Discovering Joy and her whimsical how-to draw books couldn't have come at a better time in my life. I was in a "serious" corporate job where I constantly wrestled between being my playful creative self and being a corporate hologram. Her book was an affirmation that having a playful side at work was okay, and as soon as I let that in, the dry-erase board doodling began and the desktop gumball machine came out. More »
A Self-Coaching Journey through "The 12 Secrets Highly Creative Women"
When I first read the cover to Gail McMeekin's book I assumed it would focus on the prolific creative habits successful women artists, writers, and performers dedicated themselves to on a regular basis. I expected tried-and-true action-oriented nudges such as "writing every day", "painting in a well-organized studio", and "acting when inspiration strikes." Then I read the book and found the material was developed far beyond a mere list of secrets and habits, including several that influenced big changes in my life.
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Art of the Song Creativity Radio: Creativity Corner Segments The Opinions of Others By Eric Maisel
Several years ago I received word that I'd come in second in a prestigious national novel-writing competition. Coming in second in a national novel-writing competition is like coming in second in major league sports. You're a loser.
Southwest Series Photo Writing Prompts Tombstone, Arizona By Chris Dunmire
Writing prompts to inspire the outlaw in you! Tombstone is famous for Wyatt Earp, the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the Bird Cage Theater, Boot Hill, and its tagline: "The Town Too Tough to Die."
Creative Careers in the Arts Interviews An Interview with Linda Dessau By Molly Anderson-Childers
Have you ever wondered what it's like being a music therapist? Tune in to this melodic interview with Linda Dessau to learn about the training, challenges, and rewards of working in the field of music therapy.
Inner Voices of Creativity Curiosity By Anne Marie Bennett
What if…? How can I…? Why…? Why not…? These are the mantras of my curious inner voice. Her words and energy are the driving force behind all of my creative projects.
26 Ways to Nurture Your Creative Life (an A to Z List) Break Some Rules By Chris Dunmire
What can you learn about pushing the envelope in your creative work by the examples of famous rule-breakers?
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Fitting in... or Not By Susan Ann Darley
Listen for your song and begin to sing it. Don't stifle it out of fear of where it will take you. Your song will allow you to soar. It is your freedom.
Diving Deeper into Innovation By Jonathan Vehar
Creating change in your product line, your work, your organization and your life is all about living the behaviors that drive innovation. The behaviors of curiosity, forgiveness, choosing reactions, and "playing" well with others.
How to Have and Capture More Creative Ideas By Dan Goodwin
We're ALL capable of having more ideas than we can handle. We just need a way of capturing them in enough detail so that when we return to them they still give that spark of energy and inspiration.