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How To Give Constructive Feedback

My advice for how to give truly constructive feedback on someone else's work.

Don't Hide It, Provide It

The idea that you have to guard your story ideas, lest someone steal them, is a pernicious myth.

The Anything Machines

"You can do whatever you want" seems better expressed as "You can attempt anything you want to attempt."

Outside The Copying Spiral

How do you get out of the spiral of copying your influences to producing truly original work?


Out From The Underground

After a certain point in my career, I saw no reason to apologize for writing stuff that made big leaps and took big risks.

Plan B

What lessons there are to learn from Bad Movies We Love.

Ego Boogie

What's the real creative motive - making something, or making something of yourself?

Constructive Loafing

The best art all looks effortless, and the best artists all make it seem like play.

Good Enough

if you want to be read, aim for the middle. Don't write total crap, but don't write stuff that's only going to be of interest to a self-selecting few, either.

The Least Weird Guy In The Room

One of the most humbling, and also clarifying, discoveries of my life was that while I liked weird stuff, I myself wasn't that weird.

The Kipple Salad Diet

What's the difference between just "jamming some stuff together" to make a story, and molding raw material into something truly new?

What I Learned From Whom And Why

A distillation of what I've learned from other creators who aren't writers.

Where We're Going, We Don't Have Roadmaps

"Our creative journeys aren’t linear, and our creative selves not always apparent"

No Hustle

I treat my writing career the way I do because I don't want it to become a "hustle".

Talkin' Bout Some Bad Mothers

We shouldn't confuse tragedy with misplaced sympathy for the devil.

Gather Those Rosebuds (Kentaro Miura Edition)

Word broke the other night that Kentaro Miura, creator of Berserk, died earlier this month of an aortal dissection. "Devastated" doesn't begin to describe the feeling.

My Unstoried Life

I've not lived a storied life, and I know it.

Come Down Off That Pedestal Already

The lone genius creative model, and all of its bothersome psychological baggage, really needs to go.

Time Manglement Issues (2021 Edition)

There's a division between the "gruntwork" and "creative play" sides of any creative endeavor -- the times when you just need to put words out, and the times when you need to toy mentally and daydream.

The Goggles We Wear

For an artist, worldview is all.

License To Emulate

More from Raymond Carver: study and learn from, but don't emulate, singular literary talents.


Maybe I'm In The Wrong Line Of Work

I've toyed with the idea of going on camera for fun and (possibly) profit. I never follow through, though.

Readiness And Other Lies

It's not about being ready; it's about being willing to fail.

Possibility Paralysis

What do you do when you want to do everything?

The Builders And The Finders

At first people think creating things is more like discovery than construction.

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