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Face the Music – There’s growing evidence for musical universality. So why are music scholars ignoring it?

Few things get music scholars more nervous than cross-cultural comparisons. The field of ethnomusicology, which was invented to inquire into this very subject,

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The Dumbest Mistakes New Authors Make

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody….

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Are You Ready for a Gallery? A Checklist

Many artists I encounter are pinning all of their hopes on getting into a gallery. Most of them are adopting this outlook prematurely. In other words, they aren’t even close to ready for galleries.…

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Five Tips for Reaching Your NaNoWriMo Goal

NaNoWriMo is upon us again! It is intimidating, but it’s not as hard as it looks. And with these five tips, it’ll look even easier.

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Artist Bought a Crumbling Chicago Bank for $1 and Turned it Into a World-Class Arts Center

One might think that an abandoned 1920s bank on Chicago’s South Side, crumbling from top to bottom ”the roof long collapsed, exposing the interior to snow and rain for years would be destined for a wrecking ball.

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How our obsession with positivity is making us miserable

The joys of self-betterment are vastly overrated

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Amazon sues 1,000 ‘fake reviewers’

Online retailer files lawsuit in US against people whose names it says it does not know, claiming they offer reviews for sale

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Nobody Cares How Hard You Work

Will we ever decouple perceived effort and long hours with our rewards system?

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5 Lies Writers Tell Themselves

Find out how to keep these 5 lies writers tell themselves from holding you back from being the writer you dream of being.

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Politicians: Respect And Protect Copyright

This week, I sent a letter to Donald Trump’s campaign asking to not use my music at political rallies. My intent was not to make a political statement, but to make one about the rights of my fellow music creators. Now is the time to show us some love by supporting the effort to reform […]

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National Novel Writing Month

November 1-30. The world needs your novel. Here’s how it works…

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7 Reasons to Meditate if You Write or Make Art

A consistent meditation practice infuses and informs everything life, offering you a creative freedom quite unmatched by any other practice. Through stilling your mind and relocating your centre, in as little as five minutes a day, meditation offers a plethora of benefits to both your life and creativity.

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How to Create Colorful Backgrounds for Blog Photography

Ever wonder why some blogs have the best photos? Today we’re sharing a creative tip to improve your blog photography and make your photos stand out.

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West Walls Artists

West Walls Artists are a group of Carlisle artists who work in a variety of media and share support, promotion, and opportunities.

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Amazon launches its Etsy killer: Handmade at Amazon

Fans of artisanal and handmade items will have a new place to shop Thursday with the launch of Amazon’s answer to Etsy — a store on its site open only to artisans making hand-crafted items.

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Forget The Book, Have You Read This Irresistible Story On Blurbs?

Those snippets of praise on book covers have been around for over 150 years (at least). But how do they get there — and why? The answers are more complicated, and compelling, than you might think.

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The Camera Bag of a Professional Traveler

As a photographer, travel teaches you more than you could ever imagine. It requires a lot of preparation and attention to details. Yet, it also requires you to be open, ready for the unexpected, and willing to take risks sometimes to get the best shots! …

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How Your Art is Juried … and How to Get Better Results

Strategies to make your best presentation to a juried art show or competition, plus advice from the experts.

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Why No One Likes Your Art: 26 Reasons

You work hard at creating pieces of art, design, writing, music, song and dance. But do people truly like what you do? If you want to do well, earn and survive in this industry, it’s quite importan…

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How Pantone Became The Definitive Language Of Color

Pantone is more than a color language for designersit’s grown into a global design force. But is that good?

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‘Things get a little weird’: meet the hunk who’s on 414 romance novel covers

His job is to be the rugged personification of every reader’s dream, so what’™s Jason Baca’™s secret? He generously shares a few tips…

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5 ways to collaborate online and protect your designs

Online collaboration tools make life easier for designers – but use with care to protect your creative wares.

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Should you be jumping on the crowdfunding bandwagon?

More artists are using crowdfunding sites like Patreon and Gumroad to make their art careers sustainable.

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Why I Should Have Paid More Attention in Music Theory Class

Why becoming truly great requires more than just good instincts…

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We’re All Artists Now

How creative self-expression became the way to get ahead and yet another thing to sell…

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Dear John: So Your Kid Wants To Go To Art School

Parents are rightly concerned about their children’s future, but with preparation, an art student can excel in life.

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How To Become A Prolific Writer While Holding Down A Day Job

Maybe you’re kind of stuck in a place where I was and your only writing when you feel inspired and can fit it in here and there.

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6 Science-Backed Playlists for Improving Your Productivity

Uncover science-backed playlists designed to help you be more productive at work.

