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Creative Process

Why Worry?

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.29.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

I've spent a good amount of my time on Earth fretting. A defense developed in childhood, worry was my talisman, my rabbit's foot. I believed it kept me safe. Delving into my spiritual yearning has brought me to a place of openness and questioning.

Playing the Way Towards Creative Success

Karen Musey | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts
Karen Musey

I believe that everyone has their own kind of creativity, regardless of job or lifestyle. Creativity has endless forms and ways of expression. It brings out our problem solver. When stress or life or you name it interferes, we become more limited in our ability to innovate and be our best.

Don't Let Go of the Glow

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.17.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

I have a young friend, Andrea, who inspires the heck out of me. One day she told me how happy she was with the direction her life had been going. She said, "Things are going so good, I don't want to let go of the glow." Don't let go of the glow.

5 Rituals and Routines That Changed My Writing Life

Jennifer Blanchard | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Jennifer Blanchard

Being a writer is a challenging creative pursuit, because as writers, we spend a lot of time alone, in our heads. And for the longest time writers have been told they should write "when they feel inspired."

The Creativity Myth

Small Answers | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Small Answers

I think everyone is creative. Creativity is part of being human, like empathy. You aren't endowed with it, like brown eyes, and it doesn't spring forth fully formed. The expectation that creativity is about effortless talent is misleading and damaging.

When Losing Is Winning

Sue Shanahan | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

None of our efforts in life are ever wasted. We can't always see the reverberations of good intent, but they ripple forever outward just the same. Doing something out of love for another is no small thing.

The Under-appreciated Benefits of Creative Consistency

Gregory Ciotti | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Gregory Ciotti

Consistency doesn't count for everything, but it sure counts for a whole lot. With the many land mines out there, ready to derail even the most talented of people, "showing up" regularly offers undeniable benefits.

The Risks Of Never Reaching Inside Your Own Chest

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts
Iain S. Thomas

Here's the truth: You'll never know what's in your heart unless you reach inside your own chest and squeeze it. It sounds painful. It sounds dangerous. This is mainly because it is.

Questions Each Entrepreneur Should Be Asking

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
Hannah Lamarque

Before you go to bed, what do you do? Are you a bedtime planner or are you a nighttime panicker? Have you planned your sleeping routine hours in advance, pyjamas hotly pressed and laid out, or, like me, have you fallen asleep with your face glued to your computer screen?

The Passion Of Crowe: 'The Water Diviner' Marks Russell Crowe's Directorial Debut

Jaime Lubin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

The surrogate father-son friendship with the little boy reinvigorates our grieving protagonist, indicating that the waters of love can, often from innocence, spring anew.

Instinct Music

Stephen Bardo | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Stephen Bardo

As I've started to explore more outside of urban radio and hip hop blogs for inspiring and interesting music, I've been pulled in what feels like a thousand different directions. Dozens of musical genres float in and out of my musical landscape on a daily basis.

How to Become a Creative Superhero

Esther de Charon de Saint Germain | Posted 06.02.2015 | Small Business
Esther de Charon de Saint Germain

The fear of failure is an important element of the Creative Superhero's Kryptonite. Its antidote is playing. Go and play. Make a castle out of lego, draw with closed eyes. Leave a mistake in your text. Run with your arms spread wide open.

Trust Your Inner Compass

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

Always a seeker, my journey has now taken me in the direction of unraveling my self talk. By that I mean the voice in my head that is hell bent on me being a "good girl." It's the voice that shames, cajoles and judges everything I do. It's been with me for as long as I can remember.

Writing and Solitude

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 05.13.2015 | Books
Ann Tashi Slater

Writing is a solitary pursuit. There's something of the loneliness of the long distance runner in it. It often feels like an extreme sport. Hour after hour after hour of solitude. Time passing quickly if the work is going well, crawling if it's not.

Creatives in Cubicles: Creatives in the Non-Creative Workplace

Sophie Andrews | Posted 05.09.2015 | Business
Sophie Andrews

For those on the right end of the left-brain/right-brain spectrum, the structured -- even regimented -- nature of the non-creative workplace can be trying at times.

Ask Yourself This Question if You Want to Live a Creative Life

Natasha Che | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Natasha Che

The new year started in a whirlwind. I wrote three essays over the holidays. Two of them got on media outlets of high traffic volume. The third one ...

How to Procrastinate Without Feeling Guilty

Mary Ann Johnstone | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Ann Johnstone

The not doing that some call "procrastination" is universally steeped in shame and guilt and treats this incubation period like it should be included in the list of deadly sins next to greed and murder.

Calling Out My Angel

Sue Shanahan | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

I may add magical elements to the piece, but they are always based on photos. I need to do that to get the realism that my muse demands. I was a little leery about drawing an image that lived only in my mind, but I decided to give it a shot.

My Christmas Wish

Sue Shanahan | Posted 02.16.2015 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

The full color rendering above is my favorite holiday card concept. It's entitled, "Christmas in the Blue Room." That's were the official White House Christmas tree is displayed each year.

External Deflators: How to Deal With the Naysayers

Peter Himmelman | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

You need to be careful about who you share your goals with, especially when they're in their early stages. Because they're still under-developed, these nascent ideas are like gossamer, very fragile and susceptible to discouragement.

How a Novel Ends

Warren Adler | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

What constitutes the end of a story, and how is it achieved?

Designing Dream Cars of Immense Beauty and Desire

Soren Petersen | Posted 01.21.2015 | Los Angeles
Soren Petersen

Designing heart-stopping, beautiful objects requires a perfect cocktail of design, styling, expression and aesthetic function - and is not for the faint of heart. Design thinking, design process or a branding matrix, are not sufficient to infuse artifacts with a visceral experience of intense beauty and desire.

On Picture Book Month, Give the Gift of Wonder

Sue Shanahan | Posted 01.13.2015 | Books
Sue Shanahan

It was routine for me to enjoy books with my children before they fell asleep. The books I picked out helped them get to know me, and the ones they chose showed me who they were.

The Ultimate Guide To Fighting Those Creative Blocks

Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living

Losing focus? The remedy to that creative block may just be more obvious than you think. Whether you're stuck on a college paper, feeling like you'...

Something is Missing Without You

Sue Shanahan | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women
Sue Shanahan

I imagine humanity as being like an intricate, beautiful, stained glass window. Each piece of glass is lovingly chosen for its color, texture and amount of transparency.