The Architecture of Creativity

Lately, I’ve been reading the book, The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand. It’s about architecture and two boys who decide to pursue careers in it. Upon graduation, they pursue two very different paths to get where they want to. The story is about the consequences of those choices. In addition to generating an interest in architecture, it brings up some good points about what creativity is. In this post I’d like to talk about defining creativity using the main character’s remarks as a basis. more “The Architecture of Creativity”

The Stitched Up Guide to Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization, or SEO is a term foreign to many. Oftentimes people who have heard about it say that it is how you get on page one of Google. While SEO can certainly help you do that, there is more to it and it isn’t that easy. This guide I’ve put together is going to answer a lot of your questions about optimization of your website. Let’s start with the most basic question: what is search engine optimization? more “The Stitched Up Guide to Search Engine Optimization”

Classics and A Room With a View

When people read classics…wait, stop there. They don’t. Not unless it’s for school. Let me start again. When people read classics for school, what comes to mind is often dry, hard to understand stories that nobody reads. Stories that when read, automatically mark you as “refined” and a part of the “literary avante-garde” just for enduring them.  There is a small percentage of the population however, that enjoys reading them of their own free will. I am one of those. By no means would I label myself as refined or a hoity-toity look-at-me-I-read-classics type of person. I’m just curious. Yes, there are still times when I pass out reading because I’m bored. But that’s not the point.

The classic I will to review today and use as a case study breaks the mold of traditional classics. The dialogue is unexpected, the story great, and sheds light on the world in an unexpected way. The book is “A Room With a View” by Edward Forster Morgan.  more “Classics and A Room With a View”

Pre-Writing is Actually a Good Thing!

Back in February I wrote a post about how people had been taught to write incorrectly and how to fix it. I talked about grammar, brainstorming techniques, and the method in which writing has been taught for many years. I went against the grain and said there was a better way. My object was to stir up controversy and create conversation. Neither of those objectives were achieved. Since that time, I’ve had a change of heart on one of the points I wrote about. Brainstorming and other “pre-writing” techniques more “Pre-Writing is Actually a Good Thing!”

Taking the Time to Teach Writing

When I was a little kid, I didn’t like to write. I was good at it but I just didn’t like to put the pen to paper. I had plenty of teachers that helped me and taught me however, things never clicked. While in middle school, I came to writing of my own accord. I began writing short stories. From that point on, I loved to write. That love only deepened as I had great writing teachers. Learning to love writing on one’s own isn’t typical of your average student. For most of us, we retain a bad taste in our mouth about writing. It seems to be a necessary evil. However, I believe that by taking the time to teach writing on a one-on-one basis work miracles in helping people to learn to love writing. more “Taking the Time to Teach Writing”

What the Fight for Net Neutrality Means for My Business

Maybe some of your have heard the term lately of “net neutrality“. It’s been in the news recently and there is currently a motion with the FCC to lift it. That’s not a good idea. Net neutrality means all information on the internet is equal. If my website does well, I can supplant bigger websites. However, large telecomm companies, such as AT&T, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable, want to take that away. Rather than have a level playing field, they want to introduce “express lanes” on the internet. Those companies that can afford it, pay to have their web content delivered faster. Those that cannot afford it, well they are stuck with slow speeds, and potentially censorship and blocking. Not only will ending net neutrality will have large ramifications for the entire internet, it will especially affect small businesses such as myself. more “What the Fight for Net Neutrality Means for My Business”

Superman, a Literature Class, and Plenty of Movie Scripts

“It’s not easy to be me
Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie about a home I’ll never see
It may sound absurd,
But don’t be naive,
Even heroes have a right to bleed.”

Those were the words to the Five for Fighting song about Superman I heard on the radio this week. I actually misheard  the lyrics. Rather than, “It’s not easy to be me,” I heard, “It’s not easy to believe”. Those misunderstood lyrics got me thinking about how hard life can be.

Honestly, it’s not easy to believe in yourself. There are a lot of people out there willing to say your aren’t worth anything. They don’t see the Superman inside of you. Sometimes you don’t even see it yourself. Occasionally, it takes someone else to point out all the hardwork your doing to become proficient at a specific task. To help you know you aren’t doing so bad. more “Superman, a Literature Class, and Plenty of Movie Scripts”

The Riftwar Saga and Fantasy Writing

It’s the last day of June and Summer is in full swing. Now is the time to start on your Summer reading lists. Last week, I finished up a series of four books called the Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist. They were a gift from my uncle some years ago and I’ve only just gotten around to reading them. I wasn’t disappointed. What surprised me most was the pace of the book, the descriptions, and the sub-plots. While there are many different topics I could focus on that make up great fantasy, these are the ones I’ll be focusing on for my post on fantasy writing.  more “The Riftwar Saga and Fantasy Writing”

The Stitched Up Guide to Genre Writing

Author’s Note: This is the blog format of the Stitched Up Guide to Genre Writing. If you’d like to download the  PDF (it’s cooler looking) for free click here.

Even though from a distance it may look like everyone has the same pattern, the stripes between zebras differ. There are subtle nuances that allow the zebras to tell each other apart.

In many ways this summarizes the different types of writing covered in this book. Every type of writing tells a story. But there are subtle differences to each. Horror stories focus on exploring our fears while novellas focus on character development. Knowing how to write each type of genre, you begin to differentiate the “zebras”. Rather than seeing a herd of black and white animals, you see ones that have diagonal stripes, vertical, maybe even some horizontal stripes. You begin to appreciate the nuances because you can tell the difference where everyone else just see black and white.

This is what I hope to accomplish in this book. To help you see the nuances of writing and appreciate the diversity contained therein. Welcome to the Stitched Up Guide to Genre Writing, our second book as a company. If you have any comments, concerns, or ideas for our next book, please contact us and let us know.

Cody Jackson
Founder, Stitch Writing. more “The Stitched Up Guide to Genre Writing”