Tag Archives: creativity

Improvise

“In life, most of us are highly skilled at suppressing action.” –Keith Johnstone, quoted by Malcomb Gladwell in Blink I recently learned that improvisation in comedy theater relies on specific rules that allow the action to run smoothly. The most important one is that both … Continue reading

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The Destroyer

Someone once told me that we all embody three aspects of creative activity: The Creator, The Sustainer, and The Destroyer. Ideally, these are in balance, and we move easily through the cycles as things pass away and come into existence, … Continue reading

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Instructions (from a guest blogger)

Find the patch of sun on something soft. Curl up and rest there. Stretch. Always remember it never hurts to ask for what you want. Play vigorously. Pretend that whatever you are doing is the most important thing ever. Practise … Continue reading

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On Not Seeing What’s Next

“writing a novel* is like driving in the dark. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”                                                      –E.L. Doctorow (from Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott) *Insert “weaving a tapestry,” … Continue reading

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Grand Themes, Fleeting Moments

Yesterday’s post elicited a question about the nature of my blog, what it’s about, implying “how is a personal journal about art and art making?” It’s a good question, and I’ve been thinking about the relationship between those things. Malcolm Gladwell, in his … Continue reading

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It’s Not All About Me

This morning I woke up all fired up about an idea to share. I curled up with laptop, tea, and cat, and proceeded to write. In one unidentified movement on the keyboard I accidentally erased to whole of what I’d written, … Continue reading

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Procrastination and her sister Frustration

If you are like me, you too want to be creative and prolific, to share something amazing, thought-provoking, life-changing, world-shaking, something brilliant and wise and beautiful. Now, tell me. Is this too much to ask? A wise friend recently told me, “frustration … Continue reading

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