Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Lens of the Day: An Interview with Lori Majewski – Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s

Posted: 21 May 2014 05:32 AM PDT

madworldThe book Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s totally rocks.

So does the author’s interview with our own Bonnie Diczhazy. That’s why we’ve given Lori Majewski Lens of the Day today.

Go read the interview HERE now and don’t miss the quest you’ll find at the bottom of the lens where one talented lensmaster will walk away with a copy of this bodacious book.

And if you truly love the 80′s, be sure to follow Mad World Book on Facebook.  The page is packed with good stuff.

Here’s a couple of the great 80′s-music-inspired lenses we’ve received from the quest, so far.  Take a peek and then go build one of your own.

ABC: Alphabet City: A Metropolis of Eighties Blue-Eyed Soul

1. ABC: Alphabet City: A Metropolis of Eighties Blue-Eyed Soul

The 1960s and 1970s had some exquisite examples of artists producing blue- eyed soul: Dusty Springfield, The Righteous Brothers and Boz Scaggs to name just a small sample recording in one of my favourite genres. Thankfully, the 1980s brought me yet more. A…

Things Can Only Get Better with Howard Jones

2. Things Can Only Get Better with Howard Jones

If I were to have a musical score made of my life, it definitely would consist of the music of the 80′s. The era that brought me through my teens into my early twenties was unforgettable in every way. From the crazy big hair, vibrant colored outfits a…

Overcoming Writer’s Block

Posted: 20 May 2014 02:22 PM PDT

5597111652_e21e20cd24Pressing that big orange “Publish” button is always exciting. The sense of accomplishment makes the tough work that goes into the process all worth it.

Selecting the right modules, video content, Amazon, eBay or Etsy products and choosing the layout are important parts of the process, but the heart of an excellent lens is still excellent writing.

Writing is a rewarding and beautiful way to express yourself, but sometimes it can feel impossible to get what's inside of you to stick to the page.

Writer's “block” is a vexing condition that everyone will face from time to time. If you’ve done the necessary research and have chosen a topic that you understand and care about, all of the challenges and creative blocks that you face are inside of yourself. This can make them hard to describe, much less overcome! Here are a few things that you can try the next time the words don't want to flow.

1. Go analog

Since most of us will be creating the written content for our lenses on a computer keyboard, you can leverage different types of thinking and make new creative connections in your mind by taking the tech out of the equation. Writing by hand activates different parts of the brain and you’ll find that you write slightly differently – for most people, it’s slower and more deliberate.

2. Create a mind map, brainstorm or try free writing

Try the technique of free writing or create a mind map of the information you would like to write about. If you’re having trouble finding a topic to write about, try an individual brainstorm session where you create a list of ideas as they come to you. These techniques won’t necessarily give usable writing, but the jump-start to your creative mind can help you overcome blocks and renew your enthusiasm.

3. Believe in yourself

Sharing your personal thoughts and feelings with the world is scary, but it's important that you believe in yourself, your unique vision, and original perspective. Don't get caught up comparing your work to others or doubting the worth of what you've accomplished. In order to move past writers block you have to charge forward, trusting that your experiences, talent and passion are more than enough to overcome any obstacle.

How do you move past writers block or engage your creativity when you’re feeling stuck? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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