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The Craft of Writing

Walt Disney hooked me on storytelling Рat six, I walked out of The Apple Dumpling Gang wishing I could tell stories of my own.  Isaac Asimov turned those daydreams into a mission Рat twelve, I read Asimov on Science Fiction and realized I want to be a writer.

Writing is the most pivotal human activity! Broad brush, humans conquered fire a million years ago, tools half a million years ago, articulate speech fifty thousand years ago – but it wasn’t until we could capture our thoughts and pass them on to people far from us in space and time that humanity really started to expand across the planet.

But writing didn’t stop at counting cows and recording lineages – creative writing is the most pivotal kind of writing there is! Humans learn about the world by sharing narratives, not just of what we’ve learned, but of what we might become – so the creation of sustained, realistic, compelling narratives is one of the most important things any human can do.

So, ever since I read Asimov on Science Fiction and realized I could be a writer myself, I’ve been on a mission: to promote creative writing in all its forms, and to help you realize you can be a writer too.

Pictured: The Night of Writing Dangerously.

Posts About Writing

Days 189-192

Well, something weird happened with my blog which interfered with updates, so, boo, but nevertheless, it cleared up on its own despite my best debugging efforts, so … yay? #nervous_laughter¬†…

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Viiictory, Twenty-Nine Times

SO! Once again, I have written more than 50,000 words in a month – this time, on Dakota Frost #7, SPIRAL NEEDLE, which is close to being finished. (Yes, yes,…

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Day 119

Vincent van Gogh from “Vincent and the Doctor”. Roughed in non-repro blue on Strathmore 9×12, outlined in Sakura Pigma Graphic 1 and rendered in that and Sakura Micron 08, 03,…

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Day 118

Quick sketch of H.P. Lovecraft. Not … terrible … per se, but I squashed his head, and there’s something about the face that’s wrong that also bothers me about the…

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Day 114

Imagine a man, who comes up tangentially during a writing session, and ends up having his mug featured in a quick Sharpie sketch on 9×12 Strathmore with no roughs whatsoever,…

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Day 113

Technically not a drawing, but the outcome of some Photoshop experimentation to see if I could turn the Tangerine Dream Zeit album cover into an image suitable for a wall…

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Day 112

Quick Sharpie sketch of Dita von Teese. Not bad overall, but I ended up badly screwing up the proportions and made her face so tall I had to shrink it…

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Day 111

Super quick sketch of Patrick Troughton. Drawing every day. And wrote 1100 words. -the Centaur

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Day 110

Sharpie sketch of Leslie Nielsen, another actor who has played a vampire (came up with Dakota mocking (in her head) a vampire she met). Roughed in non-repro blue, which was…

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Day 108 and Camp Nano 12

Quick Sharpie sketch of Roger Moore. Head’s a bit squashed, but it’s not too bad. I admit, I threw my first drawing away and made myself start over, rather than…

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