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5 Techniques to End Creative Block and Writers’ Block for Artists, Innovators, Inventors, Makers and Creatives

Every so often, it is obvious that the page in front of us, the canvas or the computer screen awaiting words, is blank and speaks blankly back to us without any flow at all. It is called, writers’ block or creativity block or artists’ block or inventors’ block. You get the idea – it is where nothing happens creatively and writing or creating if forced, simply isn’t even worth having made the effort – because it isn’t working.

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CricketDiane 2018 Photography NYC Doors to express what writers block and creative block is like for this article about unleashing creativity.

So, rather than have that creative block last on and on, here are seven techniques that can help end it and re-awaken the flow of creativity, innovating, inventing, making, writing and creating –

dirty the page

Well, it doesn’t happen as badly with a blank page that gets nearly anything painted on it or written on it. This is the old, start somewhere adage and the flow will start up again. So, write something down, put the date, signature the top of the page or bottom of the canvas, use the weather or sky as an excuse to start putting in something until the rest starts to flow.

Dirty the page or dirty the canvas, dirty the work area with some possible materials then shove them out of the way to the side and start something with a few pieces to play with how they fit together and what those pieces might do.

My favorite for writing is – It was a dark and stormy night, written on the page. Then it can be about anything but there is somewhere already something on the page or computer screen, so I might as well write something to go with it – usually about something else and then I take the dark and stormy night part out in editing.

For art and drawing, get a stack of paper or small canvases or aceo sized cards and start putting some paint on them. Unremarkable or valuable – doesn’t matter, stick some paint on it. My favorite is to start with the sky or do paint or draw a rose to see if I can do it better than last time until the creative ideas start flowing naturally again. It works.

play in the paint – play with the words

Let go of what other people think and whether it will sell or what might be salable (sell-able) or marketable and simply play with it awhile.

Dripping paint on a surface is one way of starting to play in the paint and it is easy to direct once there is something to work with to move around. But, it doesn’t have to be worth a damn or something worth anything to someone else.

Occasionally, it is more valuable to experience the joy of playing in the paint again, playing with the act of inventing and making again, playing with the words to enjoy the art of writing again. Maybe it is always important to do that and to say this is renewing, is an understatement, especially once marketing and sales become part of it all.

let the emotions fly

Give voice and artistic expression to the anger, frustration, disappointment, sadness, boredom, grief, sorrow, love, hate, hope, joy, pettiness, annoyance – whatever it may be and put them into a written dialogue, or into the paint of the painting, or into the music as you create it (try to record it by the way), or into the words for a song. Make comedy material with the feelings, sculpt them into the clay or invent them into something that expresses it.

Letting the emotions fly into these creative formats is done without judgment or hindrance and the most amazing things are created with those emotions. Do another painting or another writing until it is done, or half-way or two-thirds – it doesn’t matter. Letting the emotions go into the work is what helps unblock writers’ block and artists’ block.

Just keep making another painting or music or invention or writing until the emotions are gone or have changed, become relieved or the feeling of satisfaction comes that makes it obvious that the feelings and emotions have been fully expressed.

what could be done with it – if

Start with a flower or something, (nearly anything), and what could be done with a flower or any other basic everyday item or group of items. This is the magic question, IF. If the flower were in a field of flowers, if it were a painting of a still life, if it was a flower in someone’s hand, if the wind has blown the flower’s petals off except for one, etc.

IF – is powerful tool to awaken the arsenal of possibilities, creativity and the flow of creating. So, start with something and write or paint or draw quick sketches of what could be done with that flower or that thing or those things. Whatever the theme, the mind can dance in and out of the possibilities without anything but playfulness about it, IF it is allowed to do so and called upon. That is what this does.

There is no way to see how this works except to try it. For me, when I was writing this, I started with a flower because I like flowers. There are a lot of them in my art. So, I wrote something to put here as an example, The flower stands tall in the soft nestled grasses sparkling with the bright drops from the summer rain. But, I can also see that flower in a bright kitchen window behind the sink where someone, probably me – is washing dishes and humming a bit of a song. Well, those could be leads to other places for writing – but not required.

