About this Website
The Stars Are Not Made of Fire is founded on the idea that creativity is not haphazard. We can develop our own creative practice and habits to spur our creativity. It doesn’t matter if we use that creativity for writing, art, business, coding, making academic breakthroughs, or living our life more fully.
Too often we are told that creativity is something magic.
- “The idea came out of nowhere.”
- “My muse blessed me.”
- “The ideas were just really flowing.”
But creativity is not a form of magic. You can take specific actions and develop the skill of being creative. This blog will show you how– the posts on this blog describe aspects of creativity and creating a creative practice.
In the menu you can find the following:
The Creativity category includes thoughts on what creativity is, brain science research, developing your own creative practice, and how to create a group.
In regards to what creativity is, it is not a “thing”. We often characterize it as things like “a wellspring” or “a flow”. But it is neither of these.
There is a great deal of research that has been done over decades about creativity and the effect of things like poetry on the brain. For instance, poetry and music stimulate several sections of the brain crossing back forth over the hemispheres. After a session of reading and writing poetry, test subjects were better able to solve difficult problems requiring advanced thinking. And you thought poetry was awful stuff? There’s your first creativity brain hack!
Fostering and developing a creative practice is the core material of this website.
Sometimes, it is helpful to have the support of others when making life changes. Sometimes it is just more fun! The section titled “Creating a Group for Mutual Support” discusses sharing the journey with others of a like mind.
We all need heroes. We all need examples of people who have done what we want to do because they show what is possible. Ideas come before actions. We have to believe things are possible before we can do them. (Brain hack number 2 on this page?) The category of “People Who Inspire” is filled with information about the ordinary people who have accomplished great things.
There are many ways to exercise our creativity. Pick what works for you! Change it up every once in awhile because going back to being a beginner rattles sticky neural pathways and limbers up your brain. (Brain hack number 3) For now, I have added the following categories. I will add more as time goes on because there are myriad ways to be creative.
Writing can be in and of itself a way to develop a creative practice. It also can be a secondary media to work with to enhance your creative practice.
The word “art” covers a lot of ground. Doing art using any media you prefer can be your road to developing your creativity. In addition viewing art, studying art history, and considering the ideas behind a piece of art can help develop your own creative practice.
Thought Exercises is still being developed. Currently it has one category: Problems for Practice. Engineering problems require as much creativity as the arts. I want to recognize this and expand on using activities such as writing code and doing mathematics to develop a creative practice.
I am an artist, poet, writer, photographer and teacher. Also, I have struggled for years with being creative, despite that other people who know me consider me to be a creative person. Because I have struggled at times to reignite my creativity and made it a mission to figure out what creativity is and how to develop a creative practice, you can benefit from my experience. If you want to be more creative, I can help you and we can work on this together. I think the world can use a little more creativity.
Oddly, despite the fact I have written fiction, poetry and nonfiction since I was in elementary school, I sometimes struggle with identifying myself as a writer. In my mind I dismiss my achievements– “I am not really a writer because I haven’t___________.” And there is always some achievement I have not unlocked that pushes the goal farther out.
Also, I play guitar and mandolin and I struggle with the notion that I am musician. When I was a child, my mother was a pianist and she tried to teach me to play piano. It went badly and she told me I had no talent. I still wrestle with this. My guitar teacher tells me I pick up songs and techniques very quickly, but perhaps, you noticed I did not list that I was a musician?
When I write about self-identifying as a creative person or a writer or an artist or whatever, I can honestly relate to the awkwardness. It feels somehow overblown. And yet if we don’t identify ourselves first as being creative, no one else will. I know from experience, after I decided that I was an artist, I took my art more seriously and was able to commit to growing my abilities. Same with writing.
Anyone Can Be Creative
I believe anyone can be an artist, poet, writer, photographer, problem solver, programmer, or whatever type of creative person they want to be if they choose to be. It doesn’t happen overnight. You have to foster your creativity. To pursue creative endeavors takes commitment and effort, but anyone can create in the medium of their choice. It’s up to you.
And leading a creative life… is like going through the looking glass. The world is heartbreakingly beautiful. There are stories at every turn. You can enter imaginary realms or explore this reality through a new vision. You can live more fully. What problems are you wrestling with that require a novel approach? It’s up to you, but you can do it.
I hope you will come along with me on this journey as I post a few things I have learned over the years and discover new information.
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