Fourteen articles, guaranteed to spark lots of creative ideas.
- Writing in an Uber.
- The illustrations of Michael Emberley.
- Paper sculptures of birds.
- J.R.R. Tolkein’s process while writing The Lord of the Rings.
- Pretty mandalas.
- Want to read more?
- Who doesn’t love a quilt show?
- Why to continue working on your art even if no one notices.
- You’d swear these paintings were three-dimensional.
- How to recharge yourself.
- Lovely sketchbook
- A month’s worth of creative prompts.
- Influential nonfiction reading list.
- Generating ideas for daily blogging.
Wouldn’t you just love to be mentored by J.R.R. Tolkien? Guest blogger Roger Colby does the next best thing for us in this article:
I have long been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. Every year, when school dismisses for summer break, I read The Lord of the Rings. This year I will read it to my children and do all the voices for them. Tolkien was a brilliant writer, but what if we could sit down with him and ask him any question we wanted? What if he could give writers advice about their own writing from his years of experience as an incredible storyteller?
This is possible if we read his letters. I have a musty old book entitled The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter. I once spent the better part of a month reading it cover to cover and underlining every instance where the master of Middle Earth wrote about his process. What follows are the best of those notes:
1. Vanity Is Useless – Tolkien writes…
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