Epicurus for Our Time

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“THE WASTELAND GROWS,” wrote Nietzsche over a century ago. “Woe to him who hides wastelands within.” Since then, the wastelands have grown more indiscriminately within and without. Our social and spiritual lives wither on our cell phone screens. Our cities, habitats, and public arenas suffer from a blight whose causes remain obscure while the effects […]

“Writing On The Edge” Is Anthology of Alaska Stories


David James, editor of the Alaskan literature anthology “Writing on the Edge,” during a signing at Title Wave Books on March 4. James will be at Barnes & Noble in Fairbanks this Saturday from 1 to 3. PHOTO BY Karen Jensen Alaska means different things to different people. A new anthology of 33 Alaska stories, […]

There are many ways to fight writer’s block, find inspiration

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Don’t feel like writing? Join the club. Sometimes life is too busy, and our brains are too crowded with schedules, appointments and commitments. Sometimes we lack ideas or confidence. A clear mind allows room for inspiration, but how can we banish the mental detritus? Nature can nurture, so heading for an unpeopled locale can be […]

TUCKER ON Writing Well

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Over 30 years ago, I received my bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee. Despite the passing of time, I still hold dear two items from my five-year educational journey: my framed diploma and a small book entitled “The Word: An Associated Press Guide to Good News Writing” by Rene J. Cappon. This […]

ChatGPT showed me just how far it is from writing a blockbuster

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10,000 hours. That’s how long, at least according to author Malcolm Gladwell, it’s supposed to take to master a craft. Or, if you’re an AI a matter of months, weeks, or days. When I read that is now such an adept writer it’s on Amazon’s self-publishing service, I experienced a mini freakout. To be clear, […]

How to free your writing with free writing

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Timed free-writing — no stopping, no correcting, no fretting — can leapfrog mental paralysis to a “shitty” but valuable first draft of Korrina Duffy’s free-write notebook. Pen poised. Go! Free writing is for when you need to write the damn thing already. If you, like many, have a bad case of blank page syndrome, free […]

Purple Prose – What It Is And How to Avoid It

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Although purple prose sounds pretty and like a way you would want your writing described, it’s actually not a good thing to have your writing described this way. If someone calls your purple writing prose, essentially, they’re calling it flowery. They think it’s too wordy, formal or trying too hard to be poetic. Although there […]

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