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More room in the brain | TalentDevelop

More room in the brain | TalentDevelop | Creativity | Scoop.it

“I hope I’m becoming more eccentric. More room in the brain.” Musician Tom Waits

Being eccentric – choosing not to be more safely mundane – can help our creative thinking and courage.

 

As psychologist Robert Ornstein, PhD has noted, “If you spend too much time being like everybody else, you decrease your chances of coming up with something different.”


Via Douglas Eby
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Yes, please, to a brain with lots of room for play. 

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One Is Not Enough: Why Creative People Need Multiple Outlets

One Is Not Enough: Why Creative People Need Multiple Outlets | Creativity | Scoop.it

The most interesting, creative people I know express themselves in a variety of ways."

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"The key is finding a form in which the final product matters less than in my professional work."

 

As a doodler and multi-creator, I thoroughly agree.  (Thank you, Suzan D., who rightly knew I would love this article!)

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Fantastically Wrong: The Angry, Enormous Eagle That Could Carry Off Elephants | Science | WIRED

Fantastically Wrong: The Angry, Enormous Eagle That Could Carry Off Elephants | Science | WIRED | Creativity | Scoop.it
On the 556th evening of successfully not being murdered by her chucklehead king of a husband in the Arabian Nights, Scheherazade relates the tale of Sinbad’s tanglings with a beast most cruel. Sailing from city to city with merchants, Sinbad eventually comes to a deserted island, where he spies a huge white dome half buried…
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A bit of fun with mythology, paleontology, psychological speculation and Sinbad. What monsters will you imagine today?

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"Cookie-tin Banjo" by Benjamin Scheuer & Escapist Papers

"Cookie-tin Banjo” is from Benjamin Scheuer’s show THE LION Buy the song on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/cookie-tin-banjo/id893755100?i=893755259
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Creativity is meant to passed on to the next generation as a legacy of love. This is a delightful story of such a gift.

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Hyperbole and a Half

Hyperbole and a Half | Creativity | Scoop.it
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Quirky, touching, provocative story. 

 

Your writing prompt:

 

Did you ever have a costume, uniform, hat, or badge that transformed you? What did you become? What happened next?  

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37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading

37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading | Creativity | Scoop.it
Making things is hard. Here are some books to inspire and invigorate you.
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A great list for writers and creatives. Some of these, like Letters to a Young Poet, have changed my life. Always reach for inspiration and growth - it's out there.

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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently | Creativity | Scoop.it

Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. 
      

Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity, far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional).

     

....psychologically, creative personality types are ... complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. ...not just a stereotype of the "tortured artist" -- artists really may be more complicated people.

    

Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University who has spent years researching creativity, [said], "Imaginative people have messier minds."

   

Excerpts from the full list of 18:
     
They daydream.   Creative types know that daydreaming is anything but a waste of time.   ...mind-wandering can aid in the process of "creative incubation." ...from experience [we know] that our best ideas come seemingly out of the blue when our minds are elsewhere.

    

They observe everything.

Henry James is widely quoted, a writer is someone on whom "nothing is lost."
    
They take time for solitude."In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone," wrote the American existential psychologist Rollo May. 

 

     

They turn life's obstacles around.  Specifically, researchers have found that trauma can help people to grow in the areas of interpersonal relationships, spirituality, appreciation of life, personal strength, and -- most importantly for creativity -- seeing new possibilities in life.

     

 

They take risks.

 

.... "Creativity is the act of making something from nothing. It requires making public those bets first placed by imagination. This is not a job for the timid. Time wasted, reputation tarnished, money not well spent -- these are all by-products of creativity gone awry."

 

    

 

They make time for mindfulness.

 

Creative types understand the value of a clear and focused mind -- because their work depends on it. Many artists, entrepreneurs, writers and other creative workers, such as David Lynch,  have turned to meditation as a tool for tapping into their most creative state of mind.

 

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Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
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I can relate to this! "Imaginative people have messier minds."

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, March 6, 2:17 AM

It's helpful to see this 2014 version of what distinguishes creatives, updated with mindfulness practice, yet listing daydreaming in the first, #1 spot.  The article offers a quote from the writer Joan Didion's notebook , "We are talking about something private, about bits of the mind’s string too short to use, an indiscriminate and erratic assemblage with meaning only for its marker."  ~  D

Robin Martin's curator insight, March 6, 10:14 PM

Thanks for sharing this, Deb! Loved it!

