Blogalicious News! Hits are way up from the "Stumbleupon effect." I've already gotten 700 more hits than last month, and it's only the 11th. (Though I'll admit that 550 of those hits came from the night I discovered Stumbleupon and put up a lot of old entries, but still...it's the 11th.) Writing About Writing is totally turning a corner. From "totally obscure blog that only my close friends know exist," to "totally obscure blog that only my friends and eight other people know exist"--so it's a very exciting time for me.
This also means I'm frantically trying to get things up and running on the Reliquary. I feel like I'm entertaining guests before the downstairs bathroom has been completely refurbished. Look for some product reviews and more glossary definitions to help flesh out those lists in the coming weeks. Plus more fiction, part II of the Skyrim as Literature review, and a couple of bits of goofy fun, are on their way soon.
I still would love guest bloggers if you want to write something for W.A.W.
Please keep sharing and "Liking" and "+1"ing and "Stumbling" and feeling dreadfully guilty that you haven't chipped in a dollar or two into the tip jar yet. Writer Chris is trying to make a go of it in an industry where technology is changing things faster than the industry can keep up, and he needs all the help he can get.
If you know me, you know that I could watch every single Ted video ever made and not feel like I'd wasted even a minute. I know many of them are pithy and laymen and condense complex issues down into 20 minute speeches, but I love them so. This is a particularly good one about creativity.
This is a really good article on 30 Tips to Rejuvenate Your Creativity. The advice is good, ranging from everything to not being a workaholic to ignoring work if you're not on a deadline to overdoing it on caffeine once in a while.
Actually, I'm not real sure about creativity under deadline. It doesn't seem like that's when the fresh ideas come, it seems like that's when the work comes--when you finally have no choice but to pick from the ideas you've come up with and get moving. But if you haven't ever done any creative work, it's one of the worst times. Seems a new study might agree with me in this article, 6 Myths of Creativity. I'm not sure about the article's every point, but it does seem to draw into question some of our conventional wisdom about creativity.
John Cleese talking about creativity. If you have a little over a half an hour (39 min), I would highly HIGHLY recommend it. There are a lot of really great ideas in here.
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