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Watch Kurt Vonnegut Explain The Emotional Shape Of Creative Stories

It’s impossible to quantify what, exactly, makes a good story. However, underneath most popular stories, there are only a handful of familiar story arcs that we tell over and over again. In this video, author Kurt Vonnegut demonstrates these arcs by drawing them.


Don't Just Think About Being Creative: Do Something About It

Everybody has the potential to be creative but many of us don’t do anything to release that creativity. Self-doubt and apprehension about whether we even have the skill level to create something that is truly unique can stop a lot of us from even trying. Here’s a personal story about how I’m trying to pull my finger out and reconnecting with my creative side along with some advice on how to do so.


Live By The Five Hour Rule To Always Keep Learning New Skills

Learning or practising new skills is incredibly important – it’s hard to ignore how vital it is to a successful career. To keep your educational momentum going throughout your life, give yourself five hours a week to learn something new or practise a skill.


Give Yourself Time And Space Nurture Your Creativity As A Small Business Owner

Whether you’re in the business of selling paper or own a modest graphic design firm, small businesses rely on creativity to thrive. As a small business owner, you need to allocate time and energy to support that creativity. Here’s how you can do this.


7 Misconceptions About Creativity And How To Harness It

We’ve all been there. That enchanting, mysterious moment when the muse strikes. Creativity is intoxicating. It’s frenetic. And — not to sound crass — it’s profitable. Unfortunately, creativity is also fickle: the more you chase it, the harder it is to catch.


As A Freelancer, Set Your Prices By How Much Value Your Client Receives

When you’re setting priced as a freelancer, you might think about it in terms of how much time it takes you or what your costs are. You should also consider a less common factor: how much value does your client receive from the work you do?


'Creativity Is Like Breathing'

We like to think that creative types who produce a lot of stuff are capable of just doing that all the time, but comic artist Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal reminds us in a new strip that creativity isn’t as sustainable as it might appear from the outside.


Use Distractions To Your Advantage During Brainstorming Sessions

Distractions aren’t ideal for most tasks, but they serve a purpose when it comes to brainstorming. 99U suggests a simple rule of thumb: embrace distractions when it comes to generating ideas; embrace focus when it comes to implementing ideas.


Judging Your Ideas Too Early Is A Quick Way To Stifle Your Creativity

Living in the internet age means we have to decide when something is stupid faster than ever. We’re quick to label something dumb and move on, never exploring it further. That’s fine for your Twitter feed, but it’s an awful approach to your own creativity.


Three Approaches To Getting Unstuck When You're Out Of Ideas

The first step (always the hardest, right?) in solving a problem is recognising you have one. We’re all familiar with the feeling of grappling with a head-scratcher for longer than we’d like. It can take a while to connect the time we’ve lost staring at the screen with the fact that we’re stuck on something and it’s time to try a new approach.


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