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Natalie Goldberg on accessing our energy in writing

Natalie Goldberg on accessing our energy in writing

“All the other rules of writing practice support that primary rule of keeping your hand moving. The goal is to allow the written word to connect with your original mind, to write down the first thought you flash on, before the second and third thoughts come in. “Because that’s where the energy is. That’s where […]

Author's glow: David Sheppard on creative inspiration and objectivity

Author’s glow: David Sheppard on creative inspiration and objectivity

As a writer in the middle of my first novel, I experience swings from enchantment to disgust with my work. Falling in love with your writing can be as inspiring, and as delusional, as falling in love with a person,. These shifting perceptions aren’t just exclusive to writers. In his post The Psychology of Creativity […]

Telling ourselves stories - true and not so true

Telling ourselves stories – true and not so true

“When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened.” – Mark Twain One of the most basic ways we deal with life and find meaning is to create […]

Too 'depressing' a topic for Valentine's Day?

Too ‘depressing’ a topic for Valentine’s Day?

Anne Tyler Lord writes: “Some may think that depression is too ‘depressing’ of a topic for Valentine’s Day. But I think it is the best because it is one of the holidays where many people experience depression, right up there with Christmas and New Year’s Eve. “And, what better way to care for your heart […]

Harry Potter and positive psychology

Harry Potter and positive psychology

In a BBC Radio interview, Stephen Fry asked ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling about “not holding back from the difficult and the frightening and the treacherous and the unjust and all the things that most exercise children’s minds.” Rowling (her name rhymes with bowling, rather than howling) replied, “I feel very strongly that there is […]

Daring to write fiction: interview with Susan K. Perry

Daring to write fiction: interview with Susan K. Perry

Interview by Douglas Eby A social psychologist, Susan K. Perry is also author of many articles, essays, reviews, and Q&A columns. Her non-fiction books include “Writing In Flow” and a number of others, but her latest creation is a novel. In our Q&A interview she talks about the process of writing fiction. Continued on The […]

Novelist Clare Allen on "Poppy Shakespeare," mental illness and creativity

Novelist Clare Allen on “Poppy Shakespeare,” mental illness and creativity

By Cat Robson. The film Poppy Shakespeare, based on Clare Allen’s novel, takes us down a cinematic rabbit hole into north London’s fictional Dorothy Fish day hospital where the clearly ‘sane’ Poppy, played by Naomie Harris, has been mysteriously committed to a compulsory day-program for the mentally ill. In a psychiatric Catch 22, she must […]

Diablo Cody On Writing As Catharsis

Diablo Cody On Writing As Catharsis

What is catharsis? How does that relate to creative expression? Catharsis may be defined as “the first full realization and expression of emotions surrounding significant occurrences in one’s past; emotional release.” (Psych Central entry by Renée Grinnell.) On his blog Screenwriting from Iowa, Scott W. Smith includes this interesting quote on the topic: “Robert McKee, […]

Link With Love - respect intellectual property

Link With Love – respect intellectual property

“It is our goal to inspire positive change in the way art, photography, design, words, music, film and ideas are shared on the internet. We believe that intellectual property needs to be handled with love and respect. We believe in the goodness of people. We believe in the power of the internet. We believe that […]

Christina Baldwin on the Power of Story

Christina Baldwin on the Power of Story

Excerpts from the book Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story, by Christina Baldwin: Story — the abundance of it, and the lack of it — shapes us. Story — the abundance of it, and the lack of it — gives us place, lineage, history, a sense of self. […]

Artists need to be outsiders

Artists need to be outsiders

“Artists need to be outsiders in order to really view what’s going on. That little bit of detachment has been great for me… As artists, we have to be brave. If we aren’t brave, we aren’t artists.” Writer, Producer, Director Paul Haggis [imdb.com] Haggis is speaking from the perspective of a creatively accomplished adult: His […]

All of our life story is our gift, the positive and not so positive

All of our life story is our gift, the positive and not so positive

Dancer and choreographer Martha Graham (1894-1991) lived a richly creative life, and one of her often quoted perspectives is about respecting and expressing our own individual personality and talent : “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in […]

Janet Fitch on using the deep parts in writing

Janet Fitch on using the deep parts in writing

“Anytime you work with materials that are deep parts of yourself, you feel revulsion at showing things about yourself that you don’t want people to know. “White Oleander, for example, was so much about loneliness, and I was revealing something about myself. You have to work as deeply as you can to give the reader […]

Guillermo del Toro on the power of fairytales

Guillermo del Toro on the power of fairytales

“When you have the intuition that there is something which is there, but out of the reach of your physical world, art and religion are the only means to get to it.” Guillermo del Toro – Director and Screenwriter of “Pan’s Labyrinth” [quote from imdb.com] On a recent Tavis Smiley Show, he elaborated on developing […]