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No matter what creative art form you choose, that mystical process in your head will be exploring the question of what subject to paint, photograph, or write about.

Technique is your calling card, but subject is the soul of an artist. Why you choose what you choose as the central focus of a painting, a novel or short story, a film or a photograph, and even a song, delves deep into the gray matter that makes each artist unique. It’s where you tap into the full blueprint of your experience via your individual emotional wiring to deliver your personal statement to the world.

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No matter what your outlet is, you can only work creatively in small bursts. Forcing yourself to write for hours, or to paint all day, or to write a song when it’s just not coming is not only frustrating, it’s COUNTER-CREATIVE. Your juicy little mind needs a time out now and again to be able to do what it does automatically. The river in your brain will naturally take you to where ideas are most fertile. But to do this, you have to stop paddling the canoe.

Stirring Adirondack panorama by Carl Heilman, II, taken from his canoe. Go to http://www.CarlHeilman.com for more.

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A screenwriting friend, Paul Pastore, passed on an article from the NY Times last week: Branding Comes Early in the Filmmaking Process (This is the only link for a while, so make sure to read it.)

It’s no big secret that branding has been heavily embedded into everything we see on any screen, including movies, TV, and web content, but it’s especially interesting to look at how soon it begins to show its ugly head. Read more

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As a screenwriter, I love this time of year.  February is when I begin thinking about what screenplay competitions I might enter—and what new scripts I might have ready to submit.

One of the hardest things about screenwriting, I think, is that you are so often writing in a closet. Even if your friends know you write screenplays, most of them wouldn’t know how to read one, and their commentaries are not going to help you get produced.  So, that’s the niche that festival competitions have learned to fill. Enter the right contest, and your script will at least be read by some key people in the film industry. For the top competitions, Hollywood power players may even be reading it. Read more

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