Category: Developing Creativity

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Commerce and Creativity

Commerce and Creativity

If you create just for your own pleasure and mental health, that is fine – but if you want to get your creative work seen and acknowledged, and have it financially support your life, you need to see yourself as a creative entrepreneur. “Making money is art and working is art and good business is […]

How to Stop Creative Thinking

How to Stop Creative Thinking

Are you waiting for a muse? Are you telling yourself you are not creative? Those are two of the limitations creativity author Michael Michalko addresses in his article The Seven Deadly Sins that Prevent Creative Thinking. Here are two excerpts, with some of my comments. SIN ONE – “People do not believe they are creative. […]

Be more creative - Part 2

Be more creative – Part 2

Articles and other resources for helping you gain new perspectives and be more creative: ideas for enhancing creativity and innovation. ~~~~~~~ The Secret to Creativity: Mike Dillon at TEDxEastsidePrep “Creativity is not some sort of rare magic, it’s actually an infinite resource – and it’s kinda like a virus.” “Mike Dillon’s background spans over three […]

Business Creativity and Innovation - Always Positive?

Business Creativity and Innovation – Always Positive?

“Everything you do as an entrepreneur, whether it’s writing, speaking, coming up with innovative ideas, etc… is sourced from your creativity.” Entrepreneur and coach Katie Freiling – from post (with video) A Powerful Strategy To Unleash Your Creative Genius. Business may thrive on innovation, but there is also research indicating that leaders should not be […]

Being Bold To Be Creative

Being Bold To Be Creative

To be creative at times feels like an almost effortless flow, but creative work may also require a high level of courage and boldness. “To pursue acting… needed a fair degree of willfulness… I grew up in quite an oppressive Catholic society. In order to survive that, you either had to be willful or risk […]

Inner Creative Battles

Inner Creative Battles

“It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.” Author Steven Pressfield goes on to describe in his book ‘The War of Art’ how this “Resistance” holds people back from being more creative. In the Foreword, screenwriter and teacher Robert McKee explains […]

On The Couch for More Creativity

On The Couch for More Creativity

Over the years since it was developed by Freud, psychoanalysis has been fodder for many jokes and dismissive ideas about the value of therapy and even psychology in general. But many writers and other artists choose the experience of analysis and other forms of therapy as a way to both become healthier and to better […]

Is a rare and special ‘artistic’ talent required?

Is a rare and special ‘artistic’ talent required?

Author Betty Edwards asks, “Why do we assume that a rare and special ‘artistic’ talent is required for drawing? We don’t make that assumption about other kinds of abilities. “If you can catch a baseball, thread a needle, or hold a pencil and write your name, you can learn to draw skillfully, artistically, and creatively.” […]

Developing Creativity Daily

Developing Creativity Daily

This is a new version of my newsletter – now published as a daily to include many more of my posts. You can read it online in a larger format, and subscribe at: Developing Creativity Daily ~~~~ Originally posted 2013-07-13 11:53:54.

Pain and suffering and developing creativity

Pain and suffering and developing creativity

“I’ve suffered enough. When does my artwork improve?” Refrigerator magnet from stickergiant.com “Suffering is justified as soon as it becomes the raw material of beauty.” Jean-Paul Sartre The tortured artist mythology is an ancient and enduring notion: The idea that art depends on suffering, and artists are likely to be fraught with suffering and dark […]

Art Every Day and Being A Creative Entrepreneur

Art Every Day and Being A Creative Entrepreneur

In an interview about her book and related home-study program, artist and entrepreneur Jennifer Lee talks about the need for, and value of, the creative mind in the business environment. “The left-brain analytical skills that used to get people ahead in the knowledge economy are no longer enough. “In the creative economy, right-brain skills like […]

