Category: Developing Creativity

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Trusting Your Creative Self

Trusting Your Creative Self

If we are willing to put our creative work out there – into the world in some way – it will be judged and ranked. What if our book doesn’t make it to a bestseller list, our painting is not accepted by a gallery, our blog doesn’t show up on a Google page one, or […]

The Creative Personality: Both Smart and Naive

The Creative Personality: Both Smart and Naive

“I’ll never be the artist I was as a child.” Willa Cather We may value children, and our own child selves, as having more free and unrestrained creativity. But how true is that notion? How much do we benefit from having a child-like sense of play? Don’t we need our adult intellect to be creative? […]

Ken Robinson on Discovering Your Talents and Passions

Ken Robinson on Discovering Your Talents and Passions

The Path to Discovering Your Talents and Passions, with Sir Ken Robinson “In How to Find Your Element, his 7-session workshop for YouTube channel Big Think Mentor, creativity expert Ken Robinson tackles the epidemic of dissatisfaction with work and life. In session 4, he offers suggestions and exercises for discovering what you’re naturally good at, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Key Lessons for Creative Dreamers

Key Lessons for Creative Dreamers

“Stop being patient and have fun, instead. This is the only real reason there is to pursue your dream.” Lesson One: The Hallmarks of Genius Lesson Two: How Sex and Creativity Connect Lesson Three: How (and Why) to Be Patient Lesson Four: How to Manage Rejection Lesson Five: A Great Way to Cut Expenses Lesson […]

Abandoning or Missing Creative Fulfillment

Abandoning or Missing Creative Fulfillment

“The practice of any art isn’t to make a living, it’s to make your soul grow.” Kurt Vonnegut To be creative at times feels like an almost effortless flow, but creative work may also require a high level of courage and boldness – even to make the choice to do something creative. And realizing our […]

Brain Differences and Creativity

Brain Differences and Creativity

Notable creative ability and expression can be related to changes in brain structure and function from disease, stroke, injury, disability or other conditions. Darold Treffert, M.D. notes, “Savant syndrome is a rare but remarkable condition in which people with developmental disabilities, including autism or other central nervous system disorders, have some remarkable islands of genius […]

Taking care of ourselves to be more creative

Taking care of ourselves to be more creative

“For the person who’s ready to change, to grow, to look at things that challenge them and try to learn how to do it differently, that person is going to bloom and blossom into their creativity… when we’re blocked by not taking good enough care of ourselves physically, emotionally, we can’t produce the work we […]

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 […]

Keep the channel open

Keep the channel open

These wonderfully inspiring and insightful comments by dancer, choreographer and teacher Martha Graham (1894-1991), refer to many of the themes of the TalentDevelop sites – such as intensity/excitability, motivation, identity and self-regard, self-criticism and insecurity about creative work, and other topics that impact us as creative people, and can slow down or shut off our […]

Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard on the inspiration of still photography

Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard on the inspiration of still photography

Project Imagin8ion, was a user-generated photo contest that inspired a Hollywood short film, titled “When You Find Me” – produced by Ron Howard and directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. In collaboration with Canon and the Project Imagin8ion community, they selected winning entries out of 96,000 photos submitted from across the world to inspire the main […]

Mistakes Can Fuel Creativity

Mistakes Can Fuel Creativity

How do you think about mistakes or failures? Many of us want to “get things right” and pursue excellence in creative work, but what seems like a setback, error or limitation, can often be valuable for encouraging more creative thinking and innovation. Valerie Young writes about two “mistakes” that resulted in very successful products: Post-It-Notes […]

More Intelligence, More Creative?

More Intelligence, More Creative?

How do intelligence and creative ability interact? Do we get more creative with more intelligence? Dean Keith Simonton, PhD thinks “Intelligence is purely a cognitive construct. Creativity on the other hand, I see as being much more complex.” Like other writers on creativity, he makes a distinction between “little c creativity” and “big C creativity.” […]

Developing Creativity: Max Ehrman; Elizabeth Olsen; Julia Cameron

Developing Creativity: Max Ehrman; Elizabeth Olsen; Julia Cameron

Many artists express ideas about developing creativity that can be helpful to other creative people. Here are a few examples. Max Ehrman From LOVE IS IN THE AEROSOL, Text by Denise Kitt, SOMA magazine. When artist Max Ehrman is not completing privately commissioned works, he is zealously spray painting the walls of start-up companies in […]

Forgetting who you are as a creative person

Forgetting who you are as a creative person

In an edition of her newsletter, creativity coach Jenna Avery had a thoughtful section on getting distracted away from our identity and creative vision. Here is an excerpt: When artists and writers forget who they are   As a sensitive, creative, thoughtful writer, artist, or entrepreneur it’s easy to forget who you are and what […]

Dancing With Our Unconscious

Dancing With Our Unconscious

Being creative and realizing our talents involves self-awareness and respecting who we really are, including our unconscious depths. In an interview about her film “Flightplan,” Jodie Foster commented, “When you’re a dramatic actor you look for films that hit you in the gut, in this unconscious place that really moves you, and then you can’t […]

