Robert Alan Black

32 Traits of Creative People

Are you ready to take an inventory of your creative traits? Each of these traits, if emphasized mildly to strongly, will help you be more creative.

Zap Out of the Blue
Little Things Can Stop Creativity

Barbara Bowen

The Need to Create

Everyone is creative. No one is excluded from this reality. But there are some people for whom creative expression is vital.

Creativity: Discipline or Willingness?
Creativity and Spirituality
Tempering the Inner Critic
Carl Jung and Gateways Themes
Dreams for Change
Creative Process: The Legacy
Enhancement through Repetition
Artist Presentation
Artist Support
Personal Renewal
Collective Renewal
Art Careers in Transition
The Need to Create
Creativity and Relationships
Tribute to Paul Newman
How the Fall Season Benefits Creativity
Creating and Fear
Creative Growth
Creative Process

Jeannine McGlade

Unblock Creative Expression
Build Confidence and Courage
Evolution, Creation, and Stimulation
Shape the Anatomy of Creative Genius
Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time
Play: The Elixir of Creativity
Play with Possibilities
Stimulate Creative Genius
Spark Passion

The Art of the Critique Romancing the Cod
Creativity and Inspiration
Digging for Ideas
Ideas to Nourish Creative Genius

Why Celebrate Failure?
Turning Off Judgment
Diving Deeper into Innovation
Generate Better Ideas
How to Be Creative
The Value of Making Mistakes
Ask Right Questions

SARK on Creativity

The Critics in Your Head Are Not You

Succulent Wild Love by SARK and Dr John WaddellYou have a constant stream of thoughts running through your mind, and we use the term "inner critics" to describe the thoughts that criticize you or tell you that you should be ashamed or feel guilty if you do what you want to do.

What To Do With Change + Losses | 'Glad No Matter What' Interview | Creative Careers Interview | Make Your Creative Dreams Real Questions


Natalie Goldberg Features

Natalie GoldbergNatalie 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)

Writing from the Deeper Self

Deep is Fun: A Challenge to Write Long(er)

Long sentences may seem to be on their way out, thanks to the ubiquity and speed-inducing presence of our digital world, but there is a lot to say for them, as writers in previous, less speed-absorbed cultures have shown. Long sentences get below the surface of things ~ lengthen not only the expanse of space that the words take up on the page, but also the stretch of space within the mind and spirit of the reader.

Listening Your Book into Being
For Fun, Write a Book
First Drafts
Inspired Writing
Your Book Can Heal the World
You are the Treasure
Refining & Being Refined
Fruits of a Writing Retreat
Is It Commerce, or Is It Art?
Writing a New Chapter Your Life
Beyond Expertise
Rough Drafts & Revisions
When Books Are Less Than Life
Writing In A Spiral
The Value of Completing a Book
Writing as Giving Back
Silence in Writing
Intimate Details in Writing
A Challenge to Write Long
Antidote to Fear
Writing What Can't Be Said
Creativity Isn't Just Good Ideas
In Praise of the Feminine
Writing as Healing
Pressing Essence into Books
Silence and Slowing Down
Please Yourself
Learning & Playing by Heart
Returning to What Persists
The You Who Writes
Slowing Down & Listening
Naomi Rose Interview

Writing as Therapy
Your Life-Changing Story
Trusting the (Creative) Process


Chris Zydel

Women, Painting and Power

I'm standing in my studio, watching ten women painting in silence with exquisite focus and concentration, and the energy is just humming. All of a sudden I hear a groan from one of the women and the words "Oh no, I hate it. It's so ugly." I smile, feeling a sense of great relief and dread.

Interview with Chris Zydel
Say 'Yes' to Your Creative Self
Creativity Time Bandits
Inner Critic Got You Down?
Intuitive Painting Blues
Intuitive Painting: Journey into the Unknown
Intuitive Painting: Risk and Change
Intuitive Painting: Spiritual Practice
One Magic Question for Creative Blocks
Women, Painting and Power

Lisa Agaran

Depression: The Repressed Voice of Creativity

In The Woman's Book of Creativity, C. Diane Ealy, Ph.D. mentions that, "Repressed creativity can express itself in unhealthy relationships, overwhelming stress, severe neurotic or even psychotic behavior, and addictive behaviors such as alcoholism. But perhaps the most insidious and common manifestation of repressed creativity in women (and men) is depression."