It is only important to write down, paint, draw or speak into some video or recording of some kind for this to yield a flow where it had been blocked before. The same is true of inventing and making – start with a flower or something. What could it be made from? What if it’s like this? What if an entire gizmo were to be shaped like a flower to catch the sun or to catch rain from the roof to dispense it later across the yard? or whatever the theme or item or group of things you’ve chosen. It doesn’t have to be a flower.

what could be the story – idea cards

One handy thing to use for going around writers’ block and creative block are story idea cards that you can make yourself and some are available every so often in the marketplace for writers or designers or kids. These are used by famous authors according to some books about writing. I don’t know which ones used them but I’ve used them and they are the handiest tool to change writers block or artistic block into a flowing river of story avenues and worthwhile ideas while awakening the excitement of pursuing them.

Idea story cards are 3 x 5 cards or slips of paper, post-it notes or pieces of business card sized cardstock with ideas written on them that generate elements of possibilities for a story, a piece of art, a song, a piece of music, a craft piece, a sculpture or an invention. They can have problems to solve for the world or scenes and characters, riffs for a song or dynamic action sequences.

Using the idea story cards is easy, making them is fun and they offer questions as well as ideas like – who planted the flower, what is the scene around it, what part could it play in the story, does someone interact with the flower and use it, is it part of a bigger story about the garden where the flower is planted?- as in the flower example I used above.

You can make the scenes, the ideas on the story cards in different ways depending on the kinds of writing you do or the kind of inventing and innovating you want to do. These are a great way to end writers’ block, creative block and artistic / inventors’ block. The idea story cards give a place to start and a way to move the pieces of a story or invention around to play with it and that’s its whole purpose to ending writers’ block.

  • cricketdiane, 03-05-2018


About CricketDiane –

I’ve been creating nearly every day since I was a kid and that is over 50 years. I’ve created in numerous ways in a range that moves from art to problem-solving to inventing, creating music, sculpting and painting to writing and doing various computer / online based projects.

I’ve created and created and created, been blocked creatively on occasion and come through it to create and create and create again. I’d say that makes me an expert in this – and some of these techniques for ending creative block and writers’ block will likely work better for you than others, but what I can say about it is this – getting creativity to flow unhindered is well worth the effort.

Writers’ block and creativity being blocked, hurts and makes everything else harder too. It is better to make the effort to move forward and release the flow of ideas to work with them and do things creatively, create things and invent and write and make – I definitely know that by experience.


You can find more of my art and designs here –

CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Store on Zazze

and other blog writings by me here –

And see my current efforts on GoFundMe to make a board game I created into a video game that I’m working on right now –

The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game by CricketDiane on GoFundMe






Granny D Animation to go with The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game by CricketDiane


This video clip is the third of the ones I’ve made recently using animation skills I’m just now learning – and Adobe Spark for the quick clips to share them.

This is the second one –


And the first one –


New game characters for the Scared Donkey Mine Game that I drew by hand and then put into photoshop after photographing them. Learning to use animation techniques in photoshop and other software plus working towards using them in the game development platform – one of the open source platforms.

Also seeing how to present what the game is about, already wrote out most of it, but the scenes need a little more to explain how the characters move in visual ways for me to express what I mean.

These little Adobe Spark goodies are an interesting way to quickly see how the voice and scene look together while explaining about the GoFundMe campaign to raise money to turn the existing board game of the Scared Donkey Mine Money Game I created into an amazing video / online game.

We haven’t had any donations yet which is a little disconcerting but I haven’t put it on many other things yet, while I’m still getting the numbers together of the costs involved to be more specific about how we will use the money and where we will be trying to get some matching funds to go with the campaign funds that will be enough to get the video game made and marketed.

  • cricketdiane, 03-03-2018


8 Ways Creativity Makes Life Pop

Creativity is a powerful force. It is present ===========

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Creativity Makes Everything Better – Shown: One of my drawings of a still life with a wine glass, wine bottle and grapes being done in pastels at ArtLab / Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY 2017 



The Advantages of Creativity –

Increased Flexibility –

Creativity increases flexibility in thinking, goal setting, planning and sense of the possibilities.

Innovative Approaches –

Creativity opens the ways of considering innovative approaches, problem-solving and in applications of possibilities and solutions.

Faster Ability to Respond –

Creativity makes a faster ability to respond to situations, analyze possibilities and make good judgments to use in responding to these situations.

Improves Memory –

Because creativity calls upon remembered experiences, tried solutions, people’s suggestions and things seen or read about, that might help in the current creative effort, project or goals, creativity enhances and improves memory and recall.

