Associative Thinking, Daydreaming, and Self-Reflection Key To Creativity, Study Reveals

A recent study on 138 undergraduate students investigated the relationship between creativity and different aspects of thought patterns presumed to influence the preparation and illumination phase of the creative process. Aspects of thought patterns they studied included: How much one relied on habitual patterns of thought, such as ruminative brooding and/or ruminative self-reflection. Whether one […]

14 Key Components of Creativity: How do you measure up?

All writers are creative, right? They are if they meet certain criteria. But what is that criteria? That’s a question researcher Jordanous Keller wanted to answer. So he conducted an empirical study and analysis of language commonly used to talk or write about creativity[1]. Using tools from natural language processing and statistical analysis, he and […]

Positivity Creates Superior Brain Functioning

A study of 460 study participants (aged 22-35) from the Human Connectome Project, reported in Nature Neuroscience found a single, stark difference in the way human brains were connected—based on an abundance of positivity or negativity in their lives. In comparing fMRI brain scans to data collected on approximately 280 behavioral, demographic, and psychometric traits—such as the […]

Tapping into the Genius of Hamilton’s Creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda

One of the hallmarks of genius is an ability to spot connections between seemingly disparate things, and then use your discovery to create something original. One of the most potent examples of how your brain births, supports, sustains, and fulfills creative ideas comes from the genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda, the mastermind who brought the highly […]

You Are What You Read: Why Deep Reading Makes You A Better Writer

A study published in the International Journal of Business Administration in May, 2016, found that what students read in college directly effects the level of writing they achieve. In fact, researchers found that reading content and frequency may exert more significant impacts on students’ writing ability than writing instruction and writing frequency. Students who read […]

Yoga and Kirtan Kriya Mediation Bolster Brain Functioning

A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in April confirmed that yoga and a form of meditation known as Kirtan Kriya improved brain functioning by increasing connectivity, improving memory, and decreasing mood aberration. See an excerpt where I discuss Kirtan Kriya in Fire Up Your Writing Brain below. Over the course of twelve […]

To Spark Genius, Read Works the Opposite in Style, Genre, or Format of What You Want to Write

Reading works that are very different from what you want to write is a great way to spark ideas and to shake up a tendency to be too rote, traditional, or predictable when writing. If you write historical novels, for example, reading science fiction could loosen up your tendency to be a little rigid when […]