Creativity

Deeper Questions to Explore in Your Creative Work



I love questions. Because they remind us of how much is still unanswered, how much we still get to explore. Questions are reminders of possibility, wonder, hope, new expeditions and experiments. As Stuart Firestein writes in his fantastic book, Ignorance: How It Drives Science, "One good question can give rise to several layers of answers, can inspire decades-long searches for solutions, can generate whole new fields of inquiry, and can prompt changes in...
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How Do You Get Your Best Ideas?

Ideas are the foundation of everything, aren’t they? They're the foundation of the books you read. The blog posts you write. The brands you love. The Broadway shows you attend. The meal you're making for dinner. The place you're eating brunch. The app you can't live without. The website that cracks you up.

Each started with a single idea, which kept expanding and expanding.

I’m curious how people come up with their ideas—particularly their best ideas....
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What Success Looks Like

Maya Angelou famously said, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." (I love that.) Cheryl Strayed defines success by answering yes to these questions, as she told Manjula Martin in an interview in Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living: "Have I done the work I needed to do? Did I do it as well as I could? Did I give it...
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36 Things to Write About When You Have Just Six Minutes

You love writing. You love stories. You're looking for a way to express yourself. You want to exercise your imagination. You want to break out of a writing rut. You simply want to use your brain in a different way. You want to play. You want to take a break without turning to your phone or social media or your inbox. Whatever your intention, responding to a quick prompt can be powerful for all of...
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3 Conditions That Boost Your Odds of Aha! Insights

When you have a problem that requires a creative solution, do you spend hours trying to find it? Do you fixate on the dilemma, trying to pick apart the details like you're searching for an earring or a button in a field of grass? Do you live and breathe the problem, butt in chair or brainstorming while you cook, wash dishes and perform other tasks?

After all, inspiration doesn't simply strike. We have to work...
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The Hidden Power of Creativity


Today, I'm honored to share a guest post by Carol K. Walsh, MSW, an author, artist and coach. Carol is the author of a new memoir called Painting Life: My Creative Journey Through Trauma. If you remember, Carol recently shared her beautiful insights on creativity in this interview. Below, Carol shares more insights on creativity (such as "creativity is like a campfire"), and reveals how we can use the "five C's of creative energy"...
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Are Your Creative Obstacles Really Obstacles?

So often we convince ourselves that we can't create. We might have one---BIG!---reason. Or we might have a litany of reasons.

We think we're too old (or too  young). We think we don't have the right traits or talents. We think we need certain supplies, which, of course, we don't have. I need the right camera and lens before I get started! I need my own studio or at least my own desk. I need...
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How to Stop Your Days from Feeling Monotonous

Waking up at the same time, going to bed at the same time, going to the same job, driving the same roads to that same job, washing the dishes, doing the laundry, paying the bills, performing other must-perform responsibilities. Every day can easily feel monotonous (and oh-so serious). Every day can feel repetitive, tiresome, unmemorable. Every day can feel boring, plain, bland. A steak dinner that over time tastes like cardboard.

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