A variety of things can push us through in our writing.

When published writers expand on their process, we learn that it takes more than mere determination to find the words. Calamity, serenity, even serendipity I’ll always remember what Ta-Nehisi Coates said about creative breakthrough. Indeed, our roughest times in life can open us.  Sometimes we emerge from those dark days bleary-eyed but fortified. Our wordsContinue reading “A variety of things can push us through in our writing.”

Aspiring journalist? Be prepared. Be on point.

Let’s be honest, not every interview we get with someone shines. It happens. Sometimes we crash. The timing was wrong. Interruptions. Bad audio. And sometimes, we’re the reason behind that dashed opportunity. I once accepted an assignment to interview an actor and submit an article the same day. I knew little of this man andContinue reading “Aspiring journalist? Be prepared. Be on point.”

Aspiring journalist? Use recording devices

I recently read Wired magazine’s “Sore Subject” (October 20, 2012), a report and editorial response addressing every journalist’s worst fear: doubt.  At issue is an article by Noah Shachtman. The piece, “Russia’s Top Cyber Sleuth Foils US Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals,” profiles Eugene Kaspersky, creator of the Kaspersky internet security software. Here is what can happen toContinue reading “Aspiring journalist? Use recording devices”