Archive | November, 2010

I’m Guest Blogging Today…

… on John Betcher’s award-winning blog “Self-Publishing Central.” As I do on this blog every Wednesday, I profiled one of the creatives I met on my cross-country road trip. In this case it was self-published author Bill Aicher of Madison, Wisconsin. You can read Bill’s story and view a short video interview I did with […]

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Maximizing Your Creativity

TAKEAWAY: You don’t have to wait for creativity to come to you in order to create. “When the tide is in, write… but if the tide is out, don’t sweat it. That’s when you get your administrative tasking done.” That was the advice flutist/songwriter Steve “Voice of Golden Eagle” Cox shared with me when I […]

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Creativity Tweets of the Week — 11/26/10

Below are some inspiring articles and blog posts on creativity, writing, and art I promoted this week on Twitter @on_creativity: “Writing in Two Worlds: An Interview with Novelist and Journalist Jessica McCann,” Liz Massey, Write Livelihood: An informative Q&A with a freelance writer whose first novel is coming out in April. My bias? I’m a […]

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Create Your Own Opportunity

TAKEAWAY: Creatives must be open to creating their own opportunities to create. Imagine you’re a successful stage actress and television host in California. You’re living your dream of live performance. Then you follow your heart and find yourself in a modest-sized college town in the Plains. Do you give up on your artistic life? Not […]

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Are You Original?

TAKEAWAY: Breakthrough artists master a domain and then violate its rules in a quest for originality. To say that the novels of the late Stieg Larsson have received both critical acclaim and strong sales would be supreme understatement. So what was the secret of the author of the author of The Girl Who Kicked the […]

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Creativity Tweets of the Week — 11/19/10

Below are some inspiring articles and blog posts on creativity, writing, and art I promoted this week on Twitter @on_creativity: “Creative and Shy,” Excerpt from The Creative Mind by Douglas Eby: I have long found that creatives, including performance artists, are often introverted. I put myself in that category. This post has great insights on […]

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When Creativity Knocks

TAKEAWAY: Remain open to your creativity, so it remains open to you. “Your creativity is very temperamental. If you let too many ideas come knock on the back of your mind and you don’t take advantage of them, it will quit knocking.” So says Steve Cox, musician and web developer, named “Voice of Golden Eagle” […]

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When Do You Share Your Creation?

TAKEAWAY: Creatives face a difficult decision as they decide when to expose their creativity to a commenter or collaborator. How do you know when to let your toddler play on the jungle gym with the other kids while you stay seated on the park bench? Just as a new parent is tempted to lock her […]

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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 11/12/10

Below are some inspiring articles and blog posts on creativity I promoted this week on Twitter @on_creativity: “Is it Knowledge, Creativity or Innovation?” Jay Deragon, The Relationship Economy: What comes first, creativity or innovation? “The Hidden Barrier to Finding Creative Time?” Kathy Crabb, Stark Raving Muse: Ever feel guilty as a parent for wanting to […]

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Why We Need to Set our Goals High

TAKEAWAY: Set your goals pretentiously high, because even in failure you can achieve great things. Don’t aim too, high, we’re told. What if you fail? So what if I do? Talk to any successful inventor or technological innovator, and she’ll tell you how many times she fell flat on her face before achieving that breakthrough […]

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