11 February 2012


I came across a brief but wonderful video called 29 Ways To Stay Creative.  It appears to be intended principally for writers, but I think the guidelines can be applied to any mental or artistic endeavor.  It's worth watching for the animations and the music.  Here is a summary.

  1. Make lists.
  2. Carry a notebook everywhere.
  3. Try free writing.
  4. Get away from the computer.
  5. Quit beating yourself up.
  6. Take breaks.
  7. Sing in the shower.
  8. Drink coffee.
  9. Listen to new music.
  10. Be open.
  11. Surround yourself with creative people.
  12. Get feedback.
  13. Collaborate.
  14. Don't give up.
  15. Practice, practice, practice.
  16. Allow yourself to make mistakes.
  17. Go somewhere new.
  18. Count your blessings.
  19. Get lots of rest.
  20. Take risks.
  21. Break the rules.
  22. Don't force it.
  23. Read a page of the dictionary.
  24. Create a framework.
  25. Stop trying to be someone else's perfect 100%.
  26. Got an idea?  Write it down.
  27. Clean your workspace.
  28. Have fun.
  29. Finish something.
A highly useful, non-exhaustive list, to be sure.  I suggest eating wholesome foods, exercising daily, and nurturing the relationships in your life ~ family, friends, animals, nature.  I know you have additions of your own.  Indulge yourself !

And now, a wondrous, exhilarating, playful, mind-exploding resource from Cary Huang ~ his meta-map called The Scale of the Universe 2.  The link will take a few moments to download, but your patience will be richly rewarded.  The presentation is interactive ~ once you enter the initial screen, you can zoom in and out using either the scroll bar or by clicking on a particular image (which also shares information with you about the object).  The continuous scale runs from microscopic to cosmic, and covers diverse material.  Talk about having fun ~ I could get lost in this virtual world for hours.  What a gift.

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