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Creative Thinking

Creative Development: Actively Caress Wonder. Play.

“An artist must actively caress wonder: for fascination, like the desire to play, can be eradicated by the rigors of living.” Eric Maisel

“There is a myth, common in American culture, that work and play are entirely separate activities.”
That is a quote by Laura Seargeant Richardson, a principal designer at frog design, who “specializes in the emotional, social, participatory and future design of products and environments.”

She writes: "There is a myth, common in American culture,...
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Developing Creativity With Visual Thinking

“I may think in pictures, but first I write everything out in words.” Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick’s 2007 novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” is the basis for the new Martin Scorsese movie “Hugo” – the story of an orphan, living in a Paris train station at the dawn of the 1930s.

An article quotes the author:

“When I first presented ‘Hugo’ to Scholastic, it was going to have one drawing per chapter...
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Creativity In The Zone

“The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

That is a brief description of the state of flow, also called “being in the zone,” as described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced me-high chick-sent-me-high), who says we can facilitate the conditions for this quality of optimal functioning, and that it may be found in a wide...
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Perspectives on Developing Creativity: Max Ehrman; Elizabeth Olsen; Julia Cameron

Many artists express ideas about developing creativity and innovation that can be helpful to other creative people. Here are a few examples.

Julia Cameron is a teacher, author, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer, and journalist. She is perhaps most famous for her book The Artist’s Way, and has written many other non-fiction works, short stories, and essays as well as novels, plays, musicals, and screenplays.

From The Creative Life: An Interview with Julia Cameron by Annette Fix, Women...
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Do We Really Want Passionate and Creative People?

Just find your passion and get to work on creating your art or creative business venture, right?

It isn’t always so easy or straightforward.

Once they reach a certain level of achievement and acclaim, artists such as Michelangelo – or David Lynch or Lady Gaga – may be more free to be passionate and contrary or eccentric.

But as Andrea Kuszewski notes in the following post, there are often conflicting attitudes and suppressive attitudes toward creative children and...
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Creative Paths and Influences: Everywhere and Unexpected

There is no GPS for the creative life; the pathways we may follow are too winding and the influences and inspirations come from so many places and times.

Divergent thinking can even come into play when promoting creative projects.

The photo is writer Sherrilyn Kenyon, who has some interesting comments below about influences on her work.

What made me aware of her was a recent newspaper article about how book publishers (including hers) are using professionally produced...
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Smoking and Creativity

Molière: “No matter what Aristotle and the Philosophers say, nothing is equal to tobacco; it’s the passion of the well-bred, and he who lives without tobacco lives a life not worth living.”

"While I was doing Eraserhead I had 40 coffees every day and I smoked 40 cigarettes." - David Lynch
Filmmaker, musician and visual artist David Lynch has also said, "Cigarettes are pretty much my worst vice, and I even stopped smoking for 20 years. I...
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