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Boosting Your #Creativity


I’m going to share two ways to boost creativity—a website and a particular article on that site… Medium

The site is called Medium and here’s a bit of what they say about themselves:

“Medium is a different kind of place to read and write on the internet.

“A place where the measure of success isn’t views, but viewpoints.

“Where the quality of the idea matters, not the author’s qualifications.

“A place where conversation pushes ideas forward and words still matter.”

The thing is, you can read there; but also, you can write there:

“However, the real value of Medium isn’t our tools. It’s all about the network, the connections with other people, and the stories you create. Well-designed networks reduce friction and help good stuff be found. Connections allow the whole to become greater than the sum of the parts and new paths to discover and build meaning. After all, isn’t that what every writer wants?”

Interaction is Key:

“Reading these stories is not passive. Every highlight you leave changes the way others interpret the story — and maybe even the way the author thinks about what they wrote.”

So, boost your creativity by reading great articles on Medium (you can follow particular writers and/or follow tagged ideas) and share your creativity on Medium by writing articles.

And, here’s their Huge Promise:

“When you sign up for Medium, you are joining a community of millions of thinkers and doers offering their best ideas and moving conversation forward on the biggest issues and interests of the day. Because great writing deserves a great audience.”

And, here’s an article from Medium to start you off—9 Ways To Dramatically Improve Your Creativity.

To encourage you to take that link, here are the topics discussed in the article:

1. Learn Through Collaboration
2. Do Something You Love
3. Find Inspiration From Other Industries
4. Unplug (Or Just Do Nothing)
5. Walk
6. Set the Right Mood
7. Use the Six Thinking Hats Technique
8. Ask For Advice or Feedback
9. Pick a Terrible Idea

I dare ya to go read what Larry Kim says about those ideas; and, that link of his name will take you to other articles he has on Medium :-)
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Having Fun While You Write


I always have fun while I’m writing.

Writing with Friends

Image courtesy of Marcos Santos ~ http://www.sxc.hu/profile/marcos_bh

Even though I do it alone in my little cave-apartment

I know there are plenty of people who are not like me.

They need and want folks to be with them when they do something they love.

I admit that I’ve given up on social media as a place to relate to others—I only post links to what I write on the major social platforms.

I know there’s at least one official Heap of writers like me

And, even though I love being alone, though rarely lonely, when I create, my job on this blog is to give all kinds of people information they can use.

For writers who shy away from social media but still need others to complete their creations, these two posts may offer valuable ideas:

Does Writing Have To Be A Lonely Profession?

Is Self-Publishing Really A Do It Yourself Proposition?

And, for those who want quite a bit of camaraderie while they create (and as a segue to my main topic today) you may find this past post intriguing:

Do You Have To Give Something Up To Collaborate?

Now, let’s look at two ways to combine the ambience of social media sites with a strong component of writing more than quick blasts of feeling

First is Movellas—A Story Sharing Community.

From their site:

“Movellas.com is a community site where everyone can share their passion for great stories. You can publish your own stories – or movellas as we like to call them – so that everyone can read them and give you feedback, you can find lots of fantastic stories to read in every genre and on every topic, and you can talk directly to the authors and the rest of the community about writing and stories.

“With Movellas it is possible to read anywhere, anytime. You can download movellas as ebooks to your computer, tablet, iPad, iPod Touch, e-book reader or smart phone. Quick, easy and totally free!

“At Movellas everyone can be a writer and publish their stories. Neither age nor experience are essential. All that we require is that you love to write and share your stories.”

Next is Medium:

“It’s clear we’ve only scratched the surface of how we can use the tools available to us to connect hearts and minds. It’s also clear that the way media is changing isn’t entirely positive when it comes to creating a more informed citizenry. Now that we’ve made sharing information virtually effortless, how do we increase depth of understanding, while also creating a level playing field that encourages ideas that come from anywhere?

“We don’t know all the answers. But we know that words matter (still), so we built a better system for sharing them.”

Did either of those spaces sound more exciting than sitting in a small apartment and writing four informative blog posts a week, while also creating an original short fantasy story every Friday for that same blog?

Did they sound more fulfilling than closing yourself off in a room and working on a novel?

Do you have the urge to write but need other folks “right there”?

Do you think “social writing” that’s more than “social media” might help you tune-up your authorial-self?

If you answered any of those questions in the affirmative, one or both of those sites may be your writing Heaven :-)
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