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FEATURES & SERIES

Writing from the Deeper Self
with Naomi Rose


Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock
with Marney Makridakis


Repudiating the Damaging Admission that You're Not Creative
with Kate Quinlan


How Creativity Helps Kids Love Writing
By Maria Chatzi


The Need to Create
By Barbara Bowen


32 Traits of Creative People
By Robert Allan Black


Autumn Writing Prompts

13 Engaging Ways to Play with Your Writing Around the Fall Season

By Chris Dunmire

Fall LeavesGoing back to school. Harvest time. Colorful falling leaves. Corn mazes, acorns, pumpkins, scarecrows, Halloween and Thanksgiving. In the Midwest, Autumn is the time of the year when cooler temperatures sweep in over summer's waning heat and the growing season comes to full fruition before winding down to dormancy. Fall officially begins in September and runs through October, November, and into December, when the seasonal change next morphs into winter. Inject some seasonal inspiration into your creative writing with these fall-themed writing prompts, photos, and printable projects and reflect on the meaning of the season to capture the transforming magic in the air for this colorful, transitioning space in the year.


Hop, Skip, Jump: Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life
with Marney Makridakis


Creativity is Your Birthright
with Dave Storer


Creativity & Transformation
with SARK


A Primer on Collage & Mixed-Media Art
By Chris Dunmire


Writing and the Body in Motion
with Cheryl Pallant


Creativity, Depression, & Meaning-Making
with Eric Maisel, PhD


Juicy Journals & Wild Words
with Molly J. Anderson-Childers


10 Mind-Expanding 'Take Ten' Writing Exercises
with Bonnie Neubauer


Inner Voices of Creativity
SoulCollage® with Ann Marie Bennett


9 Ways to Escape from Creativity-Halting Goo
with Rick Benzel


ENGAGING CREATIVITY

Writing a New Chapter Your Life

Not-Knowing

Beyond Expertise

Rough Drafts & Revisions

When Books are Less Than Life

You are the Treasure Embedded in Your Book

Refining & Being Refined

Writing as a Quest

Intimate Fruits of a Writing Retreat

Is It Commerce, or Is It Art?

Listening Your Book into Being

For Fun, Write a Book

First Drafts

Inspired Writing

Your Book Can Heal the World

Kronos & KairosTime Concepts

Maslow's Peak Experiences; Csikszentmihalyi's Flow

Experiencing Timelessness Through Authenticity

Finding Flow in Everyday Life

Jung's 3 Types of Synchronicity

Synchronicity and Meaning

A Foundational Philosophy of Play

Your Every-Evolving Mission Statement

You are an Actor on a Cosmic Stage

Printable Templates: Writing Prompts

Thanksgiving Turkey 'Thankful Four' Writing Activity

By Chris Dunmire

Thankful FourThe Thanksgiving season naturally opens the space for reflection and appreciation for the abundance in our lives. Holidays gift us with the opportunity to consciously "check in" with what we are grateful and thankful for — not just in the material sense, but also in intangible assets. To put a fun, contemplative twist on this opportunity for reflection during the Thankgiving season, I've designed an enticing prompt in the form of the "Thankful Four" handwriting turkey — a printable PDF packet to download and use as a tool for inner exploration and outer creativity.


Writing Spotlight

Writing from the Deeper Self with Naomi Rose

Writing from the Deeper SelfWriting coach Naomi Rose has successfully used her "Writing from the Deeper Self" approach to help people with an inner-directed focus write the books of their hearts. This organic approach to writing provides a gentle, listening way to bring forth what's within onto the page, without pushing or forcing anything. Drawing from transpersonal studies and over 30 years in the publications field as a writer, editor, consultant, and book developer, she takes writers on a journey into the spiritual aspects of artistic expression, listening deeply, and blessings of engaging deeply in personal creative process.


Freeing the Writer Within

Beginner's Mind, Pen and Paper

By Natalie Goldberg

Natalie GoldbergI When I teach a beginning class, it is good. I have to come back to beginner's mind, the first way I thought and felt about writing. In a sense, that beginner's mind is what we must come back to every time we sit down and write. There is no security, no assurance that because we wrote something good two months ago, we will do it again. Actually, every time we begin, we wonder how we ever did it before. Each time is a new journey with no maps.


Inspiring Creativity

The Spiritual Approach to Getting Creatively Unstuck

By Rick Benzel

Inspiring CreativityCocreating with your Higher Power. More artists are turning themselves over to a higher power to direct their work. For some people, the higher power is embedded in a religious tradition, while for others, their spiritual approach is rooted in a profound respect and appreciation for human creativity within a mystical cosmos. Whichever the case, a spiritual approach to overcoming stuckness suggests that you stop thinking about your creative problem and simply give yourself over to whatever higher power you believe in to provide you with the answer.


Inner Voices of Creativity

Make Your Own Music Through SoulCollage

By Anne Marie Bennett

SoulCollageWhat song have you been singing lately? If it had words, what would the title of your song be? Is this the song that you really want to be singing? Take some time this week to get back in touch with the part of you who longs to sing his/her own song. What is your song all about? If you gave it a title, what would it be? How do you feel when you're singing it, full voice? Take one step this week to incorporate your own "song" into your life more fully.