Improves Communication Skills –

As creativity seeks to be an expression of what is imagined or considered as possibilities, in nailing down the problem needing to be solved and in using communications to convey the possibilities of what is created, the skills of communicating are improving each time through each of these and other aspects of creativity.

More Relaxed and Confident –

Creativity increases the positive feelings of capability and options thereby relieving some degree of stress and giving a more relaxed and confident internal landscape the more it is used and exercised, whether fully successfully or not. The capacity to create as an action that is possible does this and means that it improves self-esteem and confidence allowing a person to operate in a more relaxed, at ease manner while feeling more comfortable in their own skin, so to speak.

More Capable in General –

Since creativity expands thinking, capabilities, memory, applied reasoning and brings together various skills operationally, it serves to make the person doing it, more capable in general. Creativity works out the intellect, the emotions, the psyche, the knowledge and skills of the person, the memories and the expansiveness of possibilities in such a way, that greater capabilities emerge each time it is used.

Better Able to Create Solutions When, and As Needed –

Because creativity is being utilized during times that are not critical in nature, the basic use of creativity for problem-solving when it is much needed is ready at hand as an option to use in any situation, and especially when needed in critical situations as they are occurring or in the immediacy of them. Creativity becomes another skill set that is available to use seamlessly, easily and with more viable results, the more it is done.

Conclusion – 

The creativity inherent in the human species has been the game changer that has allowed us to adapt, flex, build, change, grow, problem–solve and survive.

With creativity, life is rich and varied, productive and satisfying in wild, beautiful ways. Without it, life is only whatever is given without the capacity to change any of it.

Creativity nourishes the mind and the spirit while enhancing the feeling that efforts are being substantially made toward something. It is a healthy and powerful aspect of being human as it draws together applied knowledge, know-how and intangible lines of what might be possible into a full-fledged real form that can be used to problem-solve, innovate, invent and make the world and everyday life, a much better place.

  • cricketdiane, 03-01-2018





The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game

Grandma is introducing the exciting new Scared Donkey Mine Money Game GoFundMe campaign to turn the board game designed by CricketDiane into a video / online game. Come join her.

The GoFundMe page where the Scared Donkey Mine Money Game is fundraising is found here –

Please like us and share on facebook, youtube, twitter and your blog! And, donate if you can. Thanks so much!


The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game Project –

We are going to make a board game into a video game. You want to come along and watch us do it?

Well, put on your “Get Along” face and donate today for our Scared Donkey Mine Money Game to become the world’s best number one new kind of exciting game and gaming play. It is a board game now by an inventor who is a grandma like our spokesman. You’ll love her. You’ll hate her.

But with your money, she will put this board game into a video game that you will get to see happening as it happens with updates, secret invites to streaming and video content of team and project development sessions, be the earliest beta version testers and help grandma get the kinks out to make this the smoothest, most seamless running game being done today (with hyperdrive) – no, not really hyperdrive.

Let’s Put Together A Seamless, Amazing Video Gaming Experience For This Game –

We’re up against the greatest teams in gaming development who are already in place making the games we will be standing next to in the marketplace.

They’ve got their geekdoms all set up so we are gonna need your help.

Donations give us the money to pay for code to be written and to hire our own team of people who will take this board game and make it come alive.

Explore the various mines with their valuables in a walk-through style gaming play –

With worlds of the Scared Donkey Mine and other mines you can explore, trade, change and build on its potentials to be mined of valuables in the best way possible. It’s fun!

Find the secret vein of riches in the mines that no one ever knew about and find the costs and ways to mine it before the other players and without King Pindick and his conniving buddies finding out.

You need to play this game at least once, but every time it is played, it is different in what combinations of actions will work as the valuables change value and the mines offer different yields – and learn more about how money works in the real world and about mining your own resources than you would ever be able to figure out some other way.

Don’t Look Now But King Pindick Thinks He Can Mine His Mines Without Your Help –  

    (he is in for a shock because it turns out he is wrong about that)-

Join us in the worlds of the Scared Donkey Mine Money Game. Follow our story as King Pindick discovers that his vast resources cannot help him unless he gets others to find, harvest (mine), and profit also from the mines.

Just take a moment to help Granny D assess the mining operations that No Help Hannah and No Help Harvey are using for King Pindick’s service while robbing him at every turn.

