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Writing’s seasons

The rains come in spring (and summer and fall if you live in East Asia), the wheat, corn, rice, grows tall and proud, ripens, and is harvested. The soil rests, recovers, and the late winter or early spring sees another round of preparing, planting, tending, waiting. The moon waxes and wanes, the temperatures rise and […]

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Who cares about your self-expression?

The Age of Poetry, such as it was, has long since passed us by. The epic poem is dead, mythologies are now related via cinematic retellings and anime-style mash-ups, stories are told in tweets and unfinished, unpunctuated, ungrammatical social media posts. The fan girls and boys have taken over. Relaying how the Death Star was […]

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Hardware and software

One of the many beauties of self-pubbing is the full control over nearly every aspect of the project that you retain. Want to put a picture of your pet dog on the cover? Go ahead! Think that a nice chapter-long section of stream-of-consciousness rambling from your protagonist is called for? Put it in! Decide that […]

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On creativity

Haruki Murakami, famous for his surrealistic novels, has likened the writing process to making music, and is apparently also a great fan of jazz. Picking up on this thread Rowan Hooper reports on recent research into what goes on in a person’s brain when they are being creative. A study done on jazz pianists who […]

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Why Write?

I think that writing is a good contender for the least rewarding creative endeavor. With painting and sculpting, you can watch your work take shape before your eyes, and when it’s finished you and others can immediately appreciate it. Likewise with music, and there you also have the collaborative aspect which must be immensely rewarding. […]

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