Articles curated especially to enhance your creativity.
- Amazing sand sculpture.
- Fabulous graffiti festival.
- Beautiful photographs of birds.
- Try out these reading nooks with me.
- A different kind of tutu.
- I still reread/rewatch Hunger Games every chance I get.
- What books were in the running for the Great American Read?
- What do you have to do to be an Instagram star? Apparently be full of fluff.
- I participated in Inktober2018 along with thousands of other artists. Here are some offerings from Rohvannyn Shaw.
- Ever want to hand-make a special little card for someone?
- Embroidered portraits featuring long, flowing hair.
- Lovely (?) miniatures.
A dozen articles to inspire you to new heights of creativity:
- Portrait photography.
- Before Picasso painted modern art.
- Aren’t you glad the internet didn’t exist when these classic books were written?
- Extraordinary painted rocks.
- Cool places to park your bike.
- Whimsical ceramics.
- An example of how social media helped a poet gain an audience.
- What happens when you invite an artist to a wedding.
- Some beautiful quilts.
- How to read at a deeper level.
- What to do with leftovers.
- Make this for your favorite shutterbug.
Gorgeous stuff to entice you to create.
- Using mirrors as a quilting tool.
- The magic of amber—nature’s lucite.
- How to start taking better photographs
- I love these digital enhancements of photographs that look like murals.
- Dancing on the high-wire.
- Interesting paintings.
- Anybody doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month—November)? I don’t use Evernote, but I like these novel-writing templates.
- If you want people to read, you have to get their attention…
- How one woman juggles the responsibilities of motherhood and making art.
- Looking at these tweets from J.K. Rowling just make me love her more.
- Tiny, masterful embroideries.
This article previously appeared on A Writer’s Path.
The moment you think you know everything about writing, that’s the moment your writing plateaus.
Last week I talked about why writers should read voraciously. But that was a post focused on fiction. You know, reading in the genre you write. For instance, if you write fantasy, you ought to be familiar with fantasy and read it near daily.
But writers are, first and foremost, readers, and while it’s useful to read any fiction we can get our hands on . . .
Shouldn’t writers also read about writing?
Surprisingly, there are some people who don’t think writers should read about writing. (Or maybe they just find it boring.)
I mean, isn’t it kind of like reading about work or talking shop? Well . . . yeah. But there’s a reason we’re assigned reading in school, and there’s a reason that people “talk shop”: it’s how we’re taught new skills, understand what we’re doing wrong, how others do it right (or wrong), and why we aren’t good enough–yet.
Many of us writers never went to school for writing. Sure, we may have written the required essays in high school English class, or wrote a required short story in elementary school, all that jazz. But most writers these days don’t take the educational route and go to college and get a creative writing degree or an MFA in literature. Instead, today’s authors may study “literature” naturally through their independent reading and learn quite a bit. But at some point in your writing journey, you need a teacher. And that’s what books on writing do.
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Wild Years
1. You learn new skills.
Most obviously, the first reason you should read about writing is to learn something new. Even if you’ve been writing for twenty years, you may not have learned much about structure. Or you may not have learned exactly when to use a semi-colon, or you may not have learned how to write a short story.
All those things can strengthen whatever writing you do. Don’t assume you know it all–you never will.
“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one can’t read.” ― Mark Twain
Language is fluid, ever-changing. It’s something that we can always continue to learn, and always continue to improve.
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Spend the weekend reading to inspire your art.
- Beautiful paintings.
- Photo essay about Nara, Japan.
- Beautiful tangles.
- I love reading an artist’s story.
- Quotes about reading and thinking. When was the last time you read an article that included the work peradventure twice?
- An encounter with gorillas.
- Lessons in creativity.
- We all have bad days. We need to develop resiliency to hang on during difficulties, learn the life lessons therein, and move on to the next thing with a little more wisdom.
- Someday I’m going to take some of these free online courses from Ivy League universities.
- What it’s like to be a graphic designer.
- Pre-drone aerial photographs taken by German pigeons in World War I.
- Ways to prod your creativity.
Twelve articles for your artistic pleasure.
- The quintessential pointillist.
- Incredible guitarist.
- 50 free Valentine quilt patterns.
- The Scots take unicorns very seriously.
- Did you ever wonder what’s inside a big pipe organ?
- I’ve never had to use stitch markers while knitting (I’m not very advanced). These DIY ones are cute!
- A technician’s devotion to miniatures.
- The story behind Toy Story.
- Walking as creative fuel. I like to take a camera or a notebook on my walks.
- Have you been meaning to read more books in 2018? Join a challenge!
- Wouldn’t it be fun to go on an art retreat?
- What happened to the heads of the kings of Judah?