Tag Archives: craft

Taking it seriously

Pinned on the office wall above my computer is a quote from an agent who looked at my novel. It says: “I’m so encouraged by the way you treat writing as a craft to be learned and mastered.” My internal … Continue reading

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Of bookstores and grammar and obsession

Last Friday, over supper, David said, “Let’s go moop in a bookstore. You like that, and we haven’t done it for a while.” We used to spend a lot of time in bookstores, but that was when we lived in … Continue reading

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I’m not making this up, you know!

One part of Julia Cameron’s course “The Artist’s Way” is an assignment not to read for a week. The week I did my “not-reading”, I made an exception for traffic signs. What I noticed that week, though, was how hard … Continue reading

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Seasonal Affective – creativity?

This morning I had to look twice to be sure that all that white stuff on the ground wasn’t snow, but frost. It was frost. All the same, winter’s coming; I know it, and Sky knows it. Winter is her … Continue reading

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Art and craft

At one time I made my living as a visual artist. My first art was printmaking; I designed and produced small editions of hand-cut, hand-pulled engravings and linoleum cuts. My second was pottery, in which I handbuilt whistles, tableware and … Continue reading

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Giving the Muse a break

I’m sure there’s hardly a writer anywhere who never gets blocked.  Writer’s block is probably as prevalent as writer’s cramp, and just as painful in a different way. A couple of years ago I had a two-month stretch where I … Continue reading

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The “m” word

I’ve spent most of my life working – and often making a living – in one or another of the arts. If I were to choose a single thing that most makes me want to tear out my hair, it … Continue reading

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