Monday, September 22, 2014

The Top Five: Best Writing-Related Articles from September 15-19

5. "10 Quotes on What Inspires Creativity, and What Most Definitely Does Not" on Huffington Post (Priscilla Frank)

Link: http://huff.to/1wB8dJS

A quick overview of inspirational quotes from creatives (authors, artists, comics, and more) like Sylvia Plath and Pablo Picasso. What they think inspires creativity is quite clear; what does not inspire creativity is left mostly to the reader's imagination, or perhaps to what the quotes don't say. See whether you agree.

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4. "Start a Digital Journaling Habit With a 30-Day Challenge" on Make Use Of (Bakari Chavanu)

Link: http://bit.ly/1rc7XAP

This offering is less an article and more a reminder that writing every day is an excellent practice for authors, and, really, for people in any industry --- writing is an integral part of every career. Join the 30-day challenge (for most of the month of October) if you're up to it.

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3. "Interview With Barbara Donlon Bradley" on BTS eMag LLC / BTS Book Reviews Magazine

Link: http://bit.ly/1uaa0Yg

There's something inspirational and encouraging about reading interviews with successful published authors. Barbara Donlon Bradley is no exception. She talks about her books, her writing routine, the hardest part of writing, and whether writing can be a career.

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2. "5 Ways I Used a Reverse Book Club to Write a Bestseller" on Entrepreneur.com (Diana Kander)

Link: http://bit.ly/X70N4C

The author of this article invited friends to join her in a sort of reverse critique group to minimize what she saw as the biggest risk of writing a bestseller: ensuring that the content is good enough for publication. The insights she gained from the experience are applicable to all writers: support during the writing process is crucial.

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1. "Readings by Writers" on Northern Colorado Writers

Link: http://bit.ly/1uDZI0s

A slightly shameless plug for anybody in the Northern Colorado area --- Bas Bleu Theater in Fort Collins, Colorado, is hosting an evening of writers giving readings of their works. Eight total readers (myself including) will be there, and there are still plenty of seats left for purchase. Tickets are a nominal $5 for the use of the space and the privilege of hearing some excellent writing. Join me there!

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Let me know what you think of this week's offerings, and whether I missed any I should have profiled!

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