Constraints and Creativity

Constraints and Creativity

One of the basic concepts about the creative process is that it involves generation of many ideas, followed by analytic selection, then implementation. Idea generation may be very “loose” and unrestrained – even fantastical and not necessarily tied to normal reality. In my earlier post Creative Thinking and Schizophrenia, I wrote a little about the […]

Fun is okay - it's even good for our personal growth

Fun is okay – it’s even good for our personal growth

Laura Berman Fortgang comments in her book The Little Book on Meaning: Why We Crave It, How We Create It : “I remember once suggesting to a client that his life could be fun. It was such an insult to his intelligence that he walked out of my office never to return. I was fired. […]

Developing Multiple Talents - The Pleasures of Creative Polymathy

Developing Multiple Talents – The Pleasures of Creative Polymathy

Many, if not most, creative people are multitalented and explore a variety of interests in different forms of creative expression. Among the purposes of the Talent Development Resources series of sites is celebrating multitalented creative people, and exploring how they realize those many talents. In his post “That’s DR. Winnie to you: A New Child […]

Aren't All Creative People Multitalented?

Aren’t All Creative People Multitalented?

They may be identified with one form of creativity – such as writing or acting, one of the visual arts, or performing music – but so many creative people work in multiple ways, in more than one area of expression. And they may not even think it is extraordinary to be so multifaceted. In his […]

Creative Artist Issues: Audio Interview with Dr. Cheryl Arutt

Creative Artist Issues: Audio Interview with Dr. Cheryl Arutt

Dr. Cheryl Arutt is a clinical psychologist, specializing in creative artist issues and other topics. She is also a forensic and media consultant. Topics in our audio interview include high sensitivity, regulating disruptive feelings, destructiveness vs creativity, pain and creativity, being unconventional vs rebellion against the self, the fight-or-flight response, and other issues which can […]

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the creative personality

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the creative personality

Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high) notes creative people are especially complex. “Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude.” Personality characteristics he describes include: * Humble and proud, both painfully self-doubting and wildly self-confident. * May defy gender stereotypes, and are likely to have not only the strengths of their own gender but […]

Some Ideas on How To Develop Creativity

Some Ideas on How To Develop Creativity

There are many concepts about how to develop creativity in corporations and individuals, starting at an early age. Here are a few key ideas from several sources: ~ ~ ~ Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Creativity is a Decision: Keys to Developing Creativity in Children and Adults By Wesley Fryer. These are my […]

Painter Amadea Bailey: Making Order Out of Chaos

Painter Amadea Bailey: Making Order Out of Chaos

In my interview with Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D. – titled The Psychology of Creativity: redeeming our inner demons – he commented “Creativity is one of humankind’s healthiest inclinations, one of our greatest attributes.” He declares in his book, “Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence, Evil, and Creativity” that our impulse to […]

Myths of Creativity and Creators

Myths of Creativity and Creators

“I just thought making movies was something done by geniuses, and I was very clear that I wasn’t one of those.” Jane Campion When “The Artist’s Way” author and creativity coach Julia Cameron has asked people to list ten traits they think artists have, their responses have included: “Artists are broke,” “Artists are crazy,” “Artists […]

Developing Creativity: Our Stuff is the Raw Material

Developing Creativity: Our Stuff is the Raw Material

One of the enduring ideas about developing creativity is to that creative people such as writers need to “get out of their own way” so they can more freely express their inner experience. It is also potentially a core benefit of counseling or psychotherapy. But what does that really mean: getting out of our own […]

Conformity and Creativity

Conformity and Creativity

“The worship of convention will never lead to astonishment.” Tama J. Kieves Author and personal development coach Tama Kieves faced a number of challenges after graduating with honors from Harvard Law School, but felt compelled to leave her career as “an overworked attorney” to follow her “soul’s haunting desire to become a writer.” In her […]

Diablo Cody on Developing Creativity

Diablo Cody on Developing Creativity

Diablo Cody wrote some of my favorite projects: the films Juno, and Jennifer’s Body, and the unfortunately canceled TV series United States of Tara. In several interviews and her own writing before the Oscar win, she talked about her perspectives on creative expression, on being an artist, and keeping her work real. “The stuff that […]