Take on the challenge of finding and mining in the most power-giving and profitable ways possible from your choice of mines, operations and markets for their valuables based on making the best possible set of factors and deals with the King and his cohorts.

Find yourself in the worlds of the mines and assess their potential riches, see the mine operations to decide on how to invest in making better and more efficient returns of their potential money-making.

Be The Wheeler Dealer You Know Yourself To Be And Try Out What You Think Works –

Make the trade deals on the trading markets to get better returning mine operations or more profitable mining equipment or mines with larger payloads of valuable resources, that you must discover by exploring and comparing their riches in the changing markets values for them.

Fight off King Pindick’s conniving cousins and his current mine operators, No Help Hannah and No Help Harvey as they try to sneak in and take the mine and its proceeds from you and other players. Make deals and alliances among the other mine owners to stop them or divert their interests to something else and some other group of resources. It can be very tricky and take a bit of sneaking and conniving back on them, since they are pretty slick but very lazy and greedy as they try and get King Pindick’s permission to take the mines away from you and other players.

Play with others or play alone, but remember – in this game, strategy wins.

The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game is a board game created over twenty-five years ago by CricketDiane. You can view more of her art, designs, blogs and things by googling cricketdiane as one word.

It takes anywhere from $20 million dollars to develop a top tier video game to a low of $200K if some of the programming can be done by the game’s founders. (add link to those facts.)

Our goal is to raise $3 million dollars for developing this video game through online crowdfunding and other sources to get the game made and into the market.

This campaign is raising funds to take the Scared Donkey Mine Money Game from a board game and make it into a video / online game with a cost of doing that of two years and very likely, about $3 million dollars. The GoFundMe campaign you see here is part of that fundraising effort to develop the video game.

Join us by donating today and let’s help Granny D up her game into the 21st century!

Thank you for your donations and for taking the time to check out our project. Please take moment and share us to facebook and twitter, or write up a blog post about it.

Thanks so much!

(But, don’t call me Granny D. – Thanks bunches – cricketdiane.)



Reading this just made my day. It is a great blog post about creativity and how it makes so many things better. Worth checking it out.

10 Ways Creativity Can Completely Change Your Life

But there is something that’s always at my (and your) fingertipsSomething we always have that will instantaneously make us happy, right now in this moment.

And that is (drum roll please…) our creativity.

Creativity is not just for artists or making art. Creativity is life making. It’s anything we do that turns us on, invigorates us, or offers a simple moment of pure merriment.

Definitely go over and read this one – it is inspiring.


What’s Blocking Corporate Creativity?

Creative ideas don’t have metrics. They haven’t been around for a while. You might not know anybody that’s been using them. What ends up happening is, you get a creative idea, it has weird metrics, you don’t really know much about it, and it doesn’t allow a decision-maker to make a correct decision. They don’t have the data.

Instead, a way to think about creativity might be better served by not thinking like a decision-maker but like an inventor figuring out and getting curious about the answer.

From a corporate perspective, creative ideas and creativity are necessary but often, elusive despite the opportunities inherent in organizations for creativity to flourish and being much needed. This article explores it very well. There is a podcast about creativity too, from Wharton.


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Creativity flourishes when we do more of it. I gave the US Customs House in New York City, a more expressive creative look to its stodgy, stuck in the 18th century facade. – CricketDiane 2018



Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Seth Godin on the role of creativity in business

from Maya Angelou. As she put it, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

This concept of creativity being a resource that grows with each use and diminishes in strength when left tucked away in silence, runs counter-intuitive to how we view most finite business resources like time and money.

. . . successful entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Seth Godin, treat creativity as sacred. They often view creativity as their strongest competitive advantage, and taking the time to actively nurture the creative process, gets priority in their daily routines.

The blog post above offers Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Seth Godin on the role of creativity in business in video clips – amazing!


9 Ways to Make Creativity Part of Your Daily Life

The more you make creativity part of your daily life, the more it will grow.

So how do you make creativity part of your daily life? Here are 9 suggestions–and guess what? You can get started on them all in the next 10 minutes.

These are great and lots of fun to try. The creativity awakening suggestions from the blog post above are as fast and helpful as claimed. Great fun!


10 Weirdest Things Anybody Ever Said To Me About Creating Art While I Was Creating It

People have a strange sense of what to say when they see someone, like me – doing art, sculpting, painting, designing and creating something new. It seems like maybe – (maybe, hah-hah) that people don’t know quite what to say.

