Nine Modern Day Muses

Aha-phrodite: Muse of Paying Attention to Possibilities

By Jill Badonsky

AhaphroditeI 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

Writing the Opening Scene for a Biopic of Your Life

By Bonnie Neubauer

BiopicA 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.

Inspiring Creativity

It's Not What You Create, It's That You Create

By Kate Quinlan

Inspiring CreativityWe'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.

Getting Over Feeling You Don't Have Permission to Create

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

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." 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.

Freeing the Writer Within with Natalie Goldberg

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)

How Guided Imagery Enhances Creativity

StoryworthyGuided 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.

Discovery | Expansion | Surrender | Nurture | Trust | Courage | Play | Freedom | Comfort

Reframing Approach to Getting Unstuck

Marcel Proust Approach to Getting Unstuck

Pottery Approach to Getting Unstuck

Buddy Approach to Getting Unstuck

Matrix Approach

Spiritual Approach to Getting Unstuck

Reward Approach to Getting Unstuck

Hero Approach to Getting Unstuck

Super Wordacious Writing Exercise

Biopic Writing Exercise

Hearing Voices Writing Exercise

I Wood If I Could Writing Exercise

LINGO-istics Writing Exercise

Listing Writing Exercise

Seuss-erific Q&A Writing Exercise

Saucy Millionaire Writing Exercise

Simile But Different Writing Exercise

VocabuLeery Writing Exercise

How Society Tells Us Not to Create

How Friends and Family May Convince Us Not to Create

How We Convince Ourselves Not to Create

Practical Suggestions for Giving Yourself Permission

Explore SARK's 'Make Your Creative Dreams Real'

Quest Through Eric Maisel's 'The Van Gogh Blues'

Art of Physics & Beethoven

Being an Artist and the Roaring 1920s

Co-Creator Series

Einstein, Wilson, & Glass

Elizabeth Gilbert: Creative Ignition

Giulietta Masina & a Classroom

Hedy Lamarr: Patent Invention

Imagination and Yann Tiersen

Lhasa de Sela: A Bid Farewell

Nina Surel's Studio

2000 Zen: Stepping on the Tight Rope

On the Creative Life of Pina Bausch

Pina Bausch and Leonardo da Vinci
Rage from 'The Tango Lesson'e

Rite of Passage for the Creative

The Transformative Wisdom of Sand

William Sidis: Destitute Genius

Yo-Yo Ma: Silk Road's Message

Say 'Yes' to Your Creative Self

Creativity Time Bandits

Inner Critic Got You Down?

Intuitive Painting Blues

Intuitive Painting: Into the Unknown

Intuitive Painting: Risk and Change

Intuitive Painting: Spiritual Practice

One Magic Question for Creative Blocks

Highly Sensitive Person and Creativity

Creativity: A Journey Through Hills and Valleys

Creativity-Training Through The Senses

How to Re-enter the Creative Process