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Rocket and Lightship by Adam Kirsch

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"Writerly vanity is like a vicious dog chained up outside the house. You try to starve and neglect the dog into silence, but sometimes he becomes so clamorous that he must be fed if you’re going to be able to ignore him again."

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a review of Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way

a review of Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

"Your Gremlin is your unique inner critique that belittles you, fills you with fear and prevents you from being your best. It fills your head with self limiting generalizations about what life holds for you, wastes time by reliving the past and fearing the future and tricks you into believing it is there to protect you. Its sole purpose is to make you miserable."


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The Art of Fiction No. 69, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"Inspiration is when you find the right theme, one which you really like; that makes the work much easier. Intuition, which is also fundamental to writing fiction, is a special quality which helps you to decipher what is real without needing scientific knowledge, or any other special kind of learning. The laws of gravity can be figured out much more easily with intuition than anything else. It’s a way of having experience without having to struggle through it. For a novelist, intuition is essential. Basically it’s contrary to intellectualism, which is probably the thing that I detest most in the world—in the sense that the real world is turned into a kind of immovable theory. Intuition has the advantage that either it is, or it isn’t."


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Creativity and IQ, Part I: What Is Divergent Thinking? How Is It Helped by Sleep, Humor and Alcohol?

Creativity and IQ, Part I: What Is Divergent Thinking? How Is It Helped by Sleep, Humor and Alcohol? | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
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20 Reasons Why Creative People Like to Go to Cafes to Work

20 Reasons Why Creative People Like to Go to Cafes to Work | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
I love working in cafes. I never really thought much about it until a few days ago when a baffled friend of mine asked why I was so into it. His assumption? That working in a cafe would be a distraction.
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Steal Like An Artist, a manifesto (and book) by Austin Kleon

Steal Like An Artist, a manifesto (and book) by Austin Kleon | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
10 things nobody told you about being creative — a manifesto for creativity in the digital age.
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Are You Dumb Enough to be Creative?

Are You Dumb Enough to be Creative? | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

"In the all-important opening phase of the creative process, mindless stupidity is your greatest asset. And it can be learned."

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A Crash Course on Creativity

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"This crash course is designed to explore several factors that stimulate and inhibit creativity in individuals, teams, and organizations. In each session we will focus on a different variable related to creativity, such as framing problems, challenging assumptions, and creative teams."

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Zadie Smith's rules for writers

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"10 Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand – but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied."

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Why Doesn’t Anyone Believe in Genius Anymore?

Why Doesn’t Anyone Believe in Genius Anymore? | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

"...an emerging movement of critics, theorists, writers, and artists argue that techniques of appropriation and quotation are inherent to the creative process. Not only are the concepts of originality and innovation obsolete, they’ve always been myths. Let’s call this movement recreativity..."

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David Byrne on How Music and Creativity Work

David Byrne on How Music and Creativity Work | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

"I had an extremely slow-dawning insight about creation. That insight is that context largely determines what is written, painted, sculpted, sung, or performed. That doesn’t sound like much of an insight, but it’s actually the opposite of conventional wisdom, which maintains that creation emerges out of some interior emotion, from an upwelling of passion or feeling, and that the creative urge will brook no accommodation, that it simply must find an outlet to be heard, read, or seen. The accepted narrative suggests that a classical composer gets a strange look i his or her eye and begins furiously scribbling a fully realized composition that couldn’t exist in any other form. Or that the rock-and-roll singer is driven by desiree and demons, and out bursts this amazing, perfectly shaped song that had to be three minutes and twelve seconds — nothing more, nothing less. This is the romantic notion of how creative work comes to b, but I think the path of creation is almost 180º from this model. I believe that we unconsciously and instinctively make work to fit preexisting formats."



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The Prophet

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"Prepare to love a poet, to get poems stuck in your head like they were pop songs — like it was the age of Homer or Milton or Poe, when poets were pop stars. According to the 24-year-old M.F.A. dropout Steve Roggenbuck, “We are entering a golden age of literature” that is perfect for poetry. Chunks of verse should populate the “content streams” on phones and Facebook feeds. His do.


Roggenbuck might be the first 21st-century poet."

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The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do.

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do. | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

10 suggestions on writing better. Example:


#1 - Write Every Day. "Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Think of your words as reps, your paragraphs as sets, your pages as daily workouts. Think of your laptop as a machine like the one at the gym where you open and close your inner thighs in front of everyone, exposing both your insecurities and your genitals. Because that is what writing is all about."

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Why Thinking of Others Improves Our Creativity

Why Thinking of Others Improves Our Creativity | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

"Research indicates we're better at solving problems and being creative when we're thinking of others instead of ourselves."

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