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  • What Inspires Our Creative Work?

    What Inspires Our Creative Work?

    Where does creative inspiration come from? It may show up mysteriously, “out of the blue” – and for a good part of human history, it has been explained as a gift from a supernatural being, a Muse.
    At least some people still embrace th…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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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  • 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 […]

  • 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…

  • Viggo Mortensen on The Power of Art and Staying Childlike

    Viggo Mortensen on The Power of Art and Staying Childlike

    “The function of artists is to keep people childlike in a positive way. To keep open to the world.”
    Viggo Mortensen continues,
    “Apart from traveling to different countries, to different communities, to different parts of your city, I …

  • Psychologist Cheryl Arutt on Creative Artist Issues

    Psychologist Cheryl Arutt on Creative Artist Issues

    “Do I have to be in pain to write? I thought so, as most of my contemporaries did…” Musician Sting Cheryl Arutt, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, specializing in creative artist issues, trauma recovery, and fertility. She is a forensic and media consultant, and a frequent psychological expert on CNN, HLN, […]

  • Does Depression Help Us To Be More Creative?

    Does Depression Help Us To Be More Creative?

    “As a result of it I have felt more things, more deeply; had more experiences, more intensely…”
    Psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison has written a number of books, including a memoir, about bipolar disorder. She reportedly first planned her…

  • Is Brainstorming Good for Creative Thinking?

    Is Brainstorming Good for Creative Thinking?

    Writers J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and others discussed religious and literary ideas and their own works in progress in a famed discussion group, the Inklings, which met regularly at Lewis’ college rooms at Oxford or in pubs, in the 1930s and 40s…

  • ‘Some said I had rare insight, others thought I was crazy.’

    ‘Some said I had rare insight, others thought I was crazy.’

    Being exceptional may cause a variety of reactions; some of those responses are supportive, but others can discourage or discount people with high ability.
    “I got that whole precocious thing [as a child]. I had no reason to doubt my own abilities or …

  • 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…

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