On a recent drive to Michigan, I passed the time by listening to author Elizabeth Gilbert being interviewed on the podcast “On Being.” She was talking about the creative process and said the same words that I’ve read on the back cover of her new book, Big Magic:
“The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you.”
I admit, I teared up. I’ve heard this quote from her before, but it had never hit me so…
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One of my life intentions is to relish the joy of self-expression. But lately I’ve been reluctant to say what I think, especially on social media and in my blog posts. This is partly because posting anything other than politics these days has felt trivial, and political…Continue
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As I write this, I am waiting to hear the outcome of yet another writing competition I entered several months back. As in, today is the announcement day. But have I been checking my email since last week at a rate only a crazy person would understand? Yes.
I gathered up a bunch of words I thought…Continue
Eight writers, including Margaret Atwood and Joyce Carol Oates, talk about 'facing the blank page' and finding creative inspiration.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on November 1, 2016 at 7:42am — No Comments
Today's post offers a look at a film about pioneers in British design.
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Last year, my husband Angelo went to Italy for six weeks. We called it a sabbatical because it sounded better to our friends and family who would have thought we were crazy if we told them the real reason: he needed to go back to his hometown and reconnect with the Italian part of himself. We’re not big…Continue
Everyone keeps telling you: writing skills are crucial for success in any profession. Who cares if you don’t intend to become a writer? If you’re an office worker, for example, you’ll have to write several daily emails to your boss, collaborators, and clients. You’ll only leave a positive impression through flawless written expression. The slightest misspelling or grammatical error could make you look silly.
If you’re in any business, you’ll probably have…Continue
Added by Stephanie Norman on July 21, 2016 at 5:07am — No Comments
You have read this (essay, article, rant, post, blog) before: Girls may just wanna have fun, but writers just wanna write. It’s an easy lament to poke holes in, easy as teachers complaining about their jobs (You get summers off! You don’t work all day!!). In the case of writers, we get things like, “You get to work at Starbucks without the apron!” or “I wish I could sit at home all day in my pajamas to do my job.” An author I know recently posted on…Continue
Monday Muse highlights some ever-green advice from creative types:
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Today, Wednesday Artist takes a brief look at the work of Nick Bantock:
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Wednesday Artist takes a look at the making of 'Big Bling', Martin Puryear's enormous sculpture:
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Everyone knows that you don’t pass up a kid’s lemonade stand. When you come upon a handmade sign, a wobbly card table and an icy pitcher of lemonade, you buy a cup. If the beverage looks a little sketchy, you don’t say, “no thanks, I’m not thirsty,” you say, “Yum. I think I’ll save this for later,” and you walk…Continue
I've posted Part 1 of a two-part interview with artist Amy Pleasant. Today, Amy discusses her background, how she became a painter, her styles, her sources of reference and inspiration, her techniques and materials, and her artistic goals.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on June 1, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments
I wrote a short email to my friend, another writer, after learning that she and her husband had recently found out he has brain cancer. Her equally brief response held all the confusion and helplessness such a discovery brings. She said: “If you could quickly write a book that explains how a wife is supposed to accept this that would be great.” A grimacing smiley face followed.
I wished I could. This particular situation has not…Continue
Posted a new poem, 'There All Along', in remembrance of my late brother.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on May 3, 2016 at 8:14am — No Comments
Today’s visually stunning prompts are from photographer Donn Delson. An avid traveler, Donn’s collection features images from trips to the Galapagos islands, Europe, Canada, and around his California home. I had the good fortune of meeting Donn, also a dedicated writer, at the Writers’ Studio at UCLA. He’s currently working on a semi-autobiographical YA novel. I’ve selected some images from his incredible collection, and offered prompt ideas to nudge your writing…Continue
Added by Rebecca Laclair on May 2, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
The importance of having fun is sometimes shoved to the side as we all aim to get things done, be more productive, work harder, work faster. But in order to relish in the creativity, we need to free the mind…Continue
Lull - noun; plural noun: lulls
1. a temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity.
That’s me: In a lull. A writer’s lull. My first book’s “book-iversary” was April 8th. I intended to create a little birthday graphic, post it on Facebook and celebrate, but I forgot. I forgot! On the 10th I remembered and thought I’d post something then, but of course it…Continue
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I attended my first AWP conference and book fair this year, where I feasted on literary and writing business delicacies, along with over 12,000 other attendees. After reviewing over 550 offerings, I selected fourteen panels, which I attended over three days. It was a treat to see SWP Publisher Brooke…Continue
I’ve never been a fan of the term “writers’ block.” While I do believe there are times in a writer’s life that the words don’t come so easily, or perhaps not at all, I don’t know if I consider the phase a complete block. Instead, I think our mind does a great deal of work when we’re not writing, work that leads…Continue
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