All Things Creative

Creative inspirations, Ideas and Writing Tips (issue #2)

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Last week’s edition of all things creative.

Here is this week’s collection:

  1. Why I Write, written by George Orwell. I have read this countless times and feel refreshed each time I do, ready to pick myself up and get right back at it.

“I knew that I had a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts, and I felt that this created a sort of private world in which I could get my own back for my failure in everyday life.”

2. The month of July we’ll be focusing on photography over on Patreon. We’ll learn how to use photos to spark story ideas, capture detail and write photo essays.

You can read more about it here.

3. Binge watching Abstract; The Art of Design on Netflix and Art Assignment on YouTube.

4. Don’t be a Digital Hoarder, written by Jonathan Greene. Geez, was reading his article eye opening. I read it when it was published on June 8, 2018. I was inspired and vowed to clean out one folder in my OneDrive every day, which I have and still have so many more to get through.

I had no idea how much unnecessary garbage I had stored nor did I realize how many duplicates, even triplets of garbage there was. I have a vintage Windows Phone and by vintage I mean the first to hit the market in 2015 still running on an 8.1 browser.

Everything from my phone automatically uploads to my Outlook cloud, the same as my tablet and laptop. This is convenient in keeping your devices clean but not so convenient when it comes to digital hoarding.

I’ve had to make some tough calls on what should be saved and what should be deleted because hey, you never know when you’ll need that photo of a rooster you took your senior year of college.

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You can read his full article here:

5. OhMYgodNOwayISthisFORreal! I think we all can agree the world is going to shit one way or another and mostly because the media has us brainwashed to believe so.

Not anymore! The New York Times (regardless of how you feel about New York Times) now has a section of all good news. For real, tho.

You can also subscribe to their good news newsletter and have it sent directly to you so you never miss out on anything good that happens. This is the route I took and I haven’t regretted it.

6. Writing tip for the week- Word Sprints.

That’s right, get your timers and stopwatches set and ready to go. I love this method of writing. Set the clock for 20 minutes and take off and don’t stop until the buzzer sounds. Just let your thoughts go from mind to finger tips. Don’t look back. Don’t edit. Don’t delete.

Do this three times with 10 minute intervals in between and I bet you’ll write anywhere from 1500–2000 words in that short period of time.

Yes, 99% of what you write will be shit and you’ll need to revise and edit but you’ll have your first draft completed and realistically, you need to revise and edit no matter what. No one, domestic, foreign, alien, of any nature writes a perfect first draft. Ever.

7. One of the questions I’m often asked is, Where can I submit my freelance work to?

The same places I’ve submitted mine, in one location.

Submittable’s catch phrase is, “Discover all the creative opportunities in the universe.” This might be a bit over the top but hardly. To make things easy, you can even subscribe to their newsletter tailored with the type of opportunities your interested in.

8. My reads for the week:

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts, written by Ryan Holiday. So far I’ve read up to page 102 out of 248 and have learned something on every page. Even if it’s been a topic or idea I’ve known about already, Holiday offers an entirely different and unique perspective.

My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine, written by Kate Betts. Betts takes us down memory lane when her career in journalism began in the late 1980’s in Paris where she relocated to for an internship straight out of college. By the 1990’s she had become Editor-in-Chief for Harper’s Bizaare, making her the youngest Editor-in-Chief in history.

9. On Living a More Meaningful Lifestyle and Creating a Positive Impact on the World Around Me

10. Food for thought. Failure has been the hot topic in our household this week. Here’s my take on failure I shared with my family:

We need to fail in order to determine which direction will lead us to success. Mistakes are meant to be made.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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