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Category Archives: Creative Writing

What do we write about now?

In addition to everything President Trump has done, he has eliminated entire genres of fiction. Cold War spy thrillers where a hostile power tries to take over the United States government? Today, it’s the subject of an active investigation. An adversary who tries to blackmail the president with compromising information? Look at all the compromising …

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See me at the Muzeo

This month, I will be speaking about my book Mastering Table Topics. On May 24 at 6:00 p.m., I will be at the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, California. In my presentation, I will provide tips on public speaking, show how to answer questions in different situations, and give audience members the chance to …

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Quirks and strange habits of famous writers

Which writer kept rotten apples in his desk drawer? Or cured writer’s block by hanging upside down? Our friends at Custom Writing Service have another fascinating infographic for you. 

Black Panther: Character development matters

I had the opportunity to see an advance screening of Marvel’s Black Panther in 3-D IMAX. It has everything you would expect from a superhero movie: thrilling action set pieces, brilliant CGI-driven special effects, and a Stan Lee cameo. But what really got me into the story were characters I could care about. This is lacking in most superhero movies. …

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There’s no such thing as an aspiring writer

If you say you’re an aspiring writer, stop. There’s no such thing as an aspiring writer. If you write, you’re a writer. Aspiring writer makes as little sense as slightly pregnant. You are or you aren’t. But you may be saying, “How can I consider myself a writer if I haven’t published anything?” Or, “I’m …

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