Write by Hand: NaNoWriMo Tip #8 (via GalleyCat)

November 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

A quick post just to point to this article: Write by Hand: NaNoWriMo Tip #8 – GalleyCat.

I’ve toyed with the notion of writing a novel or story by hand (first draft, of course). Neil Gaiman writes all his first drafts by hand, and then has demons or trained cats or cat demons type them up for him (at least, that’s what I’ve heard.) And the article linked to from GalleyCat makes some salient points about why writing by hand might help the creative process.

Do you write by hand or use a computer for your first draft?


How would you describe the color green to a blind person?

June 13, 2012 § 9 Comments

I am currently “in transition” (which is the new meaningless jargon for “unemployed”), so I’ve been interviewing lately. Usually, it’s the same questions, same application to fill out (even though all the info they want is on the resume I just handed them, and on the web form I filled out to initially), etc.

Last week, I had the first interview for which I had to take a written test. This was a first, but it probably should be standard operating procedure. I’m a marketing copywriter by day (when I’m employed, that is), and the test covered my marketing knowledge as well as my creativity. Some of the questions were odd, and frankly, I rather enjoyed the chance to show off my creativity. It made the interview a bit more fun, and therefore a bit less stressful.

The question that stuck with me, though, was the last one:

How would you describe the color green to a blind person?

My answer was something like, “Green is whisper of the summer breeze through the treetops. It’s the cold kiss of dew-laden grass on bare skin, the smell of a freshly mowed lawn in the spring.”

Obviously, my mind went straight to nature, and since then, I’ve been trying to figure out how else you would answer that question. So I thought I’d put it to you.

How would you describe the color green to a blind person?

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