Author Interviews

'Glad No Matter What Interview with SARK

By New World Library

SARKQ: How can we be glad when so many bad things are happening? A: How can we not? "Bad" things always have, and will always continue to happen. It is how we choose to respond that makes the difference. We all have an opportunity to respond to whatever is happening with as much gladness as possible, which will shift the very things that are happening. If you look at every bad or difficult situation, you will ALWAYS find the goodness and gladness. Focusing on that is what creates the real movement and solutions that we are all wanting.


Autumn Writing Prompts

Fall Leave Behinds: Write Your Own Autumn Greeting Cards

By Chris Dunmire

Fall CardsIt is easy to pluck a greeting card off the rack and post a meme graphic on social media, but personalized hand-written messages remain highly prized treasures! Let me open the space for you to engage your writing and creativity. While greeting cards celebrating birthdays, weddings, baby showers, and Christmas are Hallmarks of traditional celebratory giving, here's a unique opportunity for you to break the mold and dig into the reason for the season. Celebrate the beauty of autumn and the gifts it ushers in, including special holidays for family fun and togetherness — Halloween and Thanksgiving — with some creative writing, right here, right now.


Fostering Creativity

Prepare to Be Amazed with the Appearance of Creative Ideas

By Abby Connors

Fostering CreativityI've been teaching young children for over twenty years, and every day I'm amazed at my students' creativity. In fact, almost every day I teach, at least one student shares an idea I've never seen or heard before! When I tell this to teachers at my workshops, I see a few indulgent smiles ("Yes, you love kids, we get it") and a few frankly skeptical raised eyebrows. But it's true — almost every day I see something completely new. Because I'm looking for it. I'm listening for it. I'm prepared to be amazed.


Juicy Journal & Wild Words

Playing with Paint: Let's Get Messy!

By Molly J. Anderson-Childers

Juicy JournalsIf you are longing to get outside, or at least get your hands dirty, why not explore painting, the messiest art form of them all? Paint gets everywhere, so wear old clothes, or cover up with old paint shirts and a sarong, coveralls, or old jeans. The best place to paint is outside, on a sunny day. If the weather isn't cooperating, or it isn't quite spring yet in your neck of the woods, use a tarp or an old sheet to protect your floor and designate a room in your house for a studio. If you have the means, buy an easel. If you don't, an old table will do, or even a lap-desk or a large clipboard. You can still have fun. Paint pictures full of light to cheer up a cloudy day. Stuck in a blizzard? Paint a beach scene, and escape to paradise with your Muses!


Rock Painting Tutorial

Adorable Painted Love Bugs

By Ernestina Gallina

Rock PaintingCould anyone resist to these funny lovebugs? They make a beautiful gift and are a statement of love. Choose the model and color combination you wish from the photos to guide you through each step. Choose smooth rocks that through the years have been gently smoothed and molded into the shape of a small ball.


Dreaming the Soul Back Home

Meeting the Soul of the Soul

By Robert Moss

DreamingOf all the guides and mentors that may become available to us in a lifetime, the most important may well be one that we often fail to recognize, either because we lose connection and forget that it exists, or because we mistake it for something else. This is a friend of the soul that will never lie to us and will never judge us. It is no stranger. It is not a deity or spirit outside our own being. It is the Self on a higher level than the ordinary self. It is the face the Greater Self shows us when we are willing to look at it.


Learning from Great Masters

Leonardo DaVinci's Genius Habits Series

DavinciLeonardo da Vinci was not only a great artist, but a scientist and inventor as well. His creative genius is chronicled through his art and journals and research reveals him to be a true Renaissance man and far ahead of his time, inspiring generations of creative thinkers, artists, inventors, and innovators. This engaging series is based on the seven timeless principles explored in Michael Gelb's How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, and explores DaVinci's methods and habits related to his creative explorations and inventive accomplishments.

Using Both Sides of Your Brain | Being Open to Experience | Leaping into Your Experiences | Taking Care of Your Body | Awakening Your Senses | Seeing the Connection in Everything | Being Curious About Everything


Guided Imagery

Freedom: Freeing Your Inner Muse

By Molly Childers & Chris Dunmire

freedomYour work, your every idea, is significant, for only you can bring your unique perspective to life. This guided meditation will free your inner muse through a Milkyway Marbles Meditation and sowing seeds in the Garden of your heart.


Inspirational Muses

Invoking Leanan Sidhe: Dark Faery Muse of the Emerald Isle

MusesDarkness can make a fascinating subject for an artist to explore. Leanan Sidhe calls to me. I enter the forest, and she takes my hand to lead me through the mossy darkness. We come to the edge of a lake, with an oddly-shaped island in the center, shrouded in mist and mystery. My heart longs for those cliffs, those green hills! She whistles a strange, haunting tune and watches the dark waters with her hands clasped upon her chest. When the song is done, she holds her hands out to me, cupped around something.


