Six “not new ways” to ignite your creativity this year

What does it mean to live more creatively? That’s what I promised myself this year after two years of “checking out” to pursue a graduate certificate in IT Project Management and get my PMP certification. Success on both of those goals! “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to… Continue reading Six “not new ways” to ignite your creativity this year

Adult Coloring Books Although I haven’t jumped in yet, I’ve been looking at the adult coloring books on Amazon ever since my friend recommended The Secret Garden, this coloring book is thought to be the one that started the “adult coloring craze” or trend. It has sold over 2,000,000 copies! I know how much paper and scissors and… Continue reading Adult Coloring Books

7 Ways to Keep The Passion for the Writing Life

Life can’t ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until death – fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant. ~Edna Ferber, A Kind of Magic, 1963 Writers who feel a passion for writing might consider writing their constant companion. And with every relationship there… Continue reading 7 Ways to Keep The Passion for the Writing Life

Journals and Diaries

It seems to me that the problem with diaries, and the reason that most of them are so boring, is that every day we vacillate between examining our hangnails and speculating on cosmic order. Ann Beattie, Picturing Will, 1989 Do you keep a journal or a diary? I used to when I was in grammar… Continue reading Journals and Diaries

Sources of Creativity

The things we fear most in organizations — fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances are the primary sources of creativity.Margaret J. Wheatley I’ve tried to explain this to my husband in regards to my office but he’s not buying it. If you’re a regular nag reader you know that I’ve talked about hosting Dr. Eric Maisel’s book as… Continue reading Sources of Creativity

What Works For Me…May Not Work For You

A creative block is the wall we erect to ward off the anxiety we suppose we’ll experience if we sit down to work. Eric Maisel I wanted to address a comment Jim made yesterday about my sculpting post…In reference to one writers way of writing. “I’m sure that’s the case for some but writing is… Continue reading What Works For Me…May Not Work For You

Finer than Frog’s Hair

I have the longing that all writers have for new ears to pour my words into.—Alasdair MacLean Yesterday, I went to a railroad hobbyists open house and was mesmerized by the miniature lands they created to run their trains through. The attention to detail was staggering. There was circus trains running by a scale 3-ring… Continue reading Finer than Frog’s Hair

Allow the mistakes…and create great art.

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams I think so many times we don’t allow ourselves the mistakes. And that is a problem because we can get too complacent and our writing and/or or art can suffer. Are we safe writers who write for an audience?… Continue reading Allow the mistakes…and create great art.