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18 December 2017

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Put Your Strongest Ideas at the Beginning

I wrote about Roy Peter Clark’s book “Writing Tools” in a recent post. Although it contains 50 tips for writing […]

21 August 2017

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“Writing Tools” by Roy Peter Clark

There are not many good books on writing music. Plenty of writers have tried, but almost every one I’ve read […]

04 November 2015

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How to Maintain Musical Neutrality

We all know how to make music happy or sad; just use major or minor chords! But sometimes I need […]

06 July 2015

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Use Opposites to Stay Interesting

Photo by Dean Hochman. I’ve written about this in the past, but the topic is so central to creating compelling […]

06 August 2012

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SCOREcast: How to Create Tension with Climbing Scales

My latest article for SCOREcast Online has been released: How to Create Tension with Climbing Scales “Among the many primary […]

29 February 2012

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Gumroad

I discovered a new tool last night called Gumroad which looks like it has a lot of potential for direct-to-consumer […]

11 January 2012

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Workflowy

As a freelancer and owner of my own business, time is one of my most important resources. The more time […]

05 October 2011

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Teleportation Doesn’t Exist (On Growing Organically)

An aspect of my writing that I’ve always considered a weakness is a heavy reliance on ostinatos and repeating patterns. […]

21 September 2011

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On Keeping the Aspects of Composing Isolated

According to Walter Piston, from his iconic orchestration book, “The true art of orchestration is inseparable from the creative act […]

17 August 2011

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On the Benefits of Writing First Thing in the Morning

In a recent post I wrote about the importance of writing every day. I think that’s it’s important to make […]

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