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Creative Thinking

How To Write Better and More: Advice From Authors


What gets in the way of our writing? There is no simple answer, of course, but here are some perspectives from accomplished authors on what to be aware of and what to do that may help write more and write better.

Stephen King relates an early experience that affected his writing and acceptance of himself as a writer – the kind of experience probably most of us have had to some degree: criticism from his high school teacher. He writes:

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Consciousness

Deal With Energy Vampires To Be More Creative

"Energy is the key to creativity. Energy is the key to life." William Shatner
We need more than ideas to be creative, we need passion and energy. Being productive in most creative ventures takes ongoing motivation and resolve.

Some situations and people fuel our emotional energy, and some suck it away. How can we deal with that kind of energy drain?

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Identity

Are All Creative People Insecure?


Even people with exceptional creative talents and accomplishments can feel insecure.

Meryl Streep, for example, has said, “I have varying degrees of confidence and self-loathing…You can have a perfectly horrible day where you doubt your talent… Or that you’re boring and they’re going to find out that you don’t know what you’re doing.”

Over the years of reading biographies and doing interviews with many highly talented and creative people, it has often struck me how many of them talk about being self-critical, and feel insecure at times.

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Consciousness

Fear and Your Writing


“It scared me sometimes when I was writing it; at times I had to stop—I frightened myself."

That is an admission by novelist A.M. Homes - see more of her quotes below.
If an aspect of your creative work scares or upsets you, should you change that part of the painting, or modify that design element in your performance, or stop exploring what that character is doing in your novel?
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Creative Thinking

Using Our Shadow Self for Creativity

“The unconscious is our best collaborator."
Director Mike Nichols added, "I try to let the participants [in my movies] have downtime before shooting and after rehearsal, so our secret collaborator can do its work." [AARP Magazine Jan/Feb 2004]

From post: Collaborating With Our Shadow Side.
"All of us have a dark side.”
Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. of Psych Central goes on to explain:

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Consciousness

Is Worry Part of Your Creative Life?


Probably most of us experience worry, stress and various kinds of anxiety to some extent, but creative people may be especially vulnerable to these mood and health challenges.

As psychologist and creativity coach Eric Maisel notes, "Life produces stress, the artistic personality produces additional stress, creating produces even more stress, and living the artist’s life is the topper!"

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