“The real essence of art turned out to be not something high up and far off – it was right inside my ordinary daily self.”
–Shinichi Suzuki, violinist, author & teacher (The Musician’s Way, p. 109)
I’m always surprised when I hear people attribute creativity to talent or luck when, in fact, creative energy effervesces within each of us, within our “ordinary daily selves.” All we have to do is act.
What enables me to create, for instance, isn’t any allotment of talent; it’s my commitment to working coupled with a bank of creative skills that I’ve acquired – skills that anyone can acquire.
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve released an inexpensive online course that equips aspiring creators to tap their innate inventiveness, build up creative skills, and establish a lifelong creative practice regardless of the discipline they pursue.
Titled 10 Steps to Lifelong Creativity, the course is published by the popular site DailyOm.com.
Those who enroll in the course first identify authentic yet attainable project goals that they can accomplish at home. The course then leads them through a series of progressive exercises that unleash their creative abilities and allow them to achieve their goals.
Whether you want to compose music or songs, write poems or articles, draw or paint, choreograph dances, finish a dissertation, design clothing, or whatever, the course helps you to remove obstacles and do meaningful work.
Here are the titles of the ten lessons:
1. Pinpointing Creative Goals
2. Sanctifying Time and Space to Create
4. Sketching, Researching, and Incubating Ideas
5. Practicing the Creative Process
6. Problems, Mistakes, and Creative Thinking
7. Uniting Ideas
8. Positivity and Motivation
9. Working on Your Project
10. Living a Creative Life
Creativity for Everyone
Let me emphasize that the course isn’t music-specific, nor is it aimed at performers (The Musician’s Way is tailored to performers, and this course complements that book). But the 10 lessons empower performers and everyone else to compose, write, design, and so forth.
In essence, the course focuses on the universal processes via which we generate and shape ideas, dive into difficulties, and transform kernels of inspiration into finished products.
I’m also happy to report that I’ve arranged for a flexible pricing structure so that people who want to enroll can pay what they can afford.
If you’d like to be more creative, I invite you to take a look at the course and then, whether you sign up or not, start creating!
Learn more about 10 Steps to Lifelong Creativity.
© 2011 Gerald Klickstein