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Jung on Creativity


I’m always fascinated with musings on the creative spirit. Jung wrote quite a bit about creativity. Here’s a short quote. “The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art … Continue reading

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Amazon/Penguin Contest, Literary agents


At 12:01 am, January 24th, the Amazon, Penguin Breakthrough Novel Contest opened. At 12:01.5, I began to enter all my documents for The Drawing Lesson,–the Description, the Pitch, the first 5000 words and then the manuscript itself. I pictured the … Continue reading

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The Architecture of Happiness by Alain De Botton


The Architecture of Happiness and writing. I first became a real fan of Alain de Botton’s writing in 2005 when I was visiting Paris by myself for about two weeks. I stopped in at Shakespeare & Company right by the … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Voice


THE WRITER’S VOICE. Sometimes critics speak of a writer’s voice. But what do they mean?  I think of it as a goal to be achieved on a very long road. It’s that uniquely personal “way” you have of expressing yourself … Continue reading

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Film as Inspiration


Here’s something funny! It’s a case of the subconscious playing tricks on me. For sure, watching a movie can be a huge inspiration for writing. So much so that you can worry about unwitting plagiarism. I just posted a short … Continue reading

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Music as Inspiration…


I wish I knew far more about music than I do. I love to listen, but cannot play. I love to hear all kinds, but like everyone, I have my favourites. Music speaks directly to the soul without the need … Continue reading

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Looking Skyward for Inspiration…


How can a painting inspire a trilogy of novels? Have you ever been in an art gallery, or leafed through an art book and been riveted? Something in the artist’s work, in his vision reaches out and “grabs” you, saying … Continue reading

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