There is a great post over at Write to Done entitled A Bucket List for Writers. In it you’ll find the six core competencies for writing. These, give or take a little tweaking are essential for creative writing. Great post.
Basil Fawlty: Where are the pens? Sybil Fawlty: They’re in that box. It says “pens” quite clearly. Basil Fawlty: Looks more like “Ben’s.” Sybil Fawlty: Well when Ben comes, you can give it to him. Fawlty Towers
You’ve either got a box of pens like John Cleese or you don’t.
You may have one or two lying around that are useful for the odd piece of drawing but what if you’d like to know which ones are the best? Well you need look no further than The Artist and The Monsters at Peonyblue. They have a wonderful post about pens that will leave you salivating your way over to a stationer to bulk up your collection. (Or is it only me who starts to salivate at the mention of stationery?)
So if you need to know the best pens around for your artwork, then take a look at this gorgeous list.
There is an interesting post over at The Glamorous Life by Jenni Holbrook-Talty about where in our creative heads the muse and the critic sit. She suggests, following on from research by a psychologist whose name has more consonants than a famous German philosopher, that they occupy opposite sides of the brain.
Now to complete a piece of creative work, we need both sides of our brain. However, these sides, the muse and the critic, don’t help each other out. So we need to first use the right side, the muse, and then the left side, the critic.
This sounds like plain and simple advice and it is, but how often have you sat down to do something and immediately said either ‘you can’t do that’ or ‘that’s not the way to do it’? Or come up with an idea for a story and before your first summary sentence is complete you’re editing it? I know I constantly struggle with this. Although there are one or two other deep issues that the awkward named psychologist could uncover when it comes to my inner voice!
There is a lot more in the article about how to work with the muse and the critic but you’ll need to follow the link below for that. In the meantime I’m off to have an idea and not edit it until the right side of my brain needs to take a break and have a cup of tea.
There is a lovely and inspiring post from Sarah Prout about the importance of creativity. This is just what you need on a Monday morning to bring things into perspective and begin to plan the week ahead.
Make sure that you don’t get bogged down with the ‘doing’ creativity. Creativity is also about ‘being’. Be inspired, be creative and be yourself. Don’t get lost in the busyness of each day.
I’m not going to say much because following the link says it all. But, let me drop in a few words to make you want to scratch the itch: free, ebook, future planning, being creative, making a living… I’d best stop there for you to follow the link!
There is a great post about getting into the creative flow over at Zen habits (link below). Having recently been in and out of the creative flow with a writing project I was doing it was good to see the three things that often block the creative flow listed:
you aren’t allowing yourself to be challenged
you’re completely overwhelmed
someone else is holding you back
So if you want some tips to overcome the above take a look at the post.