THE PRESS MAGAZINE

THE CREATIVE PROCESS: ON WRITING

Loosening the Screws on Too-Tight Writing

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Whilst editing more of the never-ending manuscript last night, I became aware that some of my writing was tight. As tight as a publisher’s wallet in fact. I can clearly discern which sections I wrote during free-wheeling, word-flowing time off when I spent a couple of hours jotting down stream-of-consciousness, vaguely-related meanderings, which eventually morphed…

The Creative Process: Thumbnail Sketches and Napkin Notes

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By Amy Duncan of http://finallygettingdowntobrasstacks.wordpress.com A few weeks ago, I posed these questions on Facebook: Here are a few questions for my creative friends (writers, musicians, composers, artists, photographers, etc.): What is your creative process? How do you approach your work, day by day? What are your work habits? Your frustrations (if any!)? Feel free to…

Writing: How to Get Story Ideas…

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By J.R. Frontera of http://jrfrontera.wordpress.com …otherwise known as: How To Tap Into the Elusive “Everywhere.” If you are like most yet-to-be-published writers, you attempt to learn all you can from the successful career authors any chance you get. This often includes reading magazine articles, interviews, and online articles about them, and sometimes even traveling to…

Seeking an Editor: Freelance or a Content Marketing Agency?

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But what does this mean for you and your business? Simply put, you need to invest in the creation and implementation of awesome copy—the kind that borders on perfection and appeases the all-powerful Google gods. You may instinctively turn to a copywriting or content marketing agency to fill your needs, but is this your best…

ON THE ARTS

Collage Art: Integrating Your Elements

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By Seth Apter of http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com Sometimes a collage just looks like some smaller paper (or other material) glued to a larger surface. But there are many ways in which to alter your collage elements to make the piece a more cohesive and seamless whole.           Five tips to integrate collage elements:…

Mural Art: Graphic Graffiti Style

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By Janelle Rucker of http://myjournie.com Did you know there are little jewels hidden in plain sight in most communities? Murals, stickers and tags on the sides of buildings, in alleys and on light poles, all with a story and a purpose. Hamilton Glass, known in art circles as Ham?, has been dropping these jewels all over…

ON PHOTOGRAPHY

Tête-à-tête with Avian Photographer Gaurav Mittal

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By Fried Eye of  https://www.friedeye.com He believes in his dream and the journey he treads on. He gave up his lucrative profession and luxury to be with what he loves doing – photographing the most delicate and fragile moments of birds. Gaurav Mittal, an established “bird photography artist” says, “his images of birds are not…

Photography: Realism Digital Art

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Realism Digital Art is a term I use to describe the painterly and dramatic effects I’m striving for in my photography, utilizing Photomatix, Lightroom and Photoshop. This one photo, taken in Chicago on the morning after  St. Patrick’s Day,  turned out as a surprise to me, as I was experimenting with combining various techniques: a…