Creativity — Next Steps

December 11th, 2008

Moving along, I’m getting in some wonderful pieces, but before I share them with you, I’d like some suggestions.

First, would anyone like to suggest a name for this feature?  Everything I come up with is either pretentious or corny.  It looks like this might go on for a while (so far, no one I’ve approached has said no), so it should have a clear and identifiable name.  Please make suggestions.

Second, for the contributors who are willing to go the extra step, would you like to have a question-and-answer followup?  For those contributors who say okay, you could read the piece and post questions, and the writer or painter or composer would answer them.

Third, does anyone have friends/acquaintances/relatives who live the creative life — who devote a significant portion of their time and energy to creative enterprises and who identify themselves as creative people?  Would any of them want to contribute to this thread?  You can e-mail me offline at if you prefer.

From what’s come in so far, there’s a LOT of potential here.  Give me a hand, and let’s get it online.

7 Responses to “Creativity — Next Steps”

  1. Sylvia Says:

    Quick brainstorm after two glasses of cheap Spanish red:

    * Intercreativity (Interactive Discussions on Creativity)
    * Inspirations
    * Imaginary Friends

    and one that doesn’t start with an i:

    * Trapping the Muse

  2. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Thanks, Sylvia — some good ones. Can you pass the wine?

    I really like Inspirations.

    Anyone else got any ideas?

  3. Thomas Says:

    How about:

    “Original Imaginations”

    “Creative Visions”

    or, just a plain and simple “Creativity”?

  4. Thomas Says:

    Perhaps the answer lies in what creativity actually is. That inner source, from which we scoop our wants, needs, images, and visions. If asked today, Sigmund Freud might have called it the “21st Century Id”?

    Another few un-thought-through ideas as food for thought:

    Life Presentations

    Innovative Handbook

    Soul Tools

    Being Unleashed

    Café Brainstorm

    Power to Create

  5. Suzanna Says:

    A Question of Creativity

  6. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    All good ideas — I should have known better than to put myself in the position of choosing one. If you think of anything else, let me know.

    Thomas, one thing we haven’t addressed much is the source/roots of the creative impulse. This may just reflect my personal disinclination to get introspective about it — for example, I was in therapy a few times and always refused to talk about it. Don’t know why, but it’s probably paranoia. We could try to get at it in a supplement to the questionnaire, but it would be a different exercise. What we’re getting in right now is mainly practical information — how people do it on a daily basis. (Some great tips, too.) But we could get more theoretical about it if people want.

  7. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    By the way, Peter Rozovsky, who runs the site Detectives Beyond Borders, just passed along this comment in answer to an earlier post in this thread.

    Sorry if I’m repeating anything already asked, but I wonder to what extent a crisis, small or large, fuels creative outbursts. If it does, I’d like to hear creative types describe the feeling, and the process that follows.

    I think that’s really interesting. Anyone else want to comment?

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