Creativity & Inspiration

The Goals of Learning

By Tom Evans

LightbulbThe Earth travels a distance of well over half a billion miles every year around the Sun. For many of us though, we may as well be standing still. At the start of each orbit, we often diligently and religiously set some goals and make new resolutions. There is nothing wrong with setting goals and having ambitions. What then often happens though is, when we hit adversity, our goals get thrown out of the window while we deal with the latest crisis or drama. We run a script in our heads that life is hard and 'it's not meant to be.'


Art Perspectives

The Eight Principles of Design

By Whitney Freya

DesignThe principles of design are not the result of a panel of art academics who felt the need to create more rules. The principles of design are the language of our mind's eye, how we visually analyze everything we see. They have been used by artists for centuries to create paintings that successfully communicate their heart's desire, the natural beauty of a landscape, the spirit of a portrait, or the innate element of objects in a still life. Now you are going to learn how to use them. The principles of design are interwoven throughout our lives because we process so much of our world and our life visually.


Premiums for Pass Holders

Origami Money Plant Project

By Chris Dunmire

Money PlantWith fake fun printable 'Cashius monetarius' seed packet! As featured in Money: Everything You Never Knew About Your Favorite Thing to Find, Save, Spend, and Covet by Sandra and Harry Chonron, this unique origami money plant makes a delightful gift to create, but hard to give away! Learn how to make this truly memorable craft with my with easy-to-follow instructions in a fully-illustrated, step-by-step 23-page project book.


INSPIRATIONS

The Critics in Your Head Are Not You

SARK On Loving Wildly, Learning Deeply, & Living Fully

Glad No Matter What Q&A with SARK

What to Do With Change and Losses

Tear, Glue, and Paint Mixed-Media Masterpieces

Creative Collage Combinations

Q&A with Author Cheryl Pallant

Moving Into Writing and Sensate Awareness

Resonant Writing as Somatic Path

Synergetic Awareness in Somatic Writing

Autumn Writing Prompts

Fall Treemendous Memory!

Mastering Creative Anxiety Series

Rethinking Depression Series

The Van Gogh Blues Series

Creative Writing Prompts

'I Wood If I Could' Writing Exercise

By Bonnie Neubauer

I Wood If I CouldA walk in nature (in the woods, on a beach, up a mountain, by a creek) can offer multiple benefits to your writing. First and foremost, physical exercise is a good balance for hours spent indoors hunched over a computer or notebook. Second, it helps clear your mind so it can wander and come up with new ideas and solutions to challenges. Third, what you see in nature (watching a bird feed its young, listening to a river flow, smelling freshly sprouted mushrooms) is great writing fodder. Pencil in an hour within the next week when you can be alone in nature. It's your choice whether you bring pen and paper with you or leave them at home to use later. Either way, you will still be writing, just in different stages of the process.


97 Creativity Tips to Achieving Your Artistic Goals

The Logic of Brainstorms

Taking a Creative Escape

Cultural Permission to Create

The Opinions of Others

Crafting a Starting Ritual

Taking the Bad with the Good

Childhood Educator Abigail Connors Interview

The Secret (and Very Creative) Life of Puppets

Teachers: Use Your Creativity to Find the Beauty of Burnout

How to Help Children Stay Creative

Keep 'Creativity Folders' of Children's Ideas

6 Ways Music and Movement Help Children Learn

The Crunchy Munchy Salad Activity

Creating Music and Dance with Young Children

Juicy Journal & Wild Words Intro

Recipes for Creative Journaling Entrees

Creating an Artist's Sketchbook

Creating a Nature Journal

Creating a Poet's Journal

Creating Travel Journals

Creating a Writer's Notebook

The Empty Well: Keys to Staying Juicy!

Playing with Paint: Let's Get Messy!

Tips to Journaling Online

Musing Through SARK's 'Make Your Creative Dreams Real'

Reflections on Eric Maisel's 'The Van Gogh Blues'

A Light Bulb Moment on Edison's Creative Genius

Contemplations on 'The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women'

Arte & Scienza: Using Both Sides of Your Brain

Sfumato: Being Open to Experience

Dimostrazione: Leaping into Your Experiences

Corporalita: Taking Care of Your Body

Sensazione: Awakening Your Senses

Connessione: Seeing the Connection in Everything

Curiosita: Being Curious About Everything

10 Ways Improvisation Helps Children Learn

Children Need to Know We Value Their Ideas

Creative Arts and Creative Thinking Are Not the Same Thing!

My Student Just Did Something Creative... Now What?

Think Outside the Catalog

The Secret Ingredient to Teaching Creativity

Never Say 'No' to Creativity

Prepare to Be Amazed with Creative Ideas

Raising Creative Children

E. Paul Torrance's Creative Manifesto for Children

10 Ways Improvisation Helps Children Learn

Children Need to Know We Value Their Ideas

The Creative Magic of Naming

Richard Feynman's 'Explore the World'

Robert Henri's 'The Art Spirit'

Writing: Just Do It

Writing Around Numbers

Habit Forming: Keeping a Journal

How to Write an Artist's Statement with Integrity

Design Principles in 'A Sunday on La Grande Jatte'

The 6-Day Pottery Class Experiment