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5 Reasons Why I’m Ending The Artist’s Road Blog

I’m asked a lot of questions in the blogging classes I teach for The Loft Literary Center, but one I’m rarely asked is, “How do I know when it’s time to shut down my blog?” It is perhaps the toughest question to answer. It’s also critical. If you just go by software registrations, there are […]

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A Survivor’s Guide to #AWP15

It’s one of the largest annual gatherings of creative writers, publishers, and educators in the United States–usually well in excess of 10,000 attendees–and the largest such event for literary writers. Once again I’ll be attending the AWP Conference & Bookfair, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ annual extravaganza. This year the hordes will be […]

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Road Stories: Why We Like to be Taken for a Ride

I’m pleased to host novelist and writing guru PJ Reece, a global traveler who offers us some great insight on how the call of the journey connects us to the story. His latest writing craft book, Story Structure Expedition: Journey to the Heart of a Story, is now available.   “One’s destination is never a […]

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When Your Art-Committed Life is at Low Tide

For more than four years I’ve blogged here about the “challenges and rewards of living an art-committed life,” as the mini-bio to the right says. I launched this blog in part to keep me honest, to ensure I wouldn’t once again stray from the creative path. A question I’ve been asking myself this winter, as […]

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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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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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Guest Post: Reliving Trauma through the Creative Process

Let me begin with a teaser for next week: I’m working on a post about creativity lessons we can learn from the newest winners of the President’s National Medal of Technology and Innovation. I had the good fortune of attending the recent White House ceremony, and I’ll bring you a taste of that as well […]

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