I know we’ve all got an inbox full of blog posts to be read, but trust me, if you’re serious about nurturing your creativity then you NEED to make room for these 5 little powerhouses that will rock your creative world.
(by Steven Emerson)
Steven Emerson is a brilliant composer, musician, and writer, and Reaching for Light is his current blogging project. He’s blogging every day for 1,000 days (consecutively) and every post is taken from his personal journals and poetic musings. The posts are usually short, but they hit you hard. They are also paired with emotionally powerful photographs, also taken from Steven’s personal life.
The result is a brave and intimate blog showing us the inner life of an artist. Ideal reading for anyone who is introspective, highly sensitive, and searching for meaning.
Matt writes a lot about the problems that plague every highly creative person—the fear and self-doubt, the resistance that kicks in after you commit to a project, the reluctance to show the world your work. These are not new problems, but Matt approaches them with such empathy, curiosity, and compassion, that I find myself coming away with a new perspective every time. One of my all-time favorite posts is What If? A Conversation with Fear. It’s one of the best reminders ever for writers that we’re not alone in this whole crazy writing thing.
Added bonus: Matt is now offering editing and coaching services. If you’re looking for a thoughtful professional reader to guide you as you push your manuscript to the next level, Matt is definitely your man.
(by Ritu Kaushal)
Ritu is a writer in the San Francisco Bay Area, who started her blog after she moved from India to the United States. She combines compelling accounts of what it’s like to be highly creative and highly sensitive, with the unique experience of being an immigrant and having to adapt to an entirely new culture. And she blogs on topics that intrigue me no end, like dream work and archetypes.
Ritu also makes really kick-ass book recommendations for Highly Sensitive People. She usually does three books a month, and so far, I’ve added every one she’s mentioned to my reading list.
Phillip is one of those people who inspires you to be better just by setting an amazing example. In July of this year he committed to writing 52 short stories in 52 weeks, and documenting the whole journey on his blog. To say I’m impressed is an understatement. Just like me, Phillip is a parent with a full-time day job, so squeezing in time to write 52 short stories in 52 weeks is no small feat. And his stories are really good! I don’t know how this man does it, but he’s hardcore.
Best part of the 52 weeks project: Phillip actually takes you behind-the-scenes and shows you the nitty-gritty details of his process for writing every story. It’s insanely helpful for writers who want to improve their craft.
(by Lynne Fisher)
Lynne writes one of my favorite types of blog—the type where you save her posts until the weekend so that you can really slow down and savor them. And everything she writes about speaks directly to my heart: living as a highly creative person, living as a highly sensitive person, living as a writer. Every time I share something from her I feel like I’m doing a good service for the world, because we definitely need more people to say the things she’s saying.
My favorite post so far: Managing What People Think of You to Gain More Personal Power. This one is a MUST READ for anyone who is a Highly Sensitive Person, empath, or intuitive personality.