Creativity's Workshop

I’ve had a pretty rubbish week healthwise, so I’m not yet ready to release my new e-book. It’s still in the works and will be appearing soon. In the meantime I’ve got plenty of other stuff to share.

Pinterest has taken the world by storm and it’s an addictive way to spend your time online.

As writers, we try not to allow too many distractions keep us from the page, but there are days (like I’ve had this week) when the page is not our friend.

We need some fresh inspiration to keep us and our Creativity going. Pinterest offers plenty of opportunities if you know what you’re looking for.

Many people use Pinterest to find great writing quotes, but that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Here are three Pinterest boards I’ve put together to get you writing again.

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We’re all familiar with writing prompts…

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A study done by Global Web Index has revealed some pretty interesting statistics about global platform usage of Social Media in 2012. There are a few obvious trends and some perhaps surprising facts too based on their research. A link to the report is at the foot of this article.

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Facebook out front but Google+ at number 2

Based on monthly active users and despite being branded a failure, Google+ has a very large use base. Closely followed by YouTube Google appears to be on the right track although there are a few claims that these numbers are inflated as you are given these accounts when you activate Gmail for example. I still don’t utilize G+ enough. My own experience has been that it’s like an extended Twitter. I tend to use it for peer-to-peer information and not necessarily for “fun”. To me the fun is on Facebook and Twitter to an…

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A sum of her parts

im lost 27kgs lighter

im technically half way through carving through my rock…
6 months ago my sister and i decided to get healthy. we are on that journey still. im not meant to call it a diet, its a “lifestyle” change… its a diet. we are on the 12 WBT. its great, a little bland after a while but still im getting results. so far i have lost 27kgs… i want to be 65kgs so i have 25 give or take a few kgs to lose. I’m so blessed because i haven’t had one day where i said, that’s it im giving up… that doesn’t mean i haven’t had bad days… I’ve had some shockers. but i held in there. im holing on. some weeks i hardly lose anything, and 2 of the weeks i even pained. but i stuck it out and pushed even harder through the giant rock that i need…

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S. LYNN COOPER

Pinterest, the virtual corkboard site, is giving thanks to its users early this year with the release of one of its most requested features, secret boards. These boards are hidden from public view on Pinterest; the only place to view what has been pinned to the secret board is with an invitation from the owner. Unfortunately, existing boards cannot be made private because other people may have already re-pinned its contents.

In an email from Pinterest CEO Ben Silberman he stated, “Secret boards will give you a place for things you’re not quite ready to share yet, like a surprise party, special gift ideas or even a new

baby. We’re testing out the feature by giving everyone 3 secret boards.”

While Silberman’s referenced ideas were great for personal use, I began to revel with excitement at what this could mean for businesses. Take a look at how brands can utilize…

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S. LYNN COOPER

With the recent release of the Twitter-owned service, see how your brand can create engaging content

Imagine garnering one of the best sales teams in the country, having them refer new clients to you every day without having to pay them one red cent. By incorporating the power of video in your digital strategy, you can increase your brand awareness and sales significantly. Recently, Twitter acquired a new mobile video service called Vine. Vine lets you create and share short-form videos (6 seconds or less) just like tweets (140 characters or less), the brevity of videos created on this platform allows users to get more creative with content. Here are several ways you can use Vine to increase online engagement:

Convince

Videos are more persuasive than written content. In fact, studies conducted at Harvard have shown that videos can increase behavioral changes significantly. By shooting a customer testimonial showing…

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The ferry crossing over the Chhimtuipui river at Darzo Kai aka Tuipui D is magnificent because… it is magnificent. I have no words. Look at the pictures. The photographs don’t lie.

It is one of the few ferry crossings left in Mizoram. Phawngpui visitors, this is on your way if you are traveling to Sangau from Aizawl.

The ferry is operated by Border Roads Organisation. It functions between 9am to 4am, Monday to Saturday. It is closed for about three months in monsoon during which the only other crossing is at Kawlchaw where a bridge was opened in 2000.

The ferry can take four Tata Sumos at a time. The engine of the ferry is rather strange looking. I just see one lever.

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darzo kai, tuipui d

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The Word Songs


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You don’t fall in love like you fall in a hole. You fall like falling through space. It’s like you jump off your own private planet to visit someone else’s planet. And when you get there it all looks different: the flowers, the animals, the colours people wear. It is a big surprise falling in love because you thought you had everything just right on your own planet, and that was true, in a way, but then somebody signalled to you across space and the only way you could visit was to take a giant jump. Away you go, falling into someone else’s orbit and after a while you might decide to pull your two planets together and call it home. And you can bring your dog. Or your cat. Your goldfish, hamster, collection of stones, all your odd socks. (The ones you lost, including the holes, are on the…

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The Word Songs

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Toska / (noun) /ˈtō-skə/

Russian word roughly translated as sadness, melancholia, lugubriousness.

No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness.At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.

Vladimir Nabokov, cited in A Field Guide to Melancholy by Jacky Bowring

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The Word Songs

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Most of the world’s greatest literature, and the most memorable words have one thing in common – love. Love of a person, a child, a dream, a goal. It is the trigger for the creation of the most beautiful language we have had the privilege to read.

We ask you now, to write your words of love. For the month of February, WordSongs will publish your love letters. To a husband, a girlfriend, a sister, a nephew, a mother, a cousin, a best friend. To rain, to dreams, to the woman you glimpsed at the station last Tuesday. To the guitar you’re saving for, to the fiction shelves at Landmark, to the boy with the gentle brown eyes.

Write them, send them to us at thewordsongsproject@gmail.com, and together we will pay homage to love.

If you wish your letters to be anonymous, tell us. If you want them published on a…

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