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Kernels of Inspiration: Working with a Partner

KernelsofInspiration copyI don’t know about you, but sometimes — who am I kidding, most of the time, I need a little creative kernel of inspiration, a nudge, a boost to get me up and on my way to a creative working day.

I’ve become fascinated by different approaches and styles that various writers use to get into that zen space where they block out all the noise and manage to channel their deepest levels of clarity and focus.  Sure there’s meditation and yoga, but sometimes you just need a quick (5 minute?) fix to get you on your way — an inspired blog post, a TED talk on You Tube or even a quote to move you out of the starting gate or push you past a mental block.

Today, I found this cool video (part of the Creative Spark series, produced by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) on writing partners Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith (“10 Things I Hate About You,” “Legally Blonde”). Writing can be a lonely process and there are some projects that really thrive when two minds engage.  Who says you need a writing partner all the time – and who says you have to go it alone all the time either?  I adore the idea that McCullah and Smith “like to feel like they’re on vacation” when they write (it helps that one of them has a pool and they live in So Cal).  But the truth is, writing is one of those wonderful things you really can do anywhere.  More than anything, it’s exciting and inspiring to see two people loving work so much, which is what we all strive for, isn’t it?



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