Today's Creativity Wisdom

Awaken Your Creativity

Write What You See
with Hank Kellner

CreativiTea for Creative Brains!
with Chris Dunmire

Reflect & Write
with Hank Kellner

Trick WordSearch Puzzles
with Chris Dunmire

Write What You See
with Hank Kellner

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

Humor Inspires Writing
Metaphors Inspire Writing
Interview with Artist Angela Cartwright
Rap as Poetry
Crossing Bridges
Where You're From
Nature's Forms in Poetry and Prose
The Power of the Visual
Isolation and Education
Black & White Images Stimulate Creativity
Why Do People Respond to Graphic Images?
Graphic Images Surround Us
Find Inspiration in Claude Monet
Historic Buildings in Community Theater
Writing Prompts: Bird Cage Theatre
Community Theater
Joke Word Search Puzzles
Shifting Perspectives
Combining Photos with Poems
Photo Essays Tell Stories
Connect Seeing with Writing
Photos Trigger Words
Photos as Writing Prompts
Shifting Perspectives
Contrast in Writing 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
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
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?
For Highly-Sensitive Creatives
The Four Steps of Creativity

Creative Careers Interviews

Catching Up with 'Lost in Space' Child Star Angela Cartwright

By Chris Dunmire

Angela Cartwright with Cast of Lost in SpaceI'm always intrigued by 'Where are they now?' shows, especially when child stars are profiled in before-and-after segments. We viewers finally get the inside scoop on where the kids we watched growing up on television ended up in life. Sometimes it's on to another show, 'When Child Stars Go Bad', but most kids grow up just like the rest of us do with similar challenges and rewards — they go to school, get married, have children, nurture careers, and pursue that thing called happiness. Angela Cartwright, the dark-haired girl who played Penny Robinson on Lost in Space (the alien-monkey pet-toting teen) is definitely one child star who hasn't gone bad.

Reflect & Write

Metaphors in Poems Inspire Writing

By Hank Kellner

CherriesIn act III, scene II of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Mark Antony delivers his well-known and often-quoted eulogy in honor of the recently murdered Julius Caesar. “Friends, Romans, countrymen,” he implores as he speaks to the crowd gathered at the Forum in Rome. Indeed, Marc Antony must have had many friends among those who listened to him. After all, didn’t he succeed in winning them over and turning them against Brutus? By the way, Mark Antony also was “friends” with Cleopatra. But that’s another story.

Books & Printables

Boost your Brain Power: 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: Engage with my Tree-mendous Memory! papercraft and game.

Reflect & Write

Humor Inspires Writing

By Hank Kellner

Cookie MonsterOne good way to inspire students to create written compositions is to discuss several works that are related by such themes as happiness, love, beauty, and others. For example, the poem-photo combinations that follow are based on the theme of humor. One possible activity is to divide a class or other group into several smaller groups and distribute photocopies of a few different pages from the book Reflect and Write to each group. Direct the participants to exchange ideas about the themes of the poems, and have them develop a list. Next, ask the participants to develop their own works based on the themes they have cited. As a follow-up activity, participants may share their creations with others by reading them aloud.

Reflect & Write

Crossing Bridges

By Hank Kellner

BridgeUnder construction from 1933 to 1937, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world. In fact, it’s been declared a modern Wonder of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Not all bridges, however, are majestic enough to earn such praise. But even the humblest bridge can help to trigger ideas that inspire either poetry or prose.


F-R-E-E-Writing Tutorial: FAST, RAW, EXACT, EASY

By Orna Ross

F-R-E-E-Writing is very simple. Its basic requirement is that you write as fast as you can, either randomly or on a specific topic. You write the first thoughts that come to your head. By writing fast, faster than your conscious, willed thoughts, you leave yourself open. You allow the words to rise spontaneously within you, to come and place themselves on the page without interference. F-R-E-E-Writing does not aim to be linear or logical, it does not aim for anything — other than to be done. Each session is a new journey without a map, in which you just write whatever it is you have to say at that moment in time.

Writing Prompt Projects

Printable Kindness Pass-Along Gift Cards

By Chris Dunmire

Sow kindness, reap joy.

French physicist, inventor, and theologian Blaise Pascal remarked, "Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much." We all have immense power to make our world a kinder place through our words and deeds. Use this gift to sow more kindness seeds into your day by using these printable kindness cards as tools to share and spread more 'kindfulness mindfulness' around your community, workplace, or school. Printable cards include holiday themes, blank write-in message cards, and pre-made beverage gift cards.

Suggested use: Share the cards wherever the spirit of kindness moves you.

Kindness challenge: Write personal messages to 10 recipients to receive your 'kindness seeds' in the next two weeks.

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?

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).

Creative Careers Interviews

Diana Rivera: Artist, Humanitarian, Creative Empowerment Life Coach

By Chris Dunmire

Diana RiveraDiana Rivera teaches the art of Drama to children, arts integration to teachers and creative empowerment / success to individuals in the creative industry as a Creative Empowerment Coach. Diana develops original content for children's TV, children's books and professionally for the theatre. Her last show, "Boop," written in conjunction with Elisabeth Millican of Feather Lead, is about the creative birth of the character Betty Boop. She is toward the tail end to being a certified Core Energy Life Coach through iPEC and is developing a course entitled "The Creative Frequency" for emerging to mid-level creatives in Los Angeles.

Inspiring Creativity

Getting Over Feeling You Don't Have Permission to Create

By Dave Storer

Inspiring CreativityWe 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.