Inspiration

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April Fool's Joke CreativiTea Wrappers

April Fool's Joke Word Search Puzzles

Shifting Perspectives in Writing

Combining Photos with Poems

Photo Essays Tell Stories

Connect Seeing with Writing

Photos Trigger Words

Photos as Writing Prompts

Shifting Perspectives

365 Pictures Prompts

Contrast in Writing, Contrasting Subjects

Combining Photos with Poems


Using Photography to Inspire Writing

Less is More

Every Photograph Tells a Story

Shakti Gawain Interview

Becoming a Creative Channel

Trusting Intuition

Transforming Our World

Patti Digh: Sit Down and Write

Writing as Therapy

The Story You Need to Tell

Dancing with the Dark Goddess

11 Tips for Surviving a Day Job

Why Talent Isn't Nearly Enough

The Creative Power of Writing

How to Get Your Day Job to Leave YOU

Define Creativity — I Dare You

Work Lightly: Be Joyous

The Impossible Dream

Are You Highly Creative?

Conventional vs. Creative Intelligence

Creatives: Transform or Perish

F-R-E-E-Writing Tutorial

Note to Beginner Writers

7 Stages of The Creative Process

8 Habits of the Creatively Intelligent

Innovative Wire Sculpture Workshop

Tips for Artists Working at Home

Create Unconventional Art

Paralyzed by Perfectionism

Why Aren't I More Disciplined?

The Story with the Creative Tattoo

Making Stuff Up: Neil deGrasse Tyson

For Highly-Sensitive Creatives

Finding Your Own Audience

Are You Your Audience?

Are You Creative? Quiz

The Four Steps of Creativity

Joy Sikorski's 'How to Draw' Lessons

Embodying the Crone-Mermaid

A Ritual of Reclaiming Creativity

A Strategic Ritual Sadhana

Why Poetry for Difficult Times?

Introduction to Body Blissmas

A New Phase, a New Year, New Moons

We All Could Use an Imaginary Friend

Act As If You Trust Your Instincts

Sculpting Your Health as a Creative Outlet

Give Me a Quote

Yoga and Creativity

Make Healthy Eating Fun

32 Traits of Creative People

How to Capture and Use Creative Ideas

Do You Let Little Things Stop Your Creativity?

The New Wisdom of Doodling

Glittery Globe Collage Project

Decorative Painted Namaste Sign Project

Creative Play Cards Deck Project

Altered Art Purse Project

Visual Journaling by the Seat of Your Pants!

Plaster Mask Making Project

Funky Journal Cover Project

Creative Spirit Doll Project

Doodles as Windows to Your Soul

Visual Journaling: Symbolic Stories

April Fool's Word Search Puzzles for Teachers

Hilarious April Fools' FUN for the Classroom!

April Fool's Joke Word Search Puzzles (Great for Teachers!)

By Chris Dunmire

Play one of the most-guaranteed, creatively delightful (and harmless!) jokes ever in your classroom (or home) this coming April Fool's Day. Print one of my eye-catching (but fake!) word-find puzzles as an assignment for your class of smart students (or puzzle enthusiast) and then sit back to watch the fun unfold. These joke word search puzzles have delighted teachers, parents, and pranksters worldwide since 2005.

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365 Pictures

365 Pictures365 Pictures: Daily Prompt Generator

Discover the hidden treasure that's inspired teachers, writers, bloggers, and others for the last decade: Creativity Portal's original worldwide collaborative daily prompt generator! This inspiring feature is the result of the combined creative efforts of scores of artists, photographers, writers, and other creatives who answered the invitation to create and combine personal pictures, images, art, and illustrations with thought-provoking prompts to inspire others globally with unique perspectives and visual stimulus for writing projects. SEE TODAY'S PROMPT


Write What You See

Less is More

By Hank Kellner

Silhouetted figureLess is more. There's really nothing complicated about the photo shown below. A figure stands silhouetted against a gray-to-black background. In the far distance, a bright circle hovers over the horizon. One fist appears to be clenched as the figure stands with its feet apart. Is the figure male or female? Is it facing the horizon, or is it facing the camera? Does its posture suggest anger, rage, or hostility? Why is the subject standing alone in a space that's delineated by shades of gray? If you showed this photograph to students to inspire them to write stories or poems, you might ask them the questions cited above. Alternatively, you might simply show the photograph and allow your students' imaginations to kick in and guide them as they create their compositions.


Guided Imagery

Nurture: Nourishing the Artist Within

By Molly Childers & Chris Dunmire

nurtureIsn't it time for a little self-care? This guided meditation gets you a nourishing visit to cafe NurTur, and a chance to take yourself out to lunch.


Creativity Coaching

Intuitive Painting: Risk and Change

By Chris Zydel

Chris ZydelOne of the places where my students will often find themselves getting stuck or stopped in the intuitive painting process is when they encounter the common fear of ruining a painting. One moment they will be happily painting away and then they get an internal directive to paint something that scares them. It could be anything. It could be the desire to paint the color yellow, or maybe they find that they can't seem to shake the idea that what wants to be painted now is a purple kangaroo, but whatever it is, in conjunction with this new impulse there arises a sudden, paralyzing and extremely convincing fear that bringing this next color or image into the painting is going to mess it up.


