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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

[seventy] minus fifty-nine: what a beautiful evening

After truly terrific hailstorms, we were treated to a truly awesome sunset. And, got some work done on editing SPECTRAL IRON: Dakota Frost #4. FINALLY, getting the rewrite of the…

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Viiictory, Thirty-Five Times

Woohoo! After being just about as behind on a Nano challenge as I have ever been and still won, I managed not only to complete 50,000 words in the month…

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[sixty-six] minus fifty-three: i made it

I finished Camp Nano. It’s late, I’m tired, I have church in the morning enjoy a random picture, victory post tomorrow. -the Centaur

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[fifty-five] minus thirty-six: back to work

No, I’m not giving up on blogging at a rate of once per day this year, even if I am already roughly forty percent behind. But my top focus now…

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[twenty-three] minus twenty-one

Restarting the numbering a little bit so we’re capturing ‘blog per day’ (day of year: 44 – blog series: 23 = 21 behind). Up late doing various stuff, so here’s…

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[twenty] plus eighteen: time to rip off the bandaid

Image apropos of nothing. Nevertheless, avoidance behavior has gone on long enough … soon it comes … -the Centaur Pictured: Another shot of the real place in Palo Alto which…

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[nineteen] plus nineteen

This is a place, a very real place in Palo Alto, but in an even more important sense, this is an unreal place, the location of a very special ramen…

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[twelve] plus eight, OR: don’t skip a day, or you’ll be sorry

Yeah. The microblogging will continue until the posting rate reaches 1/day. I feel that one problem I have with “daily blogging” is that quick posts are no problem. But if…

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Well, I did it …

… I finished Nano for the umpteenth time. But it’s just shy of 3am, so I am going to hit the hay and do my usual “Viiiictory N times” post…

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Dragon Con 2022

Well, it’s that time of year again … 65,000 of my closest friends have gotten together in five hotels and two convention halls in Atlanta to celebrate all things science…

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