Ten ideas on how to be more creative

Ten ideas on how to be more creative

Perspectives of creativity coaches, psychologists and artists on how to develop creativity. Also view on Slideshare: Ten ideas on how to be more creative from Douglas Eby Also see PDF at Scribd ~~~ Related articles 10 Practices from the Most Innovative Organizations Using Personality Traits to Be More Creative The Creative Personality Type: Paradoxes of […]

 Directing our feelings and thinking to be more creative

Directing our feelings and thinking to be more creative

Do you remember how much you felt and thought as a child? Probably a lot, especially if you were gifted and creative. As an adult, we may have learned to cover up or set aside much of our inner life, in order to get along with others and do our jobs. But if we want […]

Imagination and Grounded Reality

Imagination and Grounded Reality

Schizotypy, a milder version of schizophrenia, can enhance creative expression for some people. Some research studies have found that artists and schizophrenics scored equally high on “unusual cognition.” So how “unusual” can our imagination get to still be “sane” yet creative? In his article “The Creative Personality…” psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi writes that creative people “alternate […]

Cate Blanchett and the Creative Life

Cate Blanchett and the Creative Life

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Cate Blanchett talked about acting and working with Woody Allen for his new movie “Blue Jasmine” – and she referred to the poignant quotes by dancer, choreographer and teacher Martha Graham (1894-1991) about leading a creative life and being an artist, such as: “There is a vitality, a life […]

Our Shadow and Developing Creativity

Our Shadow and Developing Creativity

The movie Black Swan portrays some aspects of how the darker aspects of the shadow self can impact our mental health and creative expression. The photo shows ballerina Nina [Natalie Portman] and her mother [Barbara Hershey]. In his Psych Central article “Black Swan” and the Recovery of the Shadow Self, Joseph Burgo PhD points out […]

Can You Follow Your Passion?

Can You Follow Your Passion?

Just find your passion and get to work on creating your art or creative business venture, right? It isn’t always so easy or straightforward. Once they reach a certain level of achievement and acclaim, artists such as Michelangelo – or David Lynch or Lady Gaga – may be more free to follow their passions, and gain […]

Video: Developing Creativity posts & sites

Video: Developing Creativity posts & sites

  .. Related links: Maya Angelou: “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – From the info page about my Developing Creativity newsletter. [Photo: Winona Ryder as writer Jo March in "Little Women."] Related site: The Inner Writer The Creative Mind sites:  website  |  Facebook Self esteem beliefs – […]

Art Every Day Month

Art Every Day Month

Lessons From Art Every Day Month Life and biz insights from keeping a regular creative practice By Jennifer Lee, Artizen Coaching – The Right-Brain Business Plan and more [From her newsletter] Sure, it may sound melodramatic when I say that doing Art Every Day Month in November 2007 really did change my life, but I do […]

Crazy Artists; Mothers Can’t Be Artists, and Other Myths

Crazy Artists; Mothers Can’t Be Artists, and Other Myths

There are many distorted ideas about creators – including these: “Artists must be poor and sacrifice their well-being for their art.” “Artists are ‘bad’ at marketing.” “Artists should accept the solitary life and find solutions on their own.” “You can’t be a mother and a successful artist.” “Artists are right-brained and aren’t very good at […]

The Lizard Brain and the Resistance

The Lizard Brain and the Resistance

The triune brain model of the nervous system (to simplify it) says we have a reptilian complex as the most “primitive” part of our brain, plus the limbic system and the neocortex. In his article The Evolution of Anxiety, Rich Presta explains that the amygdala is part of the “reptilian brain” – “because it’s been […]

Maggie Taylor: Making Images That Invite Reverie

Maggie Taylor: Making Images That Invite Reverie

Artist Maggie Taylor creates richly surreal and evocative images, often with themes of inner states and unusual realities. The Photoshop site describes her work: “The dreamlike world of narrative photomontages – Alchemist. Weaver of narrative collages. Image magician. Maggie Taylor and her work defy traditional labels. “Taylor…using her point-and-click camera, flatbed scanners, and Adobe® Photoshop® software, creates collaged […]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on hitRECord and collective creation

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on hitRECord and collective creation

“That’s why we use the Internet and we put these projects that we do online, and anybody can contribute to them. I’m there directing, participating, curating, and editing, and we make things together.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt Well-known as an actor (movies: “Inception,” “50/50″ etc), Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also the founder and director of hitRECord.org, an online […]

Collaborating With Our Shadow Side

Collaborating With Our Shadow Side

Many artists know that our inner depths provide the material for creative expression. But much of what we have in our psyches may be shut away from awareness, by suppression and repression, and just not paying attention. This wealth of emotional and imaginational material psychologists, beginning perhaps with Carl Jung, identify as the Shadow Self. There is […]

Distracting ourselves from creative work

Distracting ourselves from creative work

“To begin…To begin…How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think…” That is writer ‘Charlie Kaufman’ [played by Nicolas Cage] in the movie “Adaptation” – written by the real screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. It’s a great film about the kinds of insecurities, anxieties and distractions that can so often beset creative […]