how to go creative
Last year, a wide-ranging reserach project found that almost 90% of people break New Year’s resolutions within days or weeks. Thousands of smaller studies agree. And we all know it ourselves. Yet the research also consistently shows that those who do make resolutions are more successful in creating what they want than those who don’t. New Year’s resolutions rely on … well…. resolution. Willpower. Yet tons more psychological research–as well as all sages worth their salt–assert that willpower is only fractionally as powerful as the imagination. I agree. I’ve seen countless other creative entrepreneurs try both ways and can confidently say: If you’re looking for a better…Continue reading
Just like you have a right foot and a left foot, you have a conceptual intelligence and a creative intelligence. And just like your feet, they were designed to work together. Unlike your feet, however, one side of your brain has been treated as more important than the other by your school and, probably, by other institutions in your life — workplace, family, clubs… No wonder as you go through life, trying to make the most of yourself, you feel constrained or frustrated. It’s as if you were trying to walk with one foot. Getting them back in balance means…Continue reading
Jorge Luis Borges on the double-existence of the lifelong artist: “It is to my other self, to Borges, that things happen… “I do not mind admitting that he has managed to write a few worthwhile pages, but these pages cannot save me. Perhaps because good writing belongs to nobody, not even to my other, but rather to language itself, to the tradition. “I am doomed to oblivion, utterly doomed, and no more than certain flashes ofContinue reading
F-R-E-E-Writing does not aim to be linear or logical, it does not aim for anything — other than to be done.
Each F-R-E-E-Writing session is a new journey without a map, in which you just write whatever it is you have to say at that moment in time. When we allow words to be written in this way, they have tremendous energy.
Dozens of studies have found that most people – from schoolchildren to nursing-home residents – feel happier and healthier after writing about their memories — but the benefit is intrinsically tied up with how the writing is done. In his book Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, James Pennebaker, summarises ten years of scientific research into the connection between writing and increased physical and mental wellbeing. He concludes that writing is a tremendously powerful tool, “far more powerful” than he and his team predicted when setting up their study. The effect isn’t just…Continue reading