I may have announced yesterday that this ol’ freelancer is looking to return to full-time salaried employment, but I’ll still bring you the best links on creativity and writing (and a bonus topic this week, resolutions) on Twitter and here on The Artist’s Road. Heck, removing the time I spend searching for work and handling back-office details should make it easier for me to continue providing you good value for your money. Although that’s a low bar to set, because I tweet and blog at no cost to you.
- “How Deadlines Can Kill Creativity,” Geoff Talbot, seven sentences: I’m not a huge fan of Geoff’s style–a post in seven sentences–as it invariably leads to more questions than answers. Still, this post raised good questions in my mind.
“Nurturing Creativity for Stronger Brands,” Branding Strategy Insider: I like this: “Most of us don’t understand creativity, but all of us appreciate it.” Yup.
- “The Key to Creativity: Solitude or Teams?” Keith Sawyer, letter to The New York Times: I read recently in Stephen Greenblatt’s National Book Award winner The Swerve: How the World Became Modern that classical poets and essayists collaborated through frequent discussion, debate, and sharing of their work, but still wrote alone. I’d say that’s what I do, sharing with MFA classmates and a local writer’s group and readers of this blog, but still writing alone. So do we even have to ask this question? Can’t it be both?
- “5 Lessons I Have Discovered While Preparing for the Writer’s Digest Conference,” Kathy Pooler, Memoir Writer’s Journey: I’m skipping that conference but will be at the AWP Conference in Chicago at the end of February (find me there!), and I’ll follow these tips. (Related: 7 Steps to Writing Success)
- “10 Bloggers Share their 2012 Blogging Formula,” Ann Tran, A Life With Intention: Make sure you have some time to spend with this post by Ann, which is lengthy but contains some good nuggets from successful bloggers. (Related: Congrats, You’ve Won a Top Blog Award!)
“Thoughts on the Meditative Essay,” Robert Vivian, guest post on Numero Cinq: An appropriately reflective piece by a Vermont College of Fine Arts instructor on a style of creative nonfiction I am only just beginning to understand. (Related: MFA Nugget: Storytelling vs. Fragmentation)
- “Do You Write When You’re Not Inspired?” Joe Bunting, The Write Practice: Can I answer yes and no? (Related: Maintaining Creative Momentum)
- “What Can Woody Allen Teach You About Writing?” John Magnet Bell, Start Your Novel: A lengthy but interesting post complete with videos of Allen. Let me add that any writer can learn simply by reading Allen’s published essays; I’d recommend Without Feathers.
BONUS CATEGORY: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
- “Time for your check-in,” Lauree Ostrofsky, simplyleap: Time to see how we’re doing on our resolutions. Lauree (promoter of the “Hug Like You Mean It” campaign) is determined to be More Happy.
- “What Sort of Goals Do You Need?” Cheryl Reif Writes: Know your priorities in 2012, but also what might hold you back.
- “Your Goal-Setting Support System,” Nancy Brook: I really like one takeaway here, of being cautious who you share your goals with. Of course, at the top of this post I shared with the universe my goal of a new job, so I’m apparently being selective about following Nancy’s advice.
- “I Will Write,” Gwen Mullins, Hunger Mountain: Her title says it all, doesn’t it?
In the coming weeks, you’ll see me as a guest blogger on Write to Done (the blog that kindly named me a Top Ten Blog for Writers) and K.M. Weiland’s Wordplay (another Top Ten blog). Hope to see you all at both sites!