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Overcoming Creative Block

    Many of us creative types suffer from creative block from time to time. Debbie Millman offers 10 suggestions to unblock your creativity.

    1. Get enough sleep! Sleep is the best (and easiest) creative aphrodisiac.
    2. Read as much as you can, particularly classics. If a master of words can’t inspire you, see number 3.
    3. Color code your library. That is fun, and you will realize how many great books you have that you haven’t read yet.
    4. More sleep! You can never get enough.
    5. Force yourself to procrastinate. Works every time!
    6. Look at the work of Tibor Kalman, Marian Bantjes, Jessica Hische, Christoph Niemann, and Paul Sahre.
    7. Weep. And then week some more.
    8. Surf the Web. Write inane tweets. Check out your high school friends on Facebook. Feel smug.
    9. Watch Law & Order: SVU marathons. Revel in the ferocious beauty of Olivia Benson.
    10. Remember how L-U-C-K-Y you are to be a creative person to begin with and quit your bellyaching. Get to work now!
    Tony M.