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Writer John Scalzi Nails Why It’s So Hard to Be Creative Under Trump

Science fiction author and all around Cool Guy John Scalzi has a new blog post that made me—and judging by reactions, a host of other readers—feel like we're not alone in struggling to produce art in the Trump era.

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Terry Crews Paints, Plays Violin, Flails Happily in Sesame Street Creativity Sketch

One! One adorable goober! Ah, ah, ah, ah!

Terry Crews is, like, a really good mime.

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You are at Your Most Creative When You’re Tired

You know how you keep a notebook next to your bed because you have all these great ideas all the time whenever you're trying to fall asleep, or when you wake up in the middle of the night because your cat doesn't have to get up for work in the morning and wants to play? A new study suggests that, no, life isn't trolling you and making you creative when you're too tired to do anything about it but say you'll remember it in the morning even though you know you'll forget, but people are actually more creative when they're tired.

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Study: Playing Video Games Makes You More Creative

According to new research by Michigan State University, both boys and girls who play video games tend to be more creative, whether or not the games are violent. MSU researchers surveyed 491 middle school students regarding how frequently they used different forms of technology, and measured their creativity with a widely used Torrance Test of Creativity Figural. The test included creativity exercises one may remember from writing classes, such as being tasked with drawing an interesting picture from a prompt, giving it a title, then writing about it. The study found that the boys and girls preferred different types of games. Unsurprisingly, the boys played games more than the girls and gravitated more toward violent and sports games, whereas the girls gravitated more toward games focused on interaction with others (human and nonhuman). Regardless of the type of technology use in which the children participated, the study found that only video game interaction increased levels of creativity, and it didn't matter what type of game was being played. So next time you're playing video games instead of doing some kind of project, you can now rationally tell yourself it is to enhance your creative juices to ensure a better final product.

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