So, I wrote down some good ones and here are the best 10 weirdest things people said to me about doing art when they saw me doing it –

      1. Cricket, are you still coloring?” – watching me doing a commissioned portrait.
      2. Can I get that in blue?” – looking at a painting that took me three months to finish.
      3. Is that paint by numbers?” – watching me paint a deer in a large landscape.
      4. Go check the box for the directions.” – there isn’t any box it comes in – my paintings, artworks and designs don’t come from a box or a book with directions and there aren’t instructions showing what color goes next or how to get it to look “right”.
      5. If you want to have a business making pillows, you have to go buy fabric – you can’t do it online.” – it was funnier at the time than it is now that I think about it.


  1. Well, if you don’t like the knife held in the Indian girl’s hand, I can cut that part of the canvas off and then frame it for you.” – said by a framer to one of the collectors of my artworks who was having a disagreement with her husband because he didn’t like the knife in the hand of the girl in the painting and she did.
  2. I don’t have time to spend 30 minutes sitting for my portrait, just make it look like me.” – there are no words for this one but it takes weeks to produce the painting, many hours of work and the buyer can’t spend 30 minutes so I can get it right?
  3. We paid $5,000 for a portrait that wasn’t even close to this good – it didn’t even look like us, but my parents bought it for us in San Francisco.” – said to me by the buyers picking up their commissioned wedding portrait 36″ x 48″ in oils who only paid $200 for it because “nobody knows who you are, Cricket”.
  4. Well, if it was me, I’d do it like this” – from a multitude of people who had never painted a portrait, landscape, seascape, floral or with oil paints ever – or with artist pastels, or watercolors, or any of a thousand other mediums and techniques I’ve learned to use over the years. Gotta love em though.
  5. If you were any good, you’d have sold everything you ever painted, so you must not be any good.” – it isn’t pouring concrete, or automatically seen by anyone simply because I create something artistic, paint an artwork, design, sculpt or make a stained glass piece I designed. There are people who specialize in sales because it is an entire skill set, which I have learned and studied, practiced and practiced without becoming good at them.
  6. Can you paint that on my wall?” Of course they don’t want to pay you more than a few hundred (if you are lucky) for making that 24″ x 36″ oil painting into a 10′ x 11′ wall piece.

Okay, so it was 11 weirdest things people have said to me about art while I was creating art, (and designs). Although, if I thought about it a bit, there are hundreds of those weird things people have said considering I’ve worked in this field for (how long do I admit to?) – well, never mind.

  • cricketdiane, 01-31-2018


Can Do Thinking and the Magic of Creativity

After writing the last blog post a couple hours ago and thinking about all that negativity that people have said to me, I wrote this statement down on a card and then came in, made it into a design for a clock using Zazzle and posted it. That is Can Do Thinking and what the magic of creativity does. It creates something, makes things happen, constructs something new, re-creates something already done into something else, energizes ideas and applies them, innovates and moves forward on goals. It is amazing – and I like the clock, too.


Dealing with Negativity from Others when Brainstorming, Creating and Inventing

At Christmas, I and my granddaughter who just turned 8 years old, set up our Christmas tree in the living room, placed the lights and then used every Matchbox and HotWheels car we could find in the house as its decorations. There are a lot of them from years of my seven children having lived here at various times in my parents’ house.

We put Christmas hangers on the underside from the front wheel on one side and carefully placed each miniature car and truck throughout the entire tree until it was covered in lights and cars. We added iridescent snowflakes of white acrylic and glitter that had been bought at the dollar store or WalMart at some point which we did find among the Christmas decorations.

Then, we added fan-folded skinny strips of red metallic wrapping paper and little curls of silver holographic and red metallic papers thrown on top of branches here and there. Eventually, I let my granddaughter completely drape the tree in tinsel and it was all amazing.

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It turned out that the lights were blue that we had found and then we found another box of lights with multi-colors which we added as well. So, half the tree was blue (on the top half) and then it was all colors when all the lights were on. We set up the plug-ins for the lights, not in series accidentally, but separately, so that when one switch was turned on, only the blue lights lit up and it seemed the tree was lit in blue. When both switches were on, the tree lit up with its bottom branches predominantly multi-colored and the top two-thirds only blue. It was interesting and very fun.

