Jump Start Your Creativity!

Part Two of Two In a previous article, I wrote about the importance of creativity. While creativity is something that naturally occurs in your brain, many agree that there are things you can do to grease the wheels. Here are just a few things to inspire you: Read about Creative People and listen to what they have to say and how they live their lives: Elizabeth Gilbert, noted author and speaker, wrote about creativity in her book “Big Magic” where she advocates that creativity lies in all of us. She takes particular interest in the link between curiosity and creativity. So much lip service is given about “following your passion” or “dreaming big” but she argues that passion doesn’t always pre

“Hi there Creativity! Nice to see you again!” Reintroducing yourself to your creativity!

Part 1 of 2 Ready to have your mind blown? Creativity really has nothing to do with the “left side” vs. “right side” of your brain. According to Scientific American: “The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction does not offer us the full picture of how creativity is implemented in the brain. *Creativity does not involve a single brain region or single side of the brain.” It’s actually much more complicated than that. Check out the SA blog for more on the hard science. But for our purposes, understand that “creativity” is a function of our brains that is “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relations

Five Elements of a Good Story

Part 2 of 2 Ok, we know WHY good storytellers are important, but here are a few tips for those of us who are still working on the craft. 1. Tell the Story for an Audience If a story only resonates with the person who is telling it, then they should just be talking to a mirror. The best stories are those that speak to their audience directly and compel them to confront new realities. Good stories hit the listener in their soul and make them feel as if the writer or speaker is talking to them on a personal level. When a listener has the chance to feel a greater connection with the story, they are more likely to remember it. 2. Make Sure your Characters have Depth and Dimension When telling a s

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