Books on Creativity

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Fill in the blanks: “The more you read, the more things you’ll know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll ______.”

As you know, I’m a fan of Good Reads so when I want to research the topic Creativity I did find quite a few for you to check out. Here’s the link!

https://www.shoutmeloud.com/best-books-on-creativity.html

Happy reading!

Sallie

 

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Creativity -do you have it?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Why are some people creative, imaginative or innovative while others fail at trying to be original? How come some people can consistently “think outside the box” while others choose the safe and narrow road? And finally, why are there so few people who are naturally curious while others aren’t? In my view, the answers to these questions lie in the way people view the world they live in. Oh, they start out curious and full of adventure but along the way they get scared of being wrong, doing a risky thing or are uncomfortable in the face of doing something different.

A friend of mine cautioned his son in his career choice saying that he needed to have  “back up plan” if his first choice didn’t work out. His photography “hobby” was one thing but it wouldn’t “pay the bills”. As it turned out, the young man took some college courses in marketing, media and research and computer science and now has his own successful studio.

I always associated creativity with the arts but the concept outweighs the subject. You can be creative in just about anything you do. I ‘re-discovered creativity in other forms of expression during the past month by accident.

“Long ago, in a Galaxy far away” I was a fan of western tv shows. My favorite shows included Bonanza and the Virginian and then I grew up. Well, while visiting a family member in the hospital last month I found an internet site that featured fan- based tv/movie fan fiction. These creative stories are written by folks who take the tv/movie shows a bit farther, enhancing the character so to speak. Most of the stories are written based on the show as portrayed on the screen while others are entirely a work of fiction. I found them, for the most part to be extremely creative and they helped me pass the time. Another creative outlet presented itself when I ‘re-discovered an old cookbook and began experimental dishes.

Creativity is all around us, we just have to discover the curious child within ourselves and balance our life’s choices. We may loose our sense of imaginative thoughts but I don’t think we ever outgrow it.

Happy Discoveries,

~Sallie

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Word Ghosts define creativity

 

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty. You want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”

Osho

The Sky’s the limit

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Have you ever felt that your journal is boring? I don’t mean to suggest that you are boring, I mean the content seems dry and repetitive. I got to thinking about this as I re-read some older pages in the creative journal I am writing in this month. As usual, when I bought a new “toy” I spent an inordinate amount of time researching how others used it. Then I experimented. I had started writing about the experience and found that my entries all read the same: “_____ is fantastic! Works with so many other things. Can’t wait to make a card using _____”

A lot of you have commented either publically on this blog or privately that you feel my posts have been interesting, valuable and motivational. Believe me, I try every day to keep your trust in me, but lately I wondered if my personal creative journal was going flat was my writing as well? Yikes! Having ideas in one of the most important parts of my craft. How do I keep the ideas flowing and do I really believe that there’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored?

I did not want to wait for the magic flash of light. I needed to have a plan. Now the plan  I follow  is to gather information, write down notes, shape ideas, share them with others and write. Sounds simple doesn’t it but I was just repeating these steps. I needed to create a new box of ideas. So I went to the bookstore and found a couple of magazines I’d never read before. I found some articles that were interesting. I took a break from writing . I asked myself: “if I had all the time in the world, what would I create?”

That age-old question opened the floodgates for me and so began content journaling for 2016 and 2017.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

Word Ghosts are brave

 

“Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful:  YOURSELF.”

Alan Alda

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