Category: Developing Creativity

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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 […]

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 […]

Confabulation and Creating

Confabulation and Creating

One simplified definition of confabulation is, “An attempt to fill in memory gaps by fabricating information or details.” (Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine.) It’s probably something our minds do regularly. Painter Robert Genn notes it can be “the confusion of imagination with memory, and/or the confusion of true memories with false memories.” So what does this […]

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 […]

Be More Creative: Be An Introvert

Be More Creative: Be An Introvert

Author Susan Cain declares: “Without introverts, the world would be devoid of: the theory of gravity; the theory of relativity; W. B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming”; Chopin’s nocturnes; Proust’s In Search of Lost Time; Peter Pan…” She quotes science journalist Winifred Gallagher: “The glory of the disposition that stops to consider stimuli rather than rushing […]

Orna Ross on Developing the Creative Personality

Orna Ross on Developing the Creative Personality

By Cat Robson – In an article of hers, Orna Ross invites us to rid ourselves of self-blame and criticism stemming from misunderstanding our creative abilities. With the help of an insightful self-test, we can revision our past and present experiences, and recognize, nurture and protect our gifts that may otherwise seem disruptive and chaotic. […]

Are you waiting to feel creative?

Are you waiting to feel creative?

By Jenna Avery A chat with my Writer’s Circle participants inspired today’s post. So often we wait for the right conditions before we write or start our other creative projects. Although we’d like to imagine otherwise, waiting doesn’t get us very far. Are you waiting for the right mood to strike before you work on […]

Living A Creative Life - Eric Maisel on Dealing With Stress

Living A Creative Life – Eric Maisel on Dealing With Stress

Creativity coach, author and psychologist Eric Maisel, PhD, notes “Some people become doctors, lawyers, accountants, or marketing executives. Some people stay at home and raise a family. “But millions of people make another sort of choice, maybe only as part-time employment if you count the money they earn but as their full-time identity: they become […]

The Creative Personality of Terrence Malick

The Creative Personality of Terrence Malick

His film “The Tree of Life” just won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, but director Terrence Malick chose not to appear in person to accept it. Shyness is one of a number of personal qualities that Malick shares with many other creative and gifted people. In a recent profile article, writer Steven […]

Ciarán Hinds on egos and acting

Ciarán Hinds on egos and acting

Ciarán Hinds refers to working with another actor in the past: “This actress was very good, very young, but totally demanding. It was all about ‘me, me, me’. “When you find somebody who doesn’t give and take, you go, ‘Remind me never to work with you again.’” ‘Hinds prefers the unimpressed attitude of an armourer […]

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 – […]

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 […]