with practice, with being receptive to ideas that often begin with an intuitive connection to an emotion, before logical thought and analysis succeed. It starts with a glimpse, albeit fleeting, of something whole, suggesting exciting and alluring possibilities, and hence, further exploration.
Creative people respect their hunches, their intuitions, and transform the vague into the created product. But sadly, many people seldom attempt something new and outside their domain. They operate from static positions and are so divorced from their creativity that it becomes something apart, external, fragmented–an addendum. Yet, they feel this inner intuition of lost opportunities, and lead sad, frustrated, even embittered lives, believing that creativity belongs to others, not to them.
To identify the major obstacles to your creative thinking and explore in depth the creative process read HAVE YOU EVER HAD A HUNCH? The Importance of Creative Thinking.
– Ellen Palestrant
I have read your “Have You Ever Had A Hunch” book and found it rich with inspiration. Thank you. Dede Harris
Thank you, Dede. The third and expanded edition of HAVE YOU EVER HAD A HUNCH? The Importance of Creative Thinking will be coming out soon. You, Dede, are a dedicated and very talented creator.
Ellen you are the perfect example of creativity as you are the most creative person I have ever known. I agree with you and the word is called “risk.” You have done that so many times in all the years I have known you and it has worked for you and you are a constant inspiration to me as a songwriter. I know that you have to go out on a limb sometimes for an idea that nobody thinks will sell but you have a feeling or a hunch as you say and you know that you have to do that. Even if it doesn’t happen it feels good to know that you had enough faith and trust in yourself to do it. Thank you for being a great inspiration to me for years and someone that I admire so much. All those great words you come up with!!!!!!
Thank you so much – and, especially, coming from someone who has been such a successful song writer. I’m awed by who has recorded your songs. Yes, you need to follow your hunches. Even though the hunch might not initially have been influenced by logic, the fact that it FEELS right, makes it, at the very least, worthy of our attention – and, possibly, our trust.
Ellen a friend of mine sent me your website and I am so glad she did. So inspiring. Your paintings talk to me and make me feel all these interesting emotions. I hear music in the background when I am looking at them. I think they are magical.
I can feel my own internal rhythms when I paint, so it is good to hear that you are experiencing the music, too.
Everyone is creative. For evidence, just spend an afternoon with a toddler. I have never ever met a child who does not invent beings, sing original songs, draw from the heart. So, when/where do we lose this natural creativity? I suspect our approach to education is one big factor. Thoughts?