According to the NYT Sunday Review article (7/4/14) entitled, "The Secret of Effective Motivation," there are two main types of motives-internal and instrumental. Well, what we might call intrinsic, that is to say, originating from an authentic desire to perform a task-write a short story, poem, novel, essay-just for the sake of the doing, and well, extrinsic, meaning, for the money! The study is curious because they found that among these West Point cadets those who performe
The Reclining Buddha at Polunaruwa taken around 1985. As a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer I had the opportunity to travel around the country, and the entire South Asian region. #photosrilankabuddhaancientasianart
Reposted from Open Road Media: John Gardner, author of October Light and The Sunlight Dialogues, is best known for his novels and critical works, but he also had a tremendous influence on the the world of American letters as a creative writing teacher. Gardner's students included Richard Ford, Charles Johnson, and Raymond Carver, all of whom went on to have distinguished careers as fiction writers. How did Gardner discover and inspire so many important authors? Watch Gardner'