Heidi Pitlor Shares Short Story Writing Tips

by Lynn S. Schwebach Sometimes writers think they’re flexing their creativity when they’re actually rehashing story lines. Because we work so insularly, we fail to notice changes in writing and the world around us. I learned that last Thursday at a workshop with Heidi Pitlor, series editor of “The Best American Short Stories” published by …

Creative “Aha” Moments Arrive While Taking a Break

by Lynn S. Schwebach Problem solvers often describe having insights during unusual moments. Artists, scientists, computer programmers – probably every person regardless of occupation - has experienced this phenomenon. While away from work on vacation, walking the dog, running and sleeping our brains unconsciously go into overdrive. We might “think” we’ve stopped working on a …

Jennifer Egan’s Writing Process Defines Creativity

by Lynn S. Schwebach Author talks and readings bring together a curious crowd, and during those gatherings when it comes time for questions from the audience, one question always inevitably gets asked: “What is your writing process?" The audience—both readers and writers—want to know how authors work, how they take imaginative thoughts and ideas and …