Creativity Tweets of the Week – 02/17/12

I’ve got blogging on the brain, most likely because I’m conducting two different blogging workshops in the next few weeks leading up to the class I’m conducting in April and May. So this week’s list of links on creativity and writing I tweeted this week includes a blogging category, because I was tweeting those as well. So be it.




  • How do you Blog Part III: What Should You Blog About?” Anne R. Allen: One dilemma bloggers face: “There are already, like, a trillion writers out there lecturing the blogosphere about how to write vivid characters, prop up saggy middles and avoid adverbs. A lot of them probably know more than you.”
  • Please Don’t Blog Your Book: 4 Reasons Why,” Jane Friedman: Yes, some bloggers have seen their labor of love turn into a book. Jane explains the pitfalls of attempting that, including reason #2: “Blogs can make for very bad books.”
  • The Ultimate Guide to Guest Blogging,” KISSmetrics: A very lengthy post, but it begins with an excellent point: “Determine your guest blogging goals.”

Here’s a question for you, gentle reader. Which would you prefer from The Artist’s Road on Friday? A Creativity Tweets of the Week? Or a traditional blog post? I’ve done both in recent weeks, and am curious to see which provides more value to my readers. If you have an opinion, feel free to share it below!

27 thoughts on “Creativity Tweets of the Week – 02/17/12

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Patrick! It’s always such a nice feeling to show up on your Tweets of the Week.

    I’ve been enjoying Marion Roach Smith’s memoir series too and agree with her about the prompts once you’re ready to work toward completion. Prompts do have a place in the early stages, though, mostly to get people started and open the memory floodgates (one good memory leads to another). I don’t think they should be dismissed entirely, just used with an understanding of their purpose.


    1. I hear you on the prompts, and I know many people find them of value. They don’t really do much for me, memoir or not, but I’ve found them useful in a class as a way to experiment with a certain element of writing–scene, dialogue, etc. I think it’s all of those years of deadline journalism; I can start writing whenever I need to, and I don’t really worry if it will be any good or not at first.


  2. What? No one wants to answer? I’m it? I vote for the tweets. The links, even if you tend to forget the poets, are an invaluable resource.

    You could consider something similar to what I do now and that is to lean more heavily towards one, but in a week where you have nothing, do the other. It’s difficult sometimes to have to come up with the same thing every week and you have a busy life.



    1. Thank you, Margo! A confession: I’m also testing to see if anyone actually reads the text at the top and bottom of these links round-ups. My suspicion is few do. That’s actually fine with me, but it’s good to know; if I need to communicate something important I’ll know that’s not a place to do it.

      I think you’re right about leaning one way or the other. Sometimes this is easier when I’m busy (that was the case this week, I was slammed with freelance work), but sometimes a post is burning my brain, like last Friday, and I have to write it.


      1. I read stuff at the top of blogs I visit, but rarely at the bottom. Something you wrote must have caught my eye.

        What you do is exactly what I do for my Thursday posts: I make announcements, note new sites, share something special, like an Atwood video on writing and tech, a mish mash. But, every now and then I have a topic I want to write on and that happens instead.
        I’m glad you are sticking with us despite the busyness.



  3. Oops! I missed your question at the end of the post until Margo pointed it out. I vote for the tweets. And I vote for whatever makes life easier for you. If those two are the same thing, great. If not, heavy emphasis on the ease factor.


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  6. Sandra

    I’m with Jessica on this one. Up for keeping the Friday links! I don’t always get to read the tweets, since my work involves moving and traveling to a lot of places where there’s no Internet. Keep up the good work, regardless you take my advice or not.


    1. Hi Sandra, thanks for the feedback! I understand not catching tweets, I’ve found myself pretty busy the past month and haven’t been able to see nearly as many tweets of the folks I follow as I’d like. This is very helpful.


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