Category Archives: creativity

Miles Teller and Gugu Mbatha-Raw

miles teller new york times photoshoot

Miles Teller and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the New York Times’ inspired “The Year’s Best Actors: 9 Kisses” video series.

Quotidian: Madeleine L’Engle

madeleine l'engle quote

Quotidian: Ira Glass on Creativity

ira glass creativity quote print

(You can buy this print on Etsy)

Quotidian: Virginia Woolf

SONY DSC“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

-Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Quotidian: Writers and Empathy

Writers don’t write from experience, though many are resistant to admit that they don’t. I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.
– American activist, writer, educator and commentator, Nikki Giovanni

How to Find Literary Open Submission Periods and Calls for Poetry, Art, Fiction Submissions

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(image via Ninth Letter)

1. Keep endless lists of literary journals. Mark which ones actually publish your style, and archive the rest. Note open submission periods per year.

2. Follow LitMagNews on Twitter, where Jonathan Crowl posts and retweets calls for submissions from literary journals.

3. Join the Facebook Group for Poetry, Fiction, and Art Calls for Submissions. It’s approve-only but it’s fairly easy to get approved.


Quotidian: Write It by Joss Whedon

joss whedon write it quote

Grace Note

The rain came crisp and cold and clear and held them at the table longer than they intended.

rain falling on teacup

It’s Ok Not to Be a Genius: Lev Grossman on Creativity


Great, great essay by Lev Grossman over on Buzzfeed, on the time he left everything and went on a roadtrip to become a great writer.

“You can’t be that lonely now, not anymore, but back then loneliness was a totally different animal: It came at you hot and strong, raw and uncut….

What I hadn’t figured out yet was that it’s OK not to be a genius, whatever that is, if there even is such a thing. Since then I’ve learned that the creative life may or may not be the apex of human civilization, but either way it’s not what I thought it was. It doesn’t make you special and sparkly. You don’t have to walk alone. You can work in an office — I’ve worked in offices for the past 15 years and written five novels while doing it. The creative life is forgiving: You can betray it all you want, again and again, and no matter how many times you do, it will always take you back.”

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Endless Books

Endless Books series by Dina Balenko
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