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Getting Into Flow For More Creative Thinking

"I don't believe that when you get into a creative place, you're giving up thinking. You're super-thinking - better and with more parts of your mind than you do normally."
That is a comment by social psychologist, teacher and author Susan K. Perry, PhD from our interview.

She added that there is a 'busy mind' aspect of our thinking, which "means you're fragmented, you're unfocused, distracted, too many things on your mind.

"You want to get to a...
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Myths of Creativity and Creators – How They Hold Us Back

"I just thought making movies was something done by geniuses, and I was very clear that I wasn't one of those." Jane Campion
When "The Artist's Way" author and creativity coach Julia Cameron has asked people to list ten traits they think artists have, their responses have included: “Artists are broke,” “Artists are crazy,” “Artists are drug-addicted” and “Artists are drunk.”

Other myths and ideas about being an artist:

“Artists must be poor and sacrifice their well-being...
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Can Mood Swings Enhance Our Creativity?

"To assume, then, that such diseases usually promote artistic talent wrongly reinforces simplistic notions of the 'mad genius.'" Kay Redfield Jamison

In an interview for the NPR radio program Fresh Air with Terry Gross, science writer Jonah Lehrer commented, "One of the surprising things that's emerged from the study of moods…is that putting in a bad mood — making them a little bit sad or melancholy —...
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Suzanne Collins on The Hunger Games and Being a Writer

With the upcoming movie The Hunger Games generating so much media attention, I was interested in learning more about the author Suzanne Collins, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

First, though, if you don't know the plot of her trilogy, a Parade magazine article summarizes:

"The story’s unlikely heroine is 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in Panem, a country that’s risen from the ashes of North America after natural disasters and warfare took their toll.

"Once a year,...
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Scott Barry Kaufman on Kick-starting Your Creativity

As noted in his HuffingtonPost profile, Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD is "a cognitive psychologist specializing in the development of intelligence, creativity, and personality in education, business, and society."

The British magazine Psychologies has an interview with him in a section titled TWITTER CHAT: Creativity about "kick-starting your creativity including how to cultivate a creative mind-set, dealing with a creative block and how to stretch your imagination."

Here are some excerpts - with Twitter-submitted...
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Life circumstances

Multiple Talents, Multiple Passions, Burnout – Part 2

[See Part One if you haven't read it already.]

Motherhood and creative work

"I'd be in the middle of a sentence and someone needed to go to mall for new shoes, so the sentence would be lost."

That is a quote by Amy Bloom, who has worked as a psychotherapist, taught at Yale University, and is Wesleyan University’s Writer-in-Residence.

In an interview about being a mother and writer, she commented, "When I started, I wrote late...
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Neuroscientists Creating Art

Exploring the intricate "landscapes" of neuroanatomy has inspired a number of scientists to create visual art.

Heather Bimonte-Nelson, head of the Memory and Aging Laboratory at Arizona State University, creates paintings that add a new dimension to her research.

She notes, "Science is really about convincing people that your hypothesis or theory could be the truth in nature.

"And if you’re not a good storyteller, people will never believe it. You could have the best...
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More Daydreaming, More Creativity

"When I don’t build in cushions of time between activities for reflection and creative synthesis, my writing suffers, my mood suffers, everything suffers."

Those are comments by writer Lisa Rivero, who continues, "Without this imaginative life, we might still be productive, but at what cost?

"I know that when I give in to the temptation to pack every spare hour or moment with tasks…I may still write as much, just not as well."

From my post
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