Each week I read a ton of blogs and articles, and when I find something I like, I enjoy passing it along to all of you here. The following are the gems from this week:
- A Thousand Words: Writing from Photographs – The Atlantic. I have a ton of photos. I have recently been thinking about writing from them. To that end, there are a ton of apps out there to make that a simpler process. I have Day One that I have played around with a little bit, and I just downloaded Steller to see what that’s all about. I would very much like to transition some to a photojournalistic mode – using photographs to tell the story or inspire the story.
- What I’ve Learned as a Writer – Zen Habits. (Thanks for sharing Jill!) There’s a lot here that hits close to home.
Some great stuff from Christina Rosalie on Medium:
As a culture we’re hardwired to participate in storytelling. Since the beginning of recorded time, we’ve told stories to convey the importance of events and ideas. Every culture has used stories as a means to connect, to entertain and inform, and in turn there’s plenty of research demonstrating how stories powerfully activate our brains .
Say hello. @mention people whose work you admire. Respond to people who comment on your work. Ask questions. Invite participation. Be curious. Be sincere. Share other people’s work and sing their praises. Be transparent. Talk about your process. Dare to reveal some of the vulnerable, unpolished, risky bits. Lean in closely. Listen hard.
Both of these pieces remind me that if growing my site is a goal of mine, then I just work to connect to others. I must make efforts to connect to others and to tell stories that compel people to be a part of them.
- I Don’t Believe in Writer’s Block – Joe Fassler, The Atlantic. I frequently have no idea where I’m going, which keeps me from getting started. But, I suppose, much like morning pages are meant to create a clearing, the very act of writing can help create clarity within, leading to something of beauty.
- 22 Habits of Unhappy People – Infobarrel. I struggle with many of these habits, but I do not think that that I am an unhappy person. I work hard to not let the worst parts of my nature control the rest of my life.
Did you read anything interesting this week? Let me know in the comments.