ARHuelsenbeck

130 Flips | 3 Magazines | @ARHuelsenbeck | Writer, blogging at ARHtisticLicense.com; wife, mother of five adult children; former elementary general music teacher; lover of God and of the arts

Who Will Buy Your Book?

<b>1.</b><br>“Nobody else is here,” the elderly woman said into her phone. “It’s embarrassing!” She was the first one to arrive at my reading at the …

Writing

The 7 Habits Of Highly Creative People – ART + marketing

The most commonly held belief about creativity is that it’s elusive, esotericand unique only to the anointed few.<p>The ancient Greeks believed that …

Writing advice for artists and visual thinkers

Yesterday designer Jessica Hische tweeted, “I have it in my head that I should pursue an MFA in creative writing to be a better writer and find more …

Creative Writing

GUEST POST: K.M. Weiland on 13 Places to Find Inspiration

People are always asking writers where they get their ideas. My typically trite reply is, “Everywhere.” I once grabbed a kitchen towel and told …

How to ‘Reboot’ Your Creative Brain And Refresh Your Focus In 15 Minutes Or Less

In today’s information-obsessed world, our minds are in constant overdrive.<p>Your brain is a living, inventive, and rapidly renewing organ that needs …

Creative Juice #84

A dozen articles to amaze and inspire you.<p>The best drone photography.<br>• Architecture with a twist.<br>• Writer and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s broken …

Hokusai’s great wave: a lesson in persistence

Can we improve our craft over time? The Japanese artist <b>Katsushika Hokusai</b> (1760-1849) seemed to think so.<p>“Until the age of 70, nothing I drew was …

31 Art Prompts

Color exploration. Choose a color you love or a color you don’t use very often. Try it as pastel as you can make it, then gradually deepen it until …

How to Dramatically Improve your Public Speaking Skills

The ability to communicate a message, sell an idea, or paint a vision is a critical skill for <i>anyone</i> who wants to have an impact on the world. And …

Public Speaking

The Specter of Failure

This comic was inspired by the essay "Notes on Failure" from the excellent book <i>The Faith of a Writer</i> by Joyce Carol Oates.<br>Posters are available at my …

Posters

10 Writing Tips from Ursula Le Guin

Last week, we lost an incredible novelist. Ursula Le Guin passed away at age 88 in her Portland home.Photo by Marian Wood Kolisch, modified by The …

Creative Writing

How To Write A Children's Book In 9 Easy Steps - Complete Guide for 2018

Have you ever wondered how to write a children’s book, and if you have what it takes to create one?<p>For me, it’s this smile. That’s my reason for …

12 Worst Blogging Mistakes

<b>Pop-ups</b>. I hate it if I’ve just started reading a post on your blog and a pop-up blocks my view. If it asks me to sign up for your blog, I dismiss …

Writing

The Importance of Living in Order to Write

by Morgan L. Busse, @MorganLBusse<p>In this day and age where there is pressure for an author to churn out lots of books, I’ve stepped back and realized …

Writing

How to Hold a Writers’ Retreat

by ARHuelsenbeck Have you ever found yourself stranded in Creative Badlands? You know, that parched place where you are just so dry that nothing …

Creative Writing

5 Creative Habits that can Improve your Productivity

The creative process is much about preparation and good habits as these can drive you beyond places where inspiration stops.<p>Creative habits when …

Guest Post: On Writing Endings by Kate I. Foley

After one year and five months; 94,255 words; 368 pages; two protagonists, three sidekicks, and one villain; and endless weeks of blood, sweat, and …

20 Tools Every Writer Needs

A quiet area you can set up as your writing space. For most people, a writer’s study is a luxury. Four of my five children had to grow up and move …

How to Get a Literary Agent

Disclaimer: I do not have an agent, but I am looking for one, and I have accumulated a lot of information in the process which I am willing to share …

Lessons I Learnt from Writing my First Book Series

Coming to the end of my first series, and starting on my second got me thinking about what I wanted to do differently. About the mistakes I made, and …

Guest Post: 6 Cinematic Techniques You Can Apply to Your Novel Right Now by C.S. Lakin

Many of us were raised watching thousands of movies and television shows. The style, technique, and methods used in film and TV are so familiar to …

7 Day Creative Writing Challenge

You want to become a writer, but you’re not sure how to stay disciplined. Still, you’re ready to commit and focus on your writing (or refocus). Where …

Creative Writing

This 1 Simple (and lazy) Activity Will Increase Your Creativity and Productivity

It is a paradox that perhaps the single best way to still one’s mind is to put the body in motion. The list of what has been accomplished on walks is …

Sketching Vamoose

Last year while I was away from my writings and creativity, I was under total isolation, away from my city, in a room, with my books and studies. My …

How to Read 365 Books in a Year (or at Least Read Once a Day) | Inc.com

Confession: I love books.<p>For over 30 years, I've read a book a day.<p>Can you imagine having Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Larry Page, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos as your mentors?<p>Can you envision having Mother Teresa, Victor Frankl, and Martin Luther King as your dinner guests? I've done …

Self-improvement

How Art Makes Everything Better (So Please Make More Art)

When I was maybe thirteen years old, my mom signed me up for art classes. These were three hour-long studio sessions with a real, seasoned artist who …

Alternative advent calendar - December art challenge

I’ve always had mixed feelings about advent calendars: on the one hand it is very exciting to open a little package every single day and so to get …

Calendars

Three ways to help any kid be more creative

<i>Stocksy</i><p>The world’s problems demand bold, new solutions, so today’s children need to develop open, agile minds. Composer Anthony Brandt and …

Quick, Down & Dirty Edits

by Lisa Carter, @LisaCarter27<p>So here’s the thing—<p>You’ve written this article/blog post/novel. And like writing mentors recommend, you allowed your …

Creative Writing