When Your Muse is MIA

It never fails.  An exhibition opportunity arises, a client requests your services or the creation of a new work, and your muse decides to take a vacation. So what do we do to nurture our creative potential? Consider following this blog to learn and to share practices and habits that can help.  We will explore the thread of creativity that exists in cinema, drama, music, visual arts, literature, dance and design for a better understanding of what those rituals or practices are that we can incorporate into our daily lives.

On Monday the 26th of March I conducted a workshop on this subject in the “Big Room” of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.


What follows are the references that I used:

  • “How Creativity Works in the Brain” – National Endowment for the Arts
  • The Creative Hero / Heroine
    • “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell
    • “The Path of the Everyday Hero” by Lorna Catford and Michael Ray
    • “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron with Mark Bryan
  • Nurturing Your Creative Potential
    • “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey
    • “Care of the Soul” by Thomas Moore
    • “The Creative License” by Danny Gregory
    • “Daily Rituals” by Mason Currey
  • Tom Kelly’s Stanford eCorner Lectures
  • Incubation and Strategizing
    • “101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques” by James M. Higgins
    • “Conceptual Blockbusting” by James L. Adams
    • “The Mind Map Book” by Tony Buzan with Barry Buzan
    • “Thinkertoys” by Michael Michalko