Author Interviews

The Van Gogh Blues' Interview with Eric Maisel

By New World Library

Eric MaiselFor more than 25 years I've been looking at the realities of the creative life and the make-up of the creative person in books like Fearless Creating, Creativity for Life, Coaching the Artist Within, and lots of others. A certain theme or idea began to emerge: that creative people are people who stand in relation to life in a certain way — they see themselves as active meaning-makers rather than as passive folks with no stake in the world and no inner potential to realize. This orientation makes meaning a certain kind of problem for them — if, in their own estimation, they aren't making sufficient meaning, they get down. I began to see that this "simple" dynamic helped explain why so many creative people — I would say all of us at one time or another time — get the blues.


Freeing the Writer Within

What is Practice?

By Natalie Goldberg

Natalie GoldbergI use the word practice all the time. Students nod, but after some time it became clear that different definitions were at work. On the first day of a yearlong intensive, where we meet for one week of silent retreat each season, I asked students to choose a feasible practice that they could do for the whole year. At the end of the week they read their choices aloud: to stop eating fries and lose twenty-five pounds; run five miles a day and strengthen their quads; do an hour of sitting, then an hour of writing, then finish their novel. The lists went on like this. Full of achievement, forwardlooking, industrious.


Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching™ Stories

Finding Your Own Audience: Modern Day Muses Meet Sitcoms

By Jill Badonsky, MEd

ButterflyIn KMCC we believe that inspiration can be found everywhere. When you're a creative person, you find inspiration wherever you are. The modern day Muse, Aha-phrodite, teaches us to pay attention in all the myriad forms to obscure places where we might not expect creative inspiration to reside. Like in sitcoms. And the Modern Day Muse, Audacity, teaches us that not everyone is our audience, and that's not only okay, it's affirming. She says, "If everyone likes what I do, I haven't gone far enough." Not to mention that to try to please everyone homogenizes our efforts and often results in the not-too-insignificant, the same-ol'-same-ol', and the yawn-maker. I think you know what I mean.


Creative Writing Prompts

'I Wood If I Could' Writing Exercise

By Bonnie Neubauer

I Wood If I CouldA walk in nature (in the woods, on a beach, up a mountain, by a creek) can offer multiple benefits to your writing. First and foremost, physical exercise is a good balance for hours spent indoors hunched over a computer or notebook. Second, it helps clear your mind so it can wander and come up with new ideas and solutions to challenges. Third, what you see in nature (watching a bird feed its young, listening to a river flow, smelling freshly sprouted mushrooms) is great writing fodder. Pencil in an hour within the next week when you can be alone in nature. It's your choice whether you bring pen and paper with you or leave them at home to use later. Either way, you will still be writing, just in different stages of the process.

Premiums and Printables

Boost your Brain Power
with Tree-mendous Memory! Games

By Chris Dunmire

Treemendous Memory! GameDid you know memory-boosting exercises help improve brain function and positively impact your creative ability as you age? That's why so many sage people are addicted to puzzles like word searches and Sudoku! Here's a playful way to exercise your memory and boost your brainpower: Play my Tree-mendous Memory! game. It comes in two editions: Fall and Spring and can be downloaded in four different styles.


Creativity

The Four Steps of Creativity

By Chris Dunmire

4 Steps of CreativityWhat is creativity? You may get a different response depending on who you ask, but studying the concept reveals creativity permeates all aspects of life from personal creation and artistic expression to collaborative business innovation, relationships, and problem solving in every realm possible. When we consider standard definitions of creativity, we see it involves both an innate ability and a process repeatedly engaged in as we move through our days to meet challenges and find solutions, not just as artists or inventors, but as every kind of person in every profession in every aspect of life.


April Fool's Joke CreativiTea

More April Foolery

Mirecle CreativiTea April Fool's Joke Tea Wrappers

By Chris Dunmire

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Writer's Prompts

The Imagination Prompt Generator

230 Pictures

Open to possibilities and allow this inspirational instrument to help you play in the world of imagination. Manifest beautiful music and works of art through your thoughts and words. Remember, the unique element you bring to LIFE, and in this context, the writing table, is YOU. The prompts are here as a beginning, but what you bring through your unique perspective, experience, gifts, and imagination brings completeness to the creative process you are about to engage in. What a gift to treasure and share! Are you ready?


MORE CREATIVITY FEATURES & SERIES

CreativiTea for Creative Brains!
with Chris Dunmire


Prank Joke WordSearch Puzzles
with Chris Dunmire


Write What You See
with Hank Kellner


Living in the Light, Creativity & Intuition
with Shakti Gawain


12 Rants About Writing, Writers, & Whining Writers
with Patti Digh


Writing as Therapy
with Diana Raab, PhD


Your Life-Changing Story: The Story You Need to Tell
with Sandra Marinella, MA, MEd


Heroine's Journey: Dancing with the Dark Goddess
with Sara Avant Stover


Surviving Your Day Job with Your Creativity Intact
with Durga Walker


Creative Intelligence & FREE-Writing
with Orna Ross


Innovative Wire Sculpture Workshop
with Elizabeth Berrien



Hop, Skip, Jump: Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life
with Marney Makridakis


Creativity is Your Birthright
with Dave Storer


Creativity & Transformation
with SARK


A Primer on Collage & Mixed-Media Art
By Chris Dunmire


Writing and the Body in Motion
with Cheryl Pallant


Creativity, Depression, & Meaning-Making
with Eric Maisel, PhD


Juicy Journals & Wild Words
with Molly J. Anderson-Childers


10 Mind-Expanding 'Take Ten' Writing Exercises
with Bonnie Neubauer


Inner Voices of Creativity
SoulCollage® with Ann Marie Bennett


9 Ways to Escape from Creativity-Halting Goo
with Rick Benzel