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Creative People: Personality and Mental Health webinar

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Personality traits like high sensitivity, and issues such as self esteem, self-doubt, anxiety, depression and other challenges, impact our creativity.

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Very interesting post. Lots of links and lots of information.

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Tying Yourself to the Mast

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'We don't want our attention to wander from our work or our studies, but inevitably it does—and that's why we have to tie ourselves to the mast.'

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stan stewart's curator insight, February 5, 2013 12:45 PM

Time to get inspired, unplug, and create.

stan stewart's comment, February 5, 2013 10:04 PM
Thanks, Sarah, for the re-scoop.
Sarah McElrath's comment, February 5, 2013 10:18 PM
My pleasure. Interesting post--especially in this age of constant communication. Smart phones can be both blessing and curse.
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Neil Gaiman's Journal: The Best Advice

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This morning I thought, I wonder what the best non-shaving advice I've actually got from another author was...? And then I knew.

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Love Neil Gaiman's writing--and I agree. Very good advice.

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Anne R. Allen's Blog: 5 Blogging Rules Authors Can Ignore…and 5 You Can’t

Anne R. Allen's Blog: 5 Blogging Rules Authors Can Ignore…and 5 You Can’t | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
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Very helpful post. 

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Storytelling Illustrations Show the Beauty of Childhood

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Durban, South-Africa based illustrator Colwyn Thomas creates some of the most beautiful illustrations of childhood we've ever seen. He begins each design as a pencil drawing and then converts it into vector lines. Finally, he adds colors in Photoshop, using scanned in textures such as coffee stains or various papers until he achieves his desired look.

 

The first illustration in this post is called The Whale. When asked by Empty Kingdom what he wanted its viewers to take away from it he said, "The relationship between the wild and man is an important one for me. I occasionally work as a guide in a big five wilderness area and there are encounters one has there, with the game, with the place itself, that give me a clear sense of being something other than human. As if there was something to define ourselves as first, before we classified ourselves as human. There’s such wonder and humility in finding your self a part of the world as opposed to an observer of it. So in The Whale it’s not so much a whale and a little human making separate observations of one another, but two…creatures sharing a moment."


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Gorgeous illustrations. Love how the mood is set through the color.

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The Future of Storytelling

We have a limitless supply of technology at our fingertips. With each technological innovation comes a transitional period, which we’re experiencing at this writing, a transition from mass, homogenized media with one-way communication to a democratized, independent, engagement media economy. But, no matter the technology we have, great storytelling must reign supreme. It doesn’t matter if you create something that utilizes all forms of media. Format can never trump story.


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Sympathetic Characters Part 6: Unfairness

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Unfairness can come from a person, an institution or the universe. There’s no real logic behind why we expect good things to happen to good people and bad people to be punished (experience certainly doesn’t suggest either will happen very often), but we do. And this means a character who is treated unfairly is one who is probably going to win the sympathy of the reader.


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Typo-Generators | www.TypoEffects.com

Typo-Generators | www.TypoEffects.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
The online application that provides tools to easily generate text art images, also known as typographical images.
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Why it's hard to identify “creativity.” Creative Ideas & Inspiration Blog

Why it's hard to identify “creativity.” Creative Ideas & Inspiration Blog | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
“Creativity, in short, is not something mystical; it's an extension of what you already know.” That's ... He eventually gave up, took his own life, and missed the revolution in art that he had helped propel for decades to come.

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Interesting article. This would eplain why so many individuals now thought to be creative were not considered so during their lifetime. Still, if something is useful to you--solves a problem for you in a unique way--is that not still creative? The "useful" part also troubles me a bit. Makes for good discussions.

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Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

EDUCAUSE Review Online


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Creative Intelligence

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Art and the artist are so thoroughly intertwined that we can’t bear to think of one without the other. For better or worse, we’re going to have to rethink this comfortable little notion.  Machine intelligence is advancing to the point where algorithms have begun to invade the world of culture and the aesthetic.

 

 


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Creativity rethought.

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5 Sneaky Tricks Your Left Brain is Playing on You - by Dumb Little Man

5 Sneaky Tricks Your Left Brain is Playing on You - by Dumb Little Man | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
The truth is that your left brain is probably playing tricks on you and robbing you of creative ideas. ... If you're in this group, this mode of thinking has probably served you well in many areas except in terms of creativity.

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The Importance of Story | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

The Importance of Story | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

I started thinking about the importance of story in one of those perfect storm sort of ways where a bunch of things all seem to converge at once. It began with a good book–which, I personally believe is where most good things start.

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Anne R. Allen's Blog: Why You Should Google Yourself: It's Not Vain—It's Good Business

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Rights In The Digital Age

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Rights In The Digital Age (The Importance To Understand #Copyright in the Digital Age #publishing http://t.co/rqsU2zNM)
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Copyright gets even more complicated in the digital age.

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Storybird: Publishing as a 2 Million-strong “Breakdancing Circle” : Publishing Perspectives | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Young Adult and Children's Stories

Storybird: Publishing as a 2 Million-strong “Breakdancing Circle” : Publishing Perspectives | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
By offering writers ready made art as inspiration, Storybird has attracted 2 million users and is turning traditional children's and YA publishing workflow on its head.Karen B Wehner's insight: Incredible - in 24 months, Storybird members created ...
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3 Free Storytelling Lectures

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Lectures from Kurt Vonnegut, Neil Gaiman and Andrew Evans on how to tell better, truer stories, and how to recognize the ones that people love.

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Love these videos. Such powerful messages to be open, to risk, to play, to make good art--the kind that only you can make. Be a traveler in your life, not a tourist.

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My Modern Met (mymodernmet)

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My Modern Met is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.
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Lots of things to look at--art, photography....

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how do kids REALLY learn to write, 2.0

how do kids REALLY learn to write, 2.0 | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
photo of T by Mary McHenry Back in January, I wrote a rambling, terribly earnest post titled How Does a Child REALLY Learn to Write? That post generated a slew of thoughtful and heartfelt comments.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 31, 2013 10:20 PM

Excellent thoughts on the process of writing, and what not to stress as your students progress.  

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Two Views of Writing: Woody Allen and John McPhee

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"...As I was watching it, I was reminded of an article I had just read in The New Yorker by John McPhee, who writes about how he writes in a piece called “Structure.” (I think it is part of the paid archive now, so may want to go to your local library — you still have one, right? — to check it out). McPhee brings us right into his whole planning and writing of longer non-fiction pieces, showing off visual structures of his content. You can see charts, and maps, and visual puzzles that form the backbone of his pieces. His larger message is try to move away from chronological sequencing, and instead, find new ways to structure content in a piece of writing. But that requires considerable thinking, planning … and an understanding of structure...."


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Interesting use of technology to help structure your writing. Also points out that everyone's writing process is different.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 15, 2013 4:12 PM

If you're looking for good examples of voice,  read this article! 

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Book Pumps!

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View and share this image from @ReadItForward and hosted by Ow.ly

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Mary Clark's curator insight, January 29, 2013 11:48 AM

Or ballet flats, clogs, or whatever you wear to work!

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WRITING COMPETITIONS 2013 | writingclassesforkids.com

WRITING COMPETITIONS 2013 | writingclassesforkids.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

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Sharrock's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:00 AM

A way to encourage creativity and to support creative students.

Sharrock's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:01 AM

A way to encourage creativity and to support creative students.

Sanna Tyrvainen's curator insight, February 26, 2013 2:26 AM

This is a tough audience ;)