Try a Grid Layout for Your Art Journal

Often when I add pictures, drawings, etc. to my art journal, I just slap them in any old way. I work the text around them or over them (an opaque white pen is handy for this) and I don’t worry about whether the page as a whole or the two-page spread looks coherent.

Sometimes, though, I like to do a little more planning. A grid layout is a simple plan for where text and images go on your journal page. Like this:

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The Difference Between Poetry and Fiction

Lately I have found myself thinking about poetry and fiction, and why they are different, and how that difference affects the writing process. Some people think the difference is rhyme, or figurative language, or line length. In this view, poetry has these devices, and fiction does not. As for me, I think the difference is conflict.

Dog vs. cat

Photo of Ongoing Conflict by Fiona MacGinty-O’Neill via flickr and licensed under CC 2.0

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3 Strategies for Dealing With Criticism of Your Creative Projects

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This book is insufficiently tasty. Photo credit: “animal critic #2” by dylan Snow via flickr, licensed under CC 2.0

Sometimes you will put out a blog post or a video or a poem or whatever and someone will stop by to read (view/listen/etc) what you’ve done and then offer an opinion. Here are 3 ways to deal with (and not get derailed by) criticism.

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