NEW & INSPIRING

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


Write What You See

Using Photography to Inspire Writing in the Classroom

By Hank Kellner

BuildingIf "one picture is worth a thousand words," can one picture also inspire a thousand words? Of course it can. That's why educators are becoming increasingly aware of the power photographs have to unlock students' imaginations and help them express themselves through written language. Whether you want to teach specific writing skills or simply to help students overcome their reluctance to write, you'll find that photographs are powerful teaching aids that can inspire students at all levels to create both expository and creative compositions. What's more, when you use photographs in your classroom, you can be as directive — or as non-directive — as you choose to be.

Less is More | Every Photograph Tells a Story | Contrast in Writing, Subjects | Combining Photos with Poems | Photo Essays Tell Stories | Connect Seeing with Writing | Photos Trigger Words | Writing Prompts | Shifting Perspectives


Creative Inspiration

8 Enthralling Multicultural Muses

MusesMermaids symbolize abundance, creativity, wisdom, and renewal. A journey through space and time to ancient Sumer will find Ninsaba, the mysterious Goddess of Creativity, Education, Fate, and Agriculture. Yemaya is an ancient African goddess of the sea who wards off despair with music, ritual, and celebration. LaFauna is an Earth and fertility goddess from ancient Greece. Learn more about these fascinating entities, their energies, and symbolism and how they can inspire and open you to possibilities.

Zarpandit | Yemaya | Ninsaba | Leanan Sidhe | La Fauna | Hopi Butterfly Maiden | High Desert Gnome | Mermaids


Creativity & Inspiration

How to Capture and Use Creative Ideas

By Robert Alan Black, PhD

Have you been walking, jogging, showering, dreaming, driving when Zap! Out of the Blue came an idea,a solution, a hint of an idea? Most of us have these things happen to us. Some of us pay attention to them and some of us turn them into solutions that often lead to great success and possibly fame. Yet the greatest percentage of us say "ho hum another strange idea" and let them go. There are many theories about why these happen such as: our muse(es) give them to us; God gives them to us; or our subconscious gives them to us after we have consciously worked very hard on a problem andfinally have let it go.


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

Creativity Isn't Just About Having Good Ideas

By Naomi Rose

Writing from the Deeper SelfCreativity often seems to be viewed as the ability to come up with a lot of out-of-the-box ideas ~ a brainstorm of ingenuity, a mental agility. And while it can include this, of course, creativity is so much more than this. It is, at its essence, a soul-thing. And since this is so, everyone has the capacity to open to and cultivate it, if they are called to. But like many realities of our deep nature, this can be invisible to people about themselves, and it also can be invisible to a larger culture ~ such as our own. And the effects and side-effects of this neglect can be far-reaching, even if we are not consciously aware of it.


Kaizen-Muse™ Body Blissmas

Sculpting Your Health as a Creative Outlet

By Jill Badonsky, MEd

Body BlissmasSelf-help programs that passionately instigate positive change employ the act of thinking differently. They instruct us to think differently about: ourselves, the moment we are in, the world around us, our ability to manifest riches, the discovery of soul mate, our possibilities, our struggles, and on and on. Thinking differently is a vital ingredient of creative success since thinking differently IS creativity Health is another VITAL ingredient to creativity.


Rock Painting Tutorial

Adorable Painted Love Bugs

By Ernestina Gallina

Rock PaintingCould anyone resist to these funny lovebugs? They make a beautiful gift and are a statement of love. Choose the model and color combination you wish from the photos to guide you through each step. Choose smooth rocks that through the years have been gently smoothed and molded into the shape of a small ball.

Premiums and Printables

Boost your Brain Power
with Tree-mendous Memory! Games

By Chris Dunmire

Treemendous Memory! GameDid you know memory-boosting exercises help improve brain function and positively impact your creative ability as you age? That's why so many sage people are addicted to puzzles like word searches and Sudoku! Here's a playful way to exercise your memory and boost your brainpower: Play my Tree-mendous Memory! game. It comes in two editions: Fall and Spring and can be downloaded in four different styles.


Fostering Creativity

The Crunchy Munchy Salad Activity

By Molly J. Anderson-Childers

Fostering CreativityYou will not find too many children’s songs about healthy foods. I always hope this activity will inspire interest in eating salad. At least it inspires interest in pretending to be salad! Learning benefits of this activity include: Auditory memory (remembering musical cues to jump and clap); Cognitive development (colors); Curiosity; Fine-motor skills (clapping); Gross-motor skills (jumping); Imagination (pretending to be vegetables); Listening skills (waiting for their colors to be called); and Vocabulary (lettuce, onion, tomato, carrot).


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.


Inspiration

Inspiring Creativity Quotes

CREATIVITY FEATURES & SERIES

Living in the Light, Creativity & Intuition
with Shakti Gawain


12 Rants About Writing, Writers, & Whining Writers
with Patti Digh


Writing as Therapy
with Diana Raab, PhD


Your Life-Changing Story: The Story You Need to Tell
with Sandra Marinella, MA, MEd


Heroine's Journey: Dancing with the Dark Goddess
with Sara Avant Stover


Surviving Your Day Job with Your Creativity Intact
with Durga Walker


Creative Intelligence & FREE-Writing
with Orna Ross


Innovative Wire Sculpture Workshop
with Elizabeth Berrien



19 Profiles of Creative Empowerment
with Diana Rivera


Creative Process, Highly Sensitive Person & Creativity
with Lisa Agaran


Dreaming, Shamanism, & Imagination
with Robert Moss


Writing with Courage and Craft
with Barbara Abercrombie


Lightbulb Moments on Tap
with Tom Evans


The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)
with Jill Badonsky, MEd


No Ordinary Time
with Jan Phillips


Intuitive Process Painting
with Chris Zydel


Teaching Creativity & Music to Children
with Abby Connors


Learning from Leonardo: DaVinci's Genius Habits
with Linda Dessau