Brilliant Ideas

Jul 06, 2018 | Article
Where do they come from? Stephen King and I are diametrically opposed about where ideas come from; however I respect him for his genius --- and he does generate brilliant ideas continuously. His notion is that they manifest accidently whereas I believe (and know) we find them and can do so using a process. We do not come up with ideas; we…

Negative Space Thinking

Jul 03, 2018 | Article
It’s always fascinating to listen when people talk about their children.  Aside from the regular menu of topics including where the children are in terms of education and the activities in which they are involved, invariably, subtle things emerge that indicate the challenges, sometimes problems, a parent is facing with their progeny.  It’s what we don’t hear that is even more interesting.…

Short Writers

Jul 03, 2018 | Article
On April 20th this year, I celebrated 39 years as a short-writer. Understand that I’m 5 feet, 11 inches tall and shrinking. Short-writers are politely ignored by the literary world because of our vocation: writing commercials for radio and television, writing ad copy for newspapers and magazines, thinking in 30 and 60 second increments and conceptualizing language in blocks and banners. However,…