Creativity is a part of our human birthright. You, my friend, were born creative. Society tries its best to beat it out of you, but it can’t totally extinguish the creative spark that helped us swing out of the trees onto the Serengeti and eventually take our rightful place at the top of the food chain. About 95% of what we know about the brain has been learned in the past 35 years. Many of those findings have not made it into the average person’s knowledge base. So, we here at You, Improved try to help bring that actionable information to you so that you can put it to work in your life.
We believe so strongly in the innate human ability to think creatively that we wrote the book on it.
Born Creative: Free Your Mind, Free Yourself is a quick read that provides the exercises and encouragement you need to rekindle that creative flame. Much of the information for the book was spawned by the writing of primary blogger, Harry Hoover, on You, Improved. It costs less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks & provides more than a momentary buzz.
You’ll find plenty of good information here on creativity that will be instrumental in developing your creative powers and exercises to help you make the most of your talents. Most of all, you’ll find encouragement. We believe you were born creative and want to help make you believe it, too.
Below are a few favorite posts from on creativity to get you started.
Creativity Books Everyone Should Read – This is the reading list we recommend to all of our friends.
27 Ways To Be More Creative – Who doesn’t want to be more creative? These simple ideas will move you along the path to increased creativity.
Assignment Creativity: Urban Photo Adventure – Get out the camera and start snapping for improved thinking.
Three Exercises For A Creativity Boost – Creativity is one of the key topics we discuss here at You, Improved. So, we decided to develop this post that focuses on ways to boost your creativity.
Top 7 Tips For Successful Brainstorming – Typically, brainstorming is done wrong. Here’s how to be successful at it.
Below is You, Improved’s essential list of creativity resources. Most of these are free and online-based.
Born Creative: Free Your Mind, Free Yourself – Harry Hoover’s book on using your innate creativity to change your life.
You, Improved, Classically – Our Pandora classical music playlist that encourages creativity.
Coffivity – This website recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe to boost your creativity and help you work better.
Damn Interesting – A website that shares fascinating but obscure true stories from science, history, and psychology since 2005. Random fodder for the brain.
Do Nothing For Two Minutes – A website that provides you with calming white noise, a nice photo and a clock that begins a two minute countdown once you have stopped doing any work on your computer.
Apps For Creativity
Corkulous – An iPad app that provides you with a digital cork board on which to collect ideas.
GoConqr’s Mind Map Tool – GoConqr gives you the freedom and versatility to express ideas and information in an aesthetically pleasing and easy-to-understand way. This is a web-based tool and requires you to sign up.
iBrainstorm – An Apple app that allows you to collect and share ideas collaboratively.
Mindomo – Capture your thoughts directly on mind maps, turn them into presentations on the fly, and share them with others. Synchronize your maps to the cloud, from any device.
Art Tools For Creativity
Artist’s Tool Kit – Artists use visual elements and principles like line, color and shape as tools to build works of art. This tool kit helps you explore these principles.
Cloud Dreamer – Pretend play helps us learn to think visually and spatially and to both capture and express ideas. Cloud Dreamer is all about pretending.
SCAMMPERR – You, Improved’s overview of the brainstorming and thinking techniques developed by Alex Osborne, a pioneering teacher of creativity.
Metaphorical Thinking – Using direct comparisons of unrelated things to boost idea generation.
Brainwriting – Each participants records his own ideas and then passes them on. This limits the group criticism and helps generate more ideas.
Writers’ Creativity Resources
CreativeWritingPrompts.com – More than 300 writing prompts to get the little gray cells working
Imagination Prompt Generator – An automatic prompt generator for those needing a creative boost
Language Is A Virus – A web-based site that provides you with writing prompts and exercises.
The Story Starter– Randomly generated story starters
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