Nine Modern Day Muses
By Jill Badonsky
I would like to acquaint you with a creative concept in the persona of a Muse. The concept is paying attention and the Muse is Aha-phrodite. What does paying attention mean to you in the creative process? If you are so inclined to engage your brain actively in this moment (always a good exercise for strengthening creative muscles), make a list of all the ways your creative process could benefit from paying attention. Go.
Take Ten for Writers Exercises
By Bonnie Neubauer
A biopic is a film that depicts and dramatizes the life of an important historical person, sometimes stretching the truth and telling the life story with varying degrees of accuracy. For this exercise, think of a riveting event from your life; get a good mental picture of it. You will be using it as the basis of the opening scene for a biopic of your life.
By Kate Quinlan
We've all heard it. Many of us have muttered it in frustration, or silently surrendered to the anguished thought. "I'm just not very creative." When I hear someone say this (or hear the words drag dejectedly through my own mind, like the losing team leaving the field), I politely but firmly repudiate this damaging admission. Let me start with what I offer as proof that you, whoever, wherever you are, undeniably possess creative ability.
By Dave Storer
We are all born with incredible creative abilities, and few things in life make us happier than fully engaging those abilities. To let a belief that we haven't the proper "permission" from either society, family and friends, or ourselves stop us from developing our creative abilities and expressing our deepest, truest selves in the best creative way we know how would be a terrible loss. The choice to create is yours; no one else should be given the power or authority to stop you. What are some specific, practical things you can do to get to a place where you feel you absolutely have the right to create and can begin to connect deeply with your own creative process and start to actively pursue your creative dreams?
Habits to Spark Creative Genius at Work
By Jeannine McGlade
What if we could change the world through play? Or stimulate our creativity with humor? What if how we imagine was recognized as being more important than what we know? According to Plato, "You can learn more about a person in one hour of play than in a year of conversation." Since the beginning of time, play has been an important way for humans to express ourselves, unwind, and create. Historically, humans have used some form of play to act out our stories, experiences, and rituals. From art on caves to the epic Olympic games of Greece, play is part of who we are and how we express our creative energy.
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Natalie Goldberg lived in Brooklyn until she was six, when her family moved out to Farmingdale, Long Island, where her father owned the bar the Aero Tavern. From a young age, Goldberg was mad for books and reading, and especially loved Carson McCullers's The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, which she read in ninth grade. She thinks that single book led her eventually to put pen to paper when she was twenty-four years old.'I Don't Believe in Writer's Block' | 'Thunder and Lightning' Interview | Beginner's Mind, Pen and Paper | Engendering Compassion | Alleviating Writer's Anxiety | What is Practice? | How to Flourish in Your Writing | Living the Writer's Life | Warning! (To Writers)
Guided Imagery intertwines words and imagination to evoke positive scenarios and possibilities to stimulate and inspire your creativity. These meditations are centered around the themes of discovery, expansion, surrender, nurturing, trust, courage, play, freedom, and comfort.