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6 Tips For Designing An Awesome Rube Goldberg Machine

Hamster Wheel, the guys behind 3M’s viral new Brand Machine video, tell us what makes a Rube Goldberg great.

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Here’s What Happens When You Unleash A Bunch Of Designers On An Island And Tell Them To Build Their Dream Campsite

How do designers go glamping? With a hand-built sauna and pizza oven, naturally.

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Writing And Parenting: A Survival Guide

Debut father and debut novelist Rob Hart talks to other parent-writers about baby-proofing bookshelves, finding time to write, and how to keep proprieties in order.

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7 Things to Do Before You Get Published

Madeline Martin shares 7 things all authors should do before getting published to stay ahead of the game.

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Why the best writers have the most emotional intelligence

You’ve probably heard the term “emotional intelligence” lots of times. Did you know it was something that could help writers do their work better?

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Here’s Why Instagram Chose to Break the Frame

Instagram cracked the restrictive barriers of its iconic square format yesterday, announcing to the world that it intends to remain the dominant platform…

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Gut Check: Is The Company You Keep Hurting Your Creativity?

If you don’t have a creative support system, you need one STAT. Here’s how to determine if the company you keep is helping or hurting you.

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Why You MUST Find An Accountability Buddy This Year

Pairing up with someone else to tackle a challenging or less-than-exciting project can make the process seem easier and more fun…

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Are You Selling Your Art in the Wrong Places?

How to evaluate your best opportunities for selling art and improve your income.

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The 11 Best Time Saving Apps for Freelancers

Check out these 11 best time saving apps for freelancers that are changing the way the contract workforce is functioning. Efficiency is but an app away.

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How to Find an Editor as a Self-Published Author

Indie author Teymour Shahabi explains how to find an editor for the draft of your self-published book and what to look for in a good editing relationship.

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Artist Digitally Manipulates Black and White Photos Into Colorful Works of Fantasy

Australian artist Jane Long transforms cracked and faded black and white photographs into colorful works of fantasy, giving the subjects a new, and entirely surreal context.

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How to Get Back Into Writing (Once You’ve Lost Your Groove)

In this post, let’s talk about how to get back into writing once you’ve lost your writing groove….

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Some Emotions Are Better for Creativity than Others

Recent research studies the link between creativity and emotional states, offering answers to the age-old question, “How can I be more creative?” 

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People Love Art Museums But Has The Art Itself Become Irrelevant?

Don’t be fooled by museums’ strong attendance numbers, says professor Michael Lewis. He argues today’s art world is a Potemkin village, whose gleaming facades mask an indifference for the art itself.

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Writers and Their Favorite Tools

In seventh grade, I started hanging out with a girl who wore thick, dark eyeliner and convinced me to shoplift. We’d walk to Main Street after school. One of my favorite shops was the office supply…

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How Etsy Lies to Craft Business Owners

These 5 misconceptions and lies about every craft business are taught as truths by many businesses around the world, including Etsy. Educate yourself!

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32 Productivity Tips From The World’s Top Designers

Designers from Google, Argo, Work & Co., ustwo, Sagmeister+Walsh, OKFocus, and more tell us how they stay focused and keep innovating.

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The Braggart’s Dilemma: How to Promote Yourself Without Being a Jerk

Humblebragging, the right way.

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Picking Up Art Later in Life Could Help the Brain

You’re never too old to follow your dreams, or so the saying goes.

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The Artist’s Most Important Skill

What single skill is most critical to the artist? Is it talent? Imagination? Mastery of her craft? Is it profundity of insight, depth of compassion,

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Photography Etiquette – What’s the Right Approach?

Whether you have a DSLR, a pocket camera, or simply use your mobile phone to take snapshots, there are some simple rules of photography etiquette that you can follow to make the shooting experience more enjoyable for you, as well as everyone else around you.

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The Lure of Romance Writing (and Earnings) for the Literary Set

A growing number of authors with serious literary cred are finding greater financial success—and a welcoming community—in the romance business.

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6 Ways to Build an Audience Without Writing a Word

If you’d rather head for a root canal than sit down in front of a keyboard and start typing – Here are 6 ways to build an audience without writing a word…

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Let’s Talk About Burnout (And How To Avoid It)

Running a business is often hard and stressful. Because of this, the People Who Don™’t Think Too Hard Before Giving Advice should

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Why Your Non-Disclosure Agreement Is Probably a Bad Idea

Asking an editor or agent to sign a non-disclosure agreement is not part of traditional publishing business practice—and it’s usually a red flag.

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