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Creative Process

Creative Genius: Giuseppe Verdi

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.25.2014 | 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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 07.25.2014 | 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 07.22.2014 | 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.

7 Ways To Engage In Creativity At The Office

Tom Sturges | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Sturges

How do you turn a potential pit of snakes and problems into one of your bright shining moments? It's easier than you think, and if you can simply allow yourself the chance to be creative, the best of you and the best of your ideas will emerge.

Creativity, the Fireworks of the Mind

K. Ford K. | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
K. Ford K.

A few years ago, a local teacher asked me if I would give her students a lesson on how to be more creative. Even though I had no idea what the lesson was going to be, I decided to accept her challenge.

Self-Discipline Is Way Overrated (Or: How I Stumbled Into Becoming a Rock Musician)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

Not long after that Passover, my father offered my cousin $150 for the guitar and a small amp. The tools of great change had come, and my future now lay before me. And all of this came with no self-discipline whatsoever.

10 Fool-Proof Keys to Creative Flow

Melissa Dinwiddie | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Melissa Dinwiddie

Creative taps never permanently dry up; they just get rusty from disuse. The secret to opening the flow is simply to do something.

K-Mart Painting Working Process

Marc Trujillo | Posted 07.03.2014 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

Here's how I start a painting, with a grisaille in acrylic to work out the composition and distill what I'm interested in visually about what I want to paint, in this case the interior of a K-Mart with post-Valentine's Day animals on sale.

An Interview With Alanis Morissette: When I Take Care of Myself, There's Always Inspiration

Omega Institute | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Alanis Morissette shares how she remains creative after more than 20 years writing award-winning music.

Failure, A Catalyst for Innovation: Interview with Author Sarah Lewis

Keosha Varela | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Keosha Varela

Author Sarah Lewis speaks with Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel about her new book. Author Sarah Lewis recently spoke at the As...

How Happiness Influences Our Creativity

Posted 12.29.2013 | Healthy Living

The term "tortured artist" is a well known one, and artists with that reputation often pride themselves on producing powerful work from places of pain...

Designing to Creativity

Michael Nobleza | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Michael Nobleza

It really isn't about whether or not we have the most recent version of a desktop design program, nor is about whether desks and chairs are situated with people facing each other. It's about designing to the creative process, rather than what we're able to extract from that process.

The Mentor: My Three-Day Job Interview With Hunter Thompson

Tara Ellison | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Tara Ellison

Hunter led me on a three-day crash course in life and writing that, at times, had me fearing for my life, but ultimately introduced me to the art and mystery of prose.

Crafting Slip: In the Studio With Arlene Shechet

Ruthie Abel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Ruthie Abel

Her work is precarious but her practice is steady. A recipient of numerous accolades, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Arts and Letters award, contemporary sculptor Arlene Shechet is constantly on the move.

Creativity: Moving Beyond Your Doubts and Fears

Susan Ann Darley | Posted 10.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Ann Darley

The next time your fears and doubts begin to cast a shadow on your talents and rob you of your joy, look within. Tap into your intrinsic worth as a human being. Recognize the gift of the life force within you that flows and creates through you.

Creativity Is Dead (Long Live Creativity)

Eve Simon | Posted 09.28.2013 | Technology
Eve Simon

When advanced technology leads to a barrage of new design challenges to solve for all at once, the compounding effect can be dizzying. And ironically, even limiting. Is it any wonder that we fear the creative process is about to take it in the teeth?

Escapes to Myself

Write for the Future | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Write for the Future

by Vivek Kunnath Fresh air! Loud cars! Big people! That man on the corner who sells ice cream! These thoughts rushed through my infantile mind as ...

Dessert-Design -- The Art of Touching All Five Senses!

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.15.2013 | Arts
Soren Petersen

Breakthrough innovation occurs when knowledge and experiences from vastly disparate areas are synthesized into new solutions. Is an increased sensitivity the reason why designers prefer to cave in or to perfect a solution before sharing it? How often has this inhibited designers from contributing to group meeting and brainstorming sessions?

Retreat

Joan Gelfand | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Joan Gelfand

When faced with a blank sheet of paper, ordinary people cringe. When faced with a writing assignment, normal people would rather go to the dentist.

'The First Sounds Ever Heard on Earth': A Conversation With Soundscape Artist Bernie Krause

Laura Cococcia | Posted 09.03.2013 | Arts
Laura Cococcia

In June, Bernie and I had a wide-ranging conversation regarding our mutual interests in education, technology, and the artistic process. Specifically, we discussed his evolution as an avant-garde artist, as well as the human evolution as both listeners and music makers.

Word Love

Roberta Gately | Posted 08.11.2013 | Good News
Roberta Gately

Standing there silently, my reverence for the capacity of a single word to change everything grew exponentially, and that respect for words continues to this day.

What's in a Name?

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 08.03.2013 | Weird News
Malcolm Kushner

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but would it sell as well? That's a fundamental question which consumes countless hours and dollars as ...