Lawrence Naumoff

Accepting Criticism: What Every Writer Could Do Better

It was my first semester of creative writing in college. I wasn’t even twenty years old. Our professor was Lawrence Naumoff. He was, and still is, one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. His hair was always blown out and disheveled, and he had a slightly dazed look on his face, as if he had just stepped out of a windstorm. His movements were slow and he walked like a man of leisure. He wore […]

Become a Better Writer

3 Ways to Become a Better Writer

How to Improve Your Writing Skills On the topic of how a person can improve their writing skills, inevitably two answers always rise to the the top: 1) Read more. 2) Write more. For a person who’s managed to go their entire life without reading or writing a single thing, that’s pretty good advice. But most of us aren’t that person. Most of us read, and read often. Most us have at least attempted to write […]

habits

The Book Shelf: The Power of Habit

“When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So unless you deliberately fight a habit—unless you find new routines—the pattern will unfold automatically…The problem is that your brain can’t tell the difference between bad and good habits, and so if you have a bad one, it’s always lurking there, waiting for the right cues and rewards.” Reviewing Charles Duhigg’s The […]

Do Writers Need to go to School for Writing?

So you want to be a writer? You’ve had dreams of creating best-selling novels since you were a kid. Or being an award-winning journalist. Here’s the question. Do you need to go to college to become a successful writer? The short answer. No. Let me tell you my story. I went to the University of North Carolina and graduated with a degree in English and Creative Writing. I began college with a strong interest in chemistry […]

Have a Producer Mindset

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” –Jack London   Writing, and just about every activity, is like a business. You’re either actively doing something or you’re passively consuming someone else’s creation. Producers and consumers. Everyone can be summarized into one of these categories. Unfortunately, most writers fall into the latter category. Most writers love to read. They love to research. They love learning new things. But this isn’t […]

Is Your Mind full of Great Stories?

I’m sure you’ve heard this before. Maybe you’re guilty of thinking it: “I have a great idea. Now if only I could write a book.” “I’ve got blockbuster stories in my head. They would sell millions. Someone just needs to write the script.” Let me borrow a quote from our old friend, F. Scott Fitzgerald: “Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. There is no other definition.” So maybe […]