Photography and writing — how you can use the universal language of creativity to improve your art

Wow, this time around I managed to write a title that’s almost as long as a post. I know they say to keep it short and sweet, but I wanted to make my title as descriptive as possible. So to hell with SEO and crawlers. A post should be written for readers, not for digital spiders of the web. Some days ago I was on Twitter doing some research for a story I’m writing. Well… to be honest, in reality I was loafing about, I was wasting time, postponing, putting things off. You get the idea. This even if some time ago I wrote an extremely erudite and effective post–I hope not too riddled with spelling mistakes and strange turn of phrases–about how to avoid procrastination. In any case, surfing and twitting away I came across a couple of interesting quotes. Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what …

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Why creativity is special and infinity and monkeys cant’t crush it

In many cases slogans are just strings of words simple to remind—and a bit too simplistic. Creativity is special may sound like a slogan. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Have a look at the use over time for the word ‘creativity’ (table 1). You’ll immediately realize this is a trendy term to say the least. In fact, while before the 50s the word ‘creativity’ was used only in certain fields, nowadays we all sprinkle with ‘creativity’ and creativity-related terms a vast part of our everyday discourse. Indeed, nowadays most of us readily recognize that creativity is special, and hold it in high esteem. I mean, creative jobs are in high demand, just like creative professionals. So much so that even professions where creativity and imagination were once considered non essential are now trying to change such a perceptual misconception. However, despite the enormous attention creativity is getting these days, …

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A writer’s take on the debate about science and religion

The science and religion debate is probably one of the most long lasting in our society. It probably started with one of our ancestors finding a way to harness the power of fire and someone else telling him that wasn’t a good idea. Because it interfered with the will of the gods, of the deities. Okay, okay, I’m just making things up here, but I think you get the gist. Debates are important, or not? Indeed, the science and religion debate has been, and still is, a lively one, even too lively sometimes. Just like it is the debate about the role or art, or whatever other prominent aspect of our society that is of some import. In general, I think the best way to delve with debates and discussions is to avoid them. But about the religion and science debate in our society I do want to share at least …

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William Faulkner – on writing

An open book with a 3D landscape - William Faulkner - on writing

Some days ago I read this quote by William Faulkner: Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. These words emphasize how essential it is that we work hard to constantly improve the quality of our work. In fact, if in our writing life we learn to focus on our works–our previous works–and use them exclusively as a term of paragon for what we’re writing now, we can rest assured that in time our style will get better and better Besides if we do keep trying to improve, and we put in all the hours, we might indeed end up being better than our predecessors and contemporaries as well. After all, nobody really knows the true value of a writer before he or she gets published. Certainly not publishers, judging from this …

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