A Writer’s Confession

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I’m stuck. Let me explain. In my mind, there are two kinds of writing. Real writing and everything else. Real writing would include novels, nonfiction books, screenplays and other long form projects. Everything else would include everything else. Like this blog. I enjoy the whole blog thing. Over the last few years, I’ve compiled more…
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The Power of Cachet

If you’re a creative artist with a long and successful track record, you’ve built up a storehouse of goodwill known as “cachet.” At that point, you can leverage it into ever more groundbreaking endeavors. Or you can coast, cranking out schlock and taking advantage of your fans.   Paul McCartney, half of the greatest songwriting…
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The Doctor is In

I was going to write something else today, but a good friend sent me this email request first thing this morning:   Give us an inspiring blog about writing. Give us a reason to keep going.   In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve never been accused of being the most inspirational guy on the…
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Take My Advice

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. —   Oscar Wilde   I’m not a big fan of advice, particularly the unsolicited variety. So it stands to reason that I’m not overly fond of advice songs, a sub- genre of music that’s…
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Lazin’ on a Sunny Afternoon

Welcome to the fourth installment of “Real Men of Genius,” the semi-semi-regular feature that celebrates creative artists who, while successful, have been largely under-appreciated by the general public (with apologies to Bud Light for letting me rip off their commercial theme). A few weeks ago I posted a blog called “Innovators and Imitators,” which addressed…
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Lessons from World Book Night

“Excuse me, ma’am, can I offer you a free copy of ‘Friday Night Lights’?”   The woman recoiled as if I were holding a baby rattler. “No!” she shouted, backing away. And then, by way of mumbled explanation, “I don’t read.”   She’s not alone. According to an Associated Press poll, one-quarter of all Americans…
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Innovators and Imitators

While waiting in vain for the next music messiah, I thought I’d reflect on some of the true originals who changed life as we know it, and the imitators who followed in their wake. I’m actually a little too young to have been an Elvis fan when he burst on the scene. I have no…
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Shut Up and Work

In honor of my 100th blog post, I’m turning the reins over to guest columnist and business partner Alex Raffi, whose message should become a mantra, an initiative and (to paraphrase Arlo Guthrie) a movement. Let’s start seeing these words on bumper stickers, T- shirts and the occasional tattoo.   Shut up and work. We…
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Finding the Time

From the “I’m Feeling Churlish Department” . . .   Back when I was consistently hawking my wares at book festivals and the like, some well-meaning soul would invariably saunter up   to my table and inform me that he or she intended to “write a book as soon as I find the time.” I’d look…
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Nothing Like a Good Rant

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In real life, most folks don’t talk in speeches. They talk in little sound bites, most of which are borderline incoherent. Don’t believe me? Open to any page of the Watergate transcripts next time you’re bored. But in the movies, every now and then, a character reels off a doozy of a speech that becomes…
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