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To Be Creative and A Mother – Part 2

This is a photo of Merrill Joan Gerber, a novelist and short story writer, who also teaches fiction writing at Caltech (the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California).

She is another artist featured in the documentary Lost in Living.

See Part 1 of this post for a trailer and more.

Director Mary Trunk comments on the site for the film that Gerber "had over 25 books published, was a former fellow of the
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To Be Creative and A Mother

How does being a mother affect a creative woman, especially someone engaged in a career in the arts?

"The motherhood thing - I think of it like a marathon, except a marathon is over in a day. It's an endurance test and it's something you absolutely can't stop for a second.

"Part of what makes it really cool and interesting is almost anything [besides motherhood] you commit to, you can take a...
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Creative Thinking

To Be More Creative Deal With Anxiety

"Anxiety is the great silencer of the creative person.” Eric Maisel, PhD

One form of anxiety is so-called writer's block. This photo is Nicolas Cage as screenwriter Charlie Kaufman in the movie “Adaptation” by the real screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. It’s a great film about the kinds of insecurities, anxieties and distractions that can so often affect us as creative people.

Therapist and creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD...
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Using Personality Traits to Be More Creative

“If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity. Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude.”

That is a quote by creativity researcher and author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who describes a number of pairs of "paradoxical" traits exhibited by creative people, such as both convergent and divergent thinking; extroverted and introverted; humble and proud.

See my post
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Creative Thinking

To Be More Creative, Be An Introvert

Author Susan Cain declares: "Without introverts, the world would be devoid of: the theory of gravity; the theory of relativity; W. B. Yeats’s “The Second Coming”; Chopin’s nocturnes; Proust’s In Search of Lost Time; Peter "

She quotes science journalist Winifred Gallagher: “The glory of the disposition that stops to consider stimuli rather than rushing to engage with them is its long association with intellectual and artistic achievement.

"Neither E = mc2 nor Paradise Lost was dashed off...
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