13 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Kudos to Andrew Medal for this “hit list” on creativity. 13 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative also give a nod to the book Steal Like an Artist which made the list of 5 Creative Books Everyone Should Read.

Medal refers to research (some with surprising results) to support his list and gives some tips on how to find inspiration to tap into your own creativity.

Maybe one of the most important points on Medal’s list is number eleven. It says that being creative is a LIFESTYLE CHOICE. You have to want it and consciously make time for it.

Read Medal’s article to find out what mind blowing fact you can learn from freestyle rappers to enhance your creative skills.

5 Creativity Books Everyone Should Read

In 5 Creativity Books Everyone Should Read Dean Bokhari gives us some awesome resources designed to help anyone maximize creative potential. That is, anyone dedicated enough to cultivate their desired talent. Innate or otherwise. Click the link above for Bokhari’s original article. It’s a quick and entertaining read.  In it he takes a realistic look at the creative process and briefly explains what you’ll gain from each book.  If you don’t need any convincing, shop Bokhari’s list below and dive into these gems now by selecting the eBook versions!

The Layers Of The Creative Process

Originally posted on Gideon's Screenwriting Tips: So Now You're a Screenwriter...:

Writers are always on the lookout for story ideas to develop into films and TV series. Where do these ideas come from? How do you brainstorm? How does a film or TV idea sprout from an original concept? How do you know which ideas are worth keeping and which to discard? So many things to think about.

Ideas are germinated and nurtured within the three layers of our creative thought processes. There can only be one dominant layer at a time, although the non-dominant ones are still in play.

CONSCIOUS CREATIVITY

As its name suggests, this step is when our minds are in full awareness mode. Our curiosity is stoked. We merge new and interesting knowledge with what we already know. We are open to new ideas and welcome the creative unknown.

We are actively brainstorming new story concepts. We usually start with what movies typically do well, what our personal interests are and…

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Cartoonist demonstrates,talks about his creative process

Originally posted on WISH-TV:

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Political cartoons have the ability to say a lot using no words at all.

Dick Wolfsie recently stopped by and talked with one such man who lets his pictures do all the talking.

Gary Varvel is a local political cartoonist whose drawings have stirred up plenty of debate.

Varvel talks about how he comes up with ideas for his cartoons.

He even shows and takes Dick Wolfsie through the process of actually drawing one of his cartoons.

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DIY: Lamp Re-Vamp

Étude Life:

Loving this DIY post by shestylesshe. Share your favorite DIY project in the comments section or tag @etudelife on Pinterest or Instagram with #DIYETUDE.

Originally posted on She Styles She:

LAMP RE-VAMP

Just wanted to share another one of my projects! I told you guys I was redecorating my entire apartment in my “DIY: Faux Fur Throw Rug” post, so this is just another one of the changes I’ve made so far. This little project is super easy but definitely time consuming! I’m not going to lie! I was so annoyed doing it lol but as it started coming together I was getting more and more excited because I was loving the results.

I found these two lamps about a year ago in my local thrift store and they were initially brown shades with a neutral splash of color on the base (a mix of brown, tan and white). I actually loved the base but decided to completely change the lamps because it didn’t match our decor at the time. I just loved the size of them and for…

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E-Reader’s Rack Vol 8: Independence

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Red Hot and BOOM!
by Various Authors

The Red Hot Authors present Red Hot & BOOM! A Sizzling Hot Collection of Stories. Celebrate Independence Day with Ten Books from Authors who will Heat Your Summer Nights!, You will fall in love with the characters!

  1.  ALL HAT NO CATTLE by Randi Alexander
  2.  FOR LIBERTY by Rene Folsom
  3.  COME WITH ME by Sable Hunter
  4.  WHITE CHOCOLATE CHERRY by Graylin Rane
  5.  SCORIN’ ON THE FOURTH OF JULY by Cassandra Carr
  6.  ONE LAST RODEO by Michel Prince
  7.  STARS AND SPARKS by Christin Lovell
  8.  FIRECRACKER! by Desiree Holt
  9.  SPARKS FLY by Mari Carr
  10. RETURN TO HER by Alexandra O’Hurley

Category: Romance & Holidays
Price: $0.99 Originally $9.90
Expires: Jul 10, 2015
Get it: Amazon

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Clutter Free: Small Life Changes
by Lynn Hall

Want to de-clutter your home and live in a stress free environment, but feel like you do not have enough time? You can! Take back your life! This book is about having a plan for getting your life and things around your house under control. Learn which items to keep and which ones to let go of which is incredibly vital when you are attempting to de-clutter your home, reduce your stress, and simply streamline your day-to-day life.

