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  1. boredom busters
    60 Things to Do When You’re Stuck Inside and BoredAn abundance of ways to entertain yourself, from cooking to painting.
  2. science of us
    How Losing Sleep Messes With CreativityAmong the many reasons to adopt an 8:45 bedtime …
  3. motherhood
    When Writers Become MothersAnd how my own mother helped me become both.
  4. 10% better
    The Imaginative Powers of a Brain on AutopilotJust relax.
  5. Here’s Why You Should Let Go of Your Old, Half-Baked IdeasEither start writing the novel or accept that you’re never going to. Just don’t let the idea keep languishing.
  6. Pretending You’re Someone Else Can Make You More CreativeIt’s called “psychological halloweenism.”
  7. This Is the Age When Your Brain Is at Its Most RandomThe ability to break out of normal thought patterns is a key part of creativity.
  8. How Thinking Like a Little Kid Can Keep You Sharp As You AgeAs we get older, we focus more on specialized knowledge than broader learning. A new paper argues that’s slowing us down.
  9. Another Way That Being Too Busy Is Making Your Life WorseGiving your mind time to wander is a key part of creativity.
  10. People With This Trait Literally See the World DifferentlyA cool new study on vision and personality.
  11. Creativity Is the Heart of the Human ExperienceDon’t let the 24-hour news cycle and the drudgery of daily life mislead you. On the whole, humans are creative and collaborative, not corrupt.
  12. Why It’s So Hard to Get People to Take Your Creative Ideas Seriously(Let’s first assume your creative ideas are also good ideas.)
  13. The Most Creative People Are Also the Least Afraid of DeathThere’s a certain type of person who tends to be more chill about this whole mortality thing.
  14. To Be Happier, Do One Creative Thing Every DayIt doesn’t have to be anything big.
  15. careers
    Breakthrough Success Depends on Your Productivity, Not Your AgeIt’s about hustle.
  16. Test Your Creativity: What Do These 3 Words Have in Common?One for the puzzle lovers.
  17. You Can Write Your Way Out of an Emotional Funk. Here’s How.It takes 20 minutes.
  18. Some Neuroscientists Scanned Sting’s Brain to Help Them Understand CreativityThey’ll be watching him.
  19. Free Advice: Use the Very First Hour of Your Day for Creative WorkDo it for the smugness.
  20. Why Do So Many Artists Have Synesthesia?Exploring the link between this cross-wiring of the senses and creativity.
  21. How to Make the Most of a Scattered Attention SpanIt’s a great state of mind for generating new ideas.
  22. Introducing the Green Eggs and Ham Hypothesis of CreativityDr. Seuss delivers.
  23. Turns Out You Really Do Think Brilliant Thoughts in the ShowerResearch shows that sudden flashes of insight are often right.
  24. girls to the front
    Teen Girls Get a New, Much-Needed Space for Creative ExpressionTalking to the founder of School of Doodle.
  25. cut cover story
    Is Parenthood the Enemy of Creative Work?A portrait of the artist as a young mom.
  26. encounter
    152 Minutes With the Chief Priestess of CreativityJulia Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way, has been unlocking our inner spirits for more than two decades.
  27. Psychologists Discovered a Simple Thing You Can Do When You Run Out of IdeasThe gist is this: You’re more creative than you think.
  28. Having Two Bosses for One Company Is Maybe Not the Best IdeaCreativity suffers, according to a large study of the world’s top fashion designers.
  29. creativity
    How Easily Distracted Are You?Plus, some good news for those with distractible minds.
  30. creativity
    A Neuroscientist Patiently Explains the Allure of the Adult Coloring BookThe psychological draw of a task that feels creative, but doesn’t actually involve creating anything new.
  31. recommendations
    This Terrible Self-Help Book Is Actually Making Me a Better ArtistJoin me: Surrender to The Artist’s Way.
  32. creativity
    3 Insights From a New Book About CreativityThey mostly boil down to this: It’s about the process, not the results.  
  33. productivity
    A Google Exec on How to Organize Your WorkweekDon’t expect too much of your Friday self, for one.
  34. life finds a way
    Not Surprisingly, People Use Airbnb to Get LaidWhat isn’t a hookup app?
  35. creativity
    A Writer-Slash-Neuroscientist on How Science Informs His FictionThere are more parallels between what happens in the lab and on the page than you might think. 
  36. creativity
    Solve Your Next Creative Problem by Solving a Jigsaw Puzzle FirstA nerdy solution to a persistent problem.
  37. advice
    Ask Polly: Am I a Boring, Empty, Soulless Fake?Even if you were, what would that mean?
  38. creativity
    Elizabeth Gilbert on the Link Between Creativity and CuriosityInstead of following your passion, maybe check out where your curiosity’s headed.
  39. advice
    Ask Polly: Why Is Everyone Succeeding Except Me?Put your ego aside and figure out what makes you happy.
  40. creativity
    The Creative Perks of Feeling Happy-SadMixed emotions seem to fuel the imagination. 
  41. creativity
    People Underestimate Their Creative PotentialYou can come up with more ideas than you’d expect.   
  42. creativity
    It’s Healthy to Let Your Mind WanderIt can also help stimulate creativity.
  43. creativity
    Sometimes, Tired People Are Creative PeopleA little brain fog isn’t always a bad thing. 
  44. creativity
    Researchers Are Studying the Things People Fiddle With at Their DesksAnd how their fidgeting might relate to creativity or clearer thinking. 
  45. creativity
    What a Neuroscientist Said About Eminem’s BrainEm might have a tiny dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.
  46. Advertising Is the Least Sexy Creative CareerAlso, interior decorating and computer programming. 
  47. Keep Writing, and It Will Soon Be AutomaticAnalyzing the brain scans of experienced fiction writers.
  48. Work Smarter: Unhunch! Slouching Is Making You DumberIt’s harder to think creatively when you’re all hunched over.
  49. adventures in sex
    The Onstage Orgasm, and Other Creatively Climactic TalesA Method actress describes orgasm to Naomi Wolf, in an excerpt from Vagina: A New Biography.