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Creative Thinking

Attitudes to be creative and more innovative


"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...
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Julia Cameron on Being an Artist and the Creative Life


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...
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Our Messy Emotions and Being Creative


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.

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Take A Shower or Watch Cows To Be Creative


Do you get creative ideas in the shower? Do you have any routines or schedules to help encourage your creative thinking and work? Many artists do.
But E. B. White (Stuart Little; Charlotte's Web, among other titles) cautioned:
"A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper."

Quoted in her Brain Pickings post The Daily Routines of Great...
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