I’ve got blogging on the brain, most likely because I’m conducting two different blogging workshops in the next few weeks leading up to the class I’m conducting in April and May. So this week’s list of links on creativity and writing I tweeted this week includes a blogging category, because I was tweeting those as well. So be it.
- “How to Be a Complete and Utter Creative Failure,”Dan Goodwin, A Big Creative Yes: It’s the same advice entrepreneurs give: Redefine what failure is, take ownership of falling short of your goals, and learn from it.
- “12 Simple Ways to Unleash More Creative Thinking,” Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: A common element of many of this is that we should break routine.
- “Brainstorming Addiction: How to Stop Dreaming and Start Doing,” Carla Young, MOMEO Magazine: #1: Shorten your timelines.
- “A Juggler’s Guide to Creating Time for Creativity,” Sue Mitchell, Your Muse is Calling: Are you a creative who does not wrestle with other obligations of life? Congratulations! Feel free to use that time to read every one of my previous blog posts. Enjoy!
- “What Advice Would You Give to Someone About to Write a Novel,” Hunger Mountain: Advice from novelists Dorothy Allison, Charles Baxter, Connie May Fowler, Thomas Christopher Greene, Pam Houston, and Dani Shapiro.
- “Three Things That Happen When I Judge for a Contest,” Michelle Davidson Argyle, The Literary Lab: Her first criterion is what you find everywhere, from agents to editors to blog readers: “Judge the beginning.”
- “Prologues: Please Use Responsibly,” Roz Morris, Nail Your Novel: Are you providing value-added information, or an “info-dump for its own sake”?
- “How to Write Memoir? 1. Forget writing prompts and exercises. 2. Stake out your territory,” Marion Roach Smith, She Writes: No offense to those who write and/or use writing prompts, but as someone writing a travel memoir, I can attest that writing prompts are absolutely useless to me. (grumble)
- “How do you Blog Part III: What Should You Blog About?” Anne R. Allen: One dilemma bloggers face: “There are already, like, a trillion writers out there lecturing the blogosphere about how to write vivid characters, prop up saggy middles and avoid adverbs. A lot of them probably know more than you.”
- “Please Don’t Blog Your Book: 4 Reasons Why,” Jane Friedman: Yes, some bloggers have seen their labor of love turn into a book. Jane explains the pitfalls of attempting that, including reason #2: “Blogs can make for very bad books.”
- “The Ultimate Guide to Guest Blogging,” KISSmetrics: A very lengthy post, but it begins with an excellent point: “Determine your guest blogging goals.”
Here’s a question for you, gentle reader. Which would you prefer from The Artist’s Road on Friday? A Creativity Tweets of the Week? Or a traditional blog post? I’ve done both in recent weeks, and am curious to see which provides more value to my readers. If you have an opinion, feel free to share it below!