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The Literary Best Dressed List: 4 of Literature’s Most Fashionable Writers
Artist's Inspiration

The Literary Best Dressed List: 4 of Literature’s Most Fashionable Writers

When you think of a writer, many words come to mind but fashionable probably isn’t one of them.  Dark and depressed?  Certainly.  Above average intelligence?  Perhaps.  But fashionable?  Unlikely.  The popular conception of a writer is a bearded man in a dirty bathrobe hunched over his desk.  He hasn’t showered in weeks, his hair is … Continue reading

6,000 Filaments to a Light Bulb: Why You Need to Fail Many, Many Times Before You Find Something That Works
The Writing Process

6,000 Filaments to a Light Bulb: Why You Need to Fail Many, Many Times Before You Find Something That Works

Why do we conflate creating with suffering?  The word “artist” conjures images of manic-depressive poets who drink themselves to death and mad painters who chop off their own ears.  Our conception of writers is especially bleak.  In our minds, the writer is a tormented soul who spends his days hunched over his desk, forehead wrinkled … Continue reading

Make it Art
Artist's Inspiration

Make it Art

We live in an age of distraction.  Silicon Valley’s brightest engineers deliberately design apps to be addictive and monopolize our attention.  “It’s as if they’re taking behavioral cocaine and just sprinkling it all over your interface and that’s the thing that keeps you coming back,” former Mozilla employee Aza Raskin told BBC, “Behind every screen … Continue reading

Passion vs. Curiosity
The Writing Process

Passion vs. Curiosity

Finishing a project brings about two contradictory emotions: exaltation and dread.  On one hand, birthing an idea and witnessing its metamorphosis from squirming caterpillar to a shimmering creature capable of flight offers a sense of gratification few things can.  We mere mortals accomplished a feat of God-like proportions: we brought something into being that previously didn’t exist!  … Continue reading

Why Being an Artist Requires We Shake Off the Slumber of Almost Living & Awaken to the Splendor of Here
Artist's Inspiration

Why Being an Artist Requires We Shake Off the Slumber of Almost Living & Awaken to the Splendor of Here

For me, writing has always been a steamy love affair.  Whenever I can, I snatch a few moments to scribble: when I have five minutes to kill before heading to work, when I’m waiting on my boyfriend to finish getting ready for dinner.  Writing is something I lust after.  Yet at times writing is a temperamental … Continue reading