The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
A new year stands in front of us with much excitement and challenge.
CCA hopes to grow by leaps and bounds this coming year, attracting many
new subscribers to our newsletter and our activities. Watch throughout
this year as the Creativity Coaching Association in cooperation with
Creativity Portal launches a variety of new workshops and seminars for
anyone interested in advancing their creative work. We will announce
these within the coming months — and we promise to bring you many interesting
and useful ideas.
So, without further ado, here's this month's newsletter.
Rick Benzel, Executive Director
A Creative Linguistic Note
"Simplifying" Your New Year's Resolutions
by Etta Mology
New Year’s Eve 2006 has come and gone and perhaps many of you made
some resolutions to change your life this year. But what exactly did you
mean when you said "I resolve to...?" Our dear friend Etta Mology
wondered what a resolution really means and why it is that we make them.
It turns out the word resolution is from the Latin verb resolvere, meaning "to
loosen, to break things into their parts, to reduce things to their simpler
forms." When a bunch of Roman senators were engaged in a dispute, they
may have agreed to bring their disagreement to a resolution by breaking down
their arguments into the most basic parts and finding the common ground.
This "loosening" sense of the word resolution is also visible
in the sciences. For example, in physics, we say that a prism resolves sunlight
into its spectral colors and the higher a microscope’s resolution,
the more detail you can see.
The use of resolution to mean solving a problem (as in math) did not occur
until 1548, and the use of the word to mean a decision
to do something happened
only in the early 1600s. One might imagine the slight shift in meaning occurring
after some wig-wearing English statesmen disagreed and, like the Romans settling
their dispute, they vowed to adhere to their resolution.
So how does this relate to your New Year’s resolutions? Etta suggests
that you learn to think of your resolutions as ways to simplify your life.
Your resolutions can help you move back toward the essence of what you want
to do with your time, such as your creative work. Thinking about your resolutions
in this way may make it easier to maintain your determination to accomplish
them, because they become not what you force yourself to do, but rather what
you truly want to achieve.
Become a Certified Creativity Coach
you've been thinking about becoming a creativity coach, or adding creativity
coaching to your existing life coaching, consulting, or therapy practice,
we invite you to explore CCA's newly announced Certification Program. Our
program includes a variety of basic and advanced coaching courses that can
be done online or through telecourses in a reasonable period of time. The
knowledge and skills you will develop in this program will serve your own
work and open up opportunities for you to professionally coach others.
For details, please visit our Certification
Program web page for a full
explanation of the courses offered and requirements. Declare your candidacy
by January 31, 2006, and save $100 off the fees, plus receive
discounts on upcoming courses.
Product of the Month
With the first issue of the New Year, “Creativity Calling” introduces
a new column: the featured Product of the Month. Each issue will spotlight
a creation designed or discovered by one of our members. We are confident
that these tools will enhance the tips and insights of our articles
and further nourish your pursuit of creative results.
Linking Both Sides of Your Creative Brain with “Connections”
Connections are double-sided collages designed
by Quinn McDonald, a visual artist and creativity coach based in Northern
Virginia. Designed to spark creativity and introspection, Connections
are small and portable (4.25" x 6.38"), and each is a piece
of original art. On one side is a figurative collage — a design
incorporating a person or animal. On the other side is a phrase.
Say you are working on a creative project and begin to lose momentum.
Doubts start to creep into your head. How to get back on track? Reach
for a Connection. You are a creativity coach, and your client could
benefit from a powerful question. You’d like to ask it in a memorable
way. Use a Connection. Or you’d like to create a journal entry
with real meaning, but you can’t think of anything important.
Take a look at a Connection.
“Many people respond to visual images, but there are also those
who love words,” Quinn says. “Connections delight both
groups with a combination of art and words. You look at one side and
see an image that sparks a memory or creates an idea. Then you turn
it over, and there is a phrase that relates to the image. Each person
will see something different in each Connection.”
Connections get their name in part from the connection of the image
side of the brain to the word side. The collages also help people connect
their hopes, dreams, aspirations, and ideas to action, plans, and creative
thought. Because they are unique one of-a-kind pieces of art, their
messages are individual, personal, and special.
Connections can be used in several ways:
- Individually, as art in a business — or home office
- As a focal point in meditation
- Carried in a planner or put on a desk as a reminder of an intention
- To spark ideas for introspective exploration in a personal journal
- As bookmarks in inspirational texts
Connections are interactive. “Each is an original piece of art,
but until it connects with someone, it’s unfinished,” Quinn
says. You can use them in your own art by arranging them to create
a story, using them as pages in an altered book, as the visual highlight
of the theme of your scrapbook.
To see the Connections collages and for purchase information, visit
Quinn’s website: www.quinncreative.com
Creating an Idea Book
Contributed by Sue Viders
That wonderful, why-haven’t-I-thought-of-it-before, idea can strike
you at any time. During a dream, waiting for the stoplight to change, watching
a TV show, or even in the bathtub.
The problem for all creative individuals is what to do with that epiphany.
Once an idea “hits” me I have learned that unless I immediately
write it down it is gone forever. Therefore I keep writing materials everywhere.
In my car, I have paper and pencil rubber banded to my sun visor and in the
bathroom there is a plastic container by the tub, next to the phone with
paper and pencils. Pencils seem to work better over the long run, as pens
tend to dry out, loose their caps, or simply disappear.
So, the first step in keeping track of your idea is to write the idea down
and then when you get home or out of the bath, transfer the idea to your
What! You don’t have an idea book. Make one. Mine is a bright red
three-ring binder which clearly says, both on the cover, under the clear
plastic and on the spine of the notebook, Sue’s Idea Book.
In this idea book you need to have... ta....da ...idea pages. These are
pages that list all the various components of each idea and how it can either
grow or be expanded. The following items are what I use.
- the idea — spelled out in a few words
- who can help me with the idea (list actual names and phone numbers/web
- where I can go to get more help/information (list actual places/web sites/galleries/shows
or whatever you think might be able to be of help)
- what the idea will look like when finished
- who the possible audience is for this idea — in other words,
what to do with the idea or who will buy the darn thing
Once an idea has generated enough pages to look like it’s really going
somewhere then the idea then gets its own file. Please note that not all
ideas are viable. Some of my ideas that don’t seem to be going anywhere
are moved to the back section of my notebook under a “Back Burner” heading.
When the active file becomes fat enough, the idea gets its own notebook.
I just counted. I have at least six active notebooks on the bookshelf wall
in my office, each of them a potential book, each in various stages of being
Sue Viders is an art marketing consultant and workshop leader, specializing
in teaching visual artists how to market their work. She has published
numerous books on marketing art and her newest book is The Artist's Organizer,
a yearly, week-by-week, calendar, journal and record-keeper for all serious
artists. Check out Sue’s books and her organizer at www.sueviders.com.
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