Slate’s journalists on the joys and headaches of unleashing creative energy

Where do you get your creative energy, and how do you keep it flowing? At a special live taping of Slate’s Culture Gabfest and Represent podcasts—recorded at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and sponsored by Dropbox—Editor in Chief Julia Turner quizzed the team on just that. How does film critic Dana Stevens stay motivated? What does culture writer Aisha Harris do when she gets stuck? And why does critic-at-large Stephen Metcalf purposely ignore his readers for half of his creative process? Here’s a rundown of their best tips, many of which can apply to just about anyone, creative or not.

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Join us for Nicer Tuesdays: Insights from today’s most creative minds

Dropbox is all about celebrating creative energy. That’s why we’re always delighted to work with the passionate champions of creativity who bring you It’s Nice That. We had so much fun collaborating with them on The Dream Team, we’ve decided to partner again for Nicer Tuesdays.

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Filmmakers share 11 creative tips at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Creativity doesn’t always come easy. At the 2018 Sundance Film Festival—in the IndieWire Studio presented by Dropbox—some of the biggest names in movies shared the secrets behind their creative processes. What’s the hardest part about filmmaking? How do you get into a groove? Here are 11 tips from the directors, writers, and actors behind 2018’s best independent films.

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Tell your story, not theirs: The case against conventional wisdom in film

In the film industry, there’s a lot of pressure to appeal to the broadest possible audience. Make sure the movie isn’t too niche, conventional wisdom says. Take care not to alienate men, and to include characters that will connect with a mainstream audience.

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It’s not you, it’s your device—how to take a break from tech

You work up your courage, take a deep a breath, and say it: “I think I’m losing myself in this relationship.” Your smartphone stares back blankly. You forge ahead with your list of concerns: losing touch with your goals and passions, sacrificing sleep and other basic needs, no longer feeling fully in control of your life. “I do not understand the question,” responds your virtual assistant. But the answer is already clear: It’s time you and your tech took a much-needed break.

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