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Give Your Brain a Break and Write Better!

So, what do I do when I’m not writing? I cartoon! Yup, it’s a great way to get relief from thinking so hard. I use Adobe Draw on my iPad Pro – a wonderful anniversary gift from my wife. Here’s an example of the kind of cartoon stuff I create.

 

I’m not a great cartoonist (that requires a lot of dedication and practice), but it’s simply pure fun to turn away from what seems like the drudgery of writing (especially in the middle of a book) and create something you can finish in a couple of minutes.

 

By the way, did you know that at least two famous American writers also cartooned? John Updike, for one, wanted to be a cartoonist in his teens and drew them at Harvard. Google his name to find examples.

 

The great humorist, James Thurber, also did simple and classic cartoon illustrations for The New Yorker. He had a quirky and very dry sense of humor. Check him out on Google.

 

In addition to ‘tooning,’ I do yoga to get away from the physical effects of writing. After years of sitting at a desk and pounding out prose, I find it a wonderful practice for loosening all those stiff muscles and correcting the bad posture. I highly recommend it.

 

In fact, I recommend any kind of exercise for writers! Your brain needs relief from constant thought; otherwise, you’ll go stale in a very short time. Plus, exercise gives your subconscious the opportunity to do its mysterious work. You’d be surprised at how often a wonderful idea will pop into your head while walking, running, cycling, etc.

 

Dig Yourself Out of a Writing Ditch!

Sometimes I’m asked by non-writers, “What’s the hardest part about writing novels? Coming up with ideas? Staring at the blank page? Forcing yourself to sit down and write?” Without a doubt, for me, the hardest part is the middle of the novel. At that point, I don’t feel like I’m writing – I feel as… Continue Reading

Tooning and Writing!

So, what do I do when I’m not writing? I cartoon! Yup, it’s a great way to get relief from thinking so hard. I use Adobe Draw on my iPad Pro – a wonderful anniversary gift from my wife. Here’s an example of the kind of cartoon stuff I create. It’s somewhat of a self-portrait!… Continue Reading

Interstellar Writing Inspiration!

In an earlier post, I mentioned the three authors who were my inspiration for becoming a writer – Twain, Dickens and Hemingway. Well, I had a fourth physical inspiration – nearsightedness! As a youth, I could barely see beyond my nose without glasses (thank goodness for Lasik!). Since I obviously wasn’t going to turn out… Continue Reading

My History

Prior to becoming a writer of fiction and non-fiction, I was a classroom teacher (English), military news writer, a teacher of the deaf, and an instructional designer. As you might guess from this information, I come from a family of teachers – brother, math; sister, special education; aunt, elementary education. I was the one to… Continue Reading