A New Approach to Motivation and Planning for Creative People

If you’re like me, planning can be a problem. Here’s an interesting alternative approach for creative people. I haven’t tried it, but it may be worth a look. (It’s also an example of an effective marketing strategy.)

Click on the link if it sounds appealing for one reason or another.

Motivation Wizard for the Fractal Planner.


Writing Advice: Take What Fits You and Leave the Rest

On this blog, I offer links to all sorts of writing advice. Here is some solid information from Susan Adrian about how to use what is offered.

Susan Adrian: Notes on Writing Advice.

People Who Have Changed My Life: Part 2: My Dad

Here’s the second in a series of posts about people who have changed my life. This one is about my dad, a California Scene painter, and his influence on me as an artist, so I posted it first to my neglected art blog, Notes from a Virtual Easel. The link is below. I mention it here because writing is an art, too, and many of the same attitudes and disciplines apply.

Notes from a Virtual Easel.

Susanna Leonard Hill: Welcome To Summer Short And Sweets!!!

I found this wonderful site through the Picture Book Idea Month Facebook page. It is from a summer challenge that lasted eight weeks. That means you can check out seven more of these delightful idea machines! If you are in need of wild fiction inspiration, click on the link below and you are sure to find help.

Susanna Leonard Hill: Welcome To Summer Short And Sweets!!!.

Just Say Okay

Here’s a blog that will keep you up on the latest news in creativity. Today’s post discusses the importance of commitment.  Too often, we put everything else first.

Annual November creativity challenges such as Picture Book Idea Month give us permission to put our creative lives front and center. The resulting excitement inevitably spills out into the rest of the year.

How to Commit to Your Creativity | The Creativity Post.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12 | New Technology Poem | WritersDigest.com

Today’s prompt on the PAD blog is about technological innovation. This is kind of spooky, because while eating breakfast, my husband and I watched a documentary about Howard Hughes, who, like Henry Ford, changed the entire world with his inventions. Before something can be created, someone must realize that it is needed. November is a great month for ideas. What can you come up with? Read today’s works on the the blog (link below) and then add your own. Nothing is too outrageous. I wrote three! Couldn’t help myself. One of them is here below the link.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12 | New Technology Poem | WritersDigest.com.




The teacher monitors

each twenty minutes

the students spend

on scheduled lessons,

each designed to build

on the last and all moving

at different speeds

like cars on a long highway

headed for the same

destination, and then the

machines shut off

and the students

have a discussion

about what it means

to be human in a world

where there is so much

to learn and so much

to love.

copyright Linda Armstrong, 11/12/2012. All rights reserved.

Writers First AidStarving Writers

From Kristi Holl, here are some great suggestions for freshening up your writing. For example, turn off the computer and go outside.

Writers First AidStarving Writers.

AdviceToWriters – Advice to Writers – Force Yourself to Write Non-Stop

Here’s another blog filled with great advice for writers. This post offers a solution that sounds easy, but it’s magic. If you’re stuck, give it a try. Use a timer of some kind so you don’t have to watch the clock.

AdviceToWriters – Advice to Writers – Force Yourself to Write Non-Stop.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1 | Matches Poem | WritersDigest.com

Here’s my first poem for this month’s challenge. Poets, add your own on the blog. At the end of the month, you will have a chapbook. See the blog for submission details and to read the work of other participants.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1 | Matches Poem | WritersDigest.com

  • We’re a match,
    the two of us,
    you with your
    temper and me
    too tempered
    you with your
    careful pacing
    and me
    with my wild
    last minute
    We’re a match
    of seeming
    opposites, seamed
    so closely together
    that sometimes
    there is no space
    between us
    like sky
    and sea at
    sunset on the

    copyright Linda Armstrong, November 3, 2012. All rights reserved.