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Understanding creative flow, Part 2

In a previous article, I discussed the concept of creative flow and why it’s a good thing, and then I offered some thoughts on how to protect and extend it…

Increase writing productivity by understanding flow

We all know that feeling of being in the zone. You sit down to write after dinner and when you look up next, the sun is rising and the neighbors…

Has fantasy been de-naturalized, too?

A reader sent me this link to a fascinating study that shows how over the last 80 years, the subject matter in children’s literature has shifted away from the natural…

Find a writing process that helps you to not suck

There are exactly seven ways to write a novel and every one of them is wrong. Sometimes. Actually, there are lots of ways – maybe even a million – but…

A writer’s trick: the sore tooth gambit

I recently reconnected with an old friend from my competitive Scrabble days when he dropped a note on one of my posts. Digging deeper, I discovered an article on his…