How To Be Creative
Here's a list of articles and online tools designed to help improve your creativity.
March 15, 2013 on 2:04 pm | In My Creative Team | No Comments We've found a lot of good creativity-related articles this month and wanted to share them with the class. So, below is our list of Top 9 Creativity Finds Of The Month. What Type Of Thinker Are You?
November 16, 2011 on 2:25 pm | In Creative, Creativity | 78 Comments - Today, we're heading to the dictionary for a creativity boost. Here's what I want you to do: You're going to select six words and use them to write a story of less than 250 words.
February 21, 2013 on 8:48 am | In My Creative Team - Here's a simple index to access our series about the creativity technique known as SCAMMPERR. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you.
December 31, 2012 on 11:05 am | In Brainstorming, Creative, Creativity, My Creative Team | Do you make resolutions each year only to break them, or forget about them by February? This year, I'd like you to resolve to do one thing and one thing only: begin thinking more creatively.
January 26, 2013 on 10:04 am | In Creative, Creativity, My Creative Team | Who doesn't want to be more creative? Well, today we're going to give you a list of 27 ways to be more creative in all aspects of your life. Let's get going. 1. Walk for 20 minutes daily.
Here's another compilation piece, this time highlighting articles about creativity from the Brainzooming blog during the past year. Beyond the post on 26 ways to defeat a creative block (one of the most popular Brainzooming posts ever), this list provides a whole array of thoughts to get your creativity zooming whether individually or with your team.
My Creative Team has a weekly feature highlighting the latest information on creativity. This post selects - in no particular order - the 50 best creativity posts we have featured this year. Let's get going: Creativity Boost #1 - Creativity is one of the key topics we discuss here at THINKing.
August 11, 2011 on 2:52 pm | In Brainstorming, Creative, Creativity, My Creative Team | Creativity is one of the key topics we discuss here at THINKing. So, we decided to develop a series of posts that focuses on ways to boost your creativity. Today's boost: the mindtrip.
September 13, 2011 on 8:42 am | In Creative, Creativity, My Creative Team | This is the second installment in our series, Creativity Boost. Go here to read Creativity Boost #1. Today's boost is about an urban photo adventure to inspire your creativity, and we'd like to see examples of your work.
Last weekend's Wall Street Journal "Review" section teemed with wonderful reminders of creative ideas. These reminders were helpful for providing a handy creative thinking skills refresher on ideas that can become easy to overlook. Check out these thirteen creative ideas pulled from three of the Wall Street Journal "Review" articles.
What difference would it make to your business, if you could tap into a never-ending source of new business ideas? What if I told you that you already had such a source that is always throwing new ideas at you? All of us have a phenomenal gift - our brains.
Hiking in Nature May Boost Creativity Dec. 12, 2012 -- Hiking in the wild may be good for the brain, especially if you are unplugged. New research shows that backpackers scored 50% better on a creativity test after spending four days in nature while disconnected from all electronic devices.
Reviewing Brainzooming Google Analytics for the past month, the most frequent search term people are using to find the Brainzooming blog is "brainstorming." These Google Analytics results prompted me to share a variety of Brainzooming posts related to brainstorming techniques on Twitter last Saturday.
Two new books purport to demonstrate to us more-or-less-ordinary civilians the brainy machinations of the world's most popular fictional detective. It's just past the 125th anniversary of the first Sir Arthur Doyle novel to feature the shrewd sleuth Sherlock Holmes. The character gets resurrected time and time again, on television and in movies, and now in these fascinating nonfiction tomes.
VideoSisyphus the Titan pushing his infamous boulder up the hill; image credit Wikipedia "There is always room, if only in one's own soul, to create a spot of Paradise, crazy though it may sound." --Henry Miller, Preface to Stand Still Like the Hummingbird "I tell you: one must still have chaos in oneself, [...]
Gather a lot of varied experiences. Read a lot of books, travel, talk to strangers, anything to open your mind to new ideas and ways of thinking. Create a frame of topic. Addressing questions like: what is it you're trying to do, and where should your focus be?
Learn to break up patterns so you can become more creative
At the recommendation of a friend, I read Blake Snyder's Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting That You'll Ever Need . She told me that while she wasn't writing a screenplay, the book was extremely helpful for writing any kind of story.
"The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt," wrote Sylvia Plath in her journal. And she couldn't have been more accurate. Self-doubt can persuade us to stop creating or keep us from sending our work out into the world.
A mind map is considered a great way to brainstorm and generate more ideas. It helps you create a number of small ideas from one big idea, see how different ideas could be connected together and create a plan of action. This article talks about eight mind mapping tools to help you brainstorm effectively.
June 28, 2013 on 1:17 pm | In Creative, Creativity, My Creative Team | No Comments When you brainstorm - to get the most ideas - initially you need to withhold judgment. Evaluating ideas comes after - and only after - you have completed your brainstorming so that you won't kill off your creativity.
Creativity happens when you let it, not when you try to force it. That's why you get your best ideas when running or showering. Your mind is typically in neutral in those situations and ideas seem to occur spontaneously. So, what can you do to put your mind in neutral and spark some creativity?
Today, I'm sending a shout-out to Brenda Hendrick. I love her artwork! Thank you for inspiring others to use their creativity! I love Brenda's outlook on creativity. On her blog she says, "Many people feel they have no creative ability whatsoever. Yet, we all perform many creative tasks throughout our day."
I was the guest on Wise Talk, a long-running teleconference series hosted by Sue Bethanis, the CEO/Founder of Mariposa Leadership. It was a fun conversation and quite enjoyable to answer questions from the Wise Talk listening audience too. You can click here to listen to Wise Talk episode 99 on Strategy and Creative Thinking.
Having trouble organizing all of your ideas? Sounds like what you need is a mindmapping tool. Mindmaps are a wonderful resource for brainstorming, planning, and managing ideas in a way that increases your productivity and enhances your creativity. But what if you want to create a mindmap without pen or paper?