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Create Your Own Book Video

Create Your Own Book Video

It’s here! I’ve created a step-by-step guide for authors who want to make high-quality videos about their books. The class is live on Skillshare now, and this link will give you two months’ free access to all the classes Skillshare has to offer.   Also, because of the shutdown, I have made this class free and easily accessible on YouTube.  Please go here to watch the entire playlist. As the author of over a dozen books,...

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Ink Your Drink! A new class on painting cocktails

NEW on Skillshare! I’m teaching the ink transfer technique I’ve been posting about lately on Instagram. To find out more about the class, and to get 2 months free on Skillshare, use this link. (And there are tons of great classes on Skillshare! I’m particularly fond of Jim Richard’s urban sketching class.) To see all the classes I’m teaching on Skillshare, here’s a link that shows you all the classes and also...

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I Went on a Sketching Trip to Mexico and I Took You With Me

I Went on a Sketching Trip to Mexico and I Took You With Me

  We just went to Mexico together! Well, almost. I took my iPad to Guanajuato, Mexico last week and filmed an online class on travel sketching–so you can watch it and it’s almost like being there! I decided to focus on the two subjects that are easiest for beginners–building facades (meaning, looking straight on, no perspective skills required) and landscapes. This class walks you through the process I use when I’m...

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Story Structure is a Thing We All Wrestle With

  My next Skillshare class is live and it’s on the beast we all struggle with, both fiction and nonfiction writers: story structure. There are lots of people out there peddling complex, intricate techniques for writing a hit novel or screenplay. Honestly, I get a little overwhelmed by all that stuff. So I made a class about the methods I actually use when I write my own books, and I encourage you to try these out, see if they work,...

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I’m Teaching Writing Classes on Skillshare

Big news for the new year! I’m teaching a series of writing classes on Skillshare, which is an online teaching platform that works on a subscription model, like Netflix. The first two courses are live now, and you can get two months free through this link. The people at Skillshare approached me about teaching a couple years ago, but I couldn’t get my head around the idea at the time. Then I took a class on the platform–Jim...

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Messing About with Paint

Messing About with Paint

              Here’s something new I just sort of fell into: I was messing around with a painting and made a big mess and decided the big mess looked interesting. Next think I knew, I was making these abstract watercolor paintings. I’ve been noodling away at them every day while I write my next book—or while I’m supposed to be writing, I guess. Is it procrastination? A distraction? A good way to...

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Time for Another Art Auction!

Time for Another Art Auction!

I’m auctioning off a bunch of paintings to benefit two worthwhile charities. If you want to skip the explanation and go straight to the auction, go here. Bidding ends November 17, 2019. It’s been a tough three years, friends. If you’re like me, maybe you’ve found it hard to keep going in the face of catastrophically bad news night after night, terrifying world events, and just an unbearable, soul-crushing sense that our...

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Bad Drawings Make Great Backgrounds: When a Sketchbook Page Goes Wrong

Bad Drawings Make Great Backgrounds: When a Sketchbook Page Goes Wrong

When I travel, I always take a sketchbook to keep a record of the trip (and, honestly, to entertain myself, because there are only so many old churches one can tour in a day).  Here’s a video tour of my latest sketchbook, and you can always see more on Instagram. But what happens when a page in a sketchbook goes horribly wrong? Now, I’ve filled lots of sketchbooks with practice and lessons, and every single page in those books could...

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I’m An Aspiring Author. Do I Need a Website?

Every month in my newsletter, I offer readers a chance to win the book of their choice if they ask me a question. I pick a question to answer in the next newsletter, then I send them their book.  This month, an aspiring author asked me, “I have 2 novels being shopped by my lit agent, at the moment I’m trying to decide whether a website is worth my time, energy or financial investment. Do you think an author’s website is worth having...

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The DIY MFA: How I Got an Arts Education Without Massive Debt

When I was on book tour recently, someone in the audience asked me what I thought about MFAs. I didn’t have much time to answer, but I told her that I have mixed feelings about a university arts education, and that I like the idea of a DIY MFA. That’s what I did. I’ve spent some money on my arts education, but I’ve done it over a thirty-year period and I’ve been selective and intentional about what I studied and why. ...

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