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Shifting Perspectives in Writing

Combining Photos with Poems

Photo Essays Tell Stories

Connect Seeing with Writing

Photos Trigger Words

Photos as Writing Prompts

Shifting Perspectives

365 Pictures Prompts

Contrast in Writing, Contrasting Subjects

Combining Photos with Poems


Using Photography to Inspire Writing

Less is More

Every Photograph Tells a Story

Shakti Gawain Interview

Becoming a Creative Channel

Trusting Intuition

Transforming Our World

Patti Digh: Sit Down and Write

Writing as Therapy

The Story You Need to Tell

Dancing with the Dark Goddess

11 Tips for Surviving a Day Job

Why Talent Isn't Nearly Enough

The Creative Power of Writing

How to Get Your Day Job to Leave YOU

Define Creativity — I Dare You

Work Lightly: Be Joyous

The Impossible Dream

Are You Highly Creative?

Conventional vs. Creative Intelligence

Creatives: Transform or Perish

F-R-E-E-Writing Tutorial

Note to Beginner Writers

7 Stages of The Creative Process

8 Habits of the Creatively Intelligent

Innovative Wire Sculpture Workshop

Tips for Artists Working at Home

Create Unconventional Art

Paralyzed by Perfectionism

Why Aren't I More Disciplined?

The Story with the Creative Tattoo

Making Stuff Up: Neil deGrasse Tyson

For Highly-Sensitive Creatives

Finding Your Own Audience

Are You Your Audience?

Are You Creative? Quiz

The Four Steps of Creativity

Joy Sikorski's 'How to Draw' Lessons

Embodying the Crone-Mermaid

A Ritual of Reclaiming Creativity

A Strategic Ritual Sadhana

Why Poetry for Difficult Times?

Introduction to Body Blissmas

A New Phase, a New Year, New Moons

We All Could Use an Imaginary Friend

Act As If You Trust Your Instincts

Sculpting Your Health as a Creative Outlet

Give Me a Quote

Yoga and Creativity

Make Healthy Eating Fun

32 Traits of Creative People

How to Capture and Use Creative Ideas

Do You Let Little Things Stop Your Creativity?

The New Wisdom of Doodling

Glittery Globe Collage Project

Decorative Painted Namaste Sign Project

Creative Play Cards Deck Project

Altered Art Purse Project

Visual Journaling by the Seat of Your Pants!

Plaster Mask Making Project

Funky Journal Cover Project

Creative Spirit Doll Project

Doodles as Windows to Your Soul

Visual Journaling: Symbolic Stories

365 Pictures

365 Pictures365 Pictures: Daily Prompt Generator

Discover the hidden treasure that's inspired teachers, writers, bloggers, and others for the last decade: Creativity Portal's original worldwide collaborative daily prompt generator! This inspiring feature is the result of the combined creative efforts of scores of artists, photographers, writers, and other creatives who answered the invitation to create and combine personal pictures, images, art, and illustrations with thought-provoking prompts to inspire others globally with unique perspectives and visual stimulus for writing projects. SEE TODAY'S PROMPT


Fostering Creativity

The Creative Magic of Naming

By Abby Connors

Fostering CreativityWhen I was a child, I thought naming a doll was almost as fun as the doll itself. I'd spend days happily hemming and hawing over the perfect name. Like every other form of creative expression, there's no one right way to give a toy a name — except the way you want to. Naming is also a form of pretend play, just like dressing up in princess gowns, playing house with a toy kitchen set, or "building" with a toy tool kit. Pretend play centered around grownup activities gives young children the opportunity to explore their feelings about their parents and other adults in their lives and "practice" adult roles.


Dreaming the Soul Back Home

Everyone Who Dreams is a Little Bit Shaman

By Robert Moss

DreamingThe essence of the shaman’s power to travel and to heal is the ability to dream strong. In our everyday modern lives, we stand at the edge of such power when we dream and remember to do something with our dreams. We all dream, and as the Kagwahiv, of Brazil, say: “Everyone who dreams is a little bit shaman.” Our dreams will show us how far we can go and when it is time for us to embark on our deeper journeys. “The work will teach you how to do it,” goes an Estonian proverb. In respect to soul, we can say this: the dream will teach you how to recover and nourish your soul.


Habits to Spark Creative Genius

Play: The Elixir of Creativity

By Jeannine McGlade

HabitsWhat 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."


Creative Careers Interviews

Chris Zydel: Intuitive Painting Facilitator

By Molly Anderson-Childers

Chris ZydelChris Zydel, MA, founder of Creative Juices Arts and Painting From The Wild Heart has been leading groups her whole life (she is the eldest of eight children) and has been facilitating creativity workshops ever since she was eleven years old when she would organize the neighborhood kids and put on skits, plays and musical events! She has had no formal training as an artist but has led a wildly creative life and has never once regretted choices made by following her heart and her muse.


Writing from the Deeper Self

Refining & Being Refined

By Naomi Rose

Writing from the Deeper SelfRefinements are always part of what an artist does. In the beginning is the rough idea, the desire, the glimpse. And then, once something is down on paper (or screen, or canvas), what is there that is imperfect itself suggests the refinements needed. Some people work everything out in their heads beforehand, and putting it down is almost a matter of dictation. Not so for me: I get the urge, and then I have to see it played out to some degree, have to have my hands in it, to move things around and try this and that. I'm sure things would go smoother if I just knew exactly what I wanted and executed it, like an engineer. But though engineering has its place, artistry is something else. There is an interaction between the known and the unknown; and the artist, the real medium of the manifestation, bridges the worlds of the unseen and the seen.


Kaizen-Muse™ Body Blissmas

Reach Past Your Limitations: Yoga and Creativity

By Jill Badonsky, MEd

Body BlissmasEmbrace an inspiration; set free an expression and in between, let the flow be effortless. Inhale, exhale, flow and release; test the edge. Explore stretching beyond your limitations, let go of the struggle. The above pertains both to the creative process and to the practice of yoga. In the Body Blissmas quest for creative wellness for spirit, mind and body, yoga is a powerful conduit for deepening our creative experience. And creative thought can in turn enrich our yoga practice or any practice concerning reverence for the body.


Inner Voices of Creativity

Listen to Patience Through SoulCollage

By Anne Marie Bennett

SoulCollagePatience can be one of the most difficult inner voices to hear in our lives. If you're struggling with this on your own creative journey right now, make a list of all of your creative projects that you have in process right now. Are there any projects specifically where your Voice of Patience can help you? Spend just two minutes each day this week in silent meditation. Simply breathe in and out for two minutes... nothing to do, nowhere to go. If thoughts come to distract you, notice them, but remember they are just thoughts and not who you are. Meditating like this can be a big help in strengthening your own inner voice of Patience.

Premiums and Printables

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.


Creativity

Are You Highly Creative? 15 Questions to Ask Yourself

By Orna Ross

Ever been told you are "too sensitive," "think too much" or are "too much of a perfectionist"? In a society that doesn't appreciate them, creative abilities can be labelled and experienced as liabilities, says Mary Taylor, LCSW, of the Creative Intelligence Centre. "Highly creative people often face a lifetime of hardship and psychological pain because they do not see themselves or their abilities clearly," says Taylor. "The abilities of highly creative people are frequently hidden under…emotional, occupational and relationship difficulties." While the [creative] person is all too aware of their problems, they are often unaware of their abilities.


Writer's Prompts

The Imagination Prompt Generator

230 Pictures

Open to possibilities and allow this inspirational instrument to help you play in the world of imagination. Manifest beautiful music and works of art through your thoughts and words. Remember, the unique element you bring to LIFE, and in this context, the writing table, is YOU. The prompts are here as a beginning, but what you bring through your unique perspective, experience, gifts, and imagination brings completeness to the creative process you are about to engage in. What a gift to treasure and share! Are you ready?


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