Category: How to & Home Improvements
Price: $0.99 Originally $7.99
Expires: Jul 10, 2015
Get it: Amazon

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Flight
by Alyssa Rose Ivy

With over 175 five-star reviews on Amazon: Allie is spending a summer in New Orleans when she meets mysterious and enticing Levi, who takes her on a supernatural journey that will cause her to question everything she thought she knew.

Category: Teen/Young Adult
Price: Free! Originally:$0.99
Expires: Unknown
Get it: Amazon

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Saturday Night Widows
by Becky Aikman

In this “testament to the durability of the human spirit” (People), Becky Aikman shares her struggle with grief and her gradual adjustment to life after her husband’s death — with the help of a group of women known as the Saturday Night Widows. “An unexpected delight, rich with wisdom and laughter” (The Washington Post).

Category: Non-Fiction & Women’s Studies
Price: $1.99 Originally $9.99
Expires: July 19
Get it: Amazon

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The Absolute Best Dump Dinners Cookbook
by Rockridge Press

Dive into this mouthwatering guide to everything from soups and salads to pastas and frittatas. With 75 delicious recipes that require minimal prep time, this book is ideal for the busy home cook!

Category: Cook Books/Quick & Easy
Price: $0.99 Originally $3.99
Expries: July 9
Get it: Amazon

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Attitudes of Gratitude
by M.J. Ryan

Want to feel healthier, happier, and more complete? Learn to practice gratitude every day, with proven techniques that might just change your life! “This little book is an elixir for the soul” (New York Times bestselling author Kathy Freston).

Category: Self-help/Motivational
Price: $0.99 Originally $14.95
Expires: July 7
Get it: Amazon

#OOTD: Floral Print and Picnics

Floral Print and Picnics
Floral Print and Picnics by etudelife featuring Rue 21 Layered Tank

Find a cozy spot to picnic and watch the fireworks this weekend. This floral layered tank will make you feel all dainty and pretty while sparks fly overhead.
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Diba sling back sandals
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Bamboo54 flower handbag
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Flower jewelry
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Indulgems pink pendant
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Vince Camuto stud earring set
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Marc Jacobs daisy perfume
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Pomax food storage container
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Sleeveless tank top
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A Bulldog in a Skirt

When she was at the top of her game, rapper Eve called dibs on the title “Pitbull in a Skirt.” Now Jackson’s own Ashley Lewis can lay claim to the top “Bulldog in a Skirt,” only she’s serving up drinks instead of rhymes. Voted Sexiest Bartender in 2015 Best of Jackson contest, Lewis has been ferociously mixing up drinks that have kept customers coming back to The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road) for the past three years. Continue reading A Bulldog in a Skirt

The Mississippi-Nashville music connection

Originally posted on Les Kerr's Liner Notes:

This marker is located at 1111 16th Ave. S., Nashville This marker is located at 1111 16th Ave. S., Nashville

The list of Mississippi musicians and songwriters who have made their way to Nashville over the years would almost stretch the length of the Natchez Trace. The Mississippi Country Music Trail recognized that legacy on June 4, 2015 by unveiling the Mississippi to Nashville marker on Music Row. It was a treat to attend the event acknowledging a path I am proud to have taken in 1987 when I followed the footsteps of fellow Mississippians who moved to Music City to pick, sing and write.

Of particular significance is that the Music Row marker is the first one on this trail planted outside of Mississippi. Visit Mississippi director Malcolm White said that Mississippi Blues Trail markers have been erected in Chicago and even Europe, but this is the first out-of-state plaque on the Country Music Trail. It was a treat…

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