- “Developing Your Creative Practice: Tips from Brian Eno,” Scott McDowell, 99%: The importance of knowing your craft and allowing the inspiration to find you in that quiet moment. Craft, the U2 producer says, “enables you to be successful when you’re not inspired.” (Related: 5 Steps to Subconscious-Driven Creativity)
“Shelley Carson on Brain Sets and Creativity,” Douglas Eby, Psych Central: The creativity researcher is on a mission to help us train ourselves to be more creative. (Related: The Zen of Teaching Creativity)
- “Creating the work you dreamed of,” Tanner Christensen, Creative Something: A touching personal post about the challenges of living a creative life when reality intrudes. (Related: Making Your Passion a Profession)
- “Build Your Creative Dream in 5 Minutes a Day,” Melanie Sklarz, Dose of Creativity: Melanie builds on Tanner’s post (above) and shares her own fears of creative ruts and makes a vow to do something about it. (Related: Allowing Time for Creativity)
- “We’re Always Learning,” Carolyn Arnold, A Writer’s Journey: How do you cope outside your comfort zone? How does your character? (Related: Are You Original?)
- “Book Proposals for Nonfiction,” Lynn Price, Behler Blog: This publishing house editorial director lays out tips for pitching your nonfiction book, and reveals at the end that she won’t blog for a week because she has to have hip-replacement surgery. If she’s really back in a week, that’s dedication. (Related: Literary Agent = Book Contract?)
- “Physical Clichés,” Mary Kole, KidLit.com: This literary agent moves us past the show-don’t-tell meme to highlight bad telling and good telling. (Completely UNRELATED: Our Annual Crustacean Christmas)
For those planning to enjoy a little beach or pool time this summer (apologies to my readers down under entering winter), remember to wear sunscreen, so you don’t end up looking like the Christmas Crab.