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Do You Have To Be Tortured To Make Good Art?

Where does inspiration come from? It’s a classic artist conundrum: to be content and uninspired, or unhappy with lots of material. We’re attached to the archetype of the brilliant tortured artist (Kurt Cobain, Elliott Smith) or the musician who only writes songs about breakups (Lily Allen, Taylor Swift).

Given that my favorites are dark, tortured souls (Fiona Apple, The National), I’ve often felt like I had to make a choice in my personal development: to pursue happiness, or to pursue art. But not both.

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Monday Morning Inspiration – 11.2.15

1) The Eternal Power of Emotional Pop: The Decades Long Legacy of the Adele Success Story via Baeble Music How emotionally bare songwriting strikes a chord with the masses. 2) The National – Sea of Love via Song Exploder The National break down how they collaborated to create a beautiful song. Also, I shamelessly adore this band. 3) The Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness via On Being This podcast includes one of the most useful…

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Monday Morning Inspiration – 10.26.15

1) The Internet is My Religion A wild ride of a memoir from a guy who followed his passion. 2) This I Believe via NPR Personal statements from ordinary and extraordinary people across all walks of life. 3) “Bravery is a choice, not a feeling” via Chris Guillebeau “Your voice is never lost; it’s waiting to be uncovered.” 4) 6 Tips to Transform from Master Procrastinator to Moderately Disciplined Writer via NaNoWriMo Practical tips for…

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To NaNo or Not to NaNo

For the past couple years, I’ve dedicated my Novembers to NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. I’ve committed to writing an average of 1700 words/day no matter what, even when that meant writing in the Reykjavik airport. Just hit 40k words at the airport in Iceland, consuming black coffee & a clearly imported orange. #NaNoWriMo2014 #adventures #GonnaDoThis — Jana Fisher (@janafisher) November 26, 2014 My novels haven’t exactly been readable — I’m not sure how anything…

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Monday Morning Inspiration – 10.19.15

1) Career Resolutions Based on My Failures via The Cut “‘The truth is that even if you’re lucky enough to make a living off doing what you truly love, it will probably take you awhile to get to that point.’ In the meantime, as I learned the hard way, it’s all about accepting an unsatisfying day job and making the most of your after-hours.” 2) 9 Habits of Bloggers Who Have Huge Audiences via Problogger…

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