Can Stress Make Us More Creative? Writing, Art, And Combat Veterans…

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I was recently watching this Ted Talk titled “How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative”and the talk is basically about exactly what the title describes: How frustration, those hair-pulling moments, can actually lead us to some of our greatest moments of creativity. This got me thinking about combat veterans and why I’m seeing so many of them turn to the …

Can Computers Write Poetry? And Is Computer Programming Poetry?

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I was recently watching this Ted Talk about this computer program that could write poetry. In the video, this computer programmer, Oscar Schwartz, programmed a computer to write poetry! (He also used other algorithms created by other people to obtain more samples of computer-generated poems.) After the computer wrote a few poems, Schwartz showed a few people the poems and …

Five Tips to Writing an MFA Personal Statement

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So, I’ve decided to get myself an MFA in creative writing.  I’m applying to four different universities and I’ve been killing myself for the past few weeks trying to write my personal statement.  I’ve been scouring the web, reading books, talking to people and doing everything possible.  I’ve done over a dozen drafts and here’s what I’ve learned so far: …