The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the September issue of Creativity
In this month's articles, our CCA coaches
invite us to gaze at our life and ourselves.
It's a fact that many creative folks are
dreamers: we dream about what's next ... about
learning, doing, being and having. But, ...
have we stepped into our dreams? If not,
today is the day.
The CCA's 1st annual creativity conference, Creativity: Let It Be Life!
approaching (Oct. 4th is only 26 days away).
I'm looking forward to meeting you!
Did you know?
The half price rooms available to CCA
conference attendees at The Fort Henry Resort
and Conference Center (Lake George, N.Y.
conference site) will no longer be available
at that price after September 22? Register
now to secure a room at the Center and take
advantage of this fabulous discount.
Besides mingling at the conference with
the writers of this issue of Creativity
Calling, you can also meet Steve Harper, who
has graciously agreed to replace John
MacDonald, who can't be with us due to a
family commitment. See Steve's full bio and
description of his workshop, along with those
of all presenters: www.creativityconference2008.com
President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association
Creative Daydreaming Adds Power to Your Work
by Quinn McDonald
Goals that are a stretch are often called
"only dreams." The word 'only' labels them as
far-fetched, unlikely, something to pursue
for fun, but not seriously. Dreams are
fragments of our imagination, private signs
and often a doorway to emotional healing.
And they are just as powerful if they are
daydreams, the stroll our imagination takes
when we unhook from the yoke of dutyjobs,
classes, cleaning, running errands.
Daydreams can be powerful tools for
creativity; they can guide ordinary work
toward extraordinary work. Let's say you
want to write. The usual guidance is, "Write
what you know." You have a pretty good idea
that no one wants to read what you know. You
want to write what no one knowsyet. What
doesn't exist, what might exist only in your
head. You want to be a writer. You know
better than to express this out loud. So you
daydream about being a writer
You allow yourself to imagine the best, with
no boundaries. You come up with ideas. Some
of them don't feel so far-fetched. You take a
few notes. You daydream some more. You change
your story. You read it and daydream
something better. Eventually the story
becomes extraordinary. And suddenly you have
a piece of writing worth pursuing without
dreaming. You've moved your daydreaming to
And that is exactly why daydreaming is so
important. It leads us away from the past
with the "no" and the "can't" and the "we
don't have those careers." It opens the door
to "Why not?" and "see what happens," and
"try it and find out." Daydreaming leaves us
open to possibility. Success. Adventure.
Daydreaming is as important as dreaming at
night. Daydreaming solves problems. Creates
hope. Stokes the ember of creativity into a
Dreams heal. They heal hurts, a stifled
imagination, a crumpled spirit. Dreams can
heal the world. True, they are not real, but
they can be made real. With a bit of
creativity and daydreaming.
© 2008 Quinn McDonald.
Quinn is a certified
creativity coach and writer.
Back to School: Nurturing the Creative Soul
by Nellie Jacobs
Goodbye summer, hello fall. Holidays are
over. What a perfect time to assess where
we've been and where we plan to go with our
own creativity. We are so fortunate that
these days a wide breadth of opportunities
for personal growth is available to us. From
one-time to multiple series, on-line to
in-person workshops, seminars, courses and
classes cover virtually every conceivable
topic and passion.
We must be active in pursuit of creative
growth. "Learning is not a spectator sport,"
said D. Blocher. Learning need not be an
expensive venture, either. There are many
free and low cost courses offered online as
well as in local art galleries; museums;
community halls, centers and colleges;
religious institutions; and associations such
as CCA. Even the undertaking of a new project
can present an enormous learning curve. We
also can learn so much from one another.
Sometimes, an impediment to creative
development is our own attitude. Think about
it. How often do we use the word "too" as
part of an excuse not to do something new? As
example, is there really an age where we're
too old to learn? Well, let me tell you about
my 80-year-old mother. She LOVES her piano
lessons. For years, she's been a perennial
beginner. Advancing only at a snail's pace,
she knows she'll never be a concert pianist.
Yet, to fulfill her creative urges she
resolutely keeps on studying and practicing
despite personal frustration,
responsibilities and health issues. On my
last birthday, she brought along her sheet
music to play "Happy Birthday" after lunch.
She insisted all eleven of usincluding
three confused toddlerssing along with
her. We sounded awful as we struggled to slow
down our words while she painstakingly sought
out each note. At the end of her performance
she stood up with a flourish and huge smile.
We gave her a standing ovation, laughing and
wiping away our tears of joy. Mom bowed deeply.
Yes, learning matters. It feeds our
curiosity, imparts broader knowledge and
understanding, teaches new skills, helps us
strive towards new goals and opens doors to
new possibilities. Best of all - like
kindling - it stokes our creative fire.
©Nellie Jacobs 2008
A life-long student,
creativity consultant Nellie Jacobs hosts an
Internet radio talk show Igniting
Imagination with Nellie Jacobs. www.nelliejacobs.com.
New Project Rituals
by Beth Barany
Fall is a great time to think about and put
in place new rituals for your creative
practice or new creative projects.
Why are rituals an important part of our
Twyla Tharp, in The Creative Habit: Use it
and Learn it for Life
, speaks of the
power of the "ritual of preparation."
"It's vital to establish some
ritualsautomatic but decisive patterns
of behaviorat the beginning of the
creative process, when you are most at peril
of turning back, chickening out, giving up,
or going the wrong way."
She says that thinking of these starting
actions as a ritual has a transforming effect
on her creative activities. I agree.
So, my question to you is this:
What are your current preparation rituals for
your creative practice?
Stop and answer this question. If you have a
ritual, great. Is it working for you?
Excellent, congratulations, and keep up the
good work. If no rituals are in place, or the
ones you use don't inspire your to get to
your creative project, what can you do to
improve or change it? If you said, "I have
none." Then, I say, "Okay. What could you do?"
Tips on creating a Preparation Ritual for
your creative practice:
- Keep it simple
- Keep it short
- Let it flow easily into your creative
Take the next few weeks to settle into your
new Preparation Ritual and watch it help you be:
- More productive
- More grounded
- More joyful!
© 2008 Beth Barany
A Creativity Coach for
Writers, Beth Barany is also a writer, book
project manager, and amateur athlete. www.bethbarany.com
New CCA Creativity Coaching Classes Beginning in October 2008!
Life is not about finding
Life is about Creating yourself.
" ~ E.W. Wilcox
If 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 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.
Title: Your Life is A Performance: how to
capitalize on performance skills in order to
enhance what you already do!
Leader: Steve Harper
Description: Use the tools that
trained performers rely on to make any public
moment come alive. Many of us think of
performance as what we see in the theatre or
on screen. In truth, the rules of performing
can be applied to any interaction. This
workshop will walk you through a series of
simple techniques you can use in one-on-one
meetings and group presentations. Explore
unique strategies of preparation, rehearsal,
performance and post-show de-briefing.
Discover how to apply those skills to the
work you do. Learn ways to tap into your
authentic self when you're not alone.
Tap into Our Database of Creativity Coaches
Steve Harper is a professional actor,
a produced playwright and a 20-year veteran
of the entertainment industry. Other creative
adventures include producing and writing for
radio and television, directing film and
theatre projects, writing for print and
online publication and teaching multiple
disciplines. Steve is a member of the
Creativity Coaching Association and a
graduate of Yale, The A.R.T. Institute at
Harvard, and the Juilliard playwriting
program. His coaching clients range from
artists and individuals facing life/work
issues to corporate officers developing projects
Twenty years from now you will be more dissapointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " --Mark Twain
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Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!
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