Creativity

Creative Writing Exercises
OnomatopoeiaThe Write-Brain Workbook
Join us in this extravaganza of creative writing fun! In celebration of Bonnie Neubauer's new, revised and expanded Write-Brain Workbook we bring you a sampling array of challenging writing prompts, colorful exercises, and printable activities straight from the pages of this enormous resource that will liberate your writing.

Bob Eckert's Innovation Leadership
Brain Tuning
SignsGet this: we create our personal reality. Now hang on… we're not saying that when a comet falls on your head, you caused that to happen. But you… you have the option to make of that event anything you want. You could decide that you're having a very bad hair day…

Free Printable Adult Coloring Pages
Magic Crayon Journaling
SignsThis fun and interactive journaling series by Patricia Mosca takes you on an unforgettable adventure of self-awareness and care as you follow writing prompts, set an intention and follow your dreams. Includes nine printable Magic Crayon Journal pages you can download and use for your own personal adventure.

GeniusHow to Prevail Over Creativity-Sucking Conflict
Conflict at work (or anywhere for that matter) well… frankly… it sucks. Sucks away our energy. Sucks away our creativity. Sucks away our health, joy and profit. It's just no fun. We can prevail over conflict. Yet it's not easy.

NewHow to Choose Your Feelings (Not Let Them Choose You)
Feelings are wonderful things. There are, however, feelings that we enjoy more, feelings that we enjoy less, and feelings that we don't like at all. There are feelings that serve us in some situations but don't serve us in others.

FearHow to Use Fear to Your Advantage
Fear. It can keep you alive. And it can kill you. It's a powerful, unpleasant emotion that causes us to pay attention to our surroundings with great vigilance so that we can react as quickly as possible to any potential danger coming our way before it's… TOO LATE! That vigilance keeps us alive.

MindHow to Lighten Up for Enlightenment
irst: Over 50 years of research on creativity has shown that playfulness and humor have a positive impact on the quantity of ideas and the quality of creative thinking in groups, which can lead to an increase in the organization's innovative output. Our direct experience working across industries (yes, even banking) at all levels of the organizations (yes, even the C-suite) validates this research every day.

IdeasHow to Build a Better Idea Trap
You sit down at your desk, turn on your computer, open the word processing software, and wait for the ideas to come to you. And then… nothing. What happened to all those great ideas that were streaming and percolating through your head while you were drifting off to sleep? Where did those concepts go that were popping like corn while you were in the shower?

InsightHow to Surrender to Your Humanity
Stop wasting time and energy being ashamed when you mess up. Quit pretending you know what you are doing and what you are talking about when you're not really sure. We waste too much energy in the cover-up. It's a conspiracy… but Mulder and Scully can't help you out here. We ALL pretend that we're a little more together than we really are.

Nurturing Young Imaginations with Abby Connors
The Creative Magic of Naming
HelloMy pig puppet greeted the kindergarten class with his usual cheerful oinking. Then he whispered in my ear."Oh, you're hungry? You'd like some corn?" I asked him. He nodded. All the children held out their hands, filled with delicious imaginary corn, ready to feed the pig.

Your Creative Impulse
A Quest through Eric Maisel's ‘The Van Gogh Blues’
Van Gogh"Vincent Van Gogh's depression was so severe that he cut off his own ear and has come to be remembered as an icon representing the lives of tortured artists everywhere. And he is not alone. Depression and anxiety seem to come with the territory for artists, writers, actors, and other creative types regardless of the specific medium with which they express themselves."

Creativity Interviews
Penny Redshaw, Creator of Motivating Giraffe
GiraffeGiraffes are such fascinating creatures to me. Not only do they carry themselves with poise and grace in the African savanna, but their leopard-patterned fur complements every striped zebra and tusked elephant in an adventurous safari. With their unusual presence, giraffes also fill me with amusement. If a giraffe were a piece of furniture, it would be a tall yellow and red coffee house stool with a six-foot back rest — and beautiful eyelashes, too!

Eric Maisel, PhD: The Van Gogh Blues
Meaningful Life, Meaningful Work, Meaningful Days
Van GoghIn order for you to live an authentic, meaningful life, which is the principal remedy for the depression creative people experience, you must feel that 1) the plan of your life is meaningful, 2) the work you do is meaningful, and 3) the way your spend your time is meaningful. These are three separate but related tasks, each with its own logic, demands, and obstacles.

Words & Images
Sightings
SightingsThrough a second story window I see branches, branches of the oak arching over my house and branches of trees across the street. Yesterday those trees and the flowers below were encased in ice. Today temperatures are warmer. The ice slowly melts. Droplets have formed. The trees are now draped in diamonds.

SARK and Dr John Waddell: Succulent Wild Love
Your Inner Critic Care System
Succulent Wild LoveYou 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.

Stories from the Creative Front
100 Inspiring Creativity Interviews
InterviewsThroughout the years, Creativity Portal has attracted countless muses, authors, artists, writers, teachers, coaches, and other creative professionals willing to share their stories, insights, trials, and triumphs with our readers. All have one things in common: they are brilliant and passionate about what they do.

Muses to Inspire You
The Elements: Air
MuseLet the Muses of Air inspire you to soar with the swans — even if you feel like an ugly duckling today. When I researched muses and goddesses; deities from all over the world, I found that there were air goddesses or air muses in nearly every culture, in every region of the globe from the icy reaches of the Arctic wastelands to right here in the American Southwest.

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