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How to Solve Creative Differences

Creative differences making your life a living hell? Solve your issues with these tips and get back in control.


  • Step 1: Stay calm Be patient -- the new romances, updated spiritual philosophies, or psychedelic experimentation that lead to creative differences are often short-lived. Your partner's tastes will probably revert before you need to say anything.
  • Step 2: Make subtle suggestions If differences persist, address them. Make passive-aggressive comments about your partner's personal life, and wonder aloud what's happened to change everything.
  • TIP: If you bring up specifics, don't get preachy -- your ideas may be better, but you're not perfect, either.
  • Step 3: Take a break Separate for a few weeks, expand your mind, and explore your creativity. Then, return and propose ideas that seem to incorporate both new visions but will ultimately get you what you want.
  • Step 4: Spread the word Still having issues? Use blog posts, social networks, and press interviews to tell the public that the work's reduced quality isn't your fault and to encourage your partner to regain their senses.
  • Step 5: Break away If your partner's clearly a stubborn jerk, go your own way. Release a solo project that demonstrates you never needed them in the first place. Then, wait for the phone call begging you to reunite.
  • FACT: An estimated 500,000 people attended the 1981 Simon and Garfunkel reunion concert in New York's Central Park.

You Will Need

  • Patience
  • Passive-aggressive behavior
  • Time away
  • Public forum
  • Reunion

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