Overcoming the Stigma of the ‘Starving Artist’

"My parents told me, 'Oh, that's lovely, you've got a talent for art,' and they encouraged me until my sophomore or junior year in high school. Then they were like, 'Okay, that's a lovely hobby, now what are you going to do for a living?'" Painter/photographer Amy Buchheit had been programmed with the notion that …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week — 01/28/11

Because the power is back on after a long spell without it (thank you, D.C. winter storm of snow and ice), I'm able to upload the latest Creativity Tweets of the Week. (I'm more grateful for the heat working again, but having electricity for the computer is nice too.) As always, enjoy some of the …

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Guest Post: A Responsibility to Creativity

Today we're featuring a guest post from accomplished novelist, ghostwriter, and writing coach Charlotte Rains Dixon: Creativity is getting lots of attention lately.  There was a cover story from Newsweek last July warning that scores on a test designed to measure creativity much like IQ had declined since 1990, rather precipitously.  And the current issue …

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Forcing Myself to Share Oprah-Style

It was an axiom during my years as a working journalist: I must keep myself out of the story. Yet here I am, in my third decade as a professional writer, diving into the narrative nonfiction space. It's a new world for me, one in which agents, editors, and writing instructors all tell me I …

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Expanding the iCivility Campaign

As some of you know I have another project in addition to this blog. Since 2009 I've been promoting an increase in civility through my iCivility campaign. For a fair while now the only digital manifestation of this campaign was a web site that, well, was pretty stagnant. When The San Jose Mercury News last …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week — 01/21/11

My goodness. There are 14 Creativity Tweets of the Week listed below, a selection of the resources I sent out this week on Twitter. So that's where my week went! Well, I need to re-read Linda Formichelli's post below to learn how to reclaim some of that time. In the meantime, enjoy! CREATIVITY "How to …

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Advancing Storytelling to a Fine Art

"A lot of people say, 'Anyone can tell a story'... Well, I agree with that, that anyone can tell a story, just in the way anyone can provide first aid... but with more training and experience you're better at what you do." The craft of oral storytelling has evolved and grown over the centuries, Kevin …

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