Today's Creativity Wisdom

Awaken Creativity


Steve O'Keefe

Set the Page on Fire: Thinking, Talking, Writing, Reading


Judy Wood

Riding Lessons for Artists
Forging a New Path in Art and Life
It's (Almost) Never Too Late
The Basics are Basic
How Do We Learn and From Whom?
Community
Where am I, and where am I going?
Mirror, mirror


Marianne St. Claire

The Top 10 Benefits of Play
The Pendulum Swings Right to the Conceptual Age


Lynda Lehmann

Artist Lynda Lehmann Interview
Why Artists Create Art
Creating Art is an Affirmation of Life
What is Art? Traditional vs Abstract
What Good Art Does to Us
In Praise of Creative Process
Think Small (No, I'm not Joking...)
The Artist: 'Tortured Soul' or Joyous Participant?


Susan Anderson

Outer Child and Your Future
You, Two Years from Now Exercise
Dream House Guided Visualization
Healing Abandonment, a Creative Process


Hal Zina Bennett, PhD

Get Unreal: A Writing Exercise
Solitude and Creativity


Lisa Collazo, LSCW

The Power of Words
The Writer's Ailment: "Stuckitis"
Writing Out the Gremlin
The Emotional Writer


Peter Clothier
The Art of Looking At Art
'Slow Looking' Meditation
'Slow Looking' Silence
Peter Clothier 'Persist' Interview
Making Space
Heeding the Call
Nurturing the Artist Within
PERSIST: The Big Lie
Peter Clothier MIND WORK Interview
Today Is Thine: Tempus Fugit
Not Just a Number

Kimberly Wilson
Enlightened Work & Mindful Play
Your Life Is Art
6 Ways to Evoke Creativity
Modes of Creativity

Stephen Nachmanovitch
The Art of Is
Improvisation: Rubbing
Improv: Mushrooms & Tide Pools
Improvisation: Twists and Turns

Nancy Mills Interviews
Wine Maker Lane Tanner
Actress Sybil Temtchine
Mediabistro's Laurel Touby
'Girl Blue Project' Marlow Wyatt
Artist and Activist Ellen Spencer
,Spoken Word Artist Sally Shore
Cathy Salser: Window Between Worlds
Astrology Zone's Susan Miller
Swirly Girl Christine Mason Miller
Mystery Writer Rochelle Krich
Jewelry Designer Katy Leakey
Jet Set Modeling Cindy Kauanui
Mystery Writer Rochelle Krich
World Traveler Marie Javins
Radio Host Frances Halpern
Creative Sage's Cathryn Hrudicka
Author & Actress Fannie Flagg
Writer Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
Entrepreneur Crystal Allene Cook
Frou Frou Flip Flops Alice
Lotus Blossom Style Tabby Biddle
Comedienne & Storyteller Roz Browne

Shakti Gawain
Shakti Gawain Interview
Becoming a Creative Channel
Trusting Intuition
Transforming Our World

Set the Page on Fire

Thinking, Talking, Writing, Reading

By Steve O'Keefe

Set the Page on Fire

All writing originates in thought, so it's understandable that thinking and writing sometimes get confused. It is amazing how many people, myself included, think of the thought streams in our minds as "writing." That is a seduction to be avoided. I've spoken with dozens of people who want to be authors — and think they already are — because they have thoroughly worked-out streams of stories and articles in their heads. Until you translate those thoughts into words, you're not writing. You're thinking. They're two different things.


Author Interviews

'Brainstorm' Interview with Eric Maisel

By New World Library

Eric MaiselBrainstorm is about the way your brain really wants to work if given a chance. Our brain would love to be more focused, engaged, and passionate in our service but we've never been taught how to marshal all those billions of neurons. The brain isn't that interested in the dates of battles or in conjugating verbs — in the kind of work asked of it in school. It would like to dream large and really bite into what interests it.


Art by Lynda Lehmann

Art and Power: Why Artists Create Art

By Lynda Lehmann

I think most of us would agree that producing art gives us power. I see it as a power over ourselves, as opposed to power over what is outside of ourselves. It is a personal power over our own energy, perception, and motivational systems. And perhaps more important, the making of art helps us transcend the need to achieve a social equilibrium (which IMHO is rarely possible anyway). Instead, we are involved in a process by which we may achieve a degree of harmony within ourselves, in relation to the universe. In the dynamic state of being committed to a creative process, we do not need to steal anyone's energy, or let them steal energy from us.


Books & Printables

Trickster Word Search Puzzles

By Chris Dunmire, Unpuzzler

Fake fun joke puzzlesGreat for April Fool's or any day pranking! Teachers and Parents: Enjoy pulling off a creatively delightful (and harmless!) joke at home or in the classroom. What looks like an ordinary activity soon turns into an unforgettable experience is expecation vs. reality. These six reprintable eye-catching impossible-to-solve word-find puzzles have stumped even the smartest of students and puzzle enthusisasts (because the words are really hidden good so they can't be found!) and have delighted teachers, parents, and pranksters worldwide since 2005.


Writing What You Know

3 Steps to Overcoming Messages from Your Inner Critic

Lisa Collazo, LCSW

writing

When I think of the concept of the inner critic, I find it's useful to envision an entity outside of myself, something getting in the way of what I'm attempting to create with my writing. In the coaching world, that entity is referred to as a gremlin — described in the Wiktionary website as "a mythological mischievous creature…depicted as mechanically oriented and devious." How does the gremlin work its magic? For writers, gremlins can erupt anytime we sit down to write. Negative messages from the past begin to creep into the present, hindering our writing.


Riding Lessons for Artists

The Basics are Basic

By Judy Wood

Horse

One of the irritating facts of life in many endeavors, and riding and art creation are right in there on this one, is that "the basics" are basic. As I have mentioned before, none of us came into this world knowing how to do these things. They need to be learned. Some of us have a greater aptitude than others, but we all have to learn from the ground up no matter what our area of interest may be. The "lucky" ones are those who do have that "natural" ability that makes learning and application of the learning less difficult than it is for many of the rest of us.


Inspiring Creativity

How Society Tells Us Not to Create

By Dave Storer

Inspiring CreativityWhat we must remember is that at a very basic level of the human psyche, we are all strongly encouraged by winning versus strongly discouraged by losing. For many, it takes just one loss to stop creativity cold. My own writing career is a case in point.

Rock Painting Tutorial

Painted Desert Cactus in Flower Planter

By Ernestina Gallina

Rock PaintingYou don't need a green thumb to grow this cactus, only rocks and acrylic paint! This everlasting, non-thorny cactus with its bright colors will decorate any corner of your home or office. Just choose an ordinary rock whose shape suggests the plant's shape, pot it, and finally paint it to resemble a real cactus!


Engaging Features


Thinking, Talking, Writing, Reading
Set the Page on Fire with Steve O'Keefe


Riding Lessons for Artists
with equestrian and Artist Judy Wood


Celebrating the Ubiquitous Beauties of the World
Artistic Perspectives with Lynda Lehmann


In Praise of the Creative Spirit
Persist with Peter Clothier


Taming Your Outer Child and Healing Abandonment
Exercises & Visualizations with Susan Anderson


Get Unreal; Solitude & Creativity
Write Starts with Hal Zina Bennett, PhD


The Art of Looking at Art
Slow Looking with Peter Clothier


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