Highly Sensitive Person
A Journey Through Hills and Valleys
Creativity-Training Through The Senses
Depression: The Repressed Voice of Creativity
Re-enter Creative Process


The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)

As you take flight to the wondrous weaving of your dreams, know that you may need some help. Embarking upon the journey your soul may be saying: "Excuse me, excuse me, I have something I want to shaaaaarrre!" Or perhaps it is your heart that exclaims, "A life artfully lived? Yes! Yes! That's the ticket, I'd love to be, do, and have that!" And, as is the reality of the creative process, you are feeling . . . well, sort of alone.

Another Fine Myth
Aha-phrodite: Possibilities
Albert: Imagination, Innovation
Audacity: Courage, Uniqueness
Bea Silly: Play
Lull: Rejuvenation, Rest
Marge: Getting Started
Muse Song: Self Care, Nurturing
Shadow Muse: The Dark Side
Spills: Embracing Mistakes
Arnold the Bodyguard: Protection
Bonus Extras

Cultural and Elemental Muses

Zarpandit: Ruler of Moon & Night
Finding Yemaya: An Adventure At Home
Ninsaba's Garden of Dreams
Leanan Sidhe: Dark Faery of Emerald Isle
La Fauna: A Journey to the Heart
Soaring with Hopi Butterfly Maiden
Seeking the Elusive High Desert Gnome
Sirens to Selkies: Mermaids as Muses
The Fire of Inspiration: Pele
Water: Fount of Inspiration
Earth: Creative Bedrock
Air: Soaring with Swans
Dark: Muse of Shadows
Light: A Return to Joy
Dancing Stones at Cornwall
Landscape for Writers
Nature: Muse, Healer, Guide
The Chaotic Muse
Fear: Muse & Motivator
Dreams as Muse
Story as Muse
Coming Home
Be Your Own Muse
Inner Muse Interview

9 Greek Muses
Calliope: Muse of Epic Poetry
Clio's Lessons
Erato: Art and Soul of Sensual Poetry
Making New Music with Euterpe
Melpomene: Muse of Tragedies and Elegies
Polymnia: Muse of Sacred Song, Lyric Poetry
Terpsichore: Muse of Music and Dance
Thalia: Athenian Muse of Comedy
Urania's Meteor Shower


Annie Lang: Award-Winning Designer, Author & Artist

LangAnnie Lang is a self-taught award-winning designer, author, and artist from Grand Blanc, Michigan. Her how-to instructional books, licensed products and published magazine craft projects have found their way across six continents and into the hands and hearts of creative souls worldwide.

More Interviews
Natalie Goldberg
Sonia Wijts
Quinn McDonald
Jill Badonsky
Joan Lefkowitz
Cathy Yardley
Angela Hook
Pat Conway
David Duggins
Lynda Lehmann
Linda Dessau
Dorothy-Clare Jacobs
Annie Lang
Kristen Fischer
Kathy Rembisz
Anne Marie Bennett


Collage for Beginners

Collage creationsCollage art is a fun and relaxing way to begin experimenting with the endless possibilities of mixed media. This tutorial provides a loose framework for how to begin a mixed media project starting with magazine collage, adding in embellishments or found objects, and then applying additional media. After you've mastered the basics, you can explore creating your art on a variety of substrates such as book covers or wood panels and play with unique textures and effects.


Creative License
Random Acts of Kindness cards


Time: Kronos and Kairos

clockThere is an interesting historical context for a subjective perception of time that can help prepare the way for the conceptual journey of creating time. The ancient Greeks had two words for marking the differences between the experiences of time: kronos and kairos.

Time through Flow
Everday Flow
Plato to Play-To
Mission Paintment
Sacred Play