How to Be Creative and Find Your Brilliance: 10 Superb Articles

    Have you ever wished you were more creative?

    Of course you have!

    I mean, who hasn’t?

    The problem with creativity is that it can get crushed so easily.

    A negative remark from a teacher long ago, or an insensitive quip from a friend can be all it takes to stymie your ability to create.

    Luckily, there are ways to restore your innate creativity.

    In this post you’ll find ten of the most potent articles on creativity.

    You’ll learn how to work with your creativity, instead of against it so that you become more creative and uncover your essential brilliance.

    Click on the titles to read the articles listed below.

    1. How To Be Creative When Your Brain Doesn’t Want To Play

    This refreshing, funny and thoughtful article is by Gary Korisko. It’ll immediately put you in a good mood and make you feel more creative!

    2. How to Encourage More Creative Thinking

    This comprehensive post by Gregory Ciotti is a brilliant article on how to boost creative thinking. Ciotti digs deep into the current research of creativity and comes up with gems.

    3. The No. 1 Habit of Highly Creative People

    Read this inspiring article by Leo Babauta if you want to know about the habits of creative people. Leo talks about his own habits and also interviews other creatives about their creative habits. Here’s a quote by Leo Babauta:

    4. How to be More Creative in 5  Simple Steps

    Jeremy Duvall’s resource covers the topic of creativity in considerable depth. The creativity training he outlines is excellent!

    5. How Limiting Choices Enhances Creativity

    Carly Sandifer writes about how boundaries can spark creativity. This article has a beautiful introduction where she uses story and dialogue to warm up the readers and lead into the topic of her post.

    6. The Psychology Behind Messy Rooms: Why The Most Creative People Flourish In Clutter

    If your desk is messy (like mine), you’ll find comfort in this entertaining post by Dan Scotti. In defense of messy desks, Dan brings out the big guns:

    If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk? – Albert Einstein

    7. How to Become a Creative Genius

    You can find many gems in this article. In particular, author Kim Roach explains the technique of “imaginary dialogue” which Napoleon Hill describes in his book Think and Grow Rich. This technique enables your unconscious to solve problems, and makes you more creative.

    8. How to Survive Creative Burnout

    As bestselling author Scott Berkun says, “The longer you work at creating things, whether it’s websites, essays or paintings, the greater the odds you’ll have a day where you don’t feel like doing it anymore.”

    This article is immensely helpful if your creative well has run dry or you feel overwhelmed.

    9.  Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

    Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity.

    What I found particularly useful was the research on the benefits of naps. It turns out that there is a magic length of nap you need to aim for.

    10. Top 10 Sources of Inspiration for Creative Writing

    In this inspiring post by Emily Lucas you can find ten great suggestions on how to become more creative. Here is a quote by Emily Lucas:

    [bctt tweet=”Love what you do and think about the joy it brings you. http://snip.ly/4k3R [email protected] pls RT”]

    I hope you enjoyed this selection of top articles on how to be creative and find your innate brilliance. The great thing about creativity is that it’s always there, slumbering below the surface of your mind. All you need to do is wake it up!

    What light-bulb moment did you find in these articles?

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    About the author

      Mary Jaksch

      Mary Jaksch is best known for her exceptional training for writers at WritetoDone.com and for her cutting-edge book, Youthful Aging Secrets. In her “spare” time, Mary is also the brains behind GoodlifeZEN.com, a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.

    • link home says:

      Hello I am just beginning my meditation practice. Thank you for this.

    • Mary,

      Fantastic list of resources. Staying attuned to your creative ‘muse’ is the bread and butter of all authors, even if you write nonfiction.

      What should also be discussed is the business side of being an author. Writing, unless you’re doing it strictly as a hobby, requires that you be an ‘authorpreneur’. There are a million tools to help you publish, and more advice on creativity than you can shake a stick at, but if you write it and publish it, it’s up to you to promote and brand it, too. Social media and Google ads, press releases, and in-person events better become your best friends!

      All the same, this is a fantastic list.

      Thanks,
      Mickie Kennedy
      eReleases
      http://www.ereleases.com/hello.html?a=76

      • Thanks for your comment, Mickie. I was just talking with a publisher today and they said that they treat those authors preferentially who have a strong online presence and a good list of subscribers….

    • Luv says:

      I beg your pardon. This is the correct link to my blog:
      http://livluvkl.blogspot.com/2015/01/its-not-rocket-science.html
      Thks,

      -Luv-

    • Luv says:

      Hi Mary, WTD is such a great site for aspiring writers like me. I thank my lucky stars that I stumbled upon it during my search for guidance on blogwriting. The article titled ‘What Makes Great Blogwriting’ by Leo Babauta has inspired me to write my first post – It’s Not Rocket Science. Please check it out at http://livluvkl.blogspot.com/2015/01/its-not-rocket-science.htm
      I am a non-native English speaker with a profound love for the language hence constructive comments about my writing are most welcomed. Thanks very much!

    • Jacqueline Nyagahima says:

      Love the article, thanks a lot for the tips. Will certainly perk up my creativity!

      • I’d love to see what happens when your creativity ‘perks up’ , Jacqueline 🙂

    • Thanks for bringing all these together in one place–huge help!

      • I’m so happy you enjoyed this article, Kevin. It’s first time I’ve done something like that here on WTD and I must admit I was a bit nervous about how readers would react…

    • Can’t wait to read all of these–they look so inspiring!

      • I must admit, it is a useful resource.

        I’m just in the process of writing an article on how to write faster and needed some information about how the brain works when we create – and I found it in my post about creativity 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing. I will definitely especially imgainary dialogue

      • Yes, I too loved the use of dialog in Carly Sandifer’s post! I’ve asked her to write a guest post about using dialog in non-fiction. I look forward to reading her contribution!

    • Sanjana says:

      Thanks Mary! For collecting and sharing such brilliant articles on Creativity!

      • I’m so happy you enjoyed the articles, Sanjana. It took me a while to compile them, but a response like yours makes all the work worthwhile!

    • AMAZING, Mary! Thanks so much for collecting and sharing these with us. I truly appreciate it.

    • Marti Tansdorp says:

      Love the quote by Einstein about messy desks. Mine is always a bit of a crash site… 🙁

      But when I clear up, my ideas dry up…

      • Yeah – I totally sympathize, Marti!

        I find that there’s a fine line, though. If my desks gets *too* messy, I don’t like being in my office and my creativity takes a dive.

    • It was exciting bringing this collection together for you! Ever since reading these articles, I’ve felt freer and my creativity has soared.

      The point that Gary Korisko makes in his post is weird: that we think we’re more creative when pushed by deadlines, but in fact research shows we’re less creative, much less.

      What do you make of that?


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