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Separating Curiosity from Creativity

Can you be creative without being curious? I find myself curious to learn the answer to this question. On some level it seems like asking if you can enjoy peanut butter without peanuts. Loads of creativity scholars tell us that curiosity is what drives creativity. But what if forces in our lives reduce our level […]

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The Linguistic Legacies of Technological Change

It is an annual obsession of ours: What new technological words have been added to the dictionary? When did “email” make it in? How about “tweet”? Of course, making the dictionary may insure a word immortality, but it doesn’t guarantee continued cultural dominance. I use the word “fax” nowadays about as much as I say “defenestration.” (Saying […]

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Do You Want a Netflix for Books?

The Wall Street Journal headline on Tuesday caught my eye: “Publishing Hears Echoes of Netflix Business Model: Digital Startups Prepare to Offer E-Book Subscription Services.” What could this mean? Are we moving to an all-you-can-eat world of books? I imagined myself following the binge model of TV viewing popular now with series like Netflix’s original House […]

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Is Creative Genius Inherent or Learned?

Is creative genius a gift that only some people are lucky enough to have, or can we all remake ourselves into creative geniuses? For the word genius to have any meaning, it must denote something special. And as Dash told his mother in The Incredibles, if everyone is special, that’s “another way of saying no […]

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Is Solo Creativity Really Dead?

Consider yourself lucky you’re not my wife. Every morning she is forced to endure a rant from me about something I’ve read in that day’s Washington Post. Sundays provide multiple opportunities for fist-shaking, but one editorial this past Sunday hit a nerve: the topic was creativity. The headline said it all: “The end of lone-wolf […]

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Creativity Tweets of the Week — 7/22/11

It’s back. As yet more evidence that I’m a bit slow, I’ve returned to my Friday tradition of providing you links to the best resources on creativity and writing I shared through Twitter and Facebook this week, despite the fact that the one time I ran a different post in its place, that post went […]

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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

While away at my MFA residency I’m highlighting posts from early in this blog’s life, posts not seen by most current readers of the Artist’s Road blog. Are you ever asked “Where do you get your ideas?” It’s a difficult question for most creatives to answer. In the October post below I described how Pulitzer-prize […]

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What is a Creative?

My mind has returned to the above question this week after getting feedback on my Monday post, “Creatives in Love.” I had noted that some creatives I know choose fellow creatives as mates. But what does it mean to be a “creative”? And if we all have an inherent creativity within us, isn’t everybody a […]

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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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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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