Category Writing

Making Less Art Leads to More Art

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about focus in artmaking.  More and more, it seems to me that in order to make great art – of whatever kind – you have to achieve a balance in side projects and distractions. A lot of the great achievers I read about – artists, scientists, whoever – seem […]

babelwright Year One Retrospective

WordPress helpfully reminded me that my blog turned one year old on February 16, so for easy-clickin’ purposes here’s a little roundup of the stuff I wrote and the people who came by.  Thanks for reading. NUMBERS I wrote almost a hundred posts within that year – 99, to be exact. The blog got 6,404 […]

What I’m Working On (December 2012)

I haven’t posted a lot recently.  I’ve rethought the notion of posting regularly; I don’t think it’s something I “have” to do.  I don’t primarily think of myself as a blogger; blogging is an outlet for an idea or essay when I have one, and a way of opening up my headspace to the world […]

The Terror Gap (for Beginning Artists)

It’s a gap that causes terror, not a gap made of terror, nor one related to terrorism. “The Terror Gap” is the term I recently thought of that, for me at least, captures a particular feeling I get as a writer.  Often, when I think about a piece I’m working on – or even one […]

Folksinger Beaches and Pop Star Piers

Imagine, if you will, the arts as a body of water. We all like swimming in the water.  An ocean is powerful, complex, soothing, fun, all at once or separately.  A lake is serene, nostalgic, mysterious, refreshing.  A river is thrilling, utilitarian, healing, dangerous.  The arts function in as many contradictory or complimentary ways as […]

The Blogger’s Chicken-or-the-Egg

This time, for bloggers! Which comes first: being a good blogger, or having lots of readers? (This post will probably only be of interest to people who blog, because I presume I’m not the only blogger to have these thoughts and questions.) I do not believe that the world operates like a strict meritocracy.  I […]

The Scale of Realism in Dialogue

I have a theory: that you can chart the level of realism in scripted dialogue on a simple scale. None of this is implied to be judgmental: any level of dialogue realism has its uses, and dialogue at every level has been employed in great writing.  The level of realism a writer chooses for their dialogue is just […]