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Here’s a list I’ve compiled of some of my favorite inspiring, informative, and encouraging newsletters for writers and everyone interested in a little creative inspiration. All are free, and 1 or 2 offer paid subscriptions for more posts. Greater input means greater output. Or they just make great fodder for further procrastination.
1. The Paris Review has been in existence since 1953 and showcases the best the literary world has to offer. It’s filled with short stories, interviews, and poetry, both current as well as from the last century, that are both inspiring and enlightening. Subscriptions to the newsletter are free, and there are several options to choose from. Well worth the time to read both the latest and those from the archives.
2. 10 Things Worth Sharing is a weekly newsletter from Austin Kleon, best-selling author of Steal Like An Artist, Show Your Work, and Keep Going. His blog, which he adds to almost daily, is just one of the most interesting and thought-provoking collections of information, book reviews, music, movies, ideas, and ruminations on life. I’ve learned so much from his work, and the info he provides has led me to so many new people and ideas to research further.
3. The Imperfectionist is from Oliver Burkeman, the author of Four Thousand Weeks. He is a productivity guru with a fantastic insight into just what productivity is, understanding our limits, and explaining how to accomplish the truly important goals in our lives. His newsletter is a reminder of how to keep things in perspective and stop spinning our wheels trying to do the impossible.
4. Craft Talk comes by way of Jami Attenberg, author and essayist. She also promotes the writing challenge #1000words of summer, and several more random writing challenges throughout the year. Her newsletter is an honest, open window into the everyday life of a best-selling author and the challenges, hard work, and rewards it offers. She also provides advice to authors at every stage of their work.
5. The Art of Noticing from the book of the same name, is by Rob Walker. One of the most important parts of exercising creativity comes from our ability to use all our senses to notice what most people overlook, and his newsletter provides all the prompts that will inspire and challenge you to do just that. He has a very relaxed, easy-to-read style of writing.
6. Internet Archive is a digital, non-profit library of free books, movies, music, videos, software, and more. Their archive is beyond extensive; they are the largest digital library in the world. The newsletter highlights some of their accomplishments, new additions, and progress in their journey to digitizing basically everything.
7. Subtle Maneuvers is a twice-monthly newsletter from Mason Currey, author of Daily Rituals. In it, he shares his thoughts, advice, and insight on how well-known individuals have overcome struggles, challenges, and time constraints and gone on to produce great creative works, and how you can too.
8. The Honest Broker is an interesting and informative weekly insight from music critic, author, and musician Ted Gioia. In it he shares little known information about music and culture, sharing stories and research collected over many years, and writes eloquently and honestly about subjects you can feel his passion for. I’ve made some great Spotify playlists based on his recommendations.
9. Iridescent Ordinary is a recent find for me. It’s by Rubi McGrory, and it’s a fun, lighthearted, and gentle approach to maintaining a daily practice. Delivered twice a week, it offers tips, workshops, playlists, meditations, and other reminders to step back and breathe. Good nudge for anyone trying to establish any type of daily routine, whether it be writing, exercising, or meditating.
10. Total Annarchy is a twice-monthly newsletter from author and marketing expert Ann Handley. It’s loaded with info on both writing and marketing. She’s got a great writing style, a great sense of humor, and a great reservoir of information.
We, the people, are the documenters of history. It is our stories, our artwork, and our photographs that future generations will look upon to get a true insight into our society. It won’t be Jeff Koons multimillion dollar balloon animals, nor will it be the latest best-selling novel, the current viral tweet or trending tik tok videos that they will seek out.
People are fascinated by the everyday lives and struggles of the “common” people. From the earliest cave drawings and logbooks of the first explorers, to the diaries of Civil War soldiers and a beautiful young soul named Anne Frank. From field sketches on the battlefields and poems scrawled on napkins to photographs tucked away in books. These are the words and windows we study to view what life was truly like.
The greatest artists and writers throughout history created works that have withstood the test of time. But we are just as fascinated by DaVinci’s notebooks and observations on life as we are with his creations. And the words of Charles Dickens are just as relevant today as they were almost 200 years ago. Truly great art survives, and so do the stories behind them.
But to dig even deeper, to see and read and feel what people were experiencing, how they were living and working, how they were reacting to what was going on around them, we turn to the “regular” people. The journals, the sketches, the photographs of everyday objects they put together for us. This is what allows us to get a true vision of their existence.
And that is why what we do today, by creating stories, by making our art, by documenting our experiences and lives and struggles and observations and reactions to what we see and hear, is so important. Document your reality. Your words matter, your art matters. Your journals, your blogs, your photography, your creations, they all matter. Your life matters.