Diversity of experience, more than anything else, is critical to creativity.
—Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University via The Huffington Post
As a freelancer, I write both for work (copywriting) and for pleasure (fiction, during off-hours). When I’m doing business writing, I write on the computer. When I’m writing fiction, I outline, brainstorm, and do character sketches with a pen and notebook, then go back and forth between writing on a computer and in a notebook. From my initial research and surveying friends and family, this “blended approach” seems like the practice of many writers, while others are staunchly pen-only or typists. But no matter how you write, I think most of us would agree that typing and handwriting feel like very …
Boom. via writersrelief
Yep, I finally did it. I read over a book a week all of the past year. More than that — I never fell behind or stopped. I was always ahead of schedule for the entire year. So now, this coming year, guess what? I’d like you to do the same. Here’s how…
If chasing inspiration down like prey hasn’t worked, back off—letting your mind wander can bring the muses back to you.
I insist that the irrelevance of black life has been drilled into this country since its infancy, and shall not be extricated through the latest innovations in Negro Finishing School.
—Ta-nehisi Coates, The Atlantic
Alternate tasks with rewards on your to-do lists.