The Tao of Writing

According to legends, Laozi leaves China on his water buffalo. Renard, (2002), p. 16 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A personal confession. I love the Tao te Ching, by Lao Tzu. It isn’t just about the abstract ‘life’, it is about life. As in learning, walking, martial arts, music, and writing. Yes, writing. Here are four examples […]

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Personal Philosophy: Priorities

      No series on personal philosophies would be complete without a look at priorities. Priorities help you get on track, stay on track, and even find the track in the first place. Your priorities reflect both your ideal and your actual creative life-style. Your choices affect both long-term and short-term creativity, productivity, and stamina (some […]

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Personal Philosophy: Critics and Critiques

      This isn’t a how-to for how to deal with criticism. It’s about identifying your personal philosophy about them. Love them, hate them, fear them, avoid them. But why? And what are your ideal critic and ideal critique?       Let’s start at the end. What is your ideal critique? I would love for someone to […]

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Personal Philosophy: What It All Means

      What makes any book great? Great plots, characters, settings, and world immediately come to mind. So does a narrative style that pulls the reader into these and leaves the “real” world behind. But all that is common advice, not necessarily personal philosophy. What’s really important is what “great” means to you.       Great can […]

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Personal Philosophy: Topics and Themes

Part of the appeal of writing is the opportunity to write whatever you want. That’s the theory, anyway. (The drawback is that you don’t get to write however you want.) Many writers actively look for inspiration from the outside world in the form of news articles, overheard conversations, and research. But these strategies are grounded […]

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Personal Philosophy: Why This Genre?

Outsiders tend to group “writers” in one big pack. But there are many types of writers. But writers are selective in what they write – usually just a few forms. Knowing your reasons for writing these genres and styles can help you keep going or know when it is time to change. Define your genre(s). […]

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Personal Philosophy: Ideas and Ideals

Your writing philosophy is more than a statement. It is a collection of personal truths and beliefs. Some are about your writing – why you write in a particular genre or genres, what topics and themes you want to address, and what you want your story world to be like. Part of your philosophy should […]

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