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  • Fiona Apple on Taking a Break

    Fiona Apple on Taking a Break

    +-*Fiona Apple took six years off from performing before releasing her album “Extraordinary Machine.” She says about taking such a long time away from her creative performances: “I realized that after six years of not doing this kind of stuff, it doesn’t define who I am, and I’ll be just fine without it. It’s not […]

  • Dealing With Worry and Anxiety To Be More Creative

    Dealing With Worry and Anxiety To Be More Creative

    +-*“Anxiety is the great silencer of the creative person.” Eric Maisel, PhD
    One form of anxiety is so-called writer’s block. This photo is Nicolas Cage as screenwriter Charlie Kaufman in the movie “Adaptation” by the real screenwriter Ch…

  • Creative People Are Willing to Cross Boundaries

    Creative People Are Willing to Cross Boundaries

    +-*Creative people often have personalities and inner experiences that are intense and beyond ordinary in multiple ways.
    “I’ve been accused of being ‘too much’ all my life. Too loud, too fast, too smart, too multi-talented, too audacious.&#82…

  • Success As A Creative Entrepreneur

    Success As A Creative Entrepreneur

    +-*“The act of making something new makes us vulnerable.”
    That is a comment by artist and creative business consultant Lisa Sonora Beam, who writes in her book “The Creative Entrepreneur” about the variety of challenges that creati…

  • Doing Creative Work: Preparation, Performing, Perfectionism

    Doing Creative Work: Preparation, Performing, Perfectionism

    +-*Preparation is often a crucial part of creative work, and many, if not most, creative people are highly sensitive – which can enhance this preparation.
    With something like twenty percent of us being highly sensitive, that means there are many per…

  • Mindful Creating For More Life

    Mindful Creating For More Life

    +-*Ellen Langer, a Harvard Professor of Psychology, relates the story of being on vacation and making a spur of the moment declaration to a friend that she was “thinking of taking up painting.” She added, “I have no idea why I said that. I don’t think I’d had more than a fleeting thought or two […]


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  • Our Teeming Mind for Creative Thinking

    Our Teeming Mind for Creative Thinking

    +-*Our inner experience as talented, creative people could be called “teeming” – as in the title of a book by Jane Piirto, PhD: My Teeming Brain: Understanding Creative Writers. She notes the title comes from a Keats sonnet with the lines “When I have fears that I may cease to be / before my pen […]

  • Creativity With or Without Gender Labels

    Creativity With or Without Gender Labels

    +-*“If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle.” // “A filmmaker is a filmmaker.” Kathryn Bigelow won the first Academy Award ever presented to a female director, for her outstanding Best Picture winner, “The Hurt Locker.” Gendered Awards The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences […]

  • Cate Blanchett on Living a Creative Life

    Cate Blanchett on Living a Creative Life

    +-*In her recent interview with Charlie Rose, Cate Blanchett talks about acting and working with Woody Allen for her latest role in his new movie “Blue Jasmine” – and she refers to the poignant quotes by dancer, choreographer and teacher…

  • Fighting Inner Battles To Be More Creative

    Fighting Inner Battles To Be More Creative

    +-*“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 &…

  • Melora Hardin on acting, directing, singing

    Melora Hardin on acting, directing, singing

    +-*Melora Hardin has wide-ranging passions as an artist, including acting, directing, dancing, writing and singing. She played “Jan” on the tv series “The Office” and has roles in a number of film and tv projects. At 13, she won a scholarship to study with the Joffrey Ballet Company in New York. She sang as Fantine […]

  • Missing or Abandoning Our Creative Fulfillment

    Missing or Abandoning Our Creative Fulfillment

    +-*“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
    That quote (attributed to both Leonardo da Vinci and Picasso) is most likely about the process of creating a piece of work – but what about abandoning even the attempt to create something: a pa…

  • Finding Joy in Creating

    Finding Joy in Creating

    +-*“Composing gives me great pleasure… there is nothing that surpasses the joy of creation, if only because through it one wins hours of self-forgetfulness, when one lives in a world of sound.”
    Pianist and composer Clara Schumann (1819-1…

  • Artist Robert Genn on Happiness and Creativity

    Artist Robert Genn on Happiness and Creativity

    +-*In an issue of his newsletter, artist Robert Genn notes that in his book “Against Happiness” writer Eric Wilson “disparages our current love affair with putting on a happy face.”
    Wilson thinks that with our “feel good” culture and t…

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