Creativity and Writing
I am one who believes everyone is creative. Ideas and talents are in all of us. My favorite creative pursuits are writing, scrapbooking, designing, and music. Other people show there creativity in the kitchen or sewing room, garage or sports arena.

This month I am returning to weekly artist dates. In Julia Cameron's books The Artist's Way and Vein of Gold she suggests going on weekly artist's dates. These are solitary jaunts to the museum, the galleries, to the beach, or anyplace else you like to go. You can take in the entire experience without worrying about whether someone else is having a good time or whether the kids are getting into trouble. Schedule your artist date for this week right now!

After getting published a few times now, I started getting nervous and blocked. I put too much pressure on myself to publish. I want to concentrate again on getting back to the joy of writing. Writing just to write. Writing for the soul. Writing because it needs to be said. I am committing myself to writing a minimum of 15 minutes a day and it doesn't matter what I write. I am going to start by using writing prompts from the December issue of Writer's Digest.

Can you commit to 15 minutes a day to your creative pursuit? Don't deny your gifts, use them to produce greater creativity and fullness to your life.

Creativeness is the act of the whole person-
integrated, unified, totally involved.

Abraham Maslow

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Here are some wonderful books on creativity:

Aha!:10 Ways to Free your Creative Spirit and Find your Great Idea by Jordon E. Ayan
Art and Soul by Pam Grout
The Artist's Way and Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron
How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb
Woman's Book of Creativity by C. Diane Ealy
Wild Mind and Writing Down to the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Fearless Creating by Eric Maisel, PH.D
The Courage to Create by Rollo May
Do It by Peter McWilliams

Creativity on the Net

Artist's Way Ideas from the book and artist's way discussion groups

Be More Creative Creative quotations, creative management

Brain DanceKeep your mind creative with these exercises from this e-zine

Brain Tricks Discovering how the brain works

The Creativity Web A huge resource for creativity, including mental workout center

Creativity Challenges 52 activities to increase your creativity

Directed Creativity Creativity in business

Enchanted Mind Humor inspiration and puzzles to teach creativity

Eric Maisel Inspiring creativity author, exercises and ideas on his site

Beyond Human An Ezine with brain benders, games and columns

Quick Tips for Creative People Inspiration and low cost marketing ideas for artists

Writing on the Net

Absolute Write Interviews and articles

Become a Writer Free course of

Write4Kids For writers who write for children

Bookwire Comprehensive list of books

Freelance Online Job opportunities

FreeLance Success Marketing and management guide for non-fiction freelancers

For Writer's Writer's Resources

Gila Queen's Guide to Markets

Inkspot One of the best writing sites on the web

Ink Magazine Tips, interviews, fiction and poetry

IUniverse Writing Community

John Hewitt's Writing resource center

MomWriter's Projects

PhilipaJane's Writer's Kit Character sheet form, query form

Purdue's Writing Lab Handouts, tutors, resources

The Quill Society Writer's Forums

Women Writers Literary Magazine

Word Museum Chat, tools, articles

Writing to the Black Hole Which publishers reply in a timely manner

Writer's Block An e-zine for writers

Writer's Digest The magazine

Writer's Guidelines Database

The Write Life Challenges, articles, interviews

Writer's Write Huge resource, how to's, articles, guidelines, markets

Victoria Claire Query Letter Info

What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience? -Rollo May

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