# The Creative Mind

Inside the chaotic, inspiring, and illuminating mentality of artists.

Designing the Perfect Writer's Group

Designing the Perfect Writer's Group

Both from my pent up decade of jealousy and my own recent increase in writer’s group activity, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about all the variables in creating your ideal creative collective.

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Single-Year Itch: 365 Days in Writing Exile

Single-Year Itch: 365 Days in Writing Exile

I decided to focus on the things I could control rather than treating my career like a blind gamble, because the house always wins.

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How to Tell Your Loved Ones You Wrote About Them

How to Tell Your Loved Ones You Wrote About Them

You’re telling a fictionalized version of true events, and now comes the awkward part: how to tell the people who may recognize themselves in it.

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On Cherishing Solitude

On Cherishing Solitude

As my heart continued to drum, my mind slowly went to a place where I became uncomfortable in my skin.

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Objective Delusionalism

Objective Delusionalism

It’s the secret. The oxymoronic mindset it takes to achieve in any pursuit in which the rewards are many and the opportunities few.

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The Unfathomable Psychological Terror of Writing What You Know

The Unfathomable Psychological Terror of Writing What You Know

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about this world is that who you are and who people want you to be aren’t the same thing.

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7 min read

Thank You, Next

Thank You, Next

That’s the problem with unsolicited advice. Most of the time, the advice-giver knows nothing about you or your situation.

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6 min read

The Better Art Friend

The Better Art Friend

Our fields can be harsh, and the struggle is real, but that doesn’t have to be all we are.

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Nobody Expects the GameQuisition!

Nobody Expects the GameQuisition!

Some call it gamesmanship, some call it cheating, some call it plain old knowing the rules. But if you don’t know the rules, you can’t bend them to your advantage.

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How I Overcome Writer's Block

How I Overcome Writer's Block

Knowing that even A-list authors have “my dog ate my homework” moments can be reassuring, and ironically that reassurance can help the rest of us unleash our creativity.

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How to Develop and Maintain a Positive Creative Partnership

How to Develop and Maintain a Positive Creative Partnership

If you cannot effectively or efficiently communicate, every part of the creative process will take twice as long and be ten times as frustrating as it needs to.

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5 min read

You've All Lost Your Minds

You've All Lost Your Minds

You have not chosen an industry for the fully sane. The suit-and-tie-and-nylons-wearing-9-to-5-cubicle-dwelling-let's-go-to-happy-hour-and-have-some-laughs-on-a-Friday-night-but-be-home-by-10pm crowd is not your lifestyle choice. This is a job best handled by the slightly unbalanced.

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When Your Brain Just Can't "Write Everyday"

When Your Brain Just Can't "Write Everyday"

"One of the key challenges of ADHD is task initiation. If I could do task initiation, if I could start the thing, it wouldn’t be a challenge, hence the advice to just 'initiate the task' is not helpful."

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Your Perception is Not Reality

Your Perception is Not Reality

Suing and IP aside, would you want to work with people who share anything outside of the privacy of the room or film set? I know I wouldn’t.

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3 min read

The Great Reframe—How to Survive and Thrive Through Any Difficulty

The Great Reframe—How to Survive and Thrive Through Any Difficulty

The armor I’d built around me was pristine and impenetrable. It was also horribly lonely, and for a long time it helped me survive, but it had outlived its usefulness.

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8 min read
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