Because the power is back on after a long spell without it (thank you, D.C. winter storm of snow and ice), I’m able to upload the latest Creativity Tweets of the Week. (I’m more grateful for the heat working again, but having electricity for the computer is nice too.) As always, enjoy some of the resources I tweeted this week on creativity, inspiration and writing!
- “Is Wonder the Key Player in Creative Collaboration?” Jeffrey Davis: Here’s an excerpt: “More than love, more than joy, more than any emotional experience, wonder opens us.”
- “Silencing Your Inner Critic,” Kathryn Lilley, Kill Zone: She cites science showing you must silence the critic to foster creativity. It’s like exercise or eating right — we know we have to do it and yet so often we don’t.
- “Do You Work in an Environment that Fosters Creativity?” Donald Miller: Some takeaways here: 1) Foster collaboration. 2) Ensure criticism is constructive.
- “How Creativity Wins Friends and Influences People,” Yaro, Entrepreneurs-Journey.com: Many of my links tend to focus on boosting the creative process to help you produce a creative work. This post, in essence, focuses on the creative process of developing a network to market your work.
- “Self-Discovery Series: 19 Posts on Creativity,” Margarita Tartakovsky, Psych Central: I didn’t explore all of these links that were author-submitted to this site, but just in case your need to click isn’t quenched by my set of links, here are 19 more.
- “40+ Creative Manipulations to Feast Your Eyes,” Faisal Raj, Geek Sucks: Can’t read any more? Check out some remarkable visual art. (Where can I get that treasure chest full of stockinged ladies’ legs?)
- “10 Sure Ways to Live Below Your Full Potential,” Celes Chua, guest post at Marc and Angel Hack Life: I’ve been guilty of all of these at times. Got some work to do!
- “The Key to Happiness: A Taboo for Adults?” Joe Robinson, The Huffington Post: The prose gets a bit academic at times, but its point is worth embracing — we need to embrace play in our lives. For my part, I chose to celebrate my last birthday by gathering me, my wife and two kids around a pile of Legos and having us build, build, build.
- “Passion and Play: Artist Advocate Arising,” Kate Arms-Roberts: Speaking of play, here’s an inspiring post about a performer and writer rediscovering its power.
- “Successful Writers Produce,” Scott Eagan, Babbles from Scott Eagan: A literary agent expresses frustration at writers who aren’t pushing themselves to create, in particular multiple projects.
- “5 Reasons to Diversify Your Writing Projects,” Danica Davidson, guest post on The Urban Muse: A nice follow-up to Scott Eagan’s post, this one is on the merits of shifting among many projects. Let’s hope at least some of them are earning you some money!
- “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” Matt Baglio, posted by Chuck Sambuchino on the Guide to Literary Agents blog: Good tips for writers. I particularly like #2, find someone who will give it to you straight, and then listen.
- “Writing: The Inner Edge,” Kate F. Hays, Psychology Today: An interesting post where she describes a 5-stage writing process that, essentially, has you simulate the idea of a performance before an audience.
- “Why There is Such a Thing as ‘A Writer Who Doesn’t Write,’ and Why He Needs Our Love — Not Scorn,” Ollin Morales, Courage 2 Create: I think that title is pretty self-explanatory!
Check back next Friday for another edition of Creativity Tweets of the Week (assuming my power is on, and assuming I haven’t fled to a tropical island with no Internet access), or get them in real time on Twitter.
(The pictures you see here were taken by me last winter during our dreadfully named “Snowpocalypse.”)