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The Craft of Writing

Walt Disney hooked me on storytelling – at 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 – at 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

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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Day 107 and Camp Nano 11

Quick Sharpie sketch of an Apsara dancer, a mythical spirit appearing in Southeast Asian cultures. Came up in some tangential research for a scene in Dakota Frost #7, SPIRAL NEEDLE,…

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Day 106 and Camp Nano 10

Quick Sharpie sketch of King Mongkut of Thailand, the famous king from The King and I, and also, not a bad mathematician and astronomer. Tangentially came up in today’s Dakota…

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Day 105 (and Camp Nano Day 9)

Sharpie sketch of Peter Capaldi from the Doctor Who episode “The Pilot,” which is lightweight in tone and stakes but stands up surprisingly well to repeated viewings, especially Capaldi’s knockout…

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Day 104 (and Camp Nano Day 8)

Quick sketch – much of it, just a dry erase marker, not even a Sharpie – on Strathmore 9×12. Not completely terrible for the first two, but I sure did…

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Day 100

Quick Sharpie sketch of Dakota Frost, based on the model from the BLOOD ROCK / LIQUID FIRE covers. I tried to do this upside down at first, to “see” it…

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Camp Nano April 2021, Day 3

Day 3, just under 600 words, still behind. A lot of today was spent on planning the scene. Rough draftiness, with Dakota infiltrating a church using her magic tattoos: My…

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