Smoking and Creativity

Smoking and Creativity

Molière: “No matter what Aristotle and the Philosophers say, nothing is equal to tobacco; it’s the passion of the well-bred, and he who lives without tobacco lives a life not worth living.” “While I was doing Eraserhead I had 40 coffees every day and I smoked 40 cigarettes.” – David Lynch Filmmaker, musician and visual […]

Cognitive Filtering, Meditation, Creativity

Cognitive Filtering, Meditation, Creativity

In his post Why Daydreamers Are More Creative, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD covers a number of fascinating topics relating to the creative mind, and he explains, “Latent inhibition is a filtering mechanism that we share with other animals…[and] involves the ability to consider something as relevant even if it was previously tagged as […]

The art of developing creativity: are we all creative?

The art of developing creativity: are we all creative?

Is creativity a universal trait? Is creativity possible for any of us? Yes, it is a pretty dumb question, but it can be all too easy to take on some form of belief that only kids or “artists” or “professionals” can use their minds in truly creative ways. In one of his sermons, Reverend David […]

Resources on Creative People, Personality and Mental Health

Resources on Creative People, Personality and Mental Health

This long page includes a video of my online 1 hour presentation, plus multiple short video excerpts, plus notes and multiple links to articles and other resources. Main topics: Personality: High Sensitivity | Self Concept / Self Esteem Mental Health: Anxiety | Depression | Trauma Sections include: A Complex Personality Insecurity and Androgyny High Sensitivity […]

Resources for Authors and Writer Entrepreneurs

Resources for Authors and Writer Entrepreneurs

You may be a published author – or aspire to be one. Here are several programs that can provide substantial guidance and resources to enhance your success as a writer and creative entrepreneur. Read about these programs – The Transformational Author Experience Mark Matousek’s  Writing Through Fear course The Creative Penn – Training For Authors […]

Toxic Criticism and Developing Creativity

Toxic Criticism and Developing Creativity

Healthy criticism can help refine our creative talents and projects, enabling our pursuit of excellence. But when criticism is based on excessive perfectionism or an unrealistic self concept, it can be destructive and self-limiting, eroding our creative assurance and vitality. In one of his podcast series, creativity coach and psychologist Eric Maisel declares, “Criticism is […]

Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen on Art and Being Creative

“The function of artists is to keep people childlike in a positive way. To keep open to the world.” Viggo Mortensen continues, “Apart from traveling to different countries, to different communities, to different parts of your city, I think that art is one of the greatest anti-war and anti-poverty weapons.” Continued in The Creative Mind […]

Developing Creativity: Resource Links

Developing Creativity: Resource Links

In researching articles for my various sites, I come across many helpful resource sites and articles on creativity research, innovation and developing creativity. Here are a few. ~~~~~~~ Creativity at Work: Developing creativity and innovation in organizations Founder: Linda Naiman – a creativity and innovation consultant. “Our focus is on leadership and team development, creativity, […]

Terrence Howard on growing as an artist and a person

Terrence Howard on growing as an artist and a person

Like many artists, Terrence Howard is multitalented; before acting he studied chemical engineering at Pratt University, and has produced an album of his “urban country” music. His quotes and perspectives below are from a Bullz-Eye Interview by Jason Zingale (2005). We have to remember.. that we’re all artists. Every one of us is an artist, […]

Matt Weiner, Lili Taylor, Carl Jung on using our subconscious

Matt Weiner, Lili Taylor, Carl Jung on using our subconscious

What lies beneath our usual waking consciousness provides so much of the material we can use for creative expression. The Red Book is a new publication of Carl Jung’s journals and explorations into his soul and psyche. More on that later, but first – two artists talk about using their subconscious for creative inspiration. A […]