The first person to see the tree like this and the person who had been steadily watching here and there on the sly, was my daughter and she didn’t want to hurt our feelings about using these cars on the tree or our making do with half a tree of blue lights and the other half multi-colored, so most of what she said to us about it was in the “well, that’s really kind of nice that way” variety of comments – a little held back, a little patronizing and very thoughtful, really.

The next person to see the tree was my oldest son when he came over a couple weeks before Christmas and just after we had everything on it except the tinsel. We had it all lit up for him to see it and I thought he would be thrilled to see many of his little cars on the damn thing  but no, I don’t know why I thought that. At least he was playful when the first words out of his mouth were, “What the hell is wrong with you? You can’t use those for that!” And, this only other comment about it after first seeing it was, “That is the worst use for HotWheels cars I’ve ever seen,” or something close to that.

My first feelings were – he thinks I’m crazy to use these little cars as Christmas ornaments on a Christmas tree and my feelings are hurt. I told him not to say any of that stuff in front of my granddaughter because she is really proud of it and then I saw his face and realized he was only partly being playful about what he said and partly didn’t really think it was an appropriate use of his little cars. Too funny.

Negative comments are easy to make and every one of us do it, including me. Being on the receiving end of those comments, it is hard to figure out if it is meant intentionally, if it is a playful barb, or if it is intended to convey something whether intentionally meaning to be negative or not.

How we deal with all that matters since the hurt feelings that can happen in those vulnerable moments when creating something, brainstorming something and inventing things will carry into future choices and current projects to get in the way and cause stumbling blocks.

The first thing I do is to think about what was said and try to understand what the overall moment was like between me and the person who made the comment. Sometimes that just isn’t possible, because I can’t see the playfulness that was intended or the light jovial interaction that way when it is a very negative barb that came from someone’s mouth and mind in the midst of that moment.

However, I’ve learned that regardless of how jovial or cute the moment was intended to be, what the person tells me about me in that moment and whatever negativity they convey can hurt my feelings just as if they meant to throw a blow at my self-esteem on purpose. Surely that is partly my own issues getting in my way at times, there is no doubt. And, each time I process those moments like this, I’m working through those issues and becoming emotionally and intellectually stronger.

The second thing I do, is to note what my own thinking is telling me about all that. Unfortunately, I can interpret meanings into things by what I’ve been taught that they  mean, when maybe that isn’t even what it means today with the people I’m around now and the situation where I live today. Sometimes, I write down this part until I can understand what was said and how my mind and subconscious translated it to mean something.

For me, this technique works and it isn’t journaling – it is writing what was said by the other person on a 3×5 card with a fat black Sharpie pen where I can see it good, then writing what my mind is telling me it means or thinks it meant using another color Sharpie marker and color post-it notes or 3×5 card backs without the lines. That was I can see them side by side when I pushtack them to a wall or piece of wood or board of some kind.

By seeing the two communications side by side, I can genuinely ask myself – well, if the person really meant that and what if it is true, how does it feel? Then, I write that down where I can see it separately from the communication and what my mind tells me about that communication.

Then, I work to feel those feelings and let the wash through me and accept them as my own. Usually, it doesn’t matter if the person meant any of it or not, in the way it conveyed to me since the feelings that were stirred by it are what I need to deal with effectively and process properly.

The third part of what I do, is to talk to the person about it – usually, but not always. I can make a written or video commentary about it, talk to them about what they said and how I felt about it either on the phone or in person. Or, I can write a debated argument about why do people say that damn negative stuff anyway (but that helps a lot less than the other two). Or if I’m still heated up about it, I can work with a friend to take a walk with them and cuss about it at the top of my volume range until I’m calm enough to do something else, (which works very good.)

Really, it is easy to be the brunt of negativity and negative comments when the thrust of what I’m doing is to create or invent something new or different. People around me are often judgmental in very negative ways when I am working on ideas that might work, brainstorming solutions or new business ideas, or inventions, creating artworks or sculptures, making models and drawings of ANYTHING, or writing, blogging, making, video-ing and photographing things for online publication and broadcast.

Maybe it is just part of the package to have an assaultive barrage of negative, why it won’t work efforts come from the people around us when it is time to imagine solutions to a problem or invent new things and create diverse approaches to innovate new options. Maybe that process invites those around us to take time from their day to express vehemently why we should know better than to think any of it can work.

