One of the best tips a friend ever gave me for staying inspired was to sign up for the daily newsletter from the American Academy of Poets. Every single day, they send out a poem to their subscribers. The subjects of the poems vary, as well as the styles. I’ve had Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson appear in my inbox right next to contemporary writers.
Since most of my email comes from listservs and various websites I’ve signed up to follow over the years, I delete the vast majority of it. But every day, I make a point to read the Poem-A-Day from Poets.org. It’s a nice way to spend at least five minutes a day stirring up my creative juices.
There are only a handful of blogs and websites that I check each day to get my creative fix. Here are a few of them. (They don’t all have the option to sign up for email updates, but you can always add them to your WordPress.com Reader here):
- Brain Traffic – Good advice from an excellent team on content strategy and writing.
- Brain Pickings – I love Brain Pickings. The easiest way to describe it is as a collection of interesting tidbits on artists, writers, and the way things work.
- Contents – Tips from the pros on content strategy and the future of online publishing.
- Open Culture – Free educational resources on culture and history.
- Longreads – Designed to be read online and at your computer, Longreads curates interesting, quick reads every day.
Taking the time to read either tips or creative pieces by other artists each morning is a great way to build your inspiration up throughout the day. Aside from the Daily Post, where do you go to find tips and fodder?