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Britney studied journalism at College of DuPage (COD) and loves to write. She currently lives in the western suburbs of Chicago.

The Signs You are a Creative Genius

By Britney Pieta
Do your friends, family, and even strangers call you ‘brilliant’ or often say you are a ‘creative thinker’ or ‘genius?’ Have you ever wondered if it was true or just your wild imagination wanting to confirm their suspicions so you could have an edge against others? Read these qualities of a creative genius to find out! You might just be one of them!
According to: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/your-creative-genius-mindset-the-essential-qualities-for-outside-the-box-thinking.html
The Qualities of a Creative Genius Mind
Flexibility: A Creative Genius is flexible in thought, opinion and in the decisions they make on a daily basis. Flexibility naturally encourages “outside the box” thinking which expands possibilities and opportunities.
Possibility Thinker: A Creative Genius persistently thinks about the possibilities that are available to them at any one moment in time. They fully understand that focusing on “possibilities” will expand opportunities, conversely, paying attention to “limitations” will only attract a greater array of problems into their lives.
Risk Taker: A Creative Genius fully understands that without “risk” there can be no worthwhile rewards. They therefore take risks by thinking differently, by taking chances, and by utilizing creative techniques and strategies in a unique, untried and unorthodox manner.
Focused: A Creative Genius is fully focused and locked mentally on the goals they seek to achieve. They dare not break this lock until the moment their objectives are fully realized within their physical reality.
Imaginative: A Creative Genius utilizes the full capacity of their imagination to bend the laws of reality to find the answers and opportunities they need to overcome the challenges in their life.
Dedicated: A Creative Genius is fully committed and dedicated to the outcomes and objectives they seek to achieve. They simply will not allow distractions or circumstances to push them off course. If they do get sidetracked, they are quick to adjust their sails to the changing winds and alter their course accordingly.
Patient: A Creative Genius realizes that creativity is a process that involves patience and careful preparation. They don’t try to force answers, instead they proactively make slight adjustments in their approach to open up new perspectives and understandings that will unlock the solutions and opportunities they have been searching for.
Proactive: A Creative Genius is constantly moving forward towards their objectives. This doesn’t mean being “action oriented” 24/7. However, it does mean focusing your body and mind on tasks and activities that keep you moving forward towards your goals consistently every single day. They always ask themselves “Is this activity taking me closer to my goals, or is it pulling me away?” The answer redirects their thinking and actions towards their creative objectives.
Courageous: A Creative Genius is courageous in action and thought. They are always willing to try new things and break the rules and boundaries limiting the average mind. And it is for this reason that the impossible becomes possible within their perspective of reality.
Independent: A Creative Genius is an independent thinker and doer. Yes, they seek other perspectives, ideas and opinions, however in the end; it is their independence that allows for the flow of unique, insightful and creative ideas.
Intuitive: A Creative Genius is a very intuitive soul. They fully understand that some answers can only be realized when they have an intuitive understanding of the world and the problem they are facing.
Persistent: A Creative Genius is fully aware if they persistent long enough over a consistent period of time, that every problem can be solved in a surprising and creative way. For this reason they bring forth a resilient attitude to every challenge confronting their reality.
Curious & Playful Nature: A Creative Genius approaches every task or activity in a curiously playful manner. It is reminiscent of a child learning something new for the very first time. A Creative Genius fully appreciates that only curiosity and playfulness is able to relax their mind and bring forth its fullest creative potential.

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Writer’s Block Tips

 

By Britney Pieta
All of us writers have experienced writer’s block and know the frustration it can cause when you are in the middle of writing a story that is just starting to get good. Here are some tips that can help not let anything stop your masterpiece from being finished.

Writer’s Block Tips:
According to: http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/tips/writersblock/
• Taking notes—jot down ideas and phrases as they occur to you. Free yourself from paragraphs and sentences for the moment—use flow charts, arrows, boxes, outlines, even pictures.
• Freewriting/Brainstorming—when you’re not just blocked, when you’re stonewalled, try freewriting. Sit down for ten minutes and write down everything you can think of about your topic.
• Piecework—sometimes, starting at the beginning induces Perfect Draft Syndrome. It may be easier to get started if you approach the task sideways. If you’ve got a plan for the article or manual, choose a section from the middle or a point you know well and start there.

My tips:
• Remember to relax before you start writing and during the writing process itself.
• Set reasonable small goals each week.
• Don’t worry about saying it perfectly right away, as the best ways to say something will be revealed with time.
• Choose one idea and see how it develops, if it doesn’t work well choose another.
• If choosing one idea is too difficult, ask those around you their thoughts on how something sounds.
• Keep in mind how you think your audience will perceive your writing and interpret it.

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Write a Time Capsule

 

By Britney Pieta
 
A new year has already arrived. This new year comes with many more possibilities and opportunities. Even if you don’t like to think too far in advance, there’s still a part of us that wonders if life will be the same five years from now. Here is your chance to not only reflect on what this New Year has to offer, but for the years to come in your own personal time capsule!
 
 
  • Lists of favorites. What do you like most today? What are your favorite movies, books, television shows, songs, moments, people, celebrations, surprises, lessons, quotations or achievements?
  • Important questions and feelings. What are the big unanswered questions currently in your mind? What feelings predominate in these times? How do you feel about your life and the world around you? What do you enjoy about today? What are you thankful for?
  • Goals and aspirations. What do you pursue today? What is the vision for your future life? What are the things you’re looking forward to? What are your hopes for your future self? How much or in what way do you expect to be different when you get the letter?
  • ‘A Day in the Life…’ How’s your everyday life? How’s a typical day at work? At home? Who do you interact with daily? What do you enjoy doing every day? What are the daily trivialities you’ll miss tomorrow?
  • Highlights of the year. Which funny facts do you want to remember or laugh about in the future? What were this year’s 10 best things/worst things that happened to you? How would you describe this year in one sentence? In one word?
  • Lessons learned and advice for yourself. What advice would you give to your future self? What important lesson did you learn recently and don’t want to forget?
Find a place to hide your time capsule and remember not to peek at it until five years has past. Then re-open it every five years and see how life changes!

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