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Posts on creative inspiration & passion, and ideas about the Muse / the Muses, and the Daimonic.
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Growing from painful times into creative ventures

Growing from painful times into creative ventures

In her article How to Turn a Negative Experience Into a Positive Way to Make a Living Without a Job, Valerie Young talks about seven people who have found adversity to be a catalyst for new career opportunities, such as Scott Adams who used his “mind-numbing experience in corporate America as the inspiration for his […]

Unlocking Your Creativity - By Brian Tracy

Unlocking Your Creativity – By Brian Tracy

“Creative thinking can be stimulated by two things; intensely desired goals and pressing problems. “Your creative capacities need something to hone in on and your job is to provide it. “To trigger your imagination, write out a clear description of your ideal end result or goal. “Be clear about the goal, be flexible about the […]

Keeping the turmoil in your art - not your spirit

Keeping the turmoil in your art – not your spirit

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” Friedrich Nietzsche That quote by Nietzsche [from the page: Dysfunction / disorder] is a perspective many artists and other gifted and talented people with intense and “chaotic” inner lives may appreciate. But is turmoil necessary for creative expression? […]

Milla Jovovich: "Inspire yourself"

Milla Jovovich: “Inspire yourself”

“As a model, a lot of girls think, ‘I can just show up and be beautiful.’ I always showed up with the intent of, I’m a muse and I will inspire you because I am inspiring myself.” Milla Jovovich was born in Kiev, Ukraine to father Bogdanovitch Jovovich (Serbian doctor) and mother Galina Loginova Jovovich […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The creative experience: intensity or madness

The creative experience: intensity or madness

By Cat Robson. As I discovered over the years in my own interactions with the mental health system, when someone with a creative personality is seen through the eyes of those who have a different temperament, such as scientists and doctors, the result can be mislabeling and misdiagnosis. People who are uncomfortable with extreme states […]

Joe Vitale and Morty Lefkoe on intention versus inspiration

Joe Vitale and Morty Lefkoe on intention versus inspiration

Morty Lefkoe quotes Joe Vitale: “I realize that most intentions are limitations. Intentions come from your ego and can actually limit what is possible for you to receive… “For me, I want inspiration. When it comes, that becomes my new intention. But the intention comes from inspiration, not from limitation. The intention comes from the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Matt Cardin on the Daimon and the Genius

Matt Cardin on the Daimon and the Genius

Matt Cardin is a horror writer, teacher, and musician-composer. Below is an excerpt from Chapter Two: A Brief History of the Daimon and the Genius, in his (free) ebook: “A Course in Demonic Creativity” available at his site Demon Muse – “a blog about the creative daimon muse: what it is, how to meet yours, […]

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 […]

Creativity and Motivational Orientation: The Psychology of Achieving Creative Potential

Creativity and Motivational Orientation: The Psychology of Achieving Creative Potential

By guest author Alexis Bonari The entity of creativity and the ways in which it is successfully brought to fruition have been studied extensively over a significant time period. Even prior to the twentieth century, researchers were fascinated by the psychology of creativity and its manifestation in different individuals. While much has been learned on […]

Where do ideas come from? Malcolm Gladwell reads from What the Dog Saw

Where do ideas come from? Malcolm Gladwell reads from What the Dog Saw

This is an excerpt from the audio book version of What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell, including some of his experiences and anecdotes on finding creative inspiration and ideas. From the Publisher’s Summary : “With his #1 best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell has reached millions of […]

Driven by giftedness to know more and express more

Driven by giftedness to know more and express more

Others have sometimes labeled my insatiable curiosity as obsession, and my energy and drive to create as mania. Being misunderstood, by ourselves and others, seems to come with the territory of giftedness. Linda Kreger Silverman of the Gifted Development Center explains: Giftedness creates a different organization of the Self. Impossible dreams are realized, unrealistic goals […]

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 […]

Intuition - real/unreal, helpful/risky?

Intuition – real/unreal, helpful/risky?

“Back and forth, we must switch between intellect and intuition, between rational, objective knowledge and embodied paradox.” That quote is from the book Radical Nature: Rediscovering the Soul of Matter, by Christian De Quincey, PhD. – in my post Intuition: powers and perils in which I also quote from the article Intuition or Intellect, by […]

The upside of our dysfunctions

The upside of our dysfunctions

“So many good things have happened to me because of how unhealthy I’ve been mentally.” The photo shows Judd Apatow directing his wife, Leslie Mann, on the set of “Knocked Up,” which he also produced and wrote. Other credits include “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” and the acclaimed “Freaks and Geeks” TV […]

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 […]

Unconscious decisions and intuition: Tim Burton and neuroscience

Unconscious decisions and intuition: Tim Burton and neuroscience

Much of what we do, including our creative motivation and work, comes from or is strongly influenced by subconscious aspects of our mind – our intuition and shadow self, among other concepts. In an interview about his films including the “Alice in Wonderland” (with Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp), director Tim Burton commented about his […]

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. […]

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 […]

Beatrix Potter: artist, scientist, environmentalist

Beatrix Potter: artist, scientist, environmentalist

“Beatrix Potter was a dutiful Victorian daughter who grew into a plain-spoken and determined artist and entrepreneur.” That quote comes from a book review by Regina Marler, who continues, “She was good, but she was not always nice. Between the lines of Linda Lear’s sympathetic biography, “Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature,” can be glimpsed […]

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 – […]

Childlike creativity: Nurturing Your Creative Mindset

Childlike creativity: Nurturing Your Creative Mindset

By Cat Robson When I was a child I was always trying to act as grown up as possible. I stifled a lot of my exuberance and creativity to fit in with my family and friends, and to be a good student. My parents’ friends called me ‘Little Old Cathy.’ Is all that innate playfulness […]

Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts

Embracing Our Creative Abilities and Inspirations as Gifts

“Something really vital happens if we treat the things that give us the most joy and delight – like, say, our creative abilities – as gifts…” – Jericha Senyak In her thoughtful and stimulating post “I is for Imagination” artist Jericha Senyak writes about some posts on my blog The Creative Mind, that they “seem […]

Maggie Taylor on creating ambiguous and even disturbing images

Maggie Taylor on creating ambiguous and even disturbing images

What inspired me to write this post was seeing a number of large-scale prints of the work of Maggie Taylor (and other exciting images by photo artists) in the Digital Darkroom show at The Annenberg Space for Photography (Los Angeles, CA, December 17, 2011 through May 28, 2012). Her work is so evocative – rich with […]

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 […]

Incubating Innovation and Creativity

Incubating Innovation and Creativity

One of the theoretical four stages of creativity (along with preparation, illumination, and verification), incubation is defined as “a process of unconscious recombination of thought elements that were stimulated through conscious work at one point in time, resulting in novel ideas at some later point in time.” (Wikipedia) The photo is John Dabiri, a Professor […]

Pursuing your passions toward a fulfilled life

Pursuing your passions toward a fulfilled life

One of the ways we can energize our ambitions and more fully use our talents is to become more aware of our real passions. And one way to do that is to enjoy characters in films, and pay attention to how we feel about them and their actions. In his article James Bond Has It […]

Passion Fuels Creative Expression

Passion Fuels Creative Expression

“Whatever it is, I have to really love it – that’s what’s important to me. “I wouldn’t have done ‘The Lion King’ if I didn’t believe it has something solid to say to people.” Director Julie Taymor added, “When you approach it that way, you come at it with all your soul and intelligence.” In […]