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This year I took a crack at November's National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). Didn't get as far as I'd like, I'll admit. But even my little trek was a great reminder of the importance of making something every day. One of the many perks of the NaNoWriMo experience are the email exhortations you get from a variety of guest-authors, as well as from Chris Baty, NaNoWriMo's founder and program director. The last one he sent out at the end of the journey, was a lovely essay on hobbies, work, and living the creative life. I asked his permission to repost it here and he graciously assented.
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A Creativity Interview with Novelist Dana Reinhardt
For the last year or two I've been interviewing artists about their creative process. A new interview went up this week, with young-adult novelist Dana Reinhardt, and I thought I'd post an abridged version here, including questions about her writing routine, how she pushes through when she isn't not feeling particularly inspired, and why she doesn't use notebooks to capture her thoughts.
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Creativity and the Creature Editor: An Interview with Spore's Dan Moskowitz
Will Wright's Spore features an unusually rich content-creation and content-sharing component that encourages players to design game creatures, vehicles, and buildings, and then share those art assets around the Spore-o-sphere — unleashing their beasties into other player's games. I was curious what the people behind the game's Creature Editor had learned about how you get people to make stuff, and Senior Software Engineer Dan Moskowitz was nice enough to take a little time to chat about, among other things, the importance of file size, keeping things simple, and the first few clicks.
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An Interview with The Sound of Young America's Jesse Thorn
Twenty-seven-year-old Jesse Thorn is a radio show host, a podcast producer, and one of the leading proponents of The New Sincerity. Next summer, he'll be leaping into all-new terrain by launching MaximumFunCon, a unique weekend event that's sort of a vacation, entertainment, education smoothie...
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You may have noticed that we've done a little redecorating recently. Up there, over my right shoulder where we keep the categories, "Design" has been replaced with "Creativity."

This section is still the place to go for all our blog posts and features for graphic designers, including Deke McClelland's every-other-weekly, fully fab-tastic dekePod. But we've also added a new set of posts just starting up that we're tagging as "The Creative Beat." This section will focus on a wide swath of issues related to our creative lives, and in particular, the way tech is changing things up — changing how we express ourselves, how we share our art with others, and especially how we motivate ourselves to get off the stick and, dare I say, make something.

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An Interview with toonlet.com's Craig Schwartz
Portland-based toonlet.com is dedicated to making cartoon-creation easy. Launched in December 2007, 10,000 toons have been created so far, with just shy of 2 million comic views around the world. As a test of toonlet’s system, I logged on recently to make a quick sample. In all of 10 minutes, I had created an account and busted out my first toon. Easy, peasy. Back in July I got a chance to sit down with toonlet co-founder and CEO Craig Schwartz to chat about where the idea behind toonlet came from and what he’s learned from the experience.
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Dr. Horrible and the Future of Entertainment
Last night, Joss Whedon of Firefly and Buffy the Vampire fame began releasing Dr. Horrible. Independently produced on a budget in the low 6 figures, with a recognizable cast that includes Neil "Doogie" Patrick Harris and Firefly's Nathan Fillion, this show has the feel of a tipping point. Certainly, they've done so much right here, in terms of Internet entertainment...
Digital Media Creativity Blogs > Creativity
Hi, My name's Dan and I'm the publisher for the Digital Media division here at O'Reilly. I'll be dropping by to join the conversation here and there, particularly on items related to that interesting point where creativity and technology meet and do a dance. Lately I've been thinking of the ways old and new media can work together. In Pixar's...

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