How to Maximize Your Creativity

While away at my MFA residency I'm highlighting posts from early in this blog's life, posts not seen by most current readers of the Artist's Road blog. Create when the tide is in, handle non-creative tasks when the tide is out. This post channels one of the creatives I interviewed on my cross-country U.S. road …

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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

While away at my MFA residency I'm highlighting posts from early in this blog's life, posts not seen by most current readers of the Artist's Road blog. Are you ever asked "Where do you get your ideas?" It's a difficult question for most creatives to answer. In the October post below I described how Pulitzer-prize …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week — 6/24/11

Why attend a creativity conference in Cannes when you can instead read Creativity Tweets of the Week? Well, I can actually think of a few reasons why the French Riviera would still be in one's travel plans. CREATIVITY "Inspiring Creativity," Cannes Lions Festival: This link will bring you to a treasure trove of material on …

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Writing Wisdom, Real-Time (and Not)

An impending data download dump of writing wisdom is about to fill my cranium. On Saturday I leave for a 10-day residency in my MFA in Writing program in Montpelier, Vermont. A number of readers have encouraged me to share some of my experiences and learning as I follow this path, and I intend to …

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Flashing Your Readers

How much emphasis do you place on the first sentence of your writing? My mind has been on this topic since reading a recent comment by one of this blog's readers. In this short-attention age, in which Nicholas Carr has shown our minds are remapped to make long reading more challenging, and hyperlink-chasers hover on …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week — 6/17/11

The Artist's Road could use your help. As much as he loves scouring the interwebs searching for the best posts on creativity and writing, he knows he misses some. If you come across a good one, or especially if you authored it, point it out to me via Twitter or Facebook. Don't take offense if …

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Literary Baby Steps

When James Joyce was 40 years old he published Ulysses, and nearly ninety years later on this day, June 16th, millions around the world celebrate Bloomsday. Today, at 43, I finally became a published literary writer at Shaking Like a Mountain with a short creative nonfiction piece titled The Clear Monkey. In my defense: 1) …

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