# The Creative Mind

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

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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5 min read

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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6 min read

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

Magic vs. Reality

Magic vs. Reality

Settle down and focus on the task at hand, which is, as it always should be: Writing the best story you can. Everything to come is not your problem. Not yet, anyway, and not unless you’re lucky.

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5 min read

A Few Things Coaching Baseball Taught Me About Writing

A Few Things Coaching Baseball Taught Me About Writing

Don’t worry about being good enough. You are good enough. Just do that thing. Then do it again even better next time.

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6 min read

Just Try Not to Die

Just Try Not to Die

“'Just try not to die' is my standard advice for anyone helming a first feature. I nearly did, and I wouldn't recommend it."

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5 min read

Don't Mind Me - Mindfulness and Unmindful Characters

Don't Mind Me - Mindfulness and Unmindful Characters

If we reflect back on what we’ve done in the past and how we’ve overcome it, facing the same challenge in the future will be just that much easier.

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4 min read

Shame to Superpower

Shame to Superpower

The danger of the shame I felt is that it caused a paralysis that hindered me from forward motion in every aspect of my life, not just writing.

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4 min read

Everyone Thinks They're a Hack

Everyone Thinks They're a Hack

There’s not a single writer I know worth their professional bona fides who doesn’t get regular visits from The Dream Police. And no. It’s not because we’re snowflake whack-jobs wrecked in a constant state of low self-esteem.

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4 min read

Bedtime Stories and Beyond: How Imagination Plays a Part in Family Duo

Bedtime Stories and Beyond: How Imagination Plays a Part in Family Duo

I still find it baffling when I get into a heated discussion over a plot point or dialogue with my child.

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4 min read

Learning How to Bleed, or How Hemingway Tricked Us All into Living a BDSM Nightmare

Learning How to Bleed, or How Hemingway Tricked Us All into Living a BDSM Nightmare

Am I the only one who finds it a wee bit unhealthy we are expected to lay bare our most intimate struggles just to force a bunch of strangers to feel something?

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6 min read

How Not to Go Insane as an Artist

How Not to Go Insane as an Artist

As the screenwriter, as an artist in general, all I’ve come to do is trust the process. Trust that if I’m incredibly efficient, if I display range and depth ... this will win out in the end.

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6 min read

The Power of Procrastination

The Power of Procrastination

Procrastination. The scoundrel’s got a rather sullied rep, wouldn’t you agree? His very name is synonymous in most minds with laziness and lethargy.

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8 min read
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