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Kindling: A Doodle: Saying Yes

Kindling: A Doodle: Saying Yes | Creativity | Scoop.it
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Say yes to creativity.

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19 Daily Habits Of Artists That Can Help Unlock Your Creativity

19 Daily Habits Of Artists That Can Help Unlock Your Creativity | Creativity | Scoop.it
You don't have to be a famous painter or sculptor to sympathize with the pains of creative block. Whether it comes on like a giant smack in the face or creeps up on you like a shiver down your spine, we've all dealt with the woes of being stuck. You ...
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My two favorites:


*Failure is only one moment before success.*

 

and

 

*Creation can come from destruction.*

 

Many stories I've written seemed failures - until I revised them later, and they won awards.

 

I discovered collage by destroying a watercolor of mine that I hated. It become something entirely new that I quite loved.

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Flying Swarms of Everyday Objects by Thomas Jackson | Colossal

Flying Swarms of Everyday Objects by Thomas Jackson | Colossal | Creativity | Scoop.it
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Love the concept of playing with "swarm." Anything can make curious, - anything can become your theme when you're creating. 

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» 10 Ways to Overcome Creativity’s No.1 Crusher - World of Psychology

» 10 Ways to Overcome Creativity’s No.1 Crusher  - World of Psychology | Creativity | Scoop.it
"The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt," wrote Sylvia Plath in her journal. And she couldn’t have been more accurate. Self-doubt can persuade us to s
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I have turned self-doubt into a force that fuels me - so that rather than avoid it, I leap into it and create anyway. You can do this!

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Untranslatable Words, shows a lot about different cultures

Untranslatable Words, shows a lot about different cultures | Creativity | Scoop.it
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Love the concept! This opens us up to learning from other cultures at the deepest root, language. 

 

Just yesterday on Jonathan Goldstein's NPR show, Wire Tap, a Welsh word debated to mean either "longing for what you don't have," or "a longing to be in Wales."

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Why Openness To Experience Is The Key To Creativity

Why Openness To Experience Is The Key To Creativity | Creativity | Scoop.it
Want to be more creative? Open yourself up to more experiences.
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I try to consciously check myself before going somewhere or meeting someone by asking: How open am I?

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Beauty Is Embarrassing - Official Trailer 9/7 [HD]

Opening in NY & LA on Sept. 7th! Visit http://beautyisembarrassing.com/ for more screening information! Like the movie on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/b...
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I am always inspired by an artist who is not afraid to try new things . . .

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How To Attend The Invisible College

How To Attend The Invisible College | Creativity | Scoop.it
We ask members of Portland's art community about what's known as
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Sometimes, your best education happens invisibly . . .

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Maria Popova: Staying Present and Grounded in the Age of Information Overload

Maria Popova: Staying Present and Grounded in the Age of Information Overload | Creativity | Scoop.it
The founder of Brain Pickings discusses the tug of war between ambition and mental clarity.
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Great interview of the creative curator Maria Popova.

 

My favorite segment is below . . .

 

You know, it’s funny because I frequently get emails from young people starting out and asking, “How do I make a successful website or start my own thing?” And, very often, it’s tied to some measure of success that’s audience-based or reach-based. “How do you build up to seven million readers a month or two million Facebook fans?” But the work is not how to get that size of an audience or those numbers. That’s just the byproduct of what Lewis Hyde calls “creative labor,” which is really our inner drive. The real work is how not to hang your self-worth, your sense of success and merits, the fullness of your heart, and the stability of your soul on those numbers—on that constant positive reinforcement and external validation. That’s the only real work, and the irony is that the more “successful” you get, by either your own standards or external standards, the harder it is to decouple all of those inner values from your work. I think we often confuse the doing for the being.

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The Daily Life of Some Really Creative People

The Daily Life of Some Really Creative People | Creativity | Scoop.it
Info We Trust has come up with this handy visual that tracks the daily routines of some A-list creatives. The challenge was: How do creatives – composers, painters, writers, scientists, philosophers – find the time to produce their opus? Mason Currey investigated the rigid Daily Rituals that 
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Interesting! A few didn't exercise, or worry about making ends meet, while others socialized or took naps on a daily basis.

