Archives for Creative Thinking - Page 2
How does fear affect our lives and creative work? Should we even try to "get over" the experience of fear?
Actor Natalie Portman once commented: “Fear is intrinsic to everything you do as a creative person."
Robert Maurer, PhD, a UCLA clinical psychologist, would probably agree.
He has interviewed many successful actors, writers and other creative people, and researched social and neuropsychological aspects of achievement and creative expression for many years.
Does Daydreaming Encourage Creative Thinking?
There are many reports on the value of mind wandering to encourage creative thinking. But is daydreaming always helpful to be more creative?
Stephen King has published some 54 novels and six non-fiction books, and has written nearly 200 short stories.
Even if you are not that prolific, you may still experience the intense imagination and racing mind that so many creative people live with.
An article by journalist David Ulin about King notes "In 1988, he astonished even himself by publishing five It's a daunting degree of prolificacy, but through it...
"Writing is a path of profound self-awareness." Mark Matousek
How can writing help us learn more about who we are, and release more creativity? One answer is writing can be a powerful tool for accessing our shadow self.
“Creativity always requires taking a chance on one’s self meeting one’s unconscious, or "
Many creative people may find solitude unappealing, even threatening. But it can help us engage with our shadow self and reveal creative ideas.
Lena Dunham, actress, writer, producer, and director of the HBO series "Girls", comments about solitude:
How can meditation help us be more creative? Can biofeedback technology help us meditate more effectively?
In their book on creativity research, Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire make a number of references to meditation and creativity. For example, they note:
"Steve Jobs has even said that meditation — which he studied with Zen master Shunryū Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind — was the main source of his...
How do we engage with life to be actively creative, but not overwhelmed by circumstances or inner challenges? How do artists think about using creative talents?
Julia Cameron first published her acclaimed book on the creative life "The Artist's Way" in 1992, and has written many other non-fiction titles, short stories and essays, as well as novels, plays, musicals, and screenplays.
A teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer and journalist, she clearly knows how to...
The photo is food writer and TV show host Nigella Lawson in her London library. She is author of multiple books and, apparently, a dedicated reader.
What can we do to be more engaged and prolific in our creative thinking and work?
Author and mentor Julia McCutchen shares a number of ideas in her article below.
Creativity is one of the most joyful and meaningful parts of being alive. And for many people, creative expression is not so much a choice as a spiritual necessity.
But creative work can be emotionally challenging and stressful, and we need to renew and reboot to keep pursuing excellence.
"Creative resistance is essentially anything and everything that prevents us from starting, developing or completing our creative projects." Julia McCutchen
As a creative person, you have a passion to use creative thinking and explore creative ideas, to express yourself through some form of creative work in the arts, or science, business, cooking - any number of engaging ways to use your talents and passions.
So what might stand in our way?