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Your Essential Back-To-School Creative Refresher

Some end-of-summer inspiration from the most productive people from all corners of the creative world.

  • <p>Stuck in a creative rut? What about a headstand or a shower? A look at the daily rituals of the world’s best-known creators may help you figure out when and how you’ll get your best thinking and working done.</p>

<p><a href="" target="_self">"The Daily Rituals Of The World's Most Creative People And What You Can Learn From Them"</a></p>
  • <p>One of our most popular posts of the year and with good reason--it’s packed with actionable advice from one of the entertainment world’s overachievers.</p>

<p><a href="" target="_self">"How To Be Prolific: Guidelines For Getting It Done From Joss Whedon"</a></p>
  • <p>From filmmaking and photography to less-expected devotions like spoon carving and drone making, a roundup of creative people share their side projects and how they contribute to their creativity and sanity--at work and at home.</p>

<p><a href="" target="_self">"30 Inspiring Passion Projects And Why You Should Have One"</a></p>
  • <p>Everyone's a photographer, but not everyone is an icon in the field.</p>

<p><a href="" target="_self">"Anni Leibovitz On Getting The Shot And The Future Of Photography" </a></p>
  • <p>Great creative leaders unlock the power of "profitable creativity" by developing these four benevolent weapons.</p>

<p><a href="" target="_self">"The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders"</a></p>
  • <p>"Lose the headphones and other tips from ad legend John Hegarty.</p>

<p><a href="" target="_self">"7 Ways To Boost Your Creativity"</a></p>
  • <p>Some pure gold on writing, talking, and listening from the Oscar-winning writer of <em>The Departed</em>.</p>

<p><a href="" target="_self">"Oscar Winner William Monahan On How To Write Unforgettable Dialogue" </a></p>
  • <p>And finally, recognizing that you can’t be on your A game all the time.</p>

<p><a href="" target="_self">"You Had One Job! The Hilarious Side Of Workplace Incompetence"</a></p>

Everyone knows that the day after Labor Day is the real calendrical reckoning.

New Year’s slightly sickening mix of existential panic and enforced frivolity ain’t got nothin' on the feeling of gravity that's carried on that first whiff of crisp air, when it’s back to school, back to real pants, and back to business.

So with that in mind and so that your creative edge doesn't fade along with your tan, we present some of our most popular and inspirational posts from the last several months. all designed to kick-start your creative drive.

Whether you’re looking to finally finish that script or book or treatment or gag or Tumblr, take better photos, finally get that side project off the ground, or just dig in and attack your job anew, there's plenty of ass-kicking insight here from the appropriate experts—all in the slide show above.

[Image: Flickr users Kevin Dooley, Brad Smith, Jim Pennucci, and Aleks Clark]