It may be April 1st, but we don’t fool around at The Artist’s Road. Instead we provide you unadulterated wisdom on creativity and writing along with a dash of inspiration in the form of links I tweeted this week. So get ready for a wild ride, or as Jimmy Fallon says in channeling Charlie Sheen, “sit back and enjoy the ride, and buckle up, ’cause it’s going to be a long one, it’s gonna be bumpy and at one point you’re going to want to put your hands up, not legal, but they’re taking a picture, digital photo, $25 dollars when you get off the ride.”
- “15 Best Creativity Tips,” Dan Rockwell, Leadership Freak: Short and sweet, as is his style, he throws in a bonus, 3 types of creativity.
“21 Ways You’re Killing Your Creativity Without Even Realising,” Dan Goodwin, A Big Creative Yes: The post is about a year old but the advice is timeless. This week I’ve committed a lot of these flaws, but in particular #9, “You don’t ever celebrate your achievements.”
- “8 Ways to Boost Your Creativity,” Dr. Jennifer Howard: I don’t think I have tried #4 before, “Look at what you’re working on upside down,” although when I was a reporter an editor insisted I learn how to read upside down, the better to gain inside inf0rmation when interviewing someone at his or her desk.
- “3 Reasons People Are Pissing On Your Parade, And What You Can Do About It,” Linda Formichelli, The Renegade Writer: While Linda’s post focuses on writers, its message of dream-killers in your life will connect with any creative.
- “5 Helpful Tips: How to Find Joy in Your Life,” Aline Hanle, Modern Life: Simplicity and authenticity are two themes of this inspiring post.
- “Inspiring a Writer Manqué from Brockton,” JW Rogers, guest post on Fear of Writing: I’m grateful to my friends Milli and J at Fear of Writing for introducing me to this writer. Check out this inspiring JW Rogers memoir essay, “A search for a true Voice” at DRMSTREAM.
“Writers, Read,” by Erika Robuck, Muse: Erica is a book junkie, for which I’m sure many authors are grateful. Here she starts an interesting conversation on what genre of books are more helpful for writers, books on the craft or books in the genre they’re writing.
- “The courage to call yourself a writer,” Aisha Saeed: Aisha focuses not just on self-identifying as a writer (which is important and can be difficult) but the challenge of proclaiming that to others.
- “Traditional vs. Self-Publishing: How Much Does the Debate Matter?” Jami Gold: This is a long-debated topic, and Jami has a lot of interesting commenters offering their opinions.
It’s only been five months since I began Creativity Tweets of the Week, but the globe is now captivated, counting the days until the latest issue posts Friday morning. It has even inspired an 8th grader named Rebecca Black to create a tribute song called “Friday.” As Rebecca sings, the arrival of Creativity Tweets of the Week is “fun, fun, fun, fun.”