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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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Tiny Stories – #challenge86

Tiny Stories – #challenge86

Creative Non-Fiction is one of my favorite magazines. In each issue there’s a selection of “tiny truths”; stories written in 140 characters or less. In honor of CNF, today’s writing challenge is this: Write a story about your childhood in 140 characters or less. If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #challenge86. I’ll post them here. (I’m @nhendricksonauthor on Instagram)

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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Self-Publish or Traditional? When to Go Hybrid

Self-Publish or Traditional? When to Go Hybrid

  The last time I counted I’d written 30 books. About half are on the self-publish side, half traditional. Since the great Kindle revolution there’s been such a backlash against traditional publishing that I thought I’d throw in my 2c since I do both trad and indie. The Case for Traditional Publishing Last spring, during the height of the coloring book craze, I did a little research to see if a coloring book had ever been done about San Diego….

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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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