Tag Archives: creativity

Are Good Intentions Enough?

If you aspire to be a writer, you will need to learn correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, and word usage. There, I said it. A surprising number of people consider this proposition outrageous. “You can hire an editor!” they shout. (On … Continue reading

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Fleshing It Out

The creative process is mysterious, but Rule #1 is, follow your nose. Go with the flow. Do the next indicated thing. Sometimes you may have a fairly definite outcome in mind, sometimes not. Even if you think you know where … Continue reading

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Little Things

I’ve been wondering why I enjoy something as bizarre and pointless as writing interactive fiction. But ultimately it’s no different from a lot of other creative hobbies. There are people (mostly men, I imagine) who build quite elaborate model train … Continue reading

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Photoshop Junkie

Remember the Mac IIci? Great computer, for its day. Back in 1992 or thereabouts, I found myself with a loaner machine in my home. On it was a copy of Photoshop. I can’t draw, so Photoshop was an ideal program … Continue reading

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Redundancy

I keep a spare bow in my cello case. And of course an extra set of strings. If something breaks just before a concert, I want to be prepared. If the cello itself breaks, of course, there wouldn’t be much … Continue reading

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Gifts

This could easily turn into one of those hackneyed “our time on Earth is limited; we have to make the most of it” sermonettes. I don’t want to go there. The thing I want to get at is a little … Continue reading

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Text(book)ing

Writing The Inform 7 Handbook was a lot of fun, and a good experience too. Now that it’s finished, I’m wondering what to do next. I learned a lot about Inform by writing the book. If you want to learn … Continue reading

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Feeling Good

People create stuff because they enjoy creating stuff. That’s a truism, so let’s be a little more specific. When an artist creates a new work of art, what’s going on is that the artist’s brain is producing some sort of … Continue reading

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The Art Business

Many artists are adept at self-mystification. We like to feel that our best works come from some mysterious well (call it the unconscious or God, your choice). We hope to visit that unconscious well often, and we fear that if … Continue reading

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Here Come Da Judge

I’ve joined a weekly Artist’s Way group.¬†We’re going through the chapters in the book one by one. Even after the first meeting, I could see changes happening in my approach to creativity — good changes. But you can’t always take … Continue reading

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