Julie Crawford

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Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside

He stood in the waiting hall of the station, searching the crowd for a seat, the Chinese squatting among their baggage and eyeing him like children …

Barrel of a Gun

How much can you really know about yourself until you’ve looked down the barrel of a gun?<p>It was late Halloween night. I was 15 years old and had been …

Be relevant, be transparent

Doing native advertising right is not that difficult<p>Readers have the power. Online, unencumbered by the reduced choices imposed by the economics of …

Coffee vs. beer: which drink makes you more creative?

I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.<p>When this happens, normally I grab a coffee to help get the ideas flowing, but for the last few …

The Shadow Plot

Why It’s Okay To Cheat On Your Projects<p>A few years ago I found myself at a party in conversation with a musician whose career had involved a series …

Write Drunk

Edit Sober<p>I can’t say I’ve read much of Bukowski, but I do like to quote him. Especially when the quotes aren’t even his to begin with. I suppose I …

Never Let a Good Idea Die.

Bored in the Parisian countryside, a 16 year old Luc Beson began to concoct the story of The Fifth Element. For years he dwelled on this idea, …

On the Importance of Being Grumpy if You Write Fiction

I'm a grumpy guy. Sometimes I don't email people back right away. Sometimes not at all. Sometimes I will email them back immediately and let them …

How to Write a Book

You probably shouldn’t, but if you must…<p><b>Write an outline, then stick it away where you can’t see it.</b> The only helpful thing about an outline is the …

Finding My Writing Flow

I’ve wanted to create a habit of writing more often, so I decided to write for an hour a day in November. It’s 9:00 pm on the third day of my write …

Shut up and write the book!

Five things that have helped me get more writing done.<p>I’m working on the followup to <i>Steal Like An Artist</i><i>,</i> my book about how to be more creative in …

The best story I know

My great-grandfather was a drummer boy in the Civil War, and he was shot in the head. The field doctor put a silver dollar over the wound to keep his …

The Spark File

Looking back at all the tools and techniques that I've developed over the years as a writer, it occurs to me that most of them are, in one way or …

Heads down

Thumbs up.<p>I’ve been fortunate to interview a lot of great creative people: the folks building awesome software, writing inspiring books, and building …

Death, Darkness and the Deserters

From the archives, a harrowing tale of African desert warfare from June 2008<p>It started with singing.<p>I was in my sweltering hovel at a guest house in …

How To Be Happy

Simple steps to lead a simple and content life.<p>7. Stop checking email in the morning.<p>Seriously cut that garbage out. Your brain actually functions …

NASA creates eye-popping 160-megapixel image of our two nearest galaxies (video)

NASA is determined to bring the final frontier closer than ever -- or at least a small, photographic slice of it. Using NASA's Swift satellite, astrophysicists at Goddard Space Flight Center and Pennsylvania State University were able to create a stunningly detailed survey of the two galaxies …

Long Exposure Photographs of Fireflies in the Forests of Nagoya City by Yume Cyan | Colossal

<p>For the last month or so photographer Yume Cyan has been shooting some magical long exposure photographs of fireflies in a forested area around …