Archives for December, 2011

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Envy and Your Creative Life

Envy is an insult to oneself.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Envy is human nature.
Monica Bellucci
A simple dictionary definition of envy is "a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc."

In this famous shot of Sophia Loren (left) and Jayne Mansfield at a Beverly Hills restaurant in 1957, Loren may or may not be feeling envy - but I like the photo.

Reportedly, Mansfield's extravagant cleavage was a publicity stunt...
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Developing Creativity With Patience

"Patience is a somewhat devalued commodity. Particularly among those who ought to know better - writers themselves." Dennis Palumbo

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter, Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in creative issues.

In one of his HOLLYWOOD ON THE COUCH column posts, he refers to the early 60's movie The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner:

"I think of this film sometimes when trying to help my writer patients working on long-form projects---novels,...
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Designing Video Games for Mental Health

There are many different flavors of video games - and many critical or conflicting studies on their psychological and social impacts. Articles on Psych Central, for example, include Brain Scans Show Violent Video Games Alter Brain Activity, By Rick Nauert PhD and Video Games May Not Enhance Cognitive Skills After All, By Traci Pedersen.

Gaming is not of any particular interest to me, but I was intrigued with a recent newspaper...
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Collective Creation

"It makes more sense in its absurdity than it would have if it were created by just one person, one designer."

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
He may be more well-known as an actor (movies: "Inception," "50/50" etc), but Gordon-Levitt is also the founder and director of , an online production company that shares profits with contributing artists.

The image is from an intro video by him on .

Also on the site, he describes the venture: "In a...
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Diablo Cody On The Catharsis of Writing

According to a Psych Central entry (by Renée Grinnell), catharsis means "the first full realization and expression of emotions surrounding significant occurrences in one’s past; emotional release."

So how does that relate to creative expression?

On his blog Screenwriting from Iowa, Scott W. Smith includes this interesting quote on the topic:

“Robert McKee, in his excellent book Story, defines the goal of the screenwriter as ‘a good story well told.’ A story must also be the vehicle for...
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Neil Gaiman On Writing

Neil Gaiman is one of the world’s best known science fiction and fantasy writers, the author of short stories, graphic novels, films and novels, including The Sandman series, American Gods, Stardust, Coraline, Anansi Boys and The Graveyard Book.

His writing has won numerous awards, including Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker, as well as the 2009 Newbery Medal and 2010 Carnegie Medal in Literature.

On his Twitter profile he declares, "I will eventually grow up and get...
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