The most negativity that comes from others when I’m brainstorming and creating happens more often at the beginning of the project when it is easy for my subconscious to shutdown the process of generating any more ideas or options or creating any solutions at all.

That is the worst, because it aborts the entire process and then nothing goes forward from me at all. It just stops. And the thinking about, why bother to create new things and invent solutions when the world is filled with nothing but people like this anyway – let them fix the damn stuff their own selves – starts to fill my head instead of creating solutions or inventing of any kind.

But, what did the person gain who took the time to shut down, demean and deride my efforts to create solutions, invent something new, innovate and make those innovations apply to make our lives better? They gained nothing and cost me a lot considering the overly short amount of time in anyone’s life, including mine.

To deal with that kind of negativity, I do three simple things and ignoring them isn’t one of them. My subconscious isn’t going to ignore them whether I do intellectually or not.

One, I deal with the fact that the person is telling me certain things about myself that hurt my feelings whether they are right or wrong about those things. To deal with those, I use the processing my feelings method described in last few paragraphs above.

Two, I deal with whether or not the project and its possibilities, its solutions, its efforts required and its merits means something to me that is more important than the person who is shooting down those efforts. This is the most powerful tool I have about this.

Three, I deal with the negativity itself through rigorous and candid honesty with the person by speaking to them about honestly. For me, that means saying things like, it sounds like you are saying that nothing I might try is going to work. And, did you really mean to tell me that I have no right to try and create solutions for this problem or to invent something that might work to solve it?

I repeat back aloud some of what it sounded to me like they are REALLY SAYING – which in our family is rather a no-no to say aloud honestly, and then let the person tell me if that is what they meant or realized they were saying, which sometimes it isn’t. And, sometimes – it was what they were saying and did mean, but on hearing it out loud – the person who was deriding me for even thinking about things that I could never hope to ever create anything to solve for it, in their judgment of it – decides maybe that wasn’t real helpful and not appropriate to the person they want to be. Sometimes.

Often, and in most cases – believe it or not, people don’t want to help brainstorm or create solutions or something new because it isn’t worth their “valuable time and efforts” which could be used to play a video game or watch cable instead.

But, the same people feel compelled to get up once I’m brainstorming and writing down those ideas or talking with them about it if they let me or creating something with those ideas that I generated, and that person will tell me every single reason they can imagine that it won’t work, can’t work, doesn’t work, isn’t going to work, has never worked that way, has never been done that way, could never be done that way, doesn’t make sense to do it that way and isn’t done that way by anyone else.

And, my least favorite of all – the thirty minutes these same people always seem to use up to explain to me why historically it isn’t done that way and if it would’ve worked that way, somebody besides me would’ve already done it.

It is hard to want to create anything by the time I’ve heard all of that, and often screamed at me by those who choose to tell all that to me – including various family members, my grown children, best friends, friends and sometimes done by even acquaintances that don’t know me that well, when I’ve worked with others and teams in situations to brainstorm solutions with them.

Having read a lot about inventors, inventing, making, creativity, brainstorming, creating, doing art, writing new music, writing and about writers and other creatives – it is apparently part of people’s general reactions to things that are new or different that is affecting them when confronted with someone brainstorming new ideas or working to create solutions and invent things that either haven’t been done before or were done in some other way in order to innovate them. It must be dealt with effectively too, because this kind of negativity is damaging, mind-numbing, often cruel and a complete waste of time – it destroys and creates virtually NOTHING.

By the way, staying completely away from others is not a good answer either.

  • cricketdiane, 01-16-2018


This amazing article from The Guardian was on my twitter timeline and I went over to read it. Well worth checking it out. The article is about creativity, creating and inventing.

Creative thought has a pattern of its own, brain activity scans reveal

An Excerpt from the Article –

“One of the barriers to creative thinking is the ease with which common, unoriginal thoughts swamp the mind. Some people in the study could not get past these. For example, when asked for creative uses for a sock, soap and chewing gum wrapper, less creative people gave answers such as “covering the feet”, “making bubbles” and “containing gum” respectively. For the same items, more original thinkers suggested a water filtration system, a seal for envelopes, and an antenna wire.”

from – Ian Sample, Science Editor

The Guardian,  Science Section, 01-15-2018




Conveying Information Visually for Inventors, Bloggers, Video-makers, Creators, Artists, Makers and Innovators

Conveying information visually – I made a list for my own use