Category Archives: Creativity

The Power of a Wish

Christmas, at least for me, brings back memories and feelings like no other season can. Every year, in early December, my mom would get out the decorations – glass ornaments, silver tinsel (re-used year after year), and large multi-colored lights. … Continue reading

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Simple Stories … or Are They?

I don’t remember when I first read The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, but the idea of a house with feelings didn’t seem that far-fetched to me. Maybe it was my age. According to Christine Lundberg, a producer and filmmaker who’s been active … Continue reading

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Let Those Ideas ‘Sneak In’

“Travel is the best way of getting new ideas.”  – Graeme Base Graeme Base is what you might call a “Renaissance man.” His dream as a boy was to be an artist or a musician. He became both. But along the … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Process

In her book, The Art of the Possible, Alexandra Stoddard says that “Play is serious business.” It challenges us to solve problems, which keeps us focused. It releases tension, opens blocked thinking, boosts energy, and balances our immune systems. I … Continue reading

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Creativity – Your Most Important Asset

If you’ve been following my newsletters over the past three years, you know I like to stick with themes. So, over the next few months, I’ll be dedicating several posts to a topic dear to my heart: CREATIVITY. (I wrote … Continue reading

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Mix and Match to Get Better Ideas

Peanut butter and jelly. Ham and cheese. Milk and cookies. We all grew up with these, didn’t we? They’re familiar to us. That’s why we do a double-take when someone throws in something unexpected … like peanut butter and mayonnaise (yes, … Continue reading

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Do Your Habits Hurt Your Creativity?

hab·it – a recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. We all know what habits are, and probably take them for granted most of the time. But bad ones can hold us back in our … Continue reading

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Deadlines, Rules, and … Bubbles?

Who needs structure? We all do! Especially if we want to accomplish much in life. In this issue, I’m going to talk about how structure can help you with your writing. Several years ago, I was reading an article about … Continue reading

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Solve Problems by Brainstorming

Back in the mid-’70s, while attending CSU Chico for a degree in Mass Communications, I took a class in Technical Problem Analysis (aka “Creative Problem Solving”). Our textbook had only been on the market a few years: The Universal Traveler: A … Continue reading

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Rejuvenate – Take a Day Off!

In the next few issues, I’m going to be focusing on something that relates to all of us, no matter what type of business we’re in: Creativity. Writers and artists aren’t the only ones who need to be creative in … Continue reading

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