Because you have too few demands for your attention, I present to you six links on writing and creativity I tweeted this week. Enjoy!
- “Is Blogging a Time-Suck for Writers?” Jody Hedlund: I can answer that question in one word: yes. But as Jody points out, every investment has some return.
- “What Are You Blogging For?” Veronica Sicoe: Vero builds on Jody’s post, with a particular focus on finding your own desired ROI.
- “Making Orange Juice from Life’s Lemons,” Jessica Baverstock, Creativity’s Workshop: Speaking of blogging as a time commitment, this is Jessica’s first post since July, and her welcome return is, appropriately, tips on how to get back into a creative groove.
- “Confessions of a ‘How-To’ Junkie,” Keith Cronin, Writer Unboxed: Enjoy a list of some of Keith’s favorite writing craft books, and add your own favorites in the comments.
- “How To Write About Yourself,” Cheryl Craigie, Write to Done: Ah, a key project this journalist-turned-creative nonfiction writer has been working on the last two years. An insightful post, but my MFA instructors would not be pleased with her advice to hold back the tough stuff.
- “Want to be a Writer? Have a Literary Parent,” Roger Dobson, The Independent: Stop reading writing blogs, craft books, and taking classes. Just go get yourself a new set of parents! Maybe J.K. Rowling is looking to adopt.
On a final note, longtime readers of this blog might be interested to know I have gone almost an entire month without mentioning bacon. But recently I have made a new discovery that may rival my passion for that miracle pork product — doppelbock beer. My name suggests my Irish and Scottish heritage, but this malty delicacy brings out the German in me. Some Bavarian monks would go without food during Lent, but they’d drink this thick brew as a meal substitute. Combining high-alcohol beer with food deprivation seems unwise to me, but I think I’d prefer that diet over SlimFast.