Teaching or learning?

Can you learn how to write creatively? It’s not a new question, and, as far as I’m concerned, the jury is still out. But here’s a take on the topic that considers how graduate schools might help students hone — if not learn — the craft. Practical Art: On Teaching the Business of Creative WritingContinue reading “Teaching or learning?”

Shades of noir

Chicago author Libby Fischer Hellman just released her latest novel, Nobody’s Child, last week. She writes mysteries and thrillers and is a great supporter of other writers. She was a panelist at the Writers Block Party* last Saturday, sharing tips with new and aspiring writers. Here is a post from her blog about dark mysteries.Continue reading “Shades of noir”

You could make this up

In need of a plot point? If your story character needs to get in or cause trouble, here’s some havoc to cause. This Infographic Breaks Down the Most Common Travel Scams by Country http://wayfarer.lifehacker.com/this-infographic-breaks-down-the-most-common-travel-sca-1619962811?utm_campaign=socialflow_lifehacker_facebook&utm_source=lifehacker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Now you’re cookin’

I’ve never taken a cooking lesson, but I’ve heard similar advice from a floral design teacher, a Japanese tea ceremony narrator, and a printer who started his career in a Navy print shop. Chefs learn to operate with everything in its proper place do they can work most efficiently. (Go ahead and read. I haveContinue reading “Now you’re cookin’”

Not a one lives in a shoe

So many ideas are hidden in this NPR story about parenting practices around the world. Try one as a prompt and see where it takes you. Global Parenting Habits That Haven’t Caught On In The U.S. : Parallels : NPR http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/08/12/339825261/global-parenting-habits-that-havent-caught-on-in-the-u-s?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140812

Give me your best line

Humorists are always in demand, according to Chicago funny man Chris “Bull” Garlington. For him, anyway, it pays to lean on his funny bone. Here’s a contest that gives you a chance to sharpen your wit. Strategic Humor: Cartoons from the September 2014 Issue – Josh Olejarz – Harvard Business Review http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/08/strategic-humor-cartoons-from-the-september-2014-issue/