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Thursday Tip: On Creative Calls, Be Confident, Not Cocky

22 hours agoArts / Photography : PDNPulse

The creative call is the initial conference call with an ad agency’s creative director. It is the photographer’s best chance to hear what the client wants, and to gather the information needed to write an estimate for the assignment....Show More Summary

NEA Literature Translation Fellowships

They've announced the 2018 (American) National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for creative writing (prose) (36 x US$25,000) and for literary translation (22 x $12,500/25,000). The list (warning ! dreaded pdf format !) of the creative...Show More Summary

Drugs For Writer's Block

They now have a drug (Prozac) for writer's block. Hell, they should invent a drug that kills the creative writing desire. You know, get to the root cause of all this misery. Short of that, there's always the Ernest Hemingway solution.Thornton P. Knowles

How to Make a Living as a Writer When Creative Writing Isn’t Paying the Bills

I never thought of myself as an entrepreneur. Growing up, I filled journals with poetry, drawings, and stories. I studied playwriting and performance in graduate school. The thought of running a business or putting a price tag on my creativity was icky. Show More Summary

Wallpaper Interview With Jony Ive on Apple Park

Nick Compton, writing for Wallpaper: The building, though, is not a metaphor for open systems, or creative flow made concrete. It is a made object. Apple’s success has been built on higher-order industrialisation; not just designingShow More Summary

Nonfiction: Hunt for a Good Beginning. Then Write It.

John McPhee’s “Draft No. 4” collects eight essays that offer writing advice and take readers behind the scenes of his creative process.

Thornton P. Knowles on Truman Capote

Truman Capote is a strange little man who writes well for a boozed-up, drug-addled manic-depressive. There is no doubt that some of our most creative writers are oddballs gifted with an abundance of talent. Some writers pay a high price for that gift.Thornton P. Knowles, The Psychology of Writing, 1976

The Ultimate List of Popular Blogging Ideas for Your Next Blog Post

Coming up with new and creative ideas to write about on your blog is one of the most common problems site owners and brands have to deal with. This is especially true when you are extremely niche-focused with your content. There areShow More Summary

Like Most People, Neural Network Struggles to Write Opening Line

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Geek.com

It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, to those in the biz). And who better to try their hand at penning a novel than a neural network? The annual creative writing event—the goal of […] The post Like Most People, Neural Network Struggles to Write Opening Line appeared first on Geek.com.

Getting Stuff Written

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John welcomes Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo and author of Pep Talks for Writers, to discuss the writing process and how to get out of your own way creatively. We explore the ubiquity of the Other Syndrome and the perils of envy. We also look at pen names, “throw-away writing,” and the advantages of […]

This paper turns any flat surface into a chalkboard

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Chalkboards are more than just classic classroom backdrops — they’re great for making drawings and taking notes. You can turn any flat area into a versatile writing surface with this Chalkboard Contact Paper Creativity Bundle, available...Show More Summary

When Writing Business Proposals

I have adopted a rule, based on hard experience, that the writing of business proposals is best done with two things: a lessons learned list and at least one day of creative neglect after you think the proposal is "just right." I'veShow More Summary

How I Learned to Love Binge-Writing (and How it Could Work for You Too)

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Ali Luke. Back before I had kids, I had a clear idea of how best to write fiction. Ideally, I liked having a solid chunk of writing time — enough for a full creative block, and often a whole morning. Show More Summary

Blending Art with Strategy for Powerhouse Content

We talk a lot on Copyblogger about how to write content that’s more vivid, more memorable, more distinctive. But there’s always another side to that creative coin — the strategic side. Your content might be marvelously entertaining and engaging, but if it’s not placed in a strategic context, you’ve limited its power. Show More Summary

Writing While Under The Influence Of Depression

As writers, we use our minds to create something new in the world. We turn ideas into books. We are awesome!  But sometimes, our own minds can hinder us as well as help our creative journey, and writers with depression find that they need to work with the swings, rather than against them.  I don't […]

Everything I've written on my Freewrite for the last year

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Freewrite is a single purpose first draft creative writing machine. I got one thinking it'd be a good idea to be disconnected from the internet and limited to just writing. I offer this complimentary Boing Boing exclusive, collector's...Show More Summary

Signing Up for “NaNoWriMo”–National Novel Writing Month? Here’s Why It Works.

A common happiness stumbling block is the feeling that you have a creative or entrepreneurial idea and impulse, but you're not putting that creation out into the world. I've been fascinated by NaNoWriMo for years...

Building Self-Care Habits: Refilling the Creativity Well to Write Your Best Work

In the writing community, we often talk about “refilling the well,” an idea that we understand conceptually, but is often lost in translation when we try to apply it to our lives. What does refilling the well actually look like and how...Show More Summary

How To Make Your Book A Perennial Seller with Ryan Holiday

How do you make creative work that lasts? In today's show, Ryan Holiday explains how to write a Perennial Seller. We talk about positioning, changes in marketing and the book industry, how to make your body of work last, as well as balancing ego with serving the reader. In the introduction, I talk about my visit […]

TORT TALK PRACTICE TIP

4 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

BE CONVERSATIONAL IN YOUR BRIEF WRITING Legal writing courses in law school wrongfully kill creativity in brief writing in favor of arid, brittle, crisp statements of the law as applied to colorless adjective-free facts. The result is lifeless law review writing, and who seeks out law review articles to read after they are written? No one. Show More Summary

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