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 faithful blogger (top) reflected in the convex surface of Chicago's Bean sculpture. Isn't it a creative shot? I'll bet I'm the first person ever to take a self-portrait in that sculpture.

    ‘Your Playlist Can Change Your Life’: Can Music Boost Your Brain?Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times: When I was sixteen, while driving south on Arizona’s I-17 after staying up most of the night, I was playing a cassette tape of George Winston piano music when I dozed off. My mother’s 1983 Chrysler LeBaron kept going, right off the highway. Rude bouncing across an assortment of desert rocks jostled me awake, and I just managed to avoid taking out a perfectly innocent saguaro cactus. I kept myself awake the rest of the way home by cranking Def Leppard through the K-car‘s tinny speakers. Not sure that boosted my brain, but it got me home safe.

  • Trick-or-Treat: No Talking Tuesday,” Melanie Spring, Sisarina:  One way to avoid distraction and increase productivity.
  • 3 Truths About Keeping our Focus in a Sea of Distractions,” Tanveer Naseer: This list is hardly complete, but it’s a good start. I’d add an addendum to #2, which recommends shifting to mundane tasks that you can cross of your to-do list when you’re stuck. I find that if I’m not careful, I lose an entire day snorting the quick hits of satisfaction I get from crossing out those tasks, while avoiding what really needs to be done.
  • 3 Ways to Keep Social Media From Taking Control of Writing Time,” Jody Hedlund: Umm, notice a theme here?

WRITING

  • Another Bean self-portrait, this time under the sculpture. I'll call the lower me "Sober Patrick." I'll call the upper me "What Patrick Would Look Like Were He to Ever Drink Peppermint Schnapps."

    Story Structure With a Hole In It,” Joe Bunting, The Write Practice: Joe hosts author PJ Reece–a valued contributor to the comments field of The Artist’s Road–to allow him to discuss an element of story structure. FYI, PJ has written a book on that topic, which he’s offering for free.

  • Lessons Learned Along the Way,” Charlotte Rains Dixon: My friend Charlotte has secured a publishing offer for her novel, and her thoughtful response is to pass on what she’s learned to her readers.
  • Mid-Month Reflections on Daily Blogging,” Kate Arms-Roberts: My friend Kate is doing one of those writing-challenge thingies that sounds like what Mork would have said to Mindy after too many shots of peppermint schnapps: a NaBloPoMo. She’s blogging daily, and invites feedback on what readers value.
  • 15 Books That Should Be On Every Grammar Geek’s Bookshelf,” ResumeBear: A good but incomplete list; I’d add Grammar for Smart People by Barry Tarshis. Also, The Elements of Style has to be at the top, not #2. The site promotes a 2011 edition of Style; I’ll hold on to my well-worn 1979 edition, which has been my companion far longer than my wife and kids (I’m pretty sure I love the three of them more than Strunk and White).

Wow, you’re still reading? Thank you! A short programming note, in case you didn’t see it in Wednesday’s post: I am inviting readers to contribute guest posts here to The Artist’s Road in which you review any publication–literary journal, magazine, bathroom stall wall–that publishes prose and poetry. Just drop me a line if you’re interested.

About Patrick Ross

I'm the author of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road.

10 Responses to “Creativity Tweets of the Week – 03/16/12”

  1. Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time🙂

  2. Got a good chuckle out of “. . . one of those writing-challenge thingies that sounds like what Mork would have said to Mindy after too many shots of peppermint schnapps: a NaBloPoMo.”

    Enjoyed the photos too. And the funny caption on the second one. I read that one three or four times and giggled every time.

    I’ve been to visit Charlotte’s post and it was wonderful – definitely deserved its place on your list this week. Now I’m off to see what Kate has to say about daily blogging. Thanks!

  3. Great links, Patrick. I clicked on many of them as you tweeted throughout the week, but I always enjoy the extra commentary here. Keep up the great work!

  4. I beg to differ, the stories that go with the links are the best part! I love the story about falling asleep driving and having to stay awake thereafter with Def Leppard. Thank you for including me in your round-up. (And thanks to Milli for the good review too.) I’m a bit slow making the rounds as its been a very social weekend.

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