Last weekend’s autumn “Illumination” festival didn’t go exactly as planned, but it was lovely, nonetheless. Despite conscientious testing, floating the paper lanterns on the river atop mini inner tube rafts was a concept that had to be abandoned the morning of the event. Mother Nature was kicking up a bit of a breeze, and it turns out that paper lanterns are built to sway in the wind, not withstand it. Structurally, they just couldn’t hold up against even a gentle air current.
So, instead of sending the lanterns out onto the water, we hung them in the trees along the riverside path that was the main thoroughfare for festival goers. The effect was lovely. More than one person commented that it looked like a fairyland come to life. Just goes to show that even when something doesn’t quite turn out as you’d hoped, there is still beauty and magic to be found.
My Favorite Blog Reads for the Week:
- 3 Writing Tips Every Aspiring Writer Needs To Jot Down by @manofattack
- How to Write a Good Topic Sentence by @quickdirtytips
PUBLISHING & MARKETING
- Money and the Writer by @barbaraoneal
- Writing Fiction: 7 Steps To Write Your First Novel by @thecreativepenn
- 5 On: Caroline Leavitt – featuring @Leavittnovelist via @JaneFriedman
- Have You Ever (Really) Achieved Beginner’s Mind? by @MaiaToll
- The power of your attention: “Yes, I will actually do it.” by @jccabel
THE WRITING LIFE
- A quick restorative practice – or how to re-juice yourself by @sarafoley76
- How to Be a Writer: 10 Tips by Rebecca Solnit
- Why I Write, Part Two by @SPressfield
- Think Depletion, not Depression by Patricia Robinson
I’m a longtime reader of the Lateral Action blog, so I was delighted to come across author Mark McGuinness’ post, Get My New Book FREE: Productivity for Creative People. In the post, McGuinness describes the book as follows:
The book is designed to help you take advantage of the benefits of our hyper-connected society, while staying true to your creative path.
It’s a distillation of my writings on creativity and productivity over the past decade, here at Lateral Action and elsewhere, plus brand new material and a structure that will help you redesign your working week for maximum creativity and minimum drudgery:
- Laying the Foundations – making big-picture decisions about your priorities and working practices
- Doing Creative Work – in spite of the demands and distractions of 21st century life
- Dealing with the Rest – in a timely and professional manner
All the ideas have been extensively road-tested – in my own life as a writer and coach, and in the lives of the hundreds of creative pros I’ve coached over the past 20 years.
I haven’t read it yet, but I have downloaded it and am very much looking forward to sitting down with Mark’s words and a mug of tea.
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If you’re looking for a little visual inspiration, you may want to check out You’ve Never Seen 1930s & 40s America Like This from @messynessychic. This collection of more than 1,600 color slides from the Library of Congress provides an intimate and almost surreal look at life in America in the 1930s and 40s. From still life compositions to portraits and candid shots, these images offer a feast of story inspiration.
Here are a few of my favorites complete with the captions from Messy Nessy Chic:
Finally, a quote for the week:
Here’s to being dangerous.
Jamie Lee Wallace Hi. I’m Jamie. I am a content writer and branding consultant, columnist, sometime feature writer, prolific blogger, and aspiring fiction writer. I’m a mom, a student of equestrian arts, and a nature lover. I believe in small kindnesses, daily chocolate, and happy endings. Introduce yourself on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. I don’t bite … usually.
This post originally appeared on the Live to Write – Write to Live blog.