(PG-13: Language) Creative writing requires persistence and a willingness to accept failure far more than success. J. Marcelo Borromeo of 101 Things I Learned About Fiction from Film created this video essay on the challenges and rewards of writing, told using footage from the films of Wes Anderson. (Thanks, Rob!)
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Whether you’re a journalist, author, poet, blogger, or write screenplays, you can appreciate the sage advice on Boredwalk’s hoodie, which reminds us that it’s okay to tie one on to get the creative juices flowing, as long as you’re clean as a whistle when you proofread. Also available in t-shirts, sweatshirts, and tank tops.
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Behind the Curtain takes us inside the organized chaos that goes into the making of the Adult Swim hit Rick and Morty. Combining interview clips from creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, you’ll learn about how they come up with ideas for characters, stories, and scripts, then how the animation process is intertwined.
Are you over your job? Remind yourself of your general state of corporate ennui with these all-black pencils, each embossed with a phrase that echoes your true feelings about having to work when you could be outside having fun. Sold in a set of five nihilistic designs.
You’ll want to put your headphones on to get the most out of these videos from Dani Ochoa, who figured out a way to pace her writing so it makes music as the pencil hits the paper. Turn up the volume and enjoy her renditions of Star Wars’ Cantina Theme and Imperial March.
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