Archives for February, 2011

Creative Thinking

A Writer Reads Constantly

Carol Muske Dukes is the Poet Laureate of California, and director of the graduate program in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

An author of a number of books of poetry and several novels, Dukes commented in our interview (a while ago) there is one "sure sign" someone is a writer: "A writer reads constantly, reads everything she can get her hands on, tears apart libraries and bookstores, never is without a book...
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Consciousness

Developing Creativity: Embrace Chaos

"I thrive making order out of chaos."

Painter Amadea Bailey continues in her thoughtful Artist Statement, "I love taking the irrational world of my emotions, hopes, fears, dreams, desires and idiosyncrasies and sculpting and re-arranging them in myriad ways until order is found.

"And paradoxically in this process my mind becomes still. I open myself up to something much bigger than myself."

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A Great Time and Place to be Bipolar?

"Filled with flooded with driven, restless, and unable to keep often works on little feels brilliant, special, chosen, perhaps even destined to change the can be becomes easily irritated by minor is a risk "

That list is from the book The Hypomanic Edge : The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot of) Success in America, by John D. Gartner, and probably applies to many...
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Creative Thinking

The Creative Personality: Both Smart and Naive

"I'll never be the artist I was as a child." Willa Cather
We may value children, and our own child selves, as having more free and unrestrained creativity.

But how true is that notion?

How much do we benefit from having a child-like sense of play?

Don't we need our adult intellect to be creative?

In her Creating in Flow blog post Creative Kids Learn to Flow (Part 1), Susan K....
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Consciousness

Spirituality and Creative Expression

"The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living."

That is a quote by Jungian analyst and author Marion Woodman, on a topic also addressed by Julia Cameron in her classic book The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.

"The heart of creativity is an experience of the mystical Those who speak in spiritual terms routinely refer to God as the creator but seldom...
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The Cake Divas – Creative Confectionery

"We are all born with the ability to create."

There are plenty of mundane designs for wedding and party cakes, but Leigh Grode and Joan Spitler combined their talents to make creations that are much more extravagant for their company, Cake Divas.

They started out making wedding cakes, and chose to locate in Los Angeles to supply movie and television productions, and now provide items for a wide range of celebrities and events.

Their elaborate cake designs can...
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Creative Thinking

Perseverance and a Rebellious Spirit

It takes more than simply having exceptional intellectual or creative abilities to make an impact.

A Psychology Today article – Why Prodigies Fail – warns that most childhood prodigies “never fulfill their promise."

"Perseverance is a key part of it," says Robert Root-Bernstein, co-author with Michele Root-Bernstein of Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People.

He continues, "Many of them say that their expectations were warped by their early...
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The Complexity of the Creative Personality

Researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi includes in his books and other writings descriptions of the diversity and multiple characteristics of creative people.

In a post of hers, Juliet Bruce, notes that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high-ee) wrote, “If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity. Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude."

"Like the color white that includes all colors, they...
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