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No Idea Where to Get Ideas

Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Blockers to Creativity

Perhaps your life is full of the routine- bills to pay, traffic to fight, deadlines to meet, errands to run. You want to infuse some ‘heart and soul’, some creativity. And you have no idea where to start. So you don’t. And life goes on- the bills, the traffic, the deadlines. It’s a rut, but you have no idea where to start.

So many times, the answer to seemingly difficult questions is to go the simple route. Instead of arbitrarily adding something to your life, use the mundane you are already involved in to ignite ideas. Start to really pay attention to the world around you as you move about in it. When you sit in traffic, look around- what is the person in the car beside you doing? What does it feel like to be inching along for what feels like hours? What is your opinion of the flashing digital display advertising teeth whitening? Hone your skills of observation and be aware of your gut-level responses. Write these down and see what direction they take you in: maybe you start a blog about what you notice, or discover a new interest to explore further. The more present you are in your life, the more you’ll find your ‘heart and soul’ and find opportunities to pursue it.

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Today’s 4 Minute Writer

Big Brown Puppy Dog Eyes

Her eyes go wide with excitement, turning into perfect circles, framed by protruding triangular ears. Her tail swings so rapidly- can that thing fall off if it moves too quickly? At other times the eyes are shaped like sideways almonds, head hung low, tail drooping. She confesses even before I notice the garbage torn apart on the floor.

Right now, her eyes are barely open. She’s had a long day full of chasing sticks and making sure the neighbourhood dogs know that this is her turf. Her body begins to twitch as her eyes glaze over and start to see images in another place.

She’s a good dog, knows what she wants out of life: a little playing, some petting, peeing in the tall grass, sunning on the back deck, and the more food the better!

Behind those closed eyes she watches the plate of KFC that’s sitting too close to the edge of the counter tumble down right in front of her face. Now she can spend all night enjoying the aftermath as the scene replays itself over and over again. What a happy dog.

Tomorrow’s 4 Minute Writer topic: Angela

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Dealing with the External Critic

Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Blockers to Creativity

Every time you create something, a piece of you goes into it. Sharing that creation with others can be intimidating, especially if you are sensitive to the opinions of others, which most “creative types” tend to be. There are several things to consider in sharing your work like : the relationship you have with those you share with and the type of feedback you have received from them in the past, how important it is to you to get your work “out there” regardless of the response, and what thoughts you have in the back of your head on what you might do if you get a negative response (“I’ll never get up in front of an audience again!”)

Here are a few key tips to help you evaluate how you share your work:

1. Are you open to feedback? Getting an outside perspective/constructive criticism allows you to see your work in a new way. This can be a great opportunity to make your work even better.

2. Try to be objective Separating yourself from your work can be difficult. Remember that the spark that produced the work is still in you and has an abundance of ways of expressing itself. Passion and skill work hand in hand. We can always learn more skill.

3. Consider the source Any feedback on how to improve your work should be done with the intent to help you. If you perceive that this is the intent, weigh the comments- take what you can work with and leave the rest. If not, consider the comments more a reflection on the speaker than on you.

When our emotions are at stake, things get tricky. That’s part of what keeps life interesting…

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Today’s 4 Minute Writer

Vibrant

I see it and my eyes light up. A gentle electric current zaps my pleasure receptors and I know the serotonin is flowing. I am taken into the world of flaming oranges and crisp greens. I’m flying now, through depthless oceans and golden dunes. My tongue is dragging behind, lapping freshly squeezed grapes from grandma’s vineyard. All night long I careen through canyons, run marathons without breaking a sweat, and belt out amazing lyrics to adoring throngs. I don’t want to be taken away from this world, hurled into the strain and striving of waking life. There the confines of my blinders keep me in mental locked-in syndrome, unable to climb the heights or soar like I do when I’m asleep.

My only consolation is that one day, while I’m riding alongside a group of wild horses, I’ll just keep riding and not have to stop.

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