Tag Archives: Writing

Who Has Your Creativity Sold Out?

Is your creativity selling out someone in your life? Joan Didion famously wrote that “writers are always selling somebody out.” Songwriters, painters, novelists and other creatives channel their life experiences when producing their art. Take my post on Tuesday, in which I passed along advice I heard at a recent writer’s conference about building a […]

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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 4/20/12

You shouldn’t be reading blogs right now. It’s spring. Go outside and frolic in the grass. You can read these links later, in bed, while recovering from your allergy attack. CREATIVITY “4 Secrets of Great Critical Thinkers,” Paul J. H. Schoemaker, Inc.: I’m shocked “Eat bacon” isn’t on the list. “Slow down” is. “9 Inspirational […]

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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 3/23/12

If it’s Friday, it’s time for my latest collection of links on creativity and writing I tweeted this week. There’s a lot to be said for reliability. Tourists will be coming here to D.C. through April 27th to take in our beautiful cherry trees in the 100th anniversary of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, but […]

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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 03/16/12

Feel free to jump straight to the eight links on creativity and writing that are among the resources I tweeted this week. Per usual, I’ve included some commentary and photo captions that I assume you won’t read. CREATIVITY “‘Your Playlist Can Change Your Life': Can Music Boost Your Brain?” Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times: When […]

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AWP Nugget: Finding the RIGHT Voice(s)

AWP, CHICAGO: “As a beginning writer I was told to find my voice,” as if it were something lost, Sue William Silverman said at a Friday AWP panel titled “Containing Multitudes: Shifting Voices in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction.” “Was it under the bed?” Then Sue–author of the best-selling memoirs Because I Remember Terror, Father, I […]

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Writing Better Fiction by Reading Nonfiction

I’m honored today to be a guest blogger on K.M. Weiland’s Wordplay. K.M.’s blog provides useful tips and resources for fiction writers, and as some readers know I’m currently focusing on creative non-fiction. Thus my guest post titled “What Non-Fiction Authors Can Teach Novelists.” I’d love for you to visit Wordplay, check out my guest […]

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Guest Post: Write Yourself a Bad Review

Today I’m honored to provide a guest post by author and writing mentor K.M. Weiland, whose blog Wordplay also was named a Top 10 Blog for Writers for 2011-2012. Her bio is below the post. ———————————————————————————————————————– We all hate the critic in our heads. You know the oneā€”talks with a nasal British accent, uses words […]

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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 01/20/12

I may have announced yesterday that this ol’ freelancer is looking to return to full-time salaried employment, but I’ll still bring you the best links on creativity and writing (and a bonus topic this week, resolutions) on Twitter and here on The Artist’s Road. Heck, removing the time I spend searching for work and handling […]

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MFA Nugget: In Defense of Excessive Detail and Sentimental Disclosures

MONTPELIER, VERMONT: “My observation is that among students of writing, the inclusion of details is very out of fashion,” said novelist, memoirist and biographer Larry Sutin at a lecture here at my MFA residency with the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He finds this most upsetting, and I did as well, once he said during […]

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MFA Nugget: Dialogue as Action

MONTPELIER, VERMONT: “Dialogue is a type of action: a means of developing dramatic conflict, in which we witness the push and pull between characters.” So said Edgar-award winning novelist Domenic Stansberry in a lecture here at my MFA residency with the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Yes, dialogue is a means of character development, Stansberry […]

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