The Importance of Being in Your Own Head (Courtesy of Filmmaker Tim Burton)

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“I don’t sit down and try to draw a character. I attempt to reserve some time each day for myself to sit and do nothing—stare off into space or doodle or whatever-just be in my own head. That time is very precious for me, and sometimes the characters will strike me in these quiet moments.”

-Filmmaker Tim Burton, in an Atlantic magazine article on genius.

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*I’m afraid I missed sharing my reading picks with you this weekend!  I have a few deadlines coming up for my book, so I had to let that go for this week. But I will be back to it soon.

*In the meantime, HUGE THANKS to Jane London for her wonderful guest post this past week, on being a pretend-extrovert. I’m glad that so many of you enjoyed it.

Have a great weekend.


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  1. Brittany on 22.05.2011 at 14:31 (Reply)

    Hey Susan,

    I just read your about page and I have to say I can really relate to you! I often prefer listening too and things like reading and writing are relaxing to me. I’m exploring more about myself and my so-called shyness in a public blog this year, and that has taught me a lot about shyness and introversion. (http://theshynessproject.wordpress.com/) It’s a confusing thing and sometimes I wish I never had to deal with shyness or was called shy before, but it has brought me a lot of good learning experiences as well. I’ll be reading more of your posts!

    Take Care,
    ~Brittany

  2. Jackie on 22.05.2011 at 17:04 (Reply)

    I always wonder why it is we think keeping our kids so highly scheduled is good parenting when over and over again highly creative people say it’s their down time alone that incubates the magic.

    You’re doing such a great job with this blog - really interesting stuff. I really look forward to reading your book!

  3. Danielle on 22.05.2011 at 19:30 (Reply)

    I love this blog. When I’m in a pickle and need a quick solution to a problem, I will sit on the side of my bed before going to sleep and order my subconscious to sift through all the data in my memory bank and have the solution come to mind the second my feet touch the floor the next morning. This has worked numerous times.

    Another solution I have discovered is to write up stuff without correcting any of it for weeks on end. Then I will once again sit on the side of my bed and order my subconscious to clean up my wording and syntax during the night. The next day, I can sit in front of my computer and everything just falls into place on the page.

    I’ve also discovered that I can concentrate better with ear-plugs in my ears. There are balcony repairs being done with constant drilling from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm to the entire 16 floors of my appartment building. I’ve had to put ear-plugs just to hear myself think, only to discover that even when the TV is off and the construction workers have finished their workday, I still need to keep my ear-plugs on to be able to concentrate and have an easier time of studying my softwares. So, might I suggest ear-plugs or earphones.

    I agree with Mr. Burton. The only way to find your centre and be able to hear yourself think is by being as quiet as you can when the situation calls for it. That “quiet centre” is where your treasure-trove can be found. You’d be surprised what you can find there.

  4. Brasil on 23.01.2012 at 02:55 (Reply)

    As a rather rational Christian, I’ve struggled with many of the things that many practitioners take for granted. Murphy showed me a new way to look at some things, and suddenly a lot of things make a lot more sense to me.

    His methods with working for the subconscious are very simple, and I was putting many of them into practice long before I finished the book. I’m already seeing significant results.

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