If it’s Friday, it’s time for my latest collection of links on creativity and writing I tweeted this week. There’s a lot to be said for reliability. Tourists will be coming here to D.C. through April 27th to take in our beautiful cherry trees in the 100th anniversary of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, but with this early spring, the trees are almost done blooming. I would suggest those tourists instead visit Traverse City, Michigan, and take in tiara-wearing beauty queens competing in a cherry-pit spitting contest.
THIS WEEK’S LINKS
- “How Creativity Works,” Maria Popova, Brain Pickings: In my last post, I highlighted how Jonah Lehrer in his new book Imagine: How Creativity Works discussed the notion of needing to stop focusing in order to have a creative insight. Maria highlights another point of the book, that creativity is the cobbling together of what already exists into new forms.
“Jonah Lehrer on How Creativity Works: 5 Insights from Julia Child, Dylan & Picasso,” Michelle Aldredge, Gwarlingo: Another takeaway of the Lehrer book? “Art isn’t all fun and games.” Work never is.
- “Planner or Pantster?” Thomas Drinkard, Creative Flux: I once launched a mini-rant against the notion that creatives work either from outlines or the seat of their pants. That said, I would have to say I’m a planner, not a pantster. I’ve never much cared for pants.
- “Ten Questions to Ask When Planning a Book,” Cheryl Reif, Cheryl Reif Writes: Wouldn’t you know it, Cheryl tells us up front her post works for “planners” and “pants-ters.”
- “12 Most Excusable Reasons Why I Don’t Want to Write Today,” Susan Silver, 12 Most: Susan had me with this opening line: “Writing is a craft and some days I just don’t want to work at it.” Yup.
- “Trust Your Instincts,” Anna Elliott, Writer Unboxed: While praising the many resources out there to help people write, Anna admits that when writing, “I very rarely use it in any conscious way.” Well said.
- “A Storytelling Lesson from South Park,” Rob Biesenbach, Act Like You Mean Business: Does your story follow an “and then” pattern? Boring…
- “What Can the X-Files Teach You About Writing?” John Magnet Bell, Start Your Novel: I can tell you what the show taught me about how to produce a suspenseful TV show on a small budget: Always have your lead characters exploring the dark with only flashlights, even if there’s a light switch nearby.
If you know of any other festivals involving beauty queens and spitting contests, let me know. I still haven’t selected where I’ll be headed for summer vacation.