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A Masterpiece Method: stop creating and start embellishing

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My favourite author almost killed himself when he was the age that I am now.


You can’t manage creative work, but you can do this instead.

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ShantyTok might sound like your conventional KonMari or Pomodoro technique, but make no mistake: this is a completely different beast.


When long walks and morning pages don’t work, try this.

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First, let’s get out of this clickbait alley I’ve cornered myself into.


If you steal this way we’ll let you keep the loot.

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The guys made millions of bucks on it and never said, ‘Thank you,’ never said, ‘Can we pay you some money for it?’

That was said by Randy Wolfe, a guitarist you’ve never heard of, former member of Spirit, a band you didn’t know about, that composed a guitar riff you 100% would recognise.

And yes, they made millions of bucks on it, never giving credit to Wolfe

Now, if someone has to be deemed the “person most damaged by…


To get out of them, stop following the cow’s path.

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In Boston town
of old renown
the gentle cows
the pathways made
Which grew to streets that keep the stranger quite dismayed.

I tip my hat to Boston’s Office of Travel and Tourism; that was a smart move.


Creativity is like a cathedral; built one brick at a time.

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“Fuck it, I’m doing it.”


Perhaps I’ve seen a dozen too many David Attenborough documentaries.

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Rainforests have an immediately recognizable surface: the vast, majestic blanket of treetops.

Ideas that stand out work in a similar fashion

From the surface, they are simple and eye-catching; familiar even. But…

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