Before I get to this week’s list of links on creativity and writing I shared on Twitter and Facebook this week, let me request some advice on how to keep a tight leash on my new ward, Mr. Bacon. Days after I introduced him to the world he scampers off to the Milliver’s Travels web site. Did he ask me? No. He’s on a path to stardom, and he’s already forgotten that I gave him his big break. Sigh.
- “5 Ways to Stop Psyching Yourself out of your Life Goals,” Chris Smith, LifeHack: Another take on silencing the inner critic. (Related: Returning to Our Creativity)
- “An Intentionally Happy Life,” Melanie Spring: On setting a “goal of intentionality.” (Related: Living an Art-Committed Life)
- “Steve Jobs, Inspiration and Why I Write,” Kate Arms-Roberts: One of my favorite writers is back from hiatus. With all of the digital trees killed this week to (rightly) honor a true innovator, this is a very personal and moving one, worthy of any amount of pixel-slaying. (Related: A Shooting Star, or the Story of a Life)
“Schtick Lit,” Kelly Kathleen Ferguson, Hunger Mountain: Given the focus of my WIP can be described as “humorous creative nonfiction,” I was pleased to come across this post about an author with a similar project who realized she was writing “immersion memoir,” or ‘schtick lit.” Like me, her narrative is built around a road trip, but she introduced her “schtick” by dressing on the trip as Laura Ingalls Wilder. (Related: Starting Down the Road)
- “7 Deadly Sins of Freelance Writing,” Susan Johnston, The Urban Muse: See how she frames a writing error around the word “lust.” (Related: 7 Steps to Writing Success)
- “The Real Story Behind Low-Residency MFAs,” David Jauss, 36 College Street: The VCFA Blog: This is a strong case for pursuing your MFA in a low-res format. The author does have a bias, being a faculty member with the Vermont College of Fine Arts low-res program, and I have a bias in posting this, being a student in that program. (Related: Sharing Without Fear)
Finally, a big thank you to fellow blogger Melissa Crytzer Fry, who after reading my recent post about going off the grid shared with me four other interesting posts in which writers explore the challenge of finding balance with social media, creative time and life obligations. I strongly recommend these posts by Nina Badzin, Cynthia Robertson, Natalia Sylvester and Julia Munroe Martin.