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10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity - Forbes

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VideoSisyphus the Titan pushing his infamous boulder up the hill; image credit Wikipedia “There is always room, if only in one’s own soul, to create a spot of Paradise, crazy though it may sound.” --Henry Miller, Preface to Stand Still Like the Hummingbird...

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Sharolyn S. Griffith's curator insight, March 26, 2013 10:35 AM

Creativity is essential as a skill for this century.

Rachelle Wooten's curator insight, March 26, 2013 11:25 AM

If there is one area where we could really use some creativity is in the area of PD! I could really appreciate this quote, "Spurts of time riddled with interruptions aren’t conducive to creativity because each time our focus is wrecked, we struggle to get back to the point we’d reached in our creative “flow”." Time is always an issue but it's so necessary to creativity.

academiPad's curator insight, May 10, 2013 4:08 PM

This is a must read for everybody who needs to be creative - that is everybody. Some tips include carving out time, making this non-negotiable, and recognizing that you have to work yourself into your creative zone are only some of the things discussed. Plus you get to watch a video on the topic from John Cleese - come one, JOHN CLEESE! Great read!!

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Information and inspiration: psychology & creativity. http://talentdevelop.com
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Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017 - The Creative Mind

Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017 - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

The Creative Mind newspaper for Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017 - Information and inspiration to enhance your creativity and personal growth, by Douglas Eby.

 

Photo: Thomas Moore on creativity and living our experiences
This brief audio clip is from his video interview "Detoxing the Soul" for the HealthMeans For The Holidays free health presentations event, with many other experts. http://healthaffiliate.center/20939-25.html

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Being "scattered" and proud of it

Being "scattered" and proud of it | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Barbara Sher talks about being multifaceted as an identity to celebrate: “If you're a Scanner, you are a very special kind of thinker."

“Unlike those people who seem to find and be satisfied with one area of interest, you’re genetically wired to be interested in many things."

Photo: Gordon Parks [1912-2006] was often referred to as a Renaissance man.

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Creative Talent: Genetics, A Muse, Or Hard Work?

Creative Talent: Genetics, A Muse, Or Hard Work? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

“This was a significant reversal, since it meant the idea of genius went from referring to a separate force that guided and, in effect, occasionally possessed people to referring to a special inner quality that people themselves possessed.”

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Perspiration Meets Inspiration or, The Return of the Muse

Perspiration Meets Inspiration or, The Return of the Muse | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"Would creating a work of art be easier for you if an inspiring spirit were here to guide you? To spark you with endless new ideas?"

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Tom Hanks on writing and self-consciousness

Tom Hanks on writing and self-consciousness | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Jeffrey Brown: But self-consciousness as in, hey, I’m an actor trying to write, or this isn’t my medium, or…

Tom Hanks: How about all those things? Plus a few other things
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Unfocus To Be Creative | The Creative Mind

Unfocus To Be Creative | The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

“Their creativity and productivity...were not the result of endless hours of toil. Their towering creative achievements result from modest ‘working’ hours.”

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Dancing With Our Unconscious | TalentDevelop

Dancing With Our Unconscious | TalentDevelop | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Being creative and realizing our talents involves self-awareness and respecting who we really are, including our unconscious depths. -- Jodie Foster comments...

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Be Spontaneous to Be Creative

Be Spontaneous to Be Creative | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Creative expression involves using and balancing both our "heart" and "head" working together.
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Sleep and Creative People – Are You Getting Enough?

Sleep and Creative People – Are You Getting Enough? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
As a creative, sensitive, or gifted person you may face different challenges with sleep than other people.
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Four books on the creative mind – plus videos

Four books on the creative mind – plus videos | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Here are four books with related videos for exploring your creative mind, and helping you, your children and students be more creative.
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Emotional Intelligence for Innovation

Emotional Intelligence for Innovation | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

This skill of emotional intelligence is important for living well in general, for individual creative expression, and for business success and innovation.

 

KH Kim, author of "The Creativity Challenge: How We Can Recapture American Innovation" says "Innovators experience deep emotions, are sensitive to the environment, and are emotionally expressive."

