Category Archives: Creativity

Writing Exercise – “Protest Night”

Here’s an exercise from late October or early November. I can’t remember which member of our writing group assigned this exercise, but it’s another taken from Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea … Continue reading

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The Key Book Publishing Paths: 2021–2022

Since 2013, I have been regularly updating this informational chart about the key book publishing paths. It is available as a PDF download—ideal for … The Key Book Publishing Paths: 2021–2022 Jane Friedman writes, speaks, and teaches online courses about all aspects … Continue reading

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Writing Exercise – “Being Gorgeous” (An Alliterative Island Ghost Story)

This week’s writing exercise is another one from Ursula K. Le Guin’s marvelous book on writing, Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story (Amazon link HERE, in case you’re interested in checking it out). Our … Continue reading

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Writing Exercise – “The Dress-Up Dress Down”

Or should that be “smackdown”? Read on and see 🙂 My writing group does short exercises to share each time we meet, and I’ve decided it might be fun to start sharing them here on my blog. For this week, … Continue reading

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Was this GMC Sierra truck ad shot in Narnia?

Otherwise, that random streetlight makes little sense. “This is the land of Narnia,” said the Faun, “where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea.” One of the … Continue reading

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Back after a long absence (blamed entirely on the pandemic!)

This is my first post since February, so hello! The details behind my long absence don’t really matter, because, really,  haven’t we all been dealing with the same troubles for months now? But basically, long story short: I teach college, … Continue reading

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Balanced, calm composition (veering slightly toward hysteria)

I was instantly struck by this four-quadrant checkerboard pattern of vertical and horizontal lines and areas of shadow and light when I walked into my office around 1:00 this afternoon after teaching my freshman report-writing class. I fooled around with … Continue reading

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A “jaw-droppingly” creative television ad

The “Golden Age” of television advertising” (think “Mad Men”) is generally considered to be the 1960s through sometime in the 1980s. TV commercials were often extremely creative and fun to watch. Like this clever VW commercial from the very early … Continue reading

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Best Quality Furniture Co. SALE SALE

I don’t know why this store caught my eye as I was driving home from work last week. Stores of this sort are ubiquitous in the central city. Each has such a strong personality, such a distinctly individual character, especially … Continue reading

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What You Can Learn About The Danger Of Assumption From The Original Woodstock Festival …

Originally posted on The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]:
One of the things I do when I first get a brief is try to see the creative opportunity. Where we can make the biggest and most interesting…

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