Master of the English Language Stephen Fry answers questions about creative writing from an aspiring novelist.
Mastering Your Creative Process 101
The following guides combine a mixture of insights from master authors and artists peppered with psychological principles on creative problem solving such as how to overcome procrastination, beat perfectionism, and fine tune your creative process for maximum productivity.
Whether you’re an author, designer, blogger or entrepreneur the creative principles in the following articles will apply.
"When I'm finished, I always wonder what would have happened had I made different decisions along the way." - Brent R. Laycock That painting of a 30-year-old Leonardo da Vinci is a self-portrait. And if you're wondering why it doesn't look as perfect as the Mona Lisa… That's because it's unfinished. Leonardo has lots of unfinished works. When I visited [...]
The stories of famous 'aha moments,' are awe-inspiring… Legend has it, Percy Spencer invented the microwave after a candy bar melted in his pocket while he was fixing a radar; Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravity after watching an apple fall from a tree, and Albert Einstein finally grasped special relativity after glancing at Bern's famous clock [...]
"All the arts depend upon telepathy to some degree, but I believe that writing offers the purest distillation." - Stephen King So you've beaten procrastination, strove for excellence rather than perfection and pushed through to do what screenwriter Brian Koppelman says 99% of writers with an idea only ever dream of… You've finished your first draft. Good job! Mission [...]
Leonardo da Vinci needs no introduction from me. Nearly everything that can be said about him has already been said... Some claim he was a superhuman genius polymath with an IQ of 210, five hundred years ahead of his time. Others say that he was an opportunistic idea thief, only modifying the designs of the better inventors that came before him. A few even believe [...]
Below I've transcribed and listed my favorite 202 six second screenwriting lessons from Koppelman. If you're not a screenwriter don't worry, neither am I. These pearls of wisdom apply to just about any kind of artistic endeavor. They've helped me with my painting just as much as my writing. Taken together, I believe these tips provide as much value and insight as any productivity or writing book on the market today.
Learn how to stop procrastinating in just two minutes with advice from bestselling author Steven Pressfield and Professor of psychology Richard Wiseman.