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How I Blend Imagery & Words as a Creative

How I Blend Imagery & Words as a Creative

Do I love photography more than writing? A question that will never be answered. I’m as much a photographer as a writer, although – alas – my photos haven’t supported me financially in the same way as words. But they do support me in planting the creative bug (seed, sparkler, energy) that I need to keep my writing chops alive and well. Take this photo for example. After breakfasting with my sis at a local diner, we walked across the…

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How to find a whopper of a story

How to find a whopper of a story

Want an idea for a great story?  Read on . . . I’m an avid iphoneographer and I love driving around town taking shots. This one was taken with the iPhone 6S and the Hipstamatic app. (Sergio Lens, Maximus LXIX film). It’s a picture of the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first of the California missions. Looking at the picture, I’m drawn into a story of my own making. Native Californians, Jesuits, Spanish soldiers . . . religion, tradition, superstition….

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How a Cow and a Wildflower Saved my Writing – Kicking Writer’s Block

How a Cow and a Wildflower Saved my Writing – Kicking Writer’s Block

All writers get stuck.Call it writer’s block, or call it losing a plot or outline. For me it was slogging through the opening paragraphs of an article I was writing for Astronomy Magazine. No matter how I tried coming up with a slam-bang opening paragraph, everything I wrote stunk. I just couldn’t get my teeth into the heart of the article. In desperation, I got out photos I had taken during the assignment (to the Very Large Array in New…

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Now’s Your Chance to Write a Novel

Now’s Your Chance to Write a Novel

I write non-fiction books and articles. But do I want to write a novel (or more than one)?  Yes! I’ve been following Joanna Penn for a long time (never miss her podcasts) and was thrilled when she released her brand new course How to Write a Novel. I’ve signed up for the course and am almost finished with Module 1 (of 5) and actually feel pretty confident that I can do this. If you’ve been looking for that “PERFECT” course…

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My Top 5 iOS Apps and Why None of them Have to Do With Writing

My Top 5 iOS Apps and Why None of them Have to Do With Writing

Yes, you read the headline correctly.My top iOS apps have nothing to do with the craft of writing; in other words, you won’t find a word processing tool here.  But they have everything to do with running a writing business. These are the five apps that have made my writing (business) life easier. I use them every day, many times a day. 1. Flipboard: Not only do I use Flipboard to keep up on the news, it’s my primary source…

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