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Archives for January, 2012

Creative Thinking

Scrapping The Starving Artist Mythology

"I love breaking the myth of the starving artist. That is such a lie that people tell artists from the day they are born, and it's so sad that so many artists psych themselves out with this myth."

Musician Magdalen Hsu-Li continues, "There is always a way to make a great living from music or any art form if you are willing to use your creativity to the business aspect.

"People think that creativity should only be...
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Consciousness

Filmmaker So Yong Kim on Facing Her Unlikeable Parts When Writing

So Yong Kim is a director, producer and writer. Her latest movie is "For Ellen," starring Paul Dano and Jena Malone.

In an interview, she talks about a number of aspects of developing her script and shooting the film - aspects of creative expression that impact other artists as well.

Like many creative and talented people, she purposely seeks challenge and difficulty:

"I think it's surprising for people because I did two Korean language...
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Creative Thinking

Marketing Yourself And Your Creative Work: Don’t You Deserve a Wider Audience?

How do you think about being creative versus the business aspects of success, like marketing? Do you see them as separate, even mutually exclusive?

Do you think of creative expression as something more "spiritual" or "pure" than sales or business?

The photo - "Artist at work" by Balaji Dutt - reflects how many creative people typically work: engrossed, and happily solitary.

We may see and read about many examples of...
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Creative Thinking

More Intelligence, More Creative?

Do we get more creative with more intelligence? How do intelligence and creative ability interact?

Dean Keith Simonton, PhD thinks "Intelligence is purely a cognitive construct. Creativity on the other hand, I see as being much more complex."

Like other writers on creativity, he makes a distinction between "little c creativity" and "big C creativity."

He says creativity in everyday life, solving everyday problems, or "little c creativity," "is very closely related to intelligence because intelligence includes,...
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Consciousness

Developing Creativity in Solitude

"Creativity is always collaborative, even when you’re alone." Keith Sawyer

"Artists work best alone.” Steve Wozniak
Different kinds of creative expression have different needs in terms of solitude versus collaboration.

In my post Creative collaboration, for example, actor Keith Powell of the TV series ”30 Rock” comments about the atmosphere of the writers room for the show - a common example of collaboration in the creative development of many art and entertainment projects. Movies...
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Author Taylor Stevens – Imagination as a Survival Mechanism

Novelist Taylor Stevens was born and raised in an infamous cult.

A New York Times article says, "Growing up, she bounced from city to city, often living in cramped and impoverished conditions, rarely spending more than a few months at a stretch at one of the cult’s dozens of communes around the world."

The article notes her first novel The Informationist has "already secured gushy blurbs from brand-name thriller writers like Tess Gerritsen and...
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Creative Thinking

Dee Rees On Filming A Universal Story Of Identity

"It was just a story I wanted to tell. Writing it was an expression of my own coming out. Getting it out there was willpower, feeling this is a universal story about identity and it has to be told."
Writer and director Dee Rees is referring to her movie "Pariah" - about a lesbian teenager struggling to keep her sexuality a secret from her family.

A review article explains that the lead character Alike...
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Creative Thinking

Maggie Taylor: Making images is a way of life


A profile described how artist Maggie Taylor works:

"Using 19th century tin-types, photographs, and images, she scanned them on a flatbed scanner. She then combines them with some other images that she photographed, acquired, or other objects that she scanned. These images are then composed, combined, and colorized by using the Adobe Photoshop program. In a typical image composed by Taylor, there can be as many as 40-60+ layers.

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Consciousness

Your Creative Mind with Learning Differences

"There were a lot of benefits to being dyslexic for me…I think I came into an appreciation of all those qualities of language…" Novelist Richard Ford
The traditional framing of ADHD, dyslexia and some other conditions as "learning disorders" seems to be increasingly challenged by the views of many researchers and artists that these can be considered "learning differences" and that such neurodiversity can actually benefit creative expression.

Of course, something like ADHD doesn't magically become "good"...
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