Follow Up for Nurturing Your Creativity

Yesterday was a great turnout for the Nurturing Your Creativity session. Thanks so much to all the hardy souls who braved the cold and came out!

I just want to do a quick “Three Things to Know” if you missed the session and provide some follow-up material.

So, three things:

  1. Your creative mind is no different from any other muscle in your body. If you don’t exercise it, then it will atrophy–that’s why it’s important to be consistent (even if you’re inconsistently consistent, i.e., you can only write twice a week, but not sure when that time/day is).
  2. It’s important to set attainable goals to both boost your confidence and give yourself something to work towards.
  3. Surround yourself with people and thoughts that will support you as well as keep you accountable.

Now, in the conversation yesterday, we talked about the idea of genius, the place of writing in academia versus entertainment, and I said I would share this excellent video from Sir Ken Robinson. This video is about school, but I think he makes some great points about writing/arts/creativity, too.

For further reading/research,  take a look at the following:

He Who Dares Wins ~ Bob Mayer

The Artist’s Way ~ Julia Cameron

The Writer’s Journey ~ Christopher Vogler

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6 thoughts on “Follow Up for Nurturing Your Creativity

  1. You talked about the power of mind over matter, Natasha, citing the example of people with multiple personalities who are healthy or sick depending on the personality they happen to inhabit.

    I found another example, although it’s not as conclusive that the source of illness is psychological, but I thought it was interesting nonetheless. I read about it when I was doing homework on my colitis.

    Apparently people with IBD (crohn’s or colitis) who’ve had complete intestinal transplants redevelop the disease after the transplantation. Maybe it’s hard-coded into the immune system, or maybe it’s psychological hard-wiring, or a combination of both. Fascinating, though. Hopefully if it comes to that for me then by that point we’ll have developed steel guts or something. I’m okay with being a cyborg.

    • Ha ha–who doesn’t want to be a cyborg? Think of all the channels you could get with your antenna, and the x-ray vision/red eyes.

      That’s really interesting about the transplants…I wonder then, does that mean doctors are not as quick to do transplants if there seems to be a solid chance of folks redeveloping the disease?

      • I think so… if I remember correctly the book said transplants aren’t done anymore, not only because I imagine they’re extremely complicated, but because of the above-mentioned failure. Most people I’ve talked to have just had to have their colons removed when worse came to worst.

        Nonetheless, we live in exciting times–the world’s first bionic man competed in the Olympics, someone controlled a robotic arm with their mind in 2012, and the publication industry is in a huge state of flux because of technology developing faster than it can keep pace. In many ways it’s a privilege to be a spectator / rider on the roller-coaster, despite the way we often see it as frustration. And soon we can watch all through a live feed projected directly onto our retinas 🙂

        • Hmm, I wonder if there’s a place for nanotech in all this…honestly, I think I’d pay money to NOT have things downloading to my retinas…for one, I’d love to be able to drive along the road and not be inundated with billboard signs.

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