Your patience has been rewarded. After a four-week hiatus, the Creativity Tweets of the Week makes its triumphant return. Once again I provide some of the best links on creativity and writing I sent via Twitter this week. Note I still provide a focus on creativity despite changing my Twitter handle yesterday from @on_creativity to @PatrickRwrites. Was the change a sign of vanity, or just a wise move away from too many brands? Can’t it be both?
- “Finding Purpose, Embracing Creativity,” Patricia Crisafulli, Huffington Post: Having your creative output showcased is a worthy goal, but celebrate the process and the result regardless.
“Are You Suffering from Information Overload Syndrome?” Debra Kristi, Debra Kristi’s Blog: I fear my Tweets of the Week contribute to IOS. So be it. (FYI, my contest-winning personal essay “Forest Foursome” is a reflection on this syndrome.)
- “The Counter-Intuitive Benefits of Small Time Blocks,” Elizabeth Grace Saunders, 99%: Consider this an anecdote to IOS (see above).
- “More Ideas for Generating Creativity,” Carrie Brummer, ArtistThink: My friend Carrie blogs more suggestions, including the unorthodox “Trade unfinished creative projects with someone and finish them.” Anyone interested in finishing my next MFA packet?
- “Take a Chance on Your Creative Dream,” Sue Mitchell, Your Muse is Calling: You’ll have to change your behavior “in a pretty significant way” with no guarantee of success, my friend Sue says. She’s right. But isn’t anything worth having worth a little risk?
- “10 Terrific Creative Writing Blogs,” Sonia Simone, Copyblogger: I’m not including this just because I’m listed as one of the ten. Okay, that’s part of it. But Sonia takes the Top 10 Blogs for Writing winners awarded by Write to Done and provides helpful summaries of each. Of mine, she quotes my description of it as “an ongoing conversation among the blog’s author and its readers regarding the challenges and rewards of pursuing an art-committed life.” Yup. (Question to grammarians: Did I use “among” correctly in that sentence?)
“Writing Prompts for Revelation and Transformation,” Christy Bailey, Hunger Mountain: Christy offers ways to “[un]block the creative right brain” on the site hosted by the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ literary magazine.
- “Podcasts about Writing,” Peggy Lane, Hey Biscuit: The print journalist in me resists podcasts for the same reason I resist TV news; I can’t skip around the story. But if you’re stuck in traffic they are lifesavers. Mix them in with moments of silent reflection to allow your subconscious to speak to your work-in-progress.
- “Writing Memoir? Be Counterphobic,” Marion Roach Smith: In other words, let go of the fear. The post reminded me of a favorite craft book of mine, Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir by the incomparable Sue William Silverman.
- “Five Writing Prompts to Overcome Writer’s Block,” Joe Bunting, The Write Practice: I avoid writer’s block as a freelance journalist by reminding myself that if I don’t file, I don’t get paid. I’ll keep these in mind for my creative writing.
- “On Becoming a Writer,” Jessica McCann, guest post on creative non-fiction writer: My friend Jessica shares her story to both non-fiction and fiction success. Spoiler alert: Her teenage daughter can’t believe she’d write an essay willingly.
- “Why Authors Tweet,” Anne Trubek, The New York Times: I’ll take a guess. To avoid their works-in-progress?
I’d like to welcome all of the new subscribers I’ve gained since winning the Top-10 Blog for Writers award. As we move forward together, let me know what’s working and what’s not. I’ll keep doing the former and apologize for the latter.