July, 2010

the importance of being interesting (and how you can develop your own interestingness), part one

I remember a pivotal conversation with my high school guidance counselor when I was 17. He called me to his office to inform me that my high school – a small Canadian school in the village of Lakefield, Ontario, population 1200 (or thereabouts), that bussed in farm kids from surrounding counties and native kids from…

Jul 28, 2010 · 19 Comments / ADD YOURS

email (and advice) to a young aspiring writer

Okay, as far as blog posts go this is a bit of a cheat. This is from an email I wrote a few months ago to a charming sixth grader who emailed me and asked for writing advice. I found this a very interesting assignment, and gave it some thought (see me in the photo,…

Jul 23, 2010 · 13 Comments / ADD YOURS

how to think more creatively and come up with better ideas

1 There’s a show I like to watch when I’m on the treadmill called A WORK OF ART. In the same vein as TOP CHEF or PROJECT RUNWAY, it’s about a group of artists who complete an assignment each week. Their works are put on display and critiqued by the judges. One of them is…

Jul 20, 2010 · 30 Comments / ADD YOURS
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