Archives for Inspiration
"Ninety percent of my time is just goofing around and trying to come up with something. That's the way I go about making "
A profile notes "Joel Thomas Zimmerman (born January 5, 1981), better known by his stage name deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"), is a Canadian record producer and DJ from Toronto, Canada.
How can we be creative in our life, whether or not we choose to pursue a career in the arts?
"Creative living is about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear."
That is one of the main ideas in the teachings of Elizabeth Gilbert - one she addresses in her book on creativity: "Big Magic."
"I don't see myself in terms of artifice. I see myself as a real person who chooses to live my life in an open way - artistically." Lady Gaga
How do attitudes we hold about ourselves and the world impact our creative thinking? Can we change those attitudes to be more creative?
In her research publications and book The Creativity Challenge, KH Kim describes a model and series of concepts for helping children and adults be...
"The worst crime you can commit is telling the audience something they already know." Aaron Sorkin
He also comments in the video below:
"You should be evangelical about Aristotle's Poetics. If there is something wrong with your script, that is because you broke one of those rules."
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 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.
Does being calm or happy help us be creative? Does feeling sad or anxious always inhibit creative thinking?
Some researchers find that "mixing together both positive and negative emotions can help facilitate creativity" - as noted in the book "Wired to Create" - more on that below.
One example of a creative person with an emotionally complex life is humanitarian, actor and author Ashley Judd, who is also a United Nations / UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.