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Affirmations-366Days#27-I routinely schedule time for my ‘genius project’; the kind of writing project that takes my breath away.

For new readers, here’s why I’m committing to writing affirmations, about the creative process, during the next 366 days.

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During this past holiday break, I spent a lot of time listening to writing coach, Rochelle Melander’s backlog of excellent podcasts. In one of the episodes, she encourages people to make time for their ‘genius projects’. Genius projects are the ones that take our breath away every time we think about them. Genius projects, are the ones we daydream of attempting because they are so inspiring, mind-expanding, challenging, different, boundary-breaking, etc. These are the projects that if we could just make a little time for them, working on them would light us up from the inside. Sadly, these are the projects that often live at the very bottom of our to-do lists, languishing behind deadline driven work, prior commitments, other practical writing projects, and going to the dentist. She recommends that you schedule time in the calendar to focus on your genius project.

Do you have a genius project? Does it have time and space on your calendar?

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No post today. I’m on spring break until next week. But, you know I would not abandon you without providing something to stimulate your creativity. Below are interesting news items about creativity.

-Dan Deacon is a laptop composer and he spoke with National Public Radio host, Arun Rath about music, technology and innovation: ‘You Have To Be Bored’: Dan Deacon On Creativity

-The term ‘leaky attention’ is not the most attractive, but it is a term scientists are using to explain the possible physiological evidence of a connection between creative thinking and sensory distractions. I first read about this idea in Diane Ackerman’s sumptuous book, An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain (which has several chapters that discuss creativity).  Distractions often lead us to new formulations, insights and surprises: Can’t Focus? Maybe You’re a Creative Genius

I am always trying to debunk myths about creativity through this blog, my teaching and my coaching work. Still so many myths about creativity persist! This article does an excellent job in adding more nails to the coffin of creativity myths:  Demystifying the Muse: 5 Creativity Myths You Should Stop Believing


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