A creative life means opening a lot of small doors

Photo by Marietta Varga. “Art is the big door, but real life is a lot of small doors that you must pass through to create something new.” — Jean Giraud To be creative is to be open to the idea your ideas—your way of understanding the world—are limited by what you have experienced. A simple… Read more »

If you do nothing, nothing happens

If you want to be creative: you’re better off doing things than waiting around for inspiration to strike. Too many people say they want to think more creatively—they want to have ideas for making money, turning their art into their livelihood, or how to have an impact—but end up doing little to nothing because they… Read more »

Limit what’s possible and you’ll have more ideas

The painter always sits down with the tools he has available to him, in front of a canvas with a set size, knowing what his abilities will enable him to create. A chef comes to the table prepared with ingredients and supplies at the ready. It doesn’t matter what the specifics of the constraints are… Read more »

Creativity isn’t just what you think, it’s what you do with what you think

My life changed when I realized just how powerful simply showing up and trying things can be. I remember one time coming into the office and, upon hearing how I liked to dabble with web design during the weekends, my boss asking if I could create a little project for the office. The deal was… Read more »

How to get out of a creative rut

Originally posted to Quora. What does it mean to be “in a rut”? By definition, a rut is a deep track made by the repeated passage of a person or thing. It’s like going out for a walk every day of your life and always taking the same path. Over time that path becomes worn… Read more »

To be creative, start with what’s missing

There are a lot of reasons to get into cooking as a profession, being hungry isn’t one of them. Instead, a reason to take up cooking is to learn the art behind the dish, or to help satisfy others, or because you really enjoy a finely crafted meal, or—and most likely—to fill a void you… Read more »

Why your day job won’t kill creativity

Do regular, 9-to-5 jobs kill creativity? If so: how do they stifle it out of people who otherwise might be creatively gifted? What can we do to prevent it? Who’s to blame? Is it common for 9-5 jobs to kill creativity? As TV scriptwriter Stan Hayward puts it: “No. Not at all. Because a creative… Read more »

austinkleon: “Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you…

austinkleon: “Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment. You must not be your own obstacle. You must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own… Read more »

What makes your ideas matter

What makes it possible for you to have worthwhile ideas? As TED curator Chris Anderson puts it: “There’s one thing you have that no one else in the world has: Your own first-person experience of life. Yesterday you saw a sequence of things and experiences a sequence of emotions that is, quite literally, unique. You… Read more »

Five books you should read to learn more about creativity

What five books should you read if you want to learn more about creativity but have no idea where to start? I’ve read a lot of books centralized around the concept of creative thinking over the last ten years. Everything from the psychology or creativity to how some of histories greatest artists utilized it in… Read more »

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    Mastering creativity through repetition.

    In college there was a class on advanced painting, where students who had pursued a life in professional artistry or design came to set their path in stone with the help of a world renown painter. Most of those in the class were already making a living off of their artwork. They had procured full-time… Read more »

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  • March 25, 2013

    Want to be more confident with your creativity?

    Ever hear the phrase: “I’m just not the creative type?” Or ever get the feeling that you might not be as creative as you’d like? That’s a sign of low creative confidence. Creative confidence matters in the process, almost more than talents or abilities. As engineer and entrepreneur David Kelley explains in his TED talk… Read more »

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    Asking the right questions to invoke creativity.

    To invoke creative thought you often have to ask the right types of questions. Questions that will stir up new connections between concepts in your brain, or questions that will lead to other questions. But what are the right types of questions? In his book Beyond the Obvious, Phil McKinney explores from a top-level perspective:… Read more »

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  • March 25, 2013
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    How to evaluate the value of a creative idea.

    In the mid-1800s a French man by the name of Louis Ducos du Hauron had an idea for developing color photographs. At the time it was incredibly difficult – if not entirely impossible – to develop colored photographs due to an insensitivity on the plates used to develop red and green colors in the photographs…. Read more »

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  • March 21, 2013
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    Being more creative, brick by brick.

    When I was younger I remember visiting my grandparents home, an old, red bricked building with just one floor. The story was that my grandfather had built the home himself decades ago, by hand, brick by brick. He wanted to live near some land that had housed his orchard of apples, grapes, apricots, and –… Read more »

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  • March 19, 2013
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    This is your brain working.

    This image represents what your brain looks like while working. More precisely: it’s a visual chart of neural signals firing over time, a representation of how thoughts work in the brain. Compared to a computer, this type of representation resembles that of a digital signal, with 0 and 1 states for processes (you did know… Read more »

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  • March 18, 2013
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    Are you a creative or an innovator?

    What’s the difference between creativity and innovation? Creativity deals with original thought, asking “what comes next?” Innovation is about building on what already exists, focusing on ways to improve something already established. Creatives are dreamers, innovators are builders. If you think of ideas as nails, creatives are those who gather up the nails and collect… Read more »

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  • March 18, 2013
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    The best way to keep your ideas? Plus a Field Notes giveaway.

    Ideas come and go, if you’re lucky they come often stick around for at least a little while. For the rest of us, ideas disappear just as quickly as they came. Then, when you need them most, there’s nothing there. You’re stuck scrambling to come up with a new idea or frantically trying to recall… Read more »

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  • March 14, 2013
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    Creation is as much about the process as it is the end product.

    Cartoonist Charles Schulz illustrated this comic panel some time ago, but the feeling it conveys – particularly to creators – is a rattling one even today. Are you creating for the end product, or for the enjoyment of the process? …read more Via: Creative News

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  • March 13, 2013
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    The magic of creativity.

    Cicero, an ancient Roman, once wrote that “art embraces those things of which we have knowledge.” This belief was common in ancient Greek, where art was the distinct act of making things in accordance to rules. Specifically the existing rules of Nature. To the Greeks, nature was perfection. Mankind could not pursue anything outside of… Read more »

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