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Creative Process

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 04.28.2015 | 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 04.23.2015 | 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 04.16.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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.

Good Writing Matters: A Conversation With Tree Swenson, the Director of Seattle's Hugo House

Russell C. Smith | Posted 12.09.2014 | Arts
Russell C. Smith

"Hugo House is such an important community resource, and it's fittingly named in honor of Richard Hugo, a Seattle writer who had a national impact. He's the perfect namesake for a writers' center."

Creative Genius: Giuseppe Verdi

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

How to spur your creativity? By listening to some Rigoletto and La Traviata music from the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.

An Idle Mind Is The Devil's Playground

Chuck Nyren | Posted 10.22.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Here's a novel concept: Doing nothing is as productive -- maybe even more productive -- as doing something.

The Writing Practice: Rituals, the Muse and Luck

Melanie Bishop | Posted 10.11.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

The importance of these rituals, and observances of objects as lucky, as somehow pleasing to the muse, is that they give us something concrete on which to focus.

The Power of a Present Mind in Sports and in Life

Howard Falco | Posted 09.24.2014 | Sports
Howard Falco

A present mind is the doorway to the most powerful state of personal creation. However, to get there, each person going after their dream must be willing to self-reflect and make the necessary changes to become this new version of themselves.

For As Much As It's Worth: Advice to Authors, part 1

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 09.21.2014 | Books
J Nelson Aviance

Write about what you know. It's so cliché and it's nauseating to even repeat it, but still it's something that needs repeating over and over and over.

Do You Have to Be Reasonable When You're Grieving?

Megan Devine | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

I could pretend, but that pretending cost me. I could be reasonable, but telling that lie was exhausting. Now, when I read about grief, when I attend conferences that talk about grief, I think about those early days. I think about being reasonable. I think of how ridiculous that is.