November 2009

Creative Writing Tip

November 25, 2009

Would you read your own posts? Have you ever held a picture upside down and looked at it? This is a trick used by photographers to force them to see the essence of a picture’s composition. Upside down, you see the shape, form and layout of the picture without the distraction of the content. This [...]

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Written Off as Trash

November 19, 2009

The first time I stepped over a body I was more taken aback by the nonchalance of my fellow workers than those lying on the street. For them this was a matter of no more concern than avoiding dog shit on a park trail. I stopped for a moment to watch as they bantered about [...]

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The Secret To Creative Work

November 17, 2009

Do you feel a compulsion to work? What is work? This single word is one of the most powerful in the English language. It runs the gamut from science to common labor. In physics: the exertion of force overcoming resistance, in labor, any activity or effort to accomplish a task. Work can be pleasurable or [...]

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How to Effectively Use Pictures in Your Posts

November 11, 2009

With the exception of the guy singing at the karaoke bar last night, we are all endowed with some unique talent. It makes no difference if you are the guru of ditch-digging or a painter extraordinaire, your skill is important to somebody. Talent is something we have developed or is inherent to our makeup as [...]

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The 10 Commandments of Better Blog Writing

November 6, 2009

In his book “10 Rules of Writing” Elmore Leonard* said, “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” If ever there was a number one rule to consider for blog writing, this is it. Writers tend to be wordy. There is a fine line between over-explaining an idea and leaving out pertinent information.

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A World In A Drain

November 1, 2009

Creative inspiration can come from the most unlikely places. On a recent trip out of town, I was staying the night in a hotel. As I stowed some gear under the bathroom sink, I happened to notice the drain pipe. Now, if you are a plumber, you see drains with a different mind-set than I [...]

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