Posts tagged ‘creativity’

November 6, 2013

How to See the World Like an Artist

Have I mentioned what a big fan I am of Brain Pickings? If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do. This article from Maria Popova discusses the ways in which we are blind to the world that surrounds us. It delves into seeing our own world with artistic eyes, allowing us to be better, more creative writers, comedians, artists, and filmmakers:

“How we spend our days,” Annie Dillard wrote in her timelessly beautiful meditation on presence over productivity“is, of course, how we spend our lives.” And nowhere do we fail at the art of presence most miserably and most tragically than in urban life — in the city, high on the cult of productivity, where we float past each other, past the buildings and trees and the little boy in the purple pants, past life itself, cut off from the breathing of the world by iPhone earbuds and solipsism. And yet: “The art of seeing has to be learned,” Marguerite Duras reverberates — and it can be learned, as cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz invites us to believe in her breathlessly wonderful On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes (public library) — a record of her quest to walk around a city block with eleven different “experts,” from an artist to a geologist to a dog, and emerge with fresh eyes mesmerized by the previously unseen fascinations of a familiar world.

Popova quotes from the book:

Right now, you are missing the vast majority of what is happening around you. You are missing the events unfolding in your body, in the distance, and right in front of you.

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June 24, 2013

Quote of the Day: Norman Mailer

Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.

June 5, 2013

John Cleese on 5 Things to Make Yourself More Creative

This advice applies to all sorts of professionals, not just screenwriters. It applies to all people, for that matter. Take a look at the whole talk below, but if you don’t have time, here are the main takeaways (pulled out by BrainPickings.)

  1. Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)

  2. Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)

  3. Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)

  4. Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)

  5. Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”)

February 8, 2012

Quote of the Day: Sylvia Plath

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.