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Creativity Tip: The Power of “What if…”

Every life contains pivot points. These arrive in different ways, some that involve choice and others that do not. I’m interested in the moments when we stand at the crossroads and wonder “what if…” William and Mary or Ohio State? Suitor A or suitor B? Tell the lie or tell the truth? Move back to Ohio …

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Traveler’s Vision: The Link Between Travel & Creativity

My Muse LOVES to travel, so it’s fortunate I was born with a traveler’s heart. After being grounded for five long years due to a clotting disorder, I was recently cleared for long-distance air travel. Hurrah! Last month I went on a work trip to Miami, Florida. I got up early and I stayed up late to …

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The Muse as Shapeshifter

The Muse as Shapeshifter Sometimes the simplest ideas have the largest impacts.  Likewise, a single, just-right question can change everything. Many years ago a creativity guru asked me:  “Are you punishing yourself by not making the time you need for your art?”  This simple question had a huge impact on my practice and the amount …

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Travel and Creativity - The Creative Wellspring - "Reflection Michelangelo's David"

Travel and Creativity – The Creative Wellspring

The link between travel and creativity is the location of my personal, creative wellspring.  From inner journeys to overseas trips, there is creative freedom and joy in traveling. Do you always travel the same roads to the grocery story, the studio, work, and the gym? Do you primarily drive on highways?  The following exercise asks …

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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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