Before we leap into some of the links on creativity and writing I shared via Twitter and Facebook this week, I have a question for my Canadian readers — are you as enthralled with poutine as I am? I was reminded of this delicacy — french fries topped with brown gravy and cheese curd — in a Twitter conversation this week. Now I’m jonesing to make a run for the northern border and indulge in a Quebec dish nearly as alluring to me as bacon.
“Does Creativity Increase with Age?” Casie Mace, Live in the Now: As someone who turned another year older on Monday, I’d like to think so; here’s some science suggesting it may be true. (Related post: Allowing Ideas to Percolate)
- “Hacking the Creative Process,” Michael McKinney, Leading Blog: Lessons from Todd Henry’s The Accidental Creative. (Related post: 5 Steps to Subconscious-Driven Creativity)
- “My Summer Reading List on Creativity, Innovation, Design & Entrepreneurship,” Linda Naiman: Six books make Linda’s list. (Related post: A Writer’s Must-Read List)
- “Why MFA Programs Matter,” Brian Joseph Davis, Huffington Post; and “Why Get an MFA in Writing?” Jenna McGuiggan, The Word Cellar: Both writers recognize that writers don’t HAVE to get an MFA to write, but Brian shows how MFA programs improve our culture and Jenna offers her personal story as a recent graduate of the program I’ve begun, the Vermont College of Fine Arts. (Related post: Sharing Without Fear)
“Suffering and the Brilliant Author,” Sarah A. Hoyt, According to Hoyt: Bottom line — get over this myth already. On a side note, recently I heard Jeff Bridges tell Stephen Colbert he dealt with having a good life by creating art after giving himself “Indian burns.” (Related post: Never Give Up on Your Dreams)
- “To Plot or Not to Plot,” Terri Giuliano Long, iwritereadrate.com: The age-old question, with answers tied both to the type of book and to the type of writer. (Related post: Flashing Your Readers)
- “There’s Still Time for You,” Jolina Joy, The Happy Book Blog: A sweet post by a talented writer who, like many of us, is pursuing the goal of being a published author. (Related post: Literary Agent = Book Contract?)
Now another question for my dear readers — where the heck does one buy cheese curd?