Everything is Copy

Why You Need to Control Your Own Story

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There’s a fascinating documentary on HBO right now called “Everything is Copy.” It’s a film about the life of writer-director Nora Ephron, best known for her work on movies like “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Julie & Julia,” which all explore how men and women relate to each other. She died from leukemia in 2012 at age 71, and the film is

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The Truth About Journalists

Confessions of a Former Reporter

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Today I found some notes from an old article in Public Relations Tactics that I thought worth posting.  In today’s world, where journalism seems to have lost it’s compass, and it’s more like marketing that actual reporting, we all wonder how journalists look at the world.  Here’s some interesting insight to keep in mind – especially if you get a call from a reporter.  According to the author, here’s the true and false of that world:

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And You Complain About Finding Time to Create?

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I’ve heard every excuse under the sun that keeps people from writing, designing, composing, and otherwise creating great work. “I’m too busy and can’t find the time,” ranks right at the top, along with whining, “I get distracted,” or “I’m tired after working at my day job.” But recently I was reminded of the challenges Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes experienced, and suddenly, our feeble excuses don’t sound like much. Here’s the way writer David Wooton describes it:

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Creatives: Perception Happens Faster Than Ever

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As a speaker and writer, I’m becoming more and more fascinated with the concept of “perception.” After all, in today’s distracted and disrupted world, our perception of everything happens faster and faster. In fact, one study indicates that when we meet someone for the first time, we actually decide within the first 4-8 seconds what we think of that person. Now, scientists are looking at how quickly we make decisions, and a particular project focused on

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Feedback: When to Listen to it and When to Ignore It

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Since many of my readers are creatives, I’ve had a number of them ask me how to respond to criticism.  Anyone who’s creative and pushing the boundaries will have critics, so the question becomes, how should we react?  Can I learn from it?  Who should I ignore?  So I asked my friend and writer Simon Dillon, who’s based in the UK, and who’s work includes children’s adventure stories and novels for grown-ups for advice.  Here’s his take:  

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Why Your Crisis Is The Key To Your Creativity

"There is scarcely any passion without struggle." - Albert Camus

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More and more studies are confirming that a crisis actually boosts creativity. It’s easy to see why we all live in a state of constant frustration. CNN reports that we consume about 74 gigabytes — nine DVDs worth — of data every day. And that’s not counting personal problems, career challenges, and other obstacles. But the Wall Street Journal confirms that “having your world turned upside down sparks creative thinking.” How?

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How “Clutter” Can Kill Your Creativity

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I’ve written many times on this blog about the danger of “clutter.”  Clutter comes in all forms – from the media voices screaming for our attention, to the messy desk in front of us (where was that file again?) to the million other options that keep us from pursuing our creative calling.  That’s why it’s good to re-read how William Zinsser, author of the writing classic “On Writing Well” (1976) felt about clutter in our writing.  It’s worth the read:

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