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Archives for January, 2013

Inspiration

Working Tirelessly to be More Creative

Part of the widely-circulated comments by Pearl Buck (winner of a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938) includes this: "The truly creative mind the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off… By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.”

That "inward urgency" is...
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Creative Thinking

How To Be More Creative – A List By Gail McMeekin

There are many ideas in the Creative Mind posts - not to mention all over the Internet - for how to develop creativity.

It can be helpful to make use of some of the most basic concepts.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci
From post: Thinking Like Leonardo Da Vinci.

Gail McMeekin, , is author of a number of books, including The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful...
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Consciousness

Can Trauma Enhance Creativity?

In addition to all the destructive consequences that may follow traumatic experience, some people say it also has power to encourage creative expression.

The photo is of the late actor Charles Durning (1923–2012) who reportedly appeared in over 200 movies, television shows and plays.

In World War II, he was severely wounded by shrapnel, and also engaged a very young German soldier in hand-to-hand combat.

After killing the boy,...
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Life circumstances

Cynthia Waring on Bodywork and Healing

"Writing is so difficult, that if it doesn’t heal you in the doing of it it isn’t worth the trouble."
That is a quote by massage therapist, author, artist and teacher Cynthia Waring.

In her book and one-woman play, both titled “Bodies Unbound”, she relates the story of her life and growth as a therapist and artist, her journey of self-discovery and healing from childhood trauma and abuse.

In the process, she invites the audience and reader...
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Creative Thinking

Creative People 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.]

Creativity author and teacher Ken Robinson thinks "To realize our true creative potential—in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities—we need to think differently about ourselves and...
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Identity

Creative People 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."

Writing and creativity coach Cynthia Morris goes on to write, "I’ve never been able to live according to that external standard of ‘just right’…It’s the job of the artist and writer to reflect what they see and feel. This...
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• Resources - Books Sites

Developing Creativity: Notable Research and Books in 2012

In a recent Creativity Post article, science writer Sam McNerney provides a stimulating and encouraging overview of a "renaissance in creativity in both the lab and the pages of popular books and magazines."

He says that "Cognitive flexibility, the ability to switch between thinking about two concepts or consider multiple perspectives simultaneously" is a "popular topic in the neuroscience world."

Darya Zabelina, a creativity researcher at Northwestern University told him “a lot of people...
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Creative Thinking

Should You Write What You Know?

It may be advice often given to writers, but is the idea to "write what you know" always understood, and valuable for creating good work?

In his post “Write what you know” – the most misunderstood piece of good advice, ever., Jason Gots comments that writer Nathan Englander "says that 'write what you know' is one of the best and most misunderstood pieces of advice, ever.

"It paralyzes aspiring authors into thinking...
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