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Secrets of the Creative Brain

Secrets of the Creative Brain | Creativity | Scoop.it
A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness. 
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Aside from research details in the first half, I found this article engaging yet not particularly enlightening. Yes, schizophrenia is rampant in many creative families including my own. Yes, inventors are untidy while engineers are practical. 

 

And it has long been observed that creative individuals can channel psychic pain and accept their darkness.

 

In my work, I help each creator find their own creative place; I believe you can know your own "inventor" as well as your own inner "engineer." It's more about the states you allow yourself to be in than the genes you were born with.

 

People who don't identify as creative don't take time out to tap musing and wondering, a state the author describes as REST. Yet a reordering of priorities and change of states can have a huge impact.

 

We all have access to what I call the Dream Kid. It's just that most of the time we've labeled ourselves, gotten too busy, or pushed the possibilities from our lives.

 

From other creatives, we can learn how to take in the habits that foster unexpected connections and good ideas. 

 

We may get deeper in touch with ourselves and our subconscious pain, as well. No mental illness required. 

 

 

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How To Turn Your Handwriting Into A Font

How To Turn Your Handwriting Into A Font | Creativity | Scoop.it
Add the ultimate personal touch to any document: turn your handwriting into a font and use that. There's a lot of creative potential here, and it's a lot easier to do than you'd think thanks to MyScriptFont. Friends don't let friends use Comic Sans. It's just a bad idea. If you want a font that…
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Gonna try this - adding a measure of personal creativity to everyday documents or worksheets for Wildfire Writing class.

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Kindling: What's Your Creative Process?

Kindling: What's Your Creative Process? | Creativity | Scoop.it
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It's all about embracing your pace!

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The power of time off

The power of time off | Creativity | Scoop.it
Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.
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More about Sagmeister's genius approach of time off to fuel creativity. "Sameness is overrated." - love this wisdom!

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The Happy Show's Stefan Sagmeister in Studio Q

Austrian-born, New York-based Stefan Sagmeister - a witty and imaginative graphic designer who's created many Grammy-winning album covers - has been exploring the nature of happiness for a decade, and has come up with a set of rules to live by. These are expressed visually using playful forms or l...
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Stefan Sagmeister's words about keeping the fun in your work are hugely inspiring to me.

 

I first heard this interview a year ago, and I've been pondering the Client Free Year ever since. I've discovered that even Client Free Days or Half-Weeks or anything just for yourself as a creative business owner is vastly worthwhile and keeps the fun juice in the business!

 

His views on happiness are also worth playing with.

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We Say We Like Creativity, but We Really Don’t

We Say We Like Creativity, but We Really Don’t | Creativity | Scoop.it
In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world.
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This article examines something I've noticed and expected for quite some time. Our society lauds creativity - after the fact, after something has been proven to "work" or "succeed."

 

But going against the flow is suspect. It scares people.

 

Jessica Olien explains, also, why the creative person learns to live and work independently, disregarding the good opinion of others.

 

I'm finally finding collaborative artists who are willing to take risks with me, but a large part of my early working life brought disapproval from others for my outlandish ideas. Or, if they didn't outright disapprove, they were just weirded out! 

 

It's wonderful to pass that threshhold, and feel good about who I am and what I do. 

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3 Signs You Are Too Creative for a 9-to-5

3 Signs You Are Too Creative for a 9-to-5 | Creativity | Scoop.it
A "workday" is just not your thing.
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Do you have a hard time fitting into the mold?

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In Praise of Doodling | HiLobrow

In Praise of Doodling | HiLobrow | Creativity | Scoop.it
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Doodling is getting attention right now, with an emphasis on mindful drawing, such as the Zentangle technique. Studies are showing that students who engage in purposeful doodling before a test perform better. 

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Three Ways to Think Deeply at Work

Three Ways to Think Deeply at Work | Creativity | Scoop.it
Research into brain science can help us cut through the mind-clutter.
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Stepping away from an issue and engaging in a distraction does not mean you're getting distracted. It means you are letting the unseen, creative processes do their work while you direct attention elsewhere. 

 

Spending a few minutes with a journal, sketchbook, favorite song, hobby, or going for a walk are great ways to engage the mind with a light, fun, task - this is outlined in Burn Wild: A Writer's Guide to Creative Breakthrough.

 

Meanwhile, you are giving your creative mind the room it needs to breathe.

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