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How To Be More Creative

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 - but these...
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Creative Thinking

Never Being Satisfied

"Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand — but tell it. Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied."

Zadie Smith
The acclaimed novelist, essayist and short story writer offers more advice on creating in the post Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules of Writing, by Maria Popova.

Smith is among the finalists for the Women's Prize, known formerly as the Orange Prize, for "NW: A Novel."

Her comment about "never...
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Regulating Our Emotions To Be More Creative – Part 3

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“Sometimes you've got to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything…whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.”

Tina Turner

Helping ourselves get as free as possible to create can take many forms, of course. Including, for Tina Turner and many other people, getting out of a destructive relationship.

Psychologist Cheryl...
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Regulating Our Emotions To Be More Creative – Part 2

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"My whole life has been about trying to heal the rift between the two sides of my personality, the feeling too much and the knowing too much."
That is a comment by Actress / Producer / Director Jodie Foster, from an interview about her film "Little Man Tate" in the book: Great Women of Film.

Her perspective is one I certainly can relate to - what about you?

The idea of "too much" -...
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Regulating Our Emotions To Be More Creative

"I would burst from all of the emotion inside."
How do you work with your strong emotions? Creative people experience a wide range and depth of intense emotions, and use that wealth of feeling to create artwork and performances.

The idea of overseeing or regulating emotions is not necessarily about suppressing or stifling, but about staying aware and in control of our feelings, to live with a higher level of well-being, and be...
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