Posted by: Liz Massey | January 7, 2011

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for January 7, 2011

Photo courtesy of Kristin Smith, via SXC.

Capture Your Passion in a Paycheck: Promising Careers for Photographers
Ellen Berry, guest posting on the Epic Edits blog, provides detailed information on how to create a solid career in photography by studying the various markets for photo work and acquiring the proper skills and training to stand out as both a technical and subject matter expert. Good vocational guidance for other artists, too!

New Years Resolution For The “Over-Thinker” | TalentCulture
Mike Brown describes a recent panel discussion featuring innovative startups and entrepreneurs and concludes that the best 2011 resolution may be to step away from endless planning and commit to executing one’s ideas.

Coaxing Serendipity: How Casual Get-Togethers Drive Innovation
Scott McDowell, writing on The 99 Percent blog, discusses the inspiration to be drawn from the informal lunches of artists, mentioning the London social circle mentioned by Christopher Hitchens in his new memoir, Hitch-22. McDowell asserts: “The free-flowing exchange of ideas in a social setting serves to encourage deeper thinking, challenge assumptions, and expand resources – crucial aspects of any creative career.”

The Heart of Innovation: 100 Reasons Why You Don’t Get Your Best Ideas At Work
Mitch Ditkoff provides a master list of creativity-killers from the workplace. Some are serious, some a little more tongue in cheek. I agree that these and many others can get in the way of workplace innovation: “Too many distractions and interruptions.” (#2) “Lack of immersion. Lack of incubation.” (#19) “There’s no one to collaborate with.” (#37) “You only get your great ideas in the shower and there are no showers at work.” (#81)

11 Ways to Get Out of a Creative Rut | Thoughtwrestling
Rebecca Leaman posts plenty of ways to blast out of the creative doldrums. My personal favorites from her collection: playing “radio roulette,” seeking out laughter, and stalking strangers (for new perspectives!).

Think For A Change: Tips For Improving Your Creativity
Paul Williams gives a concise description of the easiest ways to “assign a problem to your subconscious” to find a creative resolution.

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