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Blog on Pause

Over the next couple of months, my blog may be on pause, and for very good reason. I have signed up for an online class offered by The Loft Literary Center and will be occupied with reading and writing assignments. The class is called “Crafting Plots and Endings” and it’s being taught by Michael Noll, who operates the Read to Write Stories blog. While I do plenty of nonfiction writing and have dabbled in short…

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Go Ahead, Scratch the Same Place Twice

My reading of Twyla Tharp’s “The Creative Habit” continues. I am loving this book. Tharp has an approachable writing style and loads of good exercises for stretching your creativity. It’s also fun to read about creativity from the perspective of a field that is not my own. (Do I need to mention that Twyla Tharp is a world-renowned dancer and choreographer?) As I read through the book, I am getting new ideas on ways to…

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Self-Help in a Different Guise

I wrote this in my personal journal back in May and because it relates to online reading, thought it might be useful posted here. 5/4/2015 Read an article yesterday(?)/recently on someone who keeps a gratitude journal, writing down 3 things he’s thankful for everyday. I’ve read about this technique before for keeping a person grounded & happy. I’ve also been reading a ton of articles on Fast Company & 99u & I’m sure there’s another…

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Where Do You Focus?

I’ve been reading Twyla Tharp’s “The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life” as part of my Year of Creative Reading. I’m not ready to report on the book as a whole because I haven’t finished it yet, but I do want to cover a topic brought up by Tharp in Chapter 3. Tharp discusses an artist’s creative DNA, which includes an artist’s preferred focal length. She says, “All of us find comfort…

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