Tag: creativity

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration

Magic Happens Beyond the Instructions

Instructions

One of the saddest things I’ve heard lately is that kids no longer know how to play with Lego. Today’s kids get the sets, build them according to the instructions, and then move on to the next thing. They don’t build their own things. They don’t take the parts and throw them into a big …

Writing Tips & Career Advice

Idea Development: Lightning Bolt vs. Slow Burn

Idea Development

People always ask where authors get their ideas. (Short answer: Everywhere.) I find the better question to be, “How are ideas developed?” Every writer has their own way of bringing an idea into the world as a book, story, or article. The idea is easy to get. Doing something with it is more difficult. How …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Productivity & Time Management

The Reproduction of Creativity

The Reproduction of Creativity

Today I’m going to teach you a class that I’ll bet you missed in high school biology: The reproduction of creativity. (Don’t worry. This isn’t the sort of class where boys and girls need to have separate classrooms. This is all for one because creativity is, thankfully, gender neutral.)

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

The Cause of My First Creativity Dark Age

Dark Age

A few months ago, I wrote a piece about surviving the Creativity Dark Ages. The Dark Ages are those periods where you want to create, but it simply doesn’t seem possible. You’re working too much, kids are in the way, or other life stressors are taking you away from your creative projects. It’s tempting to …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration

Creativity: Let’s Talk About What That Means

creativity

An “incident” this week got me all worked up about creativity and what the heck we are (or are not) teaching our kids and ourselves about it. Before I go into details, here’s the definition of creativity from the Oxford dictionary. n. The use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness. Keep that …