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The Common Reader β€’ 1275 implied HN points β€’ 26 Feb 24
  1. Older individuals are demonstrating remarkable capabilities and contributing significantly in various fields like politics and work, highlighting the value of skills and experience brought by older people.
  2. Late bloomers are becoming more common, with individuals achieving success and recognition later in life, showcasing that age is not a limiting factor for pursuing passions or making significant contributions.
  3. Embracing and celebrating both young talent and older individuals can enrich and diversify achievements and contributions in society, demonstrating the importance of recognizing and nurturing talent across various age groups.
The Honest Broker β€’ 8078 implied HN points β€’ 12 Feb 24
  1. It's Open Mic Day at The Honest Broker, a chance for people to share their projects and plans.
  2. The community is encouraged to talk about their creative endeavors, business launches, non-profit work, or anything they need to publicize.
  3. The focus is on supporting each other and spreading the word about various projects and initiatives.
Rob Henderson's Newsletter β€’ 4697 implied HN points β€’ 15 Feb 24
  1. The key to writing is having a point of view and putting in the effort consistently, regardless of any specific method or process.
  2. Creativity involves both insight and persistence; don't underestimate the value of persistent effort in generating creative ideas.
  3. Writing regularly may involve accepting that initial drafts may not be perfect, embracing bad writing as part of the process, and persisting through writer's block.
Patti Smith β€’ 6387 implied HN points β€’ 08 Feb 24
  1. The post is the final installment of a series called The New Jerusalem
  2. The author discusses responding to difficult times with art, music, poetry, theater, dance, and film
  3. Patti Smith expresses appreciation for the engagement and shares an image of a youth with birds
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Where's Your Ed At β€’ 16914 implied HN points β€’ 16 Jan 24
  1. Art should be unique and come from personal experiences, not generated by AI or copied from others.
  2. Creativity is limited by the individual, and the magic of art comes from the context and experiences of the artist.
  3. Plagiarism and reliance on generative AI for art creation show a lack of curiosity, entitlement, and a desire to imitate rather than create.
bookbear express β€’ 776 implied HN points β€’ 20 Feb 24
  1. Making things is hard and consistency is key. Practice constantly, read, and stay interested in topics you love.
  2. Accept that the creative process is challenging, but that's a good thing. Embrace the difficulties and keep pushing forward.
  3. Being stuck in the middle of a project is a natural part of the process. Learn to appreciate and navigate this phase to succeed in creating.
bad cattitude β€’ 90 implied HN points β€’ 25 Feb 24
  1. AI presents a complex future - it may liberate or enslave humanity, enabling creativity or trapping us in repetitive cycles.
  2. Binary thinking about AI may limit us - we should consider broader possibilities beyond our current understanding.
  3. The future with AI will be an unpredictable and exciting journey - filled with promise, danger, aspiration, and frustration, much like a thrilling road trip.
Webworm with David Farrier β€’ 10299 implied HN points β€’ 05 Jan 24
  1. An artist was asked to make posters for a Pearl Jam tour but was offered an unusual form of payment.
  2. There were mixed reactions from artists who had similar deals with bands like Pearl Jam, with some feeling undervalued.
  3. The case raises questions about fair compensation for artists and the value of their work, sparking a conversation about artist payment standards.
Shades of Greaves β€’ 1946 implied HN points β€’ 06 Feb 24
  1. There are various paths to becoming a professional writer, such as pursuing a career in novel writing, freelancing, television writing, or teaching writing.
  2. Writing professionally requires patience and perseverance; it is a challenging, unpredictable, but rewarding journey.
  3. To excel as a writer, you need to master the craft, be willing to break and rewrite rules, and navigate the complexities of the modern publishing landscape.
#The100DayProject Newsletter β€’ 1159 implied HN points β€’ 10 Feb 24
  1. Consider different motivations for starting a project such as having fun, practicing a skill, or producing a specific outcome.
  2. Choose a project that aligns with your current goals and interests, whether it be for enjoyment, skill improvement, or goal achievement.
  3. Reflect on your 'why' by visually representing your motivations through charting, doodling, or other creative exercises.
Culture Study β€’ 2308 implied HN points β€’ 30 Jan 24
  1. Share your services or store to reach a wider audience by posting in a classifieds section like this.
  2. Offer your skills for free or a low fee to help others, whether it's proofreading, grant writing tips, or providing other specific services.
  3. Showcase your creative work like photography, writing, music, or design in platforms that allow you to share with interested audiences.
Shades of Greaves β€’ 727 implied HN points β€’ 13 Feb 24
  1. The joy of drawing as a child can be rediscovered as an adult, allowing for creative expression and fun without a specific purpose.
  2. Taking time to engage in creative activities just for the sake of enjoyment can have positive effects on mental well-being, even if it doesn't directly contribute to professional goals.
  3. Embracing moments of creative 'fuckaroundery' can lead to a more enjoyable life, even if it challenges traditional ideas of productivity and goal achievement.