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James Patterson Teaches How To Succeed As A Writer

James Patterson Teaches How To Succeed As A Writer | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"Outlines are huge, how to create a scene… Be careful of ‘Oh I’ve got it figured out, I don’t want to read anymore’ – that’s death.” -- See video.

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Fear and Creativity: Robert Maurer and Elizabeth Gilbert

Fear and Creativity: Robert Maurer and Elizabeth Gilbert | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Psychologist Robert Maurer cites research: "if you have people have to mix during the course of their day, they will sometimes create ideas they would never do as they’re isolated in their cubicles.”

 

Elizabeth Gilbert addresses a number of topics related to being creative, including dealing with fears.

In an essay from her book on creativity, she notes: “I made a decision a long time ago that if I want creativity in my life – and I do – then I will have to make space for fear, too.

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Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017 - The Creative Mind

Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017 - The Creative Mind | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Information and inspiration to enhance your creativity and personal growth. Collection by Douglas Eby

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William Gibson on a Writer's Inner Life

William Gibson on a Writer's Inner Life | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
“My wife says that when I emerge from my office and declare that not only am I writing a bad book, I’m writing the worst book anyone has ever started, then she knows that I’m two-thirds of the way there.”
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Developing Creativity: Writing With Patience

Developing Creativity: Writing With Patience | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

And still it is not enough to have memories. One must be able to forget them when they are many, and one must have the great patience to wait until they come again.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

“Patience is a somewhat devalued commodity. Particularly among those who ought to know better – writers themselves.” – Dennis Palumbo

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Be More Playful To Be Creative

Be More Playful To Be Creative | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

“Creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.”

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Creativity Can Be Challenging

Creativity Can Be Challenging | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Creative work can be deeply rewarding, but also physically and emotionally challenging.

The photo is Juliette Binoche in a movie - her character “is an art instructor suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis...”

 

There are also emotional challenges in being creative, as Eric Maisel and Sharon M Barnes explain.

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Do We Have to Know It All to Be Innovative?

Do We Have to Know It All to Be Innovative? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it
Are strategies like brainstorming, extensive information gathering, and deep analysis of data the most productive to enhance innovation thinking?
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Conformity and Creativity | TalentDevelop

Conformity and Creativity | TalentDevelop | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

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

 

Therapist Sharon Barnes notes in an article some of the challenges that creative, exceptional people may experience.

Also see quotes by other psychologists and artists.

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Seth Godin On Success For Creative Freelancers

Seth Godin On Success For Creative Freelancers | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

How can being a freelancer work out for creative people? Creative freelancers include web designers, copywriters, programmers, photographers and others.

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Seth Godin comments,

“Think about the people who are truly great. The programmer who can save you months.

“The cartoonist who draws life-changing images on the backs of business cards. The guitar player who can sit in on a recording session and change everything…

“These people are first class. They’re in charge. Top of their game. The best of the best.

“That’s the freelancer each of us is capable of being.”

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Who do you think you are to be creative?

Who do you think you are to be creative? | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

Who do you think you are to be creative?

Do you feel confident about calling yourself an artist, or a creative person? Or do self-doubts get in the way?

 

Artists are at times depicted in movies and media in ways that promote myths about what it takes to be a “real” singer, writer, actor, painter or other creator.

Buying in to the negative aspects of those depictions and myths – for example, the “crazy artist” idea – can distort our self concept, our sense of identity as a creative person, and limit what we think we can do creatively.

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Attitudes to be creative and more innovative

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Attitudes to be creative and more innovative

 

“I don’t see myself in terms of artifice. I see myself as a real person who chooses to live my life in an open way – artistically.” Lady Gaga

How do attitudes we hold about ourselves and the world impact our creative thinking? Can we change those attitudes to be more creative?

In her research publications and book The Creativity Challenge, KH Kim describes a model and series of concepts for helping children and adults be more creative and productive.

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Aaron Sorkin Teaches Screenwriting

Aaron Sorkin Teaches Screenwriting | Developing Creativity | Scoop.it

"I’m in a constant state of writer’s block; that’s my default position.” Aaron Sorkin

 

As noted on the site of the MasterClass training programs: http://thecreativemind.net/MClass

"Now, the Academy Award winning writer is teaching screenwriting.

"You’ll learn his rules of storytelling, dialogue, character development, and what makes a script actually sell.

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