Many years back, my father in law Tom Young lost his brother. He came to visit us at our house in the San Fernando Valley, and it was clear to me that this tall, strong, tightly-wrapped man was nearly buckling with grief, but couldn’t let it go. Just…couldn’t. Stereotypical male…

Yesterday I reiterated the first Lifewriting for Writers principle: write a sentence a day. Boom. Simple

The point of the second principle is to “write 1–4 stories a month.” The typical response is either:

  1. “My ideas are for novels/screenplays”
  2. “I don’t have that many ideas”
  3. “I don’t have enough time”

I love taking patterns from one arena, and applying them to another. For instance,

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross detail five steps of “grief acceptance”, for instance learning you have inoperable cancer. (And yes, I know its more flexible and less precise and not necessarily in this order or experienced by all people):

Putting time and energy into planning my New Years Resolutions. And taking inventory of my current position.

  1. Physical. Feel great, and may have made some serious break-throughs in training. More on this later, but it sure is fun.
  2. Career. The only CERTAIN things are two graphic novels and a short…

I spend the week between Christmas and New Years thinking back on the past year, and forward to the next. Planning, evaluating, giving thanks for my blessings. Thought that it might be good to share a series of these thoughts.


From time to time, someone will say “you’ve implying…

I recently read a discussion about SPIDER MAN: NO WAY HOME in the “is it `art’? Category.

To answer that question, we first have to define terms.

“Craft” is skill.

“Art” is skill plus `Self’ expression. Deep emotion. Attempts to reveal the deep inner being, Harlan’s “burning core.”


I was talking about the fact that when people trigger my instinctive “what am I dealing with here?” on social media a few times, I will cut and paste their most provocative comments, the ones that I think they will later deny, into an alphabetized file. …

“Luck” is clearly a factor in life, and the M.A.G.I.C. formula is designed to actually increase “luck” — the frequency with which happy accidents happen, as well as your preparedness to take advantage of them when they do.

Map or Model of success: find someone who started where you started…

Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is a NY Times bestselling author, ecstatic husband and father, and holder of black belts in three martial arts.

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