I perhaps use my email more often than any person I know in general. I liked the idea of receiving letters but since no one I know writes them anymore, I had to make do with the email, which has functioned more than as a mailbox to send and receive messages and sign up for Facebook or Pottermore. Over the years, I’ve subscribed (and unsubscribed) to more than a dozen different newsletters. Some worked fantastically while some turned out to be disappointing. The ones I had subscribed to in the very beginning no longer visit my inbox. My tastes have varied and evolved over the years, but now there seems to be a basic definition of what they are made up of. The newsletters I now receive in my inbox have not only developed my interests and choices but also inspired my work and helped me explore new stuff I might have not noticed otherwise. All thanks goes to the beautiful people who create the content and the makers of the newsletters who assemble such great knowledge to share with the world. So here they are, in no particular order of preference:
Brain Pickings Weekly: This is the perfect newsletter for people who are perpetually hungry for all kinds of intellectual knowledge and art. It’s a weekly newsletter sharing ideas and books and illustrations from around the web and beyond. Previous newsletters have included Robert Frost’s advice to his daughter on how to write an essay, Ernest Hemingway’s Noble Prize Acceptance speech, an antidote to the age of anxiety, and the greatest science books of 2016 – Brain Pickings has something in store for everyone. Follow the links in the newsletter and you’ll find even more intellectually satisfying and stimulating material. Sign up here.
Literary Hub: It sounds so, but LitHub is not a newsletter only for those who love books . The content is greatly varied, though under it all lies one thing that forms the basis of the articles and essays shared on the website: words. LitHub’s newsletter (daily as well as weekly) shares articles from the literary internet, such as an essay about why the comic Calvin and Hobbes is great literature, Rebecca Solnit’s ten great tips on how to be writer, a piece by a translator who works to give the women of Syria a voice to tell their stories; a guide to building a community of brown female voices. If you love books and literature and writing and anything related to words in general, sign up for the newsletter here.
Poets&Writers: Hosted by the magazine Poets&Writers (which also has a podcast called Ampersand), this too is a weekly newsletter where they share writing prompts for poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, most of them inspired by or asking you to reflect upon recent news or research or trivia. That’s an interesting way to learn how to incorporate events from real life into your writing. It has got something for all types of writers, and the magazine is even better. They also share a book recommendation that would help writers on their journey. Sign up here.
Austin Kleon: Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work!, is “a writer who draws.” Every week he shares creative inspiration of all kinds, from reflections upon an interview to quotes from a book he recently read, from TV shows and movies worth watching to checking out awesome musical albums and artists. He also shares book recommendations as well as art from other professionals, college kids or even his own son. He also gives insight into his own working process and creative ways in which he generates (and steals) ideas like a pro. His newsletter is a package of all things good and inspiring. Sign up here.
These are some of my favorite newsletters that I’ve found to be creatively inspiring. Which newsletters do you subscribe to, and how have they helped or entertained you? Share in the comments!