From Creative Transitions

The Creative Rituals of a New Project: Prayers and Underpainting

Creativity Tip: Create your own ritual to mark the start of a new creative project. It’s a simple way to celebrate your creative practice. Most of my rituals involve prayer; yours should include whatever helps you find your voice and celebrate the beginning of something fresh and new. Is it the singing of a specific song? The …

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Remnants of Creativity

The Remnants of Creativity

REMNANTS of CREATIVITY:  A few months ago, a group of amazing women artists that I’m a part of called CAW (Creative Arts for Women) announced a group show with the theme of “Remnants.”  I walked around with the idea of remnants for a while and played with literal and figurative ideas.  I’m finishing the last …

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Shiny Things - How to FInish Your Creative Projects

Overcoming The Distraction of Shiny Things – How to Finish Your Creative Project

Is it just me, or does it seem like the number of exciting, shiny-new ideas increases in direct proportion to one’s proximity to the end of a project? It sure feels that way to me.  I’m working on final revisions for my first novel and despite being about to realize a dream I’ve held in …

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How to Quickly Find Your Creative Flow

The Secret to Quickly Finding Your Creative Flow or Why Silliness is a Powerful Creative Tool

It can be difficult to find time for creative pursuits and even more challenging to transition into meaningful, creative production when we do find time.  I used to grumble in frustration about the amount of time I wasted moving into a place of creative flow until I developed a set of rituals to assist me …

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Making Space for Creativity

Making Space for Creativity

I was recently asked to give a single piece of advice to a high-school student.  My advice was simple:  make space for what you love.  Make the space in your heart and mind. Make space on your calendar and in your budget.  Make the physical space for what you love and desire.  Do this and …

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Creative Curiosity or The Brilliance of Nonsense: Using Questions, Simile, and Silliness to Spark Creativity

Creative Curiosity or The Brilliance of Nonsense: Using Questions, Simile, and Silliness to Spark Creativity

Curiosity and play are primary components to creativity.  Sometimes we get so wrapped up in life, that when we have the time to pursue our own creative work, we find it difficult to transition into productive, imaginative flow. Three creative transition exercises that work for me:   questions – similes – ridiculousness Questions: If you want …

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