Collaboration and Mutual Respect

Frank Sinatra said he lived his life "My Way," but a filmmaker and screenwriter I met in Providence, Rhode Island has a more democratic approach to life. I visited Eileen Boarman while she was directing a Public Service Announcement, or PSA, for Rhode Island Department of Transportation. She allowed me to film a bit of …

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A Circle of Trust

It's been fifteen years since I've been in a writer's group. Not coincidentally, it's been fifteen years since I was living an art-committed life. Last week I participated in an inaugural meeting of a writer's group. We cobbled ourselves together in various ways -- one posted her card on a writer's center bulletin board, others …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 4/8/11

As I assemble this week's top links on creativity and writing I promoted this week on Twitter, more than a million Americans -- many of them here where I live in Washington, D.C. -- are facing a forced, unpaid vacation in the form of a U.S. government shutdown. The good news is they will join …

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Making Your Passion a Profession

You're a gearhead. You love motorcycles. You're never happier than when you are attacking the open road, feeling the wind whoosh around you. You also have a passion for photography. You become a professional photographer of motorcycles. Marc Bondarenko of Birmingham, Alabama, is a classic example of a creative who has turned a passion into …

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Celebrating Rejection

Celebrate your accomplishments. Persevere over rejection. Creatives hear this advice with stunning frequency. But we all know rejection sucks. Rejection comes with being a creative, certainly so with writers. Rejection by editors. Rejection by agents. Rejection by potential employers, or worse, existing employers. Rejection by readers. When I attended the AWP writer's conference in February, …

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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 4/1/11

It may be April 1st, but we don't fool around at The Artist's Road. Instead we provide you unadulterated wisdom on creativity and writing along with a dash of inspiration in the form of links I tweeted this week. So get ready for a wild ride, or as Jimmy Fallon says in channeling Charlie Sheen, …

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