The Future Does Not Fit In The Containers Of The Past β€’ 54 implied HN points β€’ 25 Feb 24
  1. The movie 'Perfect Days' explores finding beauty in the everyday moments, emphasizing the importance of living in the present and appreciating the small details around us.
  2. Creativity is about connecting dots in new ways, as showcased in the process behind the film and how it surprises in an AI-driven world.
  3. The film highlights the contrast between modern digital life and traditional analog elements like cameras, film, and cassette tapes, urging a deeper connection with the present moment and our surroundings.
Justin E. H. Smith's Hinternet β€’ 518 implied HN points β€’ 14 Feb 24
  1. The author reflects on the pressure and influence of social media on their creative work, and the desire to distance themselves from mainstream trends and metrics.
  2. They find inspiration in their past work in sound collage and resolve to continue pursuing multimedia endeavors with a newfound creative freedom.
  3. The author emphasizes the importance of personal experience in creativity, encouraging individuals of any age to engage in creative pursuits without worrying about skill level or societal expectations.
DrawTogether with WendyMac β€’ 3930 implied HN points β€’ 10 Jan 24
  1. Blind contour drawing focuses on HOW we draw, not just WHAT we draw.
  2. Blind contour drawing helps connect our eyes and hands, improving drawing skills and teaching us to really SEE.
  3. Blind contour drawing encourages us to let go of expectations and focus on the process of drawing, leading to fun and transformative experiences.
The Algorithmic Bridge β€’ 891 implied HN points β€’ 06 Feb 24
  1. Generative AI technology is often used for negative purposes like spamming, cheating, and faking.
  2. The democratization of creative freedom through AI may not be beneficial as it can lead to misuse by those who don't truly value it.
  3. Despite the potential of AI to revolutionize the world, its primary current use is for mundane and simplistic tasks, highlighting the complexities and limitations of humanity.
Men Yell at Me β€’ 425 implied HN points β€’ 14 Feb 24
  1. The Pygmalion myth, where a man creates an ideal woman to replace real ones, is a common theme in stories and movies.
  2. Society often portrays women as needing to fit a certain perfect image, leading to pressure to meet unrealistic standards.
  3. Despite societal pressures and expectations, women are pushing back, embracing their messy, rebellious, and authentic selves.
Time Well Spent β€’ 14 implied HN points β€’ 27 Feb 24
  1. Understanding the evolutionary reasons behind differences in seeking therapy for men and women reveals insights into behaviors and perceptions.
  2. The future of AI in the consumer market may lead to increased efficiency, creativity, and social changes that will reshape industries and human interactions.
  3. Enhancing thinking and reasoning skills involves continuous curiosity, deep analysis, skill stacking, prioritizing communication, and embracing quantity to learn quality.
Story Club with George Saunders β€’ 95 implied HN points β€’ 22 Feb 24
  1. Differentiate between being 'sentimental' and being 'emotion-rich' in writing. Strive for genuine emotion in your work while avoiding unearned sentimentality.
  2. Your upbringing doesn't dictate the quality of your writing. Use your life experiences, no matter how 'normal,' to create impactful and powerful storytelling.
  3. Great writing comes from finding the sacred in everyday moments. Embrace the idea that every detail matters and has the potential for literary significance.
#The100DayProject Newsletter β€’ 1788 implied HN points β€’ 25 Jan 24
  1. The next round of #The100DayProject begins on February 18th, giving a little over three weeks to prepare.
  2. Consider what you want to spend more/less time on, what excites you, and what skills you want to build for the project.
  3. Help spread the word about the project by forwarding the email to friends or telling creative communities.
DrawTogether with WendyMac β€’ 2928 implied HN points β€’ 14 Jan 24
  1. 30-Day Drawing Habit involves fun drawing lessons with no tests or rules, encouraging experimentation and new perspectives.
  2. Drawing should be fun, and to keep it that way, focus on playfulness, connection, and flow while letting go of perfectionism and judgement.
  3. Having fun while drawing helps retrain the brain to focus on positive things, promotes wellbeing, and can replace the urge to seek entertainment on social media.
A Mug of Insights β€’ 1218 implied HN points β€’ 01 Feb 24
  1. Great ideas often come when you are fully immersed in the world, not when you're trying to reason them out in solitude.
  2. Artists like Robert Rauschenberg found inspiration by embracing everyday life and mundane experiences.
  3. Finding a balance between being alone and being immersed in the world is crucial for creativity.
#The100DayProject Newsletter β€’ 511 implied HN points β€’ 11 Feb 24
  1. The daily creative prompts offer practical tips, creative exercises, journaling prompts, and self-care practices to enhance your creative process and motivation.
  2. You do not need to be participating in the project to receive the prompts; they are like a daily creative love letter for anyone interested.
  3. Becoming a paid subscriber provides a daily prompt for all 100 days of the project, access to past prompts, and supports the project's sustainability.