3 ways to cultivate your artistic and creative side

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Productivity may be the shiny lure ambitious people chase after, but creativity’s lasting impact is the ultimate catch. An interesting fact I recently learned is Margaret Atwood is a chronic procrastinator. In a recent interview, the celebrated author of The Handmaid’s Tale told psychologist Adam Grant that she often avoids writing by doing laundry, scrolling the news, and even watching Captain Underpants . Atwood also says she considers herself lazy. But since 1967, she’s published dozens of award-winning novels, short fiction and poetry collections, children’s books, graphic novels, and non-fiction books. Read Full Story

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The real reason Jay Manuel from ‘ANTM’ made his debut novel fiction, not a memoir

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For 18 seasons, he served as creative director and producer of the global phenomenon ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ But his debut novel isn’t the juicy tell-all you might’ve expected. Makeup artist and stylist Jay Manuel has spent more than 20 years in the fashion industry, most famously serving as creative director and producer of the reality TV competition phenomenon America’s Next Top Model . Read Full Story

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Why this author is taking a stand against Amazon’s audiobook monopoly

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Famed writer and activist Cory Doctorow is selling the audio version of his upcoming book via Kickstarter to sidestep the walled garden of Amazon-owned audiobook platform Audible. When science fiction writer and activist Cory Doctorow releases his new novel, Attack Surface , next month, you’ll be able to pick up a physical copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local independent bookstore. If you’d prefer an e-book, you’ll be able to download it on Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, and other mainstream digital book platforms. Read Full Story

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Why this AI engineer is using sci-fi to unpack tech’s biggest problems

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Data scientist S.B. Divya explains how her work influenced her new novel, and offers her thoughts on where technology is headed and why she remains optimistic. S.B. Divya’s new science fiction thriller, Machinehood , is set in a not-too-distant future when people have access to tabletop biotech labs that churn out everything from cures for new diseases to performance-enhancing drugs. But they find that taking such drugs is all but mandatory as they compete for paying gig work in an economy where more and more jobs can be done by artificial intelligence. Read Full Story

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Bored at home? These 5 new books will spark your creativity

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These books are the artistic salve you need when being at home can leave you less than creatively fulfilled. It can be a challenge to fill all the additional time you’re spending at home, without becoming a Netflix-streaming zombie. These new or recently available books will help you tap into your creativity. Or if you’re creative for a living, they may inspire some new side gigs and artistic avenues—which can’t hurt when the economy is dipping toward recession. Read Full Story

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‘I basically had a midlife crisis’: Author N.K. Jemisin explains why it’s never too late to quit your day job

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The Broken Earth trilogy writer didn’t publish anything until the age of 30. Twelve novels and a MacArthur genius award later, she’s got some tips to share. I didn’t try to publish anything until I was 30, when I basically had a midlife crisis. I was in a city I didn’t like, had not reached various milestones I wanted to reach, and was in student loan debt up to my eyeballs. I actually liked my job [as a career counselor for at-risk populations]. But I’d always written as a hobby, [and] I decided to see if I could make money doing it. I would make sure I wrote one page, or even just 250 words, every day. Counseling is one of those emotionally draining fields where sometimes something terrible would happen at work. I would allow myself not to produce that day. Instead, I would write something completely irrelevant, like …

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