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Archives for October, 2011


Thinking Like Leonardo Da Vinci

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Leonardo da Vinci

"We tried to make something much more holistic and simple." Steve Jobs
One of the reasons for the success of Apple products is their sophisticated simplicity. Every time I go to use a Windows PC, I appreciate more how intuitive and accessible my iMac is - which encourages more creative work and accomplishment.

Commenting about the iPod, Steve Jobs said "Look at the design of a lot...
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Steve Jobs: Intensities and Overexcitabilities

Listening to Walter Isaacson (in his interview with Charlie Rose) about his new bio of Steve Jobs, one of his comments that caught my attention was this :
"The deep emotionalism surprised me. He'd be talking and I looked up and there were tears… He was talking about the ad campaign 'Here's to the Crazy Ones' and he got very emotional."
Here is a quote from the bio, by Joe Nocera, then a writer for Esquire, describing...
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How to Stop Your Creative Thinking

Are you waiting for a muse? Are you telling yourself you are not creative?

Those are two of the limitations creativity author Michael Michalko addresses in his article The Seven Deadly Sins that Prevent Creative Thinking. Here are two excerpts, with some of my comments.
SIN ONE - "People do not believe they are creative. We have been taught that we are the product of our genes, our parents, our family...
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Mike White on Creating a TV Show About Personal Growth

Mike White has been a writer and producer, sometimes actor, on many film and TV projects including Dawson's Creek, Freaks and Geeks, Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl, Orange County, and School of Rock.

His new HBO series Enlightened, created with Laura Dern, is slotted as a comedy, but brings up many issues about personal growth and emotional health.

Dern plays Amy, an ambitious executive who suffers a nervous breakdown at work, and recovers at a rehab...
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Robert Toth on ADHD and Developing Creativity

"I found I didn't have an attention deficit disorder when I could focus my attention on what I like most." Robert Toth
In my earlier post How Many Uses for a Shoe? Divergent Thinking, ADD and Creativity, I mentioned a research study showing that young adults with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) achieved better performance on standardized creativity tests.

A Publishers Weekly summary of The Edison Gene: ADHD and the Gift of...
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Considering Carefully: Director Joe Wright on Dyslexia

"Because I think visually, not being able to read meant that other parts of my brain were pushed further…"
That is a comment by movie director Joe Wright about being dyslexic, from an NPR / All Things Considered show which I found thanks to the Dyslexic Advantage Facebook page of Brock Eide, MD, MA, and Fernette Eide, MD, on which they list other highly talented people, and the advantages of the 'unique brain structure...
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Mental Health

Mental Health and Creative People: Self-Injury

"It's like having a drink. But it's quicker. You know how your brain shuts down from pain? The pain would be so bad, it would force my body to slow down, and I wouldn't be as anxious. It made me calm."
That is a quote by Christina Ricci from a 1998 Rolling Stone interview, explaining that the scratches on her forearms came from her using fingernails and soda tops.

In another magazine interview...
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Diablo Cody on Developing Creativity and Writing Honestly

Among other creative works, Diablo Cody wrote a couple of my favorite films: Juno, and Jennifer's Body, and the richly dramatic and comedic - and unfortunately canceled - TV series United States of Tara, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Toni Collette.

Her script for  Juno (2007) earned her an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

In some interviews and her own writing before the Oscar win, she talked about her perspectives on creative expression, on...
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The Writer As Entrepreneur

Of course, you can write a book for yourself alone, but most writers want to reach an audience, and have many people reading their creations.

Some interesting statistics:
1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80 percent of families did not buy or read a book last year.
[From the site: HotForWords.]

With all the evolutions in how...
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