Inspiration in bad art | Pyragraph

Need Inspiration? Go See a Dumb Movie

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Inspiration doesn’t require bad art, but nothing gets me firing on all cylinders like the desire to make something that sucks not suck.

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How to Get (and Stay) Creatively Fit Food and Exercise to Boost Creativity

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If I’m feeling low or sick, I lack the energy to commit to my craft. I write better songs by working to stay creatively fit.

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Refresh with a Writing Retreat

Tracy Raymond
| New York City, NY, US | | 6 Comments

Remember the power of a writing retreat. I wrote over 10,000 words, breaking through the intimidating block that had been building between me and my book.

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Behind the Mind of an Obituary Writer

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It’s not always easy, maintaining journalistic distance from subjects undergoing the worst moments of their lives. It’s the obituary writer’s job.

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Art and War

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 0 Comments

Make art. Because there are a lot of other people out there who are just as upset as you, but don’t know how to express it.

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Safety net

How to Juggle the Passion and the Grind

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 1 Comment

I recognize my side job as a safety net. And I’m a real bitch when I’m hungry.

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Growing Inside my Plays: On Writing + Motherhood

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Writer-parents bemoan the desire to over-blog about, spy on, pirate their children’s lives for literary material, but motherhood comes packed with stories.

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How I Became A Journalist in Berlin

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| Ljubljana, SL | | 3 Comments

Weeks would go by with no response, and as the sun started to go down at 4 p.m. and funds were quickly running out, I decided to reevaluate my approach.

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The Power of Writing Groups

Tracy Raymond
| New York City, NY, US | | 8 Comments

“What’s one thing you’d really like to accomplish?” she asked me as we passed through the subway turnstile.

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Blast Through Anxiety with Blather

Lisa Barrow and kiddo - Pyragraph
| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 1 Comment

Over the years, I’ve developed a decent workaround for a lot of my production-blocking anxiety.

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Ariel Gore and the Return of Hip Mama

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I looked through all my back issues, and sure enough. Every single Tuesday for years and years: “Cancel therapy.”

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Buon Journal

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 1 Comment

For two Euros I acquired my first Italian keepsakes, a ball point pen and a lined notebook.

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Five Examples of Terrible Lyrics

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| Albuquerque, NM, US | | 35 Comments

Sometimes an awful song is saved by amazing lyrics. But more often a great song is ruined by terrible lyrics.

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Mother Professor: From Fear to Encouragement

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Tenure-track academia includes lots of last-minute-due-tomorrow-can’t-say-no type of requests. I had to find ways to deal with it.

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Cleaver

How To Take Criticism

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They don’t have anyone in their lives that loves them enough to tell them the truth.

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Good Fast Cheap by Jennifer Kes Remington - Pyragraph

Good, Fast, Cheap: You Can Only Pick Two!

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| Los Angeles, CA, US | | 12 Comments

This is a prime example of something asked of an artist to be good and cheap — it is not going to be finished fast.

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