Melissa J. Dixon

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The Long Game: Brilliant Visual Essays on the Only Secret to Creative Success, from Leonardo da Vinci to Marie Curie

<i>“Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time,”</i> a wise woman once said — a seemingly simple observation that is among the 7 most important things I’ve learned in the many years of doing what I do. This notion of doggedness is something countless admired creators have advocated — from Anthony …

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Is the internet an enemy of writers' creativity?

We have just discovered that George RR Martin uses Wordstar 4.0 running on a DOS machine to write his novels. For those of you born in the age of the internet, DOS is short for the archaic Disk Operating System, and Wordstar is a character-based "early word processor which used unique control-key …

Hilary Mantel interview: 'My problem is never ideas. My problem is time'

<b>How easy has the RSC's recent theatre adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies been for you?</b> <br>I am a very deliberate and cautious person and I am used to turning things over in the silence and privacy of my mind for hours and hours. In the theatre it is not like that. When you are in …

The writer's high

Sometimes we focus so much on the challenges of writing, and how endless a manuscript can feel when you’re stuck in the middle of it, that we forget …

Pixar Cofounder Ed Catmull on Failure and Why Fostering a Fearless Culture Is the Key to Groundbreaking Creative Work

<i>“Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before,”</i> Neil Gaiman urged in his commencement-address-turned-manifesto-for-the-creative life. <i>“The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them — especially not from yourself,”</i> philosopher Daniel …

21 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Writing: Must-Read Advice for Writers at All Levels

<i>By Robin Black</i><p><i>Offered in the hope of sparing others some of the bumps and bad moments I have experienced over the past thirteen years. . .</i><p>1. …

David Lynch on Where Ideas Come From and the Fragmentary Nature of Creativity

As soon as we ask what creativity is, we invariably ponder the essential question of where good ideas come from and how we can coax them into manifesting. In 1926, Graham Wallace proposed a pioneering model for the four stages of the creative process, which was adapted into a five-step “technique …