corporate research […]

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Using Extended Metaphors in Your Writing — Part Three

Welcome to my final post on crafting an extended metaphor that runs the length of your creative writing. These lessons apply for fiction as well as nonfiction, but for the purposes of this series I’ve focused on examples from my recently published memoir, Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road. In Part One of this series […]

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Using Extended Metaphors in Your Writing — Part Two

Extended metaphors in prose resonate with the reader, even if she isn’t sure what it is the author has done to trigger that resonance. In Part One of this series I explained that making use of a recurring metaphor advances both plot and character development. We looked at how to identify a key theme that needs […]

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An Author Interview on Creative Inspiration and the Writing Craft

I’m honored to have been interviewed by memoir author Kathleen Pooler on her excellent website/blog, Memoir Writer’s Journey. I guess I got a bit carried away in my answers to her questions, because she’s having to break up the interview into two parts. The first–a discussion of creative insights and inspirations, largely–is now live. The […]

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Using Extended Metaphors in Your Writing – Part One

One element of creative writing that I struggled with in my MFA program was the use of metaphor, particularly ones extended across long passages. I bemoaned my struggle from one of my Vermont College of Fine Arts residencies. But as I progressed in my studies I came to realize I was too hard on myself, […]

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ICYMI: A Collection of Creativity Clips

Looking for a little creativity recharge as 2014 winds to a close? Not looking to have to open that pocketbook one more time this holiday season? Please enjoy this collection of creativity and creative-craft posts I have written for others during my blog tour for Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road. Let’s learn from creatives: Committed features […]

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A Reading of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road

I set up a personal video camera to record my first post-publication reading of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road, one I did at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. When I got home I realized I had forgotten to clear room on the memory card; it only recorded the first half. I’ve joked before […]

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Creative Wisdom from COMMITTED Creatives

Long before Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road was published, I had been sharing wisdom on the creative process I learned from artists interviewed on my 2010 cross-country road trip here on this blog. Now I’ve distilled five of them for a guest post on The Loft Literary Center’s Writer’s Block blog. Those who have read Committed […]

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Writing Nonfiction to Read Like Fiction

Memoirs are supposed to be languid reflections of a notable life lived, correct? So how would you describe Cheryl Strayed’s runaway bestseller Wild, coming soon as a movie to a theater near you starring Reece Witherspoon? Strayed shares in her memoir insights on a failed marriage, grief over a lost mother, and pain stemming from a […]

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When Great Inventors Encourage Future Innovators

I knew when attending the White House ceremony for the latest class of National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) winners a week before Thanksgiving that I would have to blog on the experience. A logical narrative line to craft would have been the dramatic overlap in creative approaches pursued by NMTI awardees and the varied […]

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