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The Art of “Creative Sleep”: Stephen King on Writing and Wakeful Dreaming

Maria Popova examines Stephan King’s “On Writing” for ideas on writing and wakeful dreaming. “Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,”a wise woman once said. Indeed, we already know that dreaming regulates our negative emotionsand “positive constructive daydreaming” enhances our creativity, while a misaligned sleep cycle is enormously mentally crippling. But can a sleep-like state in waking life, aside Read MoreRead More

The Language of Inspiration: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Photographer Jake Garn sets out to answer his number one frequently asked question… “Where do you get your ideas?” Using original photos, videos, illustrations and animations to show that inspired ideas are all around us all of the time and just waiting for you to set them free! It’s a photography class and creative workshop Read MoreRead More

When Are Ideas Free to Steal?

At what point legally does an idea go from something that any creative can use to being a piece of protectable intellectual property? Granted, there are some ideas that aren’t created by anyone. They already exist– have to exist to be true to the genre. (This is called “scènes-à-faire” and we’ll go into this in Read MoreRead More

Before You Learn To Create, Learn To Steal

Kenneth Goldsmith, the Museum of Modern Art’s first poet laureate forces his writing students to plagiarize. Kenneth Goldsmith is not your typical poet. In 2000, he published Fidget, a catalog of every single movement his body made over a 13-hour period.Traffic, from 2007, was nothing more than unedited transcriptions of traffic reports. And while his latest Read MoreRead More

10 Tips for Generating Killer Science Fiction Story Ideas

Sci Fi is about telling stories with great ideas – here are 10 tips for getting those ideas. The trick is not just to come up with a great idea, but a great idea that lives in your mind and leads to characters and situations that inspire you. So here are 10 pretty decent ways Read MoreRead More

TED: Where good ideas come from

People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web.Read More