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  • Do You Feel A Calling to Be Creative?

    Do You Feel A Calling to Be Creative?

    What leads, urges, even compels so many of us to be creatively expressive?
    Given that everyone is creative to some degree, why do many people choose careers in the arts, or work that actively engages their creativity?
    Most of us will never be actors or…

  • Mistakes Fuel Creativity and Innovation

    Mistakes Fuel Creativity and Innovation

    What seems to be a setback, error or limitation, may often be valuable for encouraging more creative thinking and innovation.
    Valerie Young writes about two “mistakes” that resulted in very successful products:
    “Did you know, for exam…

  • 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…

  • Artist Robert Genn on Happiness and Art

    Artist Robert Genn on Happiness and Art

    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…

  • Trauma and Addiction: Colin Farrell and Other Creative People

    Trauma and Addiction: Colin Farrell and Other Creative People

    “Basically, I’d been fairly drunk or high since I was 14.” Colin Farrell
    Why do so many creative people use and abuse drugs, often to the point of addiction?
    There is of course no easy answer, but one of the factors for many people ma…

  • Cheryl Richardson and Alanis Morissette on Sensitivity and Creativity

    Cheryl Richardson and Alanis Morissette on Sensitivity and Creativity

    “The more you become your own best champion, supporter, cheerleader, and trusted confidant, the better able you’ll be to fully and joyfully express your blessed creativity.
    “That’s when your art becomes more and more successful in the world. It…

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  • Do You Call Yourself an Artist?

    Do You Call Yourself an Artist?

    How important is it to identify yourself as an artist – to others, and especially to yourself?
    What if you don’t get awards for your creative work? What if it isn’t even seen by others?
    Are you still an artist if you are doing something else …

  • Be More Creative With More Self Care Part 2

    Be More Creative With More Self Care Part 2

    [Continued from Part 1]
    Musician Henry Rollins commented about being a performer and staying healthy on road tours:
    “Eating well is becoming easier on the road as more places are health conscious. Gyms are easy to find anywhere there’s electricity …

  • Be More Creative With More Self Care

    Be More Creative With More Self Care

    Many people feel inspired to pursue creative projects, even multiple ones at the same time. One potential downside is physical and emotional burnout.
    Good self-care is taking steps daily, even hourly, to stay replenished with the energy and positive at…

  • What Keeps You Away From Creative Work?

    What Keeps You Away From Creative Work?

    As a child or teenager, we were perhaps more freely creative, but as supposed “grown-ups” we face fears and uncertainties about our talents, or the marketplace value of a particular form of expression, or what our investing in a project mea…

  • How Can We Create More Confidently?

    How Can We Create More Confidently?

    Creating may often include anxiety and other sorts of fear. We need to develop courage and learn how to deal with these feelings to be more fully creative.
    “Art work is ordinary work, but it takes courage to embrace that work.”
    That is a qu…

  • 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…

  • Missing or Abandoning Our Creative Fulfillment (Part 2)

    Missing or Abandoning Our Creative Fulfillment (Part 2)

    [Continued from Part 1]
    “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 bo…

  • 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…

  • Do You Need to be Crazy to be Creative?

    Do You Need to be Crazy to be Creative?

    “Creativity is a divine madness… a gift from the gods.” Plato
    “People who are getting into this archetype of the tortured poet end up really torturing themselves to death.” Sting
    This mythology of madness as a fuel for creativity,…

  • Do You Ever Feel Like A Fraud?

    Do You Ever Feel Like A Fraud?

    “At any time I still expect that the no-talent police will come and arrest me.” Actor, writer, director Mike Myers
    Many talented and creative people experience impostor feelings and beliefs about themselves, despite their accomplishments.
    Valerie …

  • David Burkus on Myths of Creativity

    There are many ongoing myths and ideas about being creative: You need to wait for a flash of inspiration; You need to be a “genius”; Artists are crazy, or at least flaky; You need to be in pain to create, and many more.
    This image is from t…

  • Embracing Even The Pain of the Creative Process – Part 2

    Embracing Even The Pain of the Creative Process – Part 2

    Many artists use creative expression to explore and express pain in life, but does creative work itself have to be painful for most of us?
    Frida Kahlo painted a series of self-portraits as a depiction of the years of treatment (including orthopedic app…

  • Embracing Both the Joy and Pain of Creative Work

    Embracing Both the Joy and Pain of Creative Work

    If you are a creative person, you are compelled to some extent to engage your mind and talents in doing creative work, despite setbacks and frustrations with the process.
    Author Mary-Elaine Jacobsen notes,
    “Beyond producing objects of value, the gift…

  • 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…

  • Enhancing Creative Achievement With Visualization

    “If I hadn’t visualized playing athletes, I wouldn’t have gotten ‘Major League.’ If I hadn’t visualized playing a president, David Palmer never would have happened.”
    Creating visualizations of what you want to accomplish can be a …

  • Do We Need More Confidence To Be More Creative?

    Do We Need More Confidence To Be More Creative?

    Many actors, musicians and other performers seem to be very self-assured and confident, though some admit that is not always true. Some psychologists note that confidence can have negative aspects – and low confidence may have benefits.
    Her fourt…

  • Orna Ross on Developing Creativity

    In an article of hers, Irish writer and creativity teacher Orna Ross notes a creative person may be “all too aware of their problems, but often unaware of their abilities.” She continues:
    “This, allied with the fact that they live in …

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