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Creative Thinking

How to Channel Your Deep Self-Doubt into Your Creativity

Self-doubt can cripple creativity. As Sylvia Plath wrote in her journal, "The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." Which is true because our own insecurities can stop us from making and producing and inventing. They can convince us that we're not good enough to pick up a pen or paintbrush. And we stop before we ever start.

Often we assume the answer is to eliminate our self-doubt. But what's more helpful is to learn to...
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Creative Thinking

The Power of Nature—and 21 Prompts to Explore

Being in nature helps us feel refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired. Because focusing on the sky, the trees, the birds, the seasonal changes all around us sparks (and delights) our senses. It's like taking an extra long breath. It's like taking a gulp of water when you're thirsty. Being in nature gives us what we need. It soothes us. It grounds us. And it astounds us. It reminds us of the innate magic in...
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Career Strategy

Writer’s Mindset : How to get a Recommendation

What does it look like when your script gets recommended at the studio level by a reader? This is the coverage I put together for the Susan Cooper's 1973 Newberry Award-winning novel entitled The Dark Is Rising.

If you've never seen coverage of a script you've written, or any script for that matter, I think it will help to see what you're aiming for.  You want the story analyst who reads your script to give you a...
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Career Strategy

Writer’s Mindset: Just Get Your Foot In The Door

You can break into screenwriting in a million different ways.  Don’t listen to people who tell you that you have to do it “their way.”  Like everything else about this town, the only rule is there are no rules.  You succeed in your own way.

There’s a good reason, then, not to be too laser-focused on a specific goal.  If you start out with the goal of  writing only historic dramas, you’d be well advised to consider...
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Books

5 Tips to Inspire Your Story Ideas

Ideas are everywhere. But sometimes, it can feel like our brains are blank, and we've got absolutely nothing. Sometimes, we're too burnt out to come up with any idea, let alone a good one. We're simply too tired. Or we have a tendency to set sky-high expectations and criticize ourselves the entire time.

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