Category: Developing Creativity

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Stop Whining And Get Back To Work

Stop Whining And Get Back To Work

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert (“Eat, Pray, Love”) relates the story of a friend of hers, “an Italian filmmaker of great artistic sensibility” who, following years of struggling to get his films made, sent “an anguished letter to his hero, the brilliant (and perhaps half-insane) German filmmaker Werner Herzog. “My friend complained about how difficult it is […]

Painter Rebecca Alzofon on Developing Creativity

Painter Rebecca Alzofon on Developing Creativity

Painter Rebecca Alzofon thinks “sitting still and letting ideas pass through you” is a necessary part of the creative process. “Creative work doesn’t start without stillness.” But it may take some fortitude discipline to stop ‘doing’ all the time. “A lot of people panic at first,” she says, “if they’re not used to this, they […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Developing creativity - SARK on living a juicy creative life

Developing creativity – SARK on living a juicy creative life

Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, better known as SARK to millions of fans worldwide, is a writer and visual artist who “encourages and inspires women of all ages to become “succulent.” She defines this as transcending past pains and feeling the freedom of full self-expression.” [From summary of her book Succulent Wild Woman. She is also […]

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 […]

Reclaiming Creative Courage

Reclaiming Creative Courage

Fear of writing, fear of failing, fear of succeeding – fears of all sorts can keep us from pursuing our entrepreneurial passions and creative dreams. Author Milli Thornton describes a CPA who kept shutting off his dream to write: ‘He’s long wanted to write the story of his life as a fictional novel, but could […]

Is it creative obsession or a disorder?

Is it creative obsession or a disorder?

How obsessive are you? Writer Bertil Hjert asks: “Are you neat? Do you like to keep everything organized, orderly and tidy? While these are great character traits in the normal course for both your work environment and your home environment, they can become confining when taken to an extreme.” From article Do You Want to […]

Book: “The Creative Mind: Identity and Confidence”

Book: “The Creative Mind: Identity and Confidence”

This is the first title in my planned Creative Mind series, which explores creative talents and creative expression in terms of personal development and psychology. A number of topics are included, such as personality, inspiration, self-concept, high sensitivity, beliefs, mental health and mood, fear and courage. Information from multiple coaches and experts in psychology is […]

Steve Jobs and Thinking Differently

Steve Jobs and Thinking Differently

In addition to contributing to the global impacts of his company and its products, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was an example of an exceptionally talented creator, and continues to inspire countless people to pursue their own dreams. From a tribute to Steve Jobs: ‘Those who knew Jobs often spoke of his passion for his creations. […]

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 […]

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, […]

Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts - Part 2

Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts – Part 2

[Also see Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts - Part 1] This idea of viewing our talents as gifts reminds me of the book “Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon,” by Willem Kuipers. In a section of the book titled “Is it a Gift to be Uncommon?” he writes, “Giftedness refers literally to […]

Be More Creative

Be More Creative

This series of posts on “How To Be More Creative” offers articles, books and other resources on developing creative thinking and innovation, and enhancing our creative expression. My other Creative Mind posts, hopefully, do that as well – but these new posts specifically provide brief excerpts of selected material by other authors that have a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

PJ Harvey: Keep moving into unknown territory

PJ Harvey: Keep moving into unknown territory

In an article, musician PJ Harvey talks about staying vital and creative. “I think of myself more as an explorer than as a maker of pop music,” PJ Harvey said while she was in town to play a sold-out show at the Orpheum Theatre [in 2007] supporting “White Chalk,” her latest album. “I don’t want to […]

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 […]

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.” […]

Can Tetris or other games enhance your brain?

Can Tetris or other games enhance your brain?

From Your brain on Tetris, The Week magazine, Sep 25, 2009 Playing Tetris, the classic computer game, actually enlarges your brain, scientists say. The game, which turns 25 this year, calls on players to rapidly fit together colored puzzle pieces as they fall from the top of the screen. In a recent study, neuroscientists asked […]

Develop Your Creativity by Staring Out the Window

Develop Your Creativity by Staring Out the Window

“I have always spent most of my time staring out the window, noting what is there, daydreaming, or brooding.”  Joyce Carol Oates How do you use your time to encourage creative imagination and expression? In her post If you don’t value your imaginative life, no one else will, author and writing teacher Lisa Rivero notes […]

Spirituality and Creative Expression

Spirituality and Creative Expression

“The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living.” That is a quote by Jungian analyst and author Marion Woodman, on a topic also addressed by Julia Cameron in her classic book The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. “The heart of […]

Positive Obsessions Help To Be More Creative

Positive Obsessions Help To Be More Creative

Creativity coach Eric Maisel thinks obsession is a more or less necessary element of creative achievement – at least the healthy variety of obsession. He says, “Negative obsessions are a true negative for everyone, but most creators — and all would-be creators — simply aren’t obsessed enough. For an artist, the absence of positive obsessions […]

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 […]

Artists and Censorship

Artists and Censorship

In addition to endless ways we can self-limit and self-censor our creative expression, there are often subtle – and not so subtle – forms of censorship that can impact creative endeavors, sometimes even before they can find an audience. Do you remember the stirring documentary about The Dixie Chicks: “Shut Up & Sing” (2006, directed […]

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, […]

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. […]

Myths Of Creativity in Business

Myths Of Creativity in Business

In a Fast Company magazine article a few years ago, Bill Breen addressed business creativity and innovation in the workplace and asked, “What can leaders do to sustain the stimulants to creativity — and break through the barriers?” He outlined a number of myths related to developing creativity that psychologist Teresa Amabile (Harvard Business School) […]

Creative Talent: Genetics, A Muse, Or Hard Work?

Creative Talent: Genetics, A Muse, Or Hard Work?

How we think about having and developing abilities can have a strong impact on actually using our talents. For example, if we think creative expression has to wait for inspiration from a muse, or that there are only a few “chosen” geniuses with exceptional “gifts” in computer graphics, fashion design, writing or whatever, and think […]

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 […]

Too Much Perfectionism

Too Much Perfectionism

“Were it not for perfectionism, we would be in short supply of all those myriad human activities we deem extraordinary, excellent, outstanding or great in quality.” Psychologist Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D. continues: “Once upon a time perfectionism was perceived not as neurosis, but rather as a sign of commitment, caring, and devotion to one’s work…” […]

Developing Creativity: Limiting Ourselves With Myths

Developing Creativity: Limiting Ourselves With Myths

“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.” Those are some of the distorted perceptions about artists that I list in my post Artists are Crazy; […]

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 […]

Artist Stephen C. Layne on creative expression

Artist Stephen C. Layne on creative expression

Artist Stephen C. Layne comments on some of his creative thinking and process: “There is something so unexpected when seeing a picture of a piece of your work. It’s similar to my first gallery opening. A picture can’t change just as a piece can no longer be altered once it is in public, untouchable on […]