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Creativity Portal® - Chris Dunmire's Exploratorium for Creativity, Expression / Creativity-Portal.com

Creativity Portal® - Chris Dunmire's Exploratorium for Creativity, Expression / Creativity-Portal.com
Explore, Nurture & Express Your Creativity! Creativity Portal Named ‘Best of the Best’ Creativity Site! By Chris Dunmire Writer's Digest magazine has once again named Creativity Portal on their 2014 annual 101 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS list! This year we're honored with an extra bonus — a 'Best of the Best' callout, for the first time, the #1 spot in their creativity category (see image to right). Here's what they say about us:

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Test Your Creativity: 5 Classic Creative Challenges Fascinated by how brains and creativity work, we frequently share new research on the 99U twitter feed, showing how everything from drinking alcohol, to taking vacations, to moving your eyes from side to side can make you more creative. What’s particularly interesting, however, is that most of these studies rely on just a small group of core creativity tests – and you don’t need any special lab equipment to take them. Below, we’ve collected five of the most commonly used creativity challenges for your self-testing pleasure. While creativity “testing” is far from an exact science, trying your mettle at these challenges could yield insight into when, where, and how you’re most creative.

CALLIHOO Writing Helps Character Feelings You can describe your character's feelings in more exact terms than just "happy" or "sad." Check these lists for the exact nuance to describe your character's intensity of feelings. SF Characters | SF Items | SF Descriptors | SF Places | SF EventsSF Jobs/Occupations | Random Emotions | Emotions List | Intensity of Feelings

How to Write a Great Novel: Junot Diaz, Anne Rice, Margaret Atwood and Other Authors Tell (See Corrections & Amplifications item below) Richard Powers lounges in bed all day and speaks his novels aloud to a laptop computer with voice-recognition software. Junot Diaz, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel "The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," shuts himself in the bathroom and perches on the edge of the tub with his notebook when he's tackling a knotty passage. Hilary Mantel, whose Tudor drama "Wolf Hall" claimed this year's Man Booker Prize, jumps in the shower when she gets...

How to make 3D paper ball ornaments I love 3D paper things. Love. And when I saw a little picture of what appeared to be paper balls in a CB2 catalog, I thought, "I am going to make those." So the other day while Alex was writing a paper about mysterious things like polymers and flexible films and tactoids, I made a paper ball. Design Exercises for Graphic, Web, Interactive & Other Designers Last year’s HOW Design Live featured dynamic discussions on essential design resources and career advice. It will be hard to beat, but this year’s conference promises to be better than ever. Jim Krause, a relentlessly creative designer and industry expert, gave a stimulating talk last year called “Learn by Doing.” His talk focused on how to find... Discover how improv training can give you the courage to let go of your worries—and positively fuel your idea-sparking potential. Wendy Lee Oldfield talks how to stay creative, and how she does it using Instagram—and circles.

Body Language and Smiling Smiling is a universal sign that someone is happy. It conveys a message that you are not dangerous, and asks people to accept you on a personal level. The most remarkable thing about smiling is its contagiousness – when you smile to someone, it makes them reciprocate by returning the smile. Interestingly it is true with both – sincere and fake smiles. According to some scientists, there is a neuron that affects part of the brain that is responsible for the recognition of faces and facial expressions.

Top 10 first lines in children's and teen books The boy and the old man arrived at the port at night. That's the first line in my debut novel, Close to the Wind, and I'm rather proud of it. The line doesn't shout out at you, but it does a lot of work establishing the tone of the book and giving you the setting and characters without any fuss. It's always difficult to know how to begin a book. Originally, I had a much bolder first line but during an editorial meeting it was suggested I lose it and start with the second line in.

Waffle Flower Crafts Hello everyone! Welcome to our tutorial page. We’re working on breaking them into categories but for now… Hope you can find something new and fun here! Hover over a thumbnail to view the post title, click to go to the post. Five Creativity Exercises to Find Your Passion Benjamin Disraeli, a 19th century British Prime Minister, once said, "Man is only great when he acts from passion." For today's aspiring entrepreneur, exploring avenues of creativity to find your passion is likely the quickest route to increase your chances of launching a successful business. Where to start? Here, five exercises to help you uncover your passion. Exercise 1 - Revisit your childhood. What did you love to do?

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