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Creative Living: Creativist Musings

What Is Creativism?

Creativism is the adoption of creative principles and practices as a way of life, applying the creative process to everything. I started to use the “creativist” term when I began my blog back in 2008, to distinguish this everyday application of the process from “creativity”, which most people associate with music, art and creative writing. What is it that artists, writers and musicians do? They transform materials — paint, music, stone, film, words — into something new. Something that didn’t exist before, that expresses something deep and true and particular to them, that connects them to others. A creativist does the…

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Saying Yes to No.

Nobody likes being rejected, they say, but actually that’s not true. Developing a creative approach to life means learning not just to accept, but to welcome the opportunity to learn from, rejection. “Going through no is the way to get to yes,” says filmmaker, Michael Wolk. “Going through no also means, I think, understanding why people are saying no, and being proactive in getting toward the yes, and listening to the feedback, and moving forward so that you’re getting rejected by a better class of people. “The more gracious you are in handling rejections, the better you can   Read…

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