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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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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Traveling the Artist’s Road: A Photo Collection

Who writes a travel memoir and doesn’t include photos? Well, Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road is consistent with other literary memoirs in that the burden is on the author to place you in the scene solely via prose. But we all love pictures, right? That’s why I was thrilled to be invited to participate […]

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An Author Reveals His Secret in The New York Times

While it’s not a subject I’ve written about much on this blog, a key narrative theme in my book Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road is my coming to terms with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. The publication of the book essentially “outed” me, in a manner in which I had the most control; my own […]

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Lessons on Writing Dialogue from a Memoirist

My blog tour following the publication of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road continues with a writing craft post of mine on the award-winning blog by K.M. Weiland, Helping Writers Become Authors. K.M.’s readership largely comprises fiction writers, so I kept that in mind in writing a piece about crafting dialogue in your stories. In my […]

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Do You Need an MFA to Write and Sell a Book?

That headline is, of course, absurd. The vast majority of published books are written by authors lacking MFAs, and I suspect that few works of literature we now rank as great were written during an MFA program. That said, Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road was my creative thesis in a low-residency MFA program […]

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Liberating Your Book From the Sculpting Stone

Michelangelo believed the art of sculpting was liberating existing art from hiding. I cite that belief in a new guest post on the remarkable blog by Elizabeth Spann Craig. Titled “Allowing Your Book to be True to Itself,” I share a story familiar to longtime readers of The Artist’s Road, namely the years-long process by which an […]

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Writing About People in Your Life: Terrifying or Disastrous?

So I’m having a bit of fun with the title of this post, but it accurately captures the emotions I felt while writing Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road. Longtime readers of this blog will know I wrestled with writing about others, both the artists I interviewed on the cross-country road trip depicted in the […]

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3 Steps to Finding Work-Life-Creative Life Balance

We hear a lot in today’s world about work-life balance. Often we hear it from employers who tell us what a high management priority it is and then hire supervisors who daily act in ways counter to that philosophy. But we should never rely on others to provide us balance in life; it is incumbent […]

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