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  • How to Be Creative: Michael Gelb on Creativity and Innovation

    How to Be Creative: Michael Gelb on Creativity and Innovation

    In his writings and presentations about being creative, Michael Gelb addresses many topics, including being sensitive and creative:
    “Every sound and every silence provides an opportunity to deepen auditory attunement; but city sounds can be over…

  • Courage and Creating

    Courage and Creating

    “The artist begins with a vision — a creative operation requiring effort. Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse
    What fears and anxieties are holding you back from expressing yourself more creatively? Matisse and many other artists and…

  • Creative People Are Willing to Cross Boundaries – Part 2

    Creative People Are Willing to Cross Boundaries – Part 2

    How does the intensity, complexity and “border-crossing” of creative people encourage being more creative?
    Creative people often have personalities and inner experiences that are intense and beyond ordinary in multiple ways. [Read Part 1.]…

  • Depression: Helping Creativity or Suppressing?

    Depression: Helping Creativity or Suppressing?

    “I sit down religiously every morning. In the course of a working day of eight hours, I write three sentences, which I erase before leaving the table in despair. The effort I put out should give birth to Masterpieces as big as mountains, and it brings forth a ridiculous mouse now and then.” That is […]

  • 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…

  • Shy or Introverted or Highly Sensitive in the Arts

    Shy or Introverted or Highly Sensitive in the Arts

    Many actors, writers and other creative people are considered shy or introverted, or identify themselves as one or both. These are not the same thing, of course, although many people may talk about others, or themselves, as “shy” when they …


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  • Courage and Creating

    Courage and Creating

    “The artist begins with a vision — a creative operation requiring effort. Creativity takes courage.”
  • We Need Healthy Self Respect to Be More Creative

  • Creativity and Ego

    Creativity and Ego

    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 &#…

  • Using Our Demons To Create – Part 2

    Using Our Demons To Create – Part 2

    [Continued from Part 1] Creative work reflects your state of mind Painter Gayle Stott Lowry also talks about attending a program at the Lucy Daniels Foundation: “I attended Lucy’s class on Dreams and Creativity, and during a presentation I made to the class about my work, I began to see that changes in my painting […]

  • Linda Dessau on coaching creativity

    Linda Dessau on coaching creativity

    Linda Dessau, MTA, CPCC is a founder of Genuine Coaching Services; a music therapist accredited by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, and a Certified Professional Co-active Coach. In this interview, Linda talks about her work as a therapist using singing and other forms of music, and how she helps people develop through creativity coaching. […]

  • Dealing With Stress To Be More Creative

    Dealing With Stress To Be More Creative

    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, …

  • More Goofing Off and Daydreaming: More Creative Thinking

    Don’t we need to keep practicing, keep learning, keep busy to be creatively productive? A number of psychologists and artists say daydreaming or otherwise “wasting time” is actually a way to enhance creativity. For example, author Barbara Abercrombie writes about working on an essay about her divorce, but not having created an outline or idea […]

  • Summer Bishil on acting

    Summer Bishil on acting

    In the film “Towelhead,” Summer Bishil plays 13-year-old Jasira, a Lebanese-American girl navigating through her adolescence, including challenges with identity, sexual awakening and self-esteem. In our interview, Summer, who made the film at age 18, and at the time of our interview was 20, talks about a number of her perspectives on her work. “Acting […]

  • Journaling to Bring Creative Ideas to Life

    Journaling to Bring Creative Ideas to Life

    Maybe you kept a diary – or still do. Or use a notebook as a helpful tool for personal growth, or to track ideas.
    Artists, as well as entrepreneurs and other creative people, often use storyboards, journals, mindmapping and other idea tools for d…

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