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Create! Words or Otherwise
Wise words and more on being a creative, often as a writer, but not only for them.
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How Unnecessary Creating Changes Everything

How Unnecessary Creating Changes Everything | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
Unnecessary creating redeems useless time into time spent doing genuinely meaningful things for yourself and others.
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The creative's equivalent of CPD?

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Does Creativity Come With A Price? New Insight On Creatives And Mental Illness

Does Creativity Come With A Price? New Insight On Creatives And Mental Illness | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
A new study says creative types--writers, in particular--are more likely to suffer from certain kinds of mental illness. The lead researcher discusses the reasons for the link and why we may want to rethink assumptions about sickness and treatment.
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36 Surprising Ways to Boost Creativity For Free

36 Surprising Ways to Boost Creativity For Free | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
Gaze at something green; swig some whiskey; sit outside a box. Find out how these and other tips help bring out our most creative selves.
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Hang out with sarcastic people. Hearing sarcastic expressions of anger can help our ability to solve creative problems a lot more than just hearing direct anger[13]. That’s possibly because sarcastic people seem less scary. So take the facetious route next time you want some new ideas from a coworker. (Yeah, right.)

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14 Writing Tips from Anne Lamott.

14 Writing Tips from Anne Lamott. | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
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"Figure out ways to jam the transmissions from Radio KFKD, the interior station feeding doubts and criticism into your brain. Especially about jealousy of other writers."

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Writing Can Do Wonders | Inside NOVA | PBS

Writing Can Do Wonders | Inside NOVA | PBS | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
"Why does such a simple writing exercise have such a big impact? The answer has to do with the content of the writing itself. Writing reduces people's tendency to ruminate because it provides them with an opportunity to express their concerns. Expressing concerns gives people some insight into the source of their stress, allowing them to reexamine the situation such that the tendency to worry during the actual pressure-filled situation decreases.

Worries are problematic because they deplete a part of the brain's processing power known as working memory, which is critical to successfully computing answers to difficult test questions. Working memory is lodged in the prefrontal cortex (at the very front of our heads, sitting just above the eyes) and is a sort of mental scratch pad that allows people to "work" with whatever information is held in consciousness, usually information relevant to the task at hand. When worries creep up, the working memory people normally use to succeed becomes overburdened. People lose the brain power necessary to excel.

For several decades, psychologists has been extolling the virtues of writing about personally traumatic events in your life, such as the death of a close family member or a difficult breakup. Time and time again, psychologists have found that, after several weeks of writing about a life stressor, people have fewer illness-related symptoms and even show a reduction in doctor's visits. "
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MAKE

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Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
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5 Tips on Creativity and Being Creative, from John Cleese

5 Tips on Creativity and Being Creative, from John Cleese | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

The creative process begins, he argues, with setting boundaries and establishing an oasis where we can feel free to play and create. In this sense, boundaries are what allow us the freedom to create.

He delivers five salient points...



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Science of Creativity Moves Into the Body

Science of Creativity Moves Into the Body | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

Why do new ideas and solutions surface to awareness when we’re away from the studio and instead gardening or fixing a fence or stacking wood or walking or running? There's more to explaining the dance between the body's movement and the mind's lights than saying the brain's executive planning network is relaxed and that the frontal cortex's brainwave patterns have shifted from beta to alpha. We know now, I hope, that being creative consistently—from ideation to block-busting to execution to launch & ship—involves much more than sitting and thinking. The body is not merely a shell.


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My Ideal Bookshelf: Portraits of Famous Creators Through the Spines of Their Favorite Books

My Ideal Bookshelf: Portraits of Famous Creators Through the Spines of Their Favorite Books | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
Reverse-engineering identity through the love of books.
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Anaïs Nin on Love, Hand-Lettered by Debbie Millman

Anaïs Nin on Love, Hand-Lettered by Debbie Millman | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
"Anxiety is love's greatest killer."...
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Goes for creativity as well...

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» Announcing the Developing Creativity Magazine

» Announcing the Developing Creativity Magazine | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
The Developing Creativity magazine features interactive articles on research, psychology and personal growth topics related to enhancing creativity.
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Further Evidence Links Creativity, Dishonesty

Further Evidence Links Creativity, Dishonesty | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
The Dark Side of Creativity: Original Thinkers Can Be More Dishonest is the title of a provocative paper published precisely one year ago. Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School and Dan Ariely of Duke University presented evidence that highly creative people are more likely to engage in unethical activities, apparently because they are better at finding ways to justify such behavior.

While those who value creativity conceded the logic of that equation, many were reluctant to embrace that uncomfortable conclusion. But newly published research confirms those results, and adds a twist.

In a study conducted by a research team led by psychologist Melanie Beaussart of California State University, San Bernardino, people who behaved ethically also scored lower in creativity. What’s more, creativity scores were also poor among participants who considered themselves ethical—whether or not that perception fit with their actual behavior.
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Freestyle rappers teach scientists about creativity

Freestyle rappers teach scientists about creativity | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
Restrictions aside, the researchers discovered important information about creativity. When the rappers freestyle rapped, activity in the medial prefrontal cortex (which is responsible for self-interested behavior) increased, while activity in the dorsolateral cortex (which regulates executive function), decreased. Also, while the rappers freestyled, the medial prefrontal cortex networked with other areas, including regions responsible for language and the amygdala, which plays a role emotions. And even though Eagle associates movement with freestyling, the brain did not show any increased activity in areas responsible for motor activity.

“We think there is a stronger coupling between motivation, action, language, and emotion,” Braun explains.
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Why Crowded Coffee Shops Fire Up Your Creativity

Why Crowded Coffee Shops Fire Up Your Creativity | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
CONCLUSION: The next time you're stumped on a creative challenge, head to a bustling coffee shop, not the library. As the researchers write in their paper, "[I]nstead of burying oneself in a quiet room trying to figure out a solution, walking out of one's comfort zone and getting into a relatively noisy environment may trigger the brain to think abstractly, and thus generate creative ideas."
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Courage to be Torn Down

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Henry Matisse said, Creativity takes courage, and it really does. Anybody can make anything. But to send it out into the world?
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The Daily Routines of Famous Writers

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A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.
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What the Research on Habit Formation Reveals about our Willpower and Overall Well-Being

What the Research on Habit Formation Reveals about our Willpower and Overall Well-Being | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it
The surprising science of habit formation and how to get started.
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The Science Behind Procrastination & How To Manage It

The Science Behind Procrastination & How To Manage It | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

In other words, the science behind procrastination all comes down to how human beings relate to time (which from a physics standpoint I think is a bit skewed anyway – but I’ll save that for another article). There are some legit ways we can fool our brains into not procrastinating though, or at least not procrastinating as much. That’s where the science behind it all comes into play.

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7 Creativity Tips From a Top Mathematician

7 Creativity Tips From a Top Mathematician | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

In our conversation, we talked about ways that math and art are alike, and how adopting the right mindset can lead to breakthroughs in creativity. Strogatz, who has experimented with making drawings and is coincidentally married to an artist, says the professions definitely share affinities: "We're all trying to express ourselves. We're also struck by the wonder in the world around us." Here are Strogatz's top insights about the creative nature of mathematics, which are relevant to any creative person.



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Top 29 Best Ways to Stay Creative in Life

Top 29 Best Ways to Stay Creative in Life | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

What are the steps you usually follow to be more creative than the rest? As of what i know, creativity is not something which comes automatically. Or else, you can also say Exploring or doing Research is actually another name of Creativity. Creativity is not bound to happen suddenly, infact it’s an art which many people have failed to understand miserably and thus have gone into losses. Creativity comes out when we try to research for something or start exploring on a concept, this is where a new idea gets born and thus the growth of creativity initialize.

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The Nature of Creativity: Science And Writing: Don't Edit Yourself

The Nature of Creativity: Science And Writing: Don't Edit Yourself | Create! Words or Otherwise | Scoop.it

Recently Science has shed some light on this phenomenon and, in the process, revealed two things I believe are of special interest to writers:

  1. When characters act as though they have wills of their own, they kinda do.

  2. All things being equal, it's probably better to pants your first draft.



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