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Creativity: Time to Change My Thinking

A post from Brain Pickings about 10 Rules for Creative Projects got me thinking about creativity again, during what has felt like a dry spell in the daily grind of my job.

I am very, very busy and very, very productive these days. I have multiple to-do lists, 15 or so project binders, a full meeting calendar, and stacks of unread articles and papers to get through. (Some day.) It gets overwhelming at times. The most important project I’m working on requires a good deal of coordination, organization, and planning — but it also demands creativity.  So I have a lot of questions about how to resolve this apparent contradiction.

I don’t have the answers. What about you?

Here are the ten rules. Which ones resonate with you the most?

  1. Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion.
  2. The pretty, initial position which falls short of completeness is not to be valued — except as a stimulus for further moves.
  3. Do search. But in order to find other than what is searched for.
  4. Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities but consider them absolutely expendable.
  5. Don’t “discover” a subject — of any kind.
  6. Somehow don’t be bored but if you must, use it in action. Use its destructive potential.
  7. Mistakes can’t be erased but they move you from your present position.
  8. Keep thinking about Pollyanna.
  9. Tolerate chaos.
  10. Be careful only in a perverse way.

Author: Claire Wagner

I'm a seasoned freelance writer/editor and an enthusiastic community manager. I'm passionate about developing and sharing good content.

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