Creativity

Is Creativity a Mental Illness? How going crazy can boost your artistic production

Any artist or author can tell you where creativity comes from. It usually arrives when unexpected, as flashes of insight when focusing on something else. It cannot be controlled or called. True genius is spontaneous, wild, and unpredictable. But is it crazy? Nietzsche made famous the distinction between Apollo, the rational mind, and Dionysus, the mind of madness and creativity; …

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Starting over with nothing at 32: Thoughts on the creative life, independence and retirement

For the last week I’ve been avoiding my work: the pressures and responsibilities and deadlines have been building up, and like a turtle I react by disappearing, into junk food and catching up on popular TV series. But today I’m catching up – starting with a fancy breakfast of icecream strawberry waffles at a nearby café. The background music is …

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Becoming DaVinci – how to retire in Tuscany and become an art restoration expert

Today I’m honored to host an interview with an author who’s doing amazing things in art and literature. I met David Clarke while working on his book cover for Rare Traits, a fascinating novel that makes use of David’s interest in art history. Then I found out he’s in Tuscany studying art restoration. Wow – who wouldn’t love to be …

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Secret Meditation for Authors and Artists: Visualization and Affirmations to Sell More Books and Paintings

Millions of people are dusting off manuscripts and cranking out self-published novels for the kindle and ipad market; and some indie authors are making hundreds of thousands of dollars. We are experiencing something of a “gold rush” of indie publishing, and everybody is desperate to sell more books. If you’re familiar with “The Secret”, positive thinking, goal setting, visualization, affirmation …

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I still don’t get it: why use thesis or genesis for your wordpress author/artist blog?

Creativindie is a good idea that I plan to explode into an enormous helpful blog for indie authors and writers; hence I’m looking for a wordpress theme that will make it user-friendly and have that “professional blogger” look that earns nearly instant credibility. If you know what I’m talking about – the clean, crisp, bold style of many pro blogger …

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What should I name my characters? How to choose names for your novel

how to choose character names

  My name is Derek, which means “leader of the people.” My sister’s name is “Terra” which means earth. Both names reflect our parents’ backgrounds, ethnicity, and popular names of the time period. When you’re choosing character names for your novel, you can pretend you’re planning out the future lives and success of your children (you are, in a sense!). …

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