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 new posts specifically provide brief excerpts of selected material by other authors that have a more “how to” flavor. Feel free to make any comments or suggestions.
by Gregory Ciotti
“Have you ever wished you were more creative? If you do creative work, have you ever suffered from a creative block and been stuck wondering what exactly is wrong, and how you can get yourself out of it?”
“The theme of transcending constraints and roadblocks was a major theme at TED 2013. While Hansen said in his talk, “Embracing the limitation can actually drive creativity … We need to first be limited in order to become limitless,” filmmaker Martin Villeneuve echoed the sentiment in his talk about making a sci-fi movie for $2 million.”
The Creativity Summit [Free online program]
Hosted by Dr. Ron Stotts – “16 Top Thought Leaders, Business Experts, & Entrepreneurs Share Their Creative Approach to Ever-Expanding Success and Personal Fulfillment. A no-cost event.”
“We hear phrases like “think outside the box,” but how can we actually do that? It feels like there’s no time to explore. No room for passion. No patience for ideas that don’t conform to what’s already known and accepted.
“This mindset, this culture, this game plan for ‘success’ ends up smothering your greatest asset in achieving the success, wealth, and fulfillment you’ve been dreaming of. So what is that greatest asset? It’s your creativity.”
by Paul Thagard in Hot Thought [Psychology Today] — “Can people learn or be taught to be more creative? Creativity is valued in many areas of human activity, including scientific discovery, technological invention, artistic imagination, and social innovation. I know of no studies that show that creativity is teachable, but history provides some interesting suggestions about the habits of highly creative scientists.”
by Kris Emery, “a writer and editor, and the author of Freelance Your Heart Out.”
“Luckily, if we become conscious when writing, we can turn some of our daily chore writing into a creative and expressive moment. You’re probably already do many of these things, but being present when you choose your words can transform a dull daily task into a pleasure.”
1. “Do you doodle? On the phone, in a meeting, taking notes, making lists, brighten up that notepad and be playful.”
4. “Turn to social media and work it. While Facebook can be a creative drain, thoughtful sharing on Pinterest or the challenge of expressing something in 140 characters can help you think outside the box.”
by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist.
You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
By Think Jar Collective Contributor Michael Michalko
“We learn about great ideas and we learn the names of the creative geniuses who created them, but we are seldom taught about how they got the ideas. My teachers focused on their discoveries rather than on the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behavior and beliefs that enabled creative geniuses to be capable of looking at the same things as the rest of us and seeing something different.
“Following are twelve things about creative thinking that I learned during my lifetime of work in the field of creative thinking that I wished I had been taught when I was a student but was not.”
Michael Michalko is the author of a number of books including Creative Thinkering: Putting your Imagination to Work.
Gail McMeekin, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. is author of a number of books, including The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women, and Boost Your Creativity, Productivity and Profits in 21 Steps.
In her article “Creative Catalysts,” she lists 25 ideas that are often very simple, but can be powerful strategies to help us be more creative.
>> Continued: How To Be More Creative – Part 2