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?
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.

Spirited Woman Q & A

Interview with Jewelry Designer, Artist, & Writer Katy Leakey

By Nancy Mills

Spirited Woman InterviewsQ. You took 11 men into the canopy on an expedition, what was the expedition for and how did this happen?

A. I wanted to study the Mayoruna Indians, and to get to this particular tribe — it's in one of the last of the so-called unexplored parts of the Amazon jungle. There is one section that is still primary forest and still uncharted, roughly on the border of Peru and Brazil. To get there you either helicopter or walk-in. I walked in because I felt that I had to have the experiences along the way and the changes in my own nature along the way, so that when I got to these people, if I could locate them, I would have a little better understanding of what their life might be about.

Guided Imagery

Courage in Creative Expression: Bear Medicine Meditation

By Molly Childers & Chris Dunmire

courageWhat is your definition of courage? What does courage symbolize to you? For this meditation, ponder this, as you close your eyes. Is courage a trait you possess — or one you wish to find more of in your heart?

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.

Therapeutic Creative Expression

Writing as Therapy

By Diana Raab, PhD

Today, many therapists use writing to augment talk therapy. In fact, sometimes writing is a vital part of many psychological interventions. Usually, writing is a solitary activity that can be done before or after a therapy session. Sometimes practitioners ask their clients to share their writings as a springboard for beginning the discussion. Writing is also one way you can communicate with yourself. It provides a container for your feelings and emotions. Sometimes such writing might feel good in the beginning, but if you write about painful subjects, the process can become too painful. This would probably a good time to take a break and do something else. Chances are that you will have already achieved the therapeutic results of writing for healing.

Fostering Creativity

Creative Arts and Creative Thinking Are Not the Same Thing!

By Abby Connors

Fostering CreativityI presented a workshop at a unique international conference, "Educating the Creative Mind," held at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. The conference was tremendously stimulating, with educators and researchers from all over the world sharing ideas. I met dancers, educational psychologists, actors, musicians, and arts educators from a variety of backgrounds, with a wide range of perspectives on arts-based education. There's so much more to "educating the creative mind" than arts education. First of all, as Dr. Howard Gardner pointed out in his keynote address at the conference, all art is not creative. In fact, much "art" in our popular culture is distressingly trite and derivative.

Creativity & Inspiration

Moments of Light

By Tom Evans

LightbulbWhen you experience a moment of light, it is quite simply magical. If you happened to have an Magnetic Resonance Imaging [MRI] scanner handy at the time, and you stuck your head in it, you would see every neuron in your brain lighting up as it connects with it's neighbours. Over 10 billion neurons would light up in harmony shouting "Eureka!" at you. Moments of light like this are more commonly referred to nowadays as light bulb moments. As Archimedes, Newton and Saint Paul could testify though, human beings experienced them well before the light bulb was invented.

Premiums and Printables

Origami Money Plant Project

By Chris Dunmire

Money PlantThey say that "Money doesn't grow on trees", but who says you can't grow it in a flower pot? With a little bit of creativity and imagination, I say anything is possible! Yes, YOU can make one of the most creatively delightful and satisfying gifts ever with my origami Money Plant design and as few as 20 single dollar bills. This craft is fun to make and hard to give away and features my fake funny Money Plant Seed Packet. Featured in Money: Everything You Never Knew About Your Favorite Thing to Find, Save, Spend, and Covet by Sandra and Harry Chonron.

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