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By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, May 03, 2015

50 Ways to Bust Through a Creative Block

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It happens to the best of us. You’re working on a project and suddenly—without warning—your creative well runs dry.

You’re stuck. Stranded. You’ve got nothin’.

Whether you’re writing a proposal, designing a layout, or mixing a song, we all hit a creative wall sometimes—even the expert authors at lynda.com. So we asked our authors what they do to get over a creative hump, and they shared the following 50 tips for busting out of a rut.

Take a shower. Help someone else. Dance to Metallica. And more.

Keep this list on hand for inspiration and motivation the next time a creative block jumps into your way. You can also watch Creativity Bootcamp on lynda.com for more help.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, April 12, 2015

Coding for Kids: 7th Grader Follows in Dad's Coder Footsteps

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It all started with a Tweet:

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Suckers for a sweet father-son story, we checked in to see just what this coder kid is working on.

By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Getting Creative with Brainstorming Buff Stefan Mumaw

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The creative director at a Kansas City ad agency, Stefan Mumaw has written several books on creativity and authored lots of short, inspiring courses for lynda.com on brainstorming and creativity.

He knows you think that creativity is a talent that can’t be learned. But he thinks you’re wrong.

Find out how you can generate better ideas—and why neither houseflies nor mailmen can thwart a lynda.com video shoot:

By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Our Programming Pro Peggy Fisher Mentors Women Coders

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Peggy Fisher doesn’t mind being a woman in a male-dominated profession. It didn’t bother her as an undergrad studying computer science 35 years ago. It didn’t even bother her as the only woman in a class of 100 volunteer firefighters in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

“It didn’t matter,” she says. “I was there to learn.”

What does bother Peggy—whose lynda.com courses cover Java, C++, and Arduino—is that girls and women aren’t taking full advantage of the wide-open professional possibilities in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math. As one of the few female programming teachers at Penn State, she mentors incoming freshmen towards careers as women coders.

Find out how female programming students may be better than their male peers, according to Peggy—and why her job includes manicures (yep, you heard me).

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 22, 2015

Retired Nurse Loves Photography Again—Thanks to lynda.com

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Joyce Wells loves to learn. She earned as associate’s degree in her 20s, a bachelor’s degree in her 40s, and a master’s in nursing at age 60.

But there was one thing she didn’t care to learn: digital photography.

“I’ve been interested in photography for 35 years,” says Joyce, a former Cub Scout leader who taught her scouts photography. “But around 2000, I got so disgusted because everything was going digital. I like the darkroom. I like my black and whites. I just thought, this is fake photography.

“I put away my cameras and didn’t pick them up for four or five years.”

It was her grown son who changed her mind:

“He said, ‘Mom, your darkroom is just … inside your camera.’ So I went and got a digital camera.”

Actually, she got two—and a membership to lynda.com. Now she loves her Nikons, uses Photoshop, and takes photography trips with her son and friends from Panama to Nova Scotia.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, March 08, 2015

She Traded the Midwest for a Tropical Island — with lynda.com

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How does a Minnesota girl wind up living “on a rock” in the Caribbean?

With help from lynda.com, of course.

“I was doing the corporate thing in Minneapolis,” says Ashley Ladlie, “and I got bit by the ‘tropical-crazy’ bug.”

Now she lives in an indoor/outdoor bungalow surrounded by orchids on St. John in the Virgin Islands and supports her beachside lifestyle by doing freelance web design.

“People say I’m lucky but it really has nothing to do with luck,” she says. “Anybody has the opportunity to do what I did.”

Here’s how she made it work.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, March 06, 2015

Mixing It Up: From AutoTune to Zumba with Brian Lee White

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A music producer based in California’s Bay Area, Brian Lee White does sound design for film, TV, and games—including Halo.

He’s taught more than a dozen courses at lynda.com, from the beginner-level Up and Running with Autotune 8 to the intermediate Producing Music for Advertisements to the advanced Mixing a Rock Song in Pro Tools.

By Starshine Roshell | Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Meet lynda.com Video Authors at Post Production World

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Meet your favorite lynda.com Video authors in person in April at Post Production World, the world’s leading training event for editors, producers, directors, graphic artists, motion graphics designers, and new media specialists.

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