Don’t worry, U.S. readers, you’ll still have time to get the turkey for Thursday even if you take the time to read the posts I’m linking to on creativity and writing in my latest Creativity Tweets of the Week. (For my many readers outside the U.S., do you celebrate holidays that seem to exist for the dual purposes of stuffing your face and sparking family squabbles?)
37 Tips to Get You Writing Again, Jessica Baverstock, Creativity’s Workshop: When 36 tips isn’t enough, Jessica is there. Thankfully, she breaks them into subheads, and there are some gems. I hate to say it, since you’re here with me, but Tip 38 should be “Stop reading blogs and get back to work.”
- Image Systems, Liaisons, and Motifs, Ingrid Sundberg, Ingrid’s Notes: OK, this is not a post you can skim. But spend a bit of time with this post by Ingrid, a Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA student, and you’ll learn to add “unspoken weight to your narrative.”
- When it Absolutely, Positively Isn’t Ready, Brunonia Barry, Writer Unboxed: The post discusses deadlines a fair amount, but I like it when it shows hints of going deeper into the notion of not knowing if a creative work is complete, or if too much time is being spent on it. I like this line: “I do believe a manuscript can be overwritten.”
- 4 Dangerous Blogging Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, Andrew Handley, Social Media Revolver: My favorite line from this post, and one I push in the blogging classes I teach? “At least find your unique voice.” And note Andrew, like Jessica above, uses a common blogging trick that I too often fail to use–he created a numerical list.
- 5 Reasons to Take A Break From Your Blog, Sté Kerwer, Dukeo: I love having permission, even if I don’t take advantage of it. As PJ Reece noted recently, I don’t post as much as I used to, but at least he says I’m “still pithy.” Oh and look, another list!
- The “How Often Should Fiction Writers Blog?” Manifesto, Christy Farmer, A Southern Romance: Don’t expect a definitive answer, but she plans to blog intermittently so as not to interfere with her creative writing. But to be honest, her post had me at manifesto. What a delightful and underused word. (I blame you, Karl Marx).
12 Most Inspirational Messages for Creatives, Monica Carter Tagore, 12 Most: Monica had me at creatives. I use that word constantly (longtime readers know this), but it isn’t yet mainstream. And note the entire conceit of this blog is posts in numerical lists!
- 7 Ideas to Feed Your Muse, Pat Wood Blogging: Pat had me at muse, a word I probably over-use. I practice #1, letting her in early, but I like #4: Listen. And look–another list!
Oh, let me include one other link here. The fantastic blog Write to Done is again conducting its annual contest for the Top 10 Blogs for Writers. I was honored to be one of the winners last year. Be sure to nominate your favorite (only one vote counts) for this year!