The links below on creativity, inspiration and writing that I tweeted this week take us around the world. Our international stops include England, Sweden, Italy and Australia, and our U.S. destinations are Vermont, California, Idaho, Texas and Nebraska. That is where our nine bloggers reside, but here at The Artist’s Road they are part of one community. Best of all, at The Artist’s Road we don’t celebrate our global community of creativity by forcing anyone to listen to perhaps the most insipid song of all time, “It’s a Small World.”
“5 Unique Ways to Brainstorm Your Way Out of a Creative Rut,” Lori McNee, fine art & tips: When you’re staring at a blank canvas or page, Lori tells us the easiest way to start filling that white space is “to flood your brain with new fodder.”
- “The 4th Stage of the Creative Process: Drafting,” Orna Ross: I’m jumping you into a 7-part series (the last few are still to come), but as Orna points out, “this is the central phase in the creative process.”
- “5 Steps to Believing YOU Are a Creative Person,” Marianne Mullen, awaken creativity: I love any blog post that tells me I’m allowed to make mistakes (one of my greatest skills). I’ll forgive her for not adding a 6th step, “Follow Patrick’s Twitter feed @on_creativity.”
- “9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better,” Leo Babuata, Zen Habits: If you’re stressed over filing your taxes or anxious about having to survive a day at the Magic Kingdom, try rituals like #8, “Look at someone gratefully.”
- “How to Spread Positivity in Your World Today,” Henrik Edberg, The Positivity Blog: Eleven great tips, such as “Encourage someone.” He opens with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
- “5 Blog Posts Every Artist Should Write,” Irene Zuccarello, Imaginative Bloom: This list nails it. Enough said.
- “Nine Writer Woes and How to Cure Them,” Roni Loren, Fiction Groupie: She had me at the first line: “I’m a writing book whore.”
“Most Common Mistakes Series: Why Vague Writing is Weak Writing,” K.M. Weiland, Wordplay: She provides four concrete examples of vague writing with revisions to strengthen the passages. And of course the post is in no way vague.
- “7 Tips for Writing About Places You’ve Never Been,” Suzannah W. Freeman, write it sideways: Suzannah provides some useful tips, but also is frank about the limitations a writer faces. (Hint: If you’re writing a contemporary piece, some reader is going to know you haven’t been there.)
It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears, a world of hope, and a world of fears. It’s not clear why we would want to share that message with our young children, but it is the unvarnished truth, much more true than the message that a beautiful young woman’s path to happiness is to passively await rescue by a dashing prince. Here at The Artist’s Road, of course, it is always a world of laughter and hope; I’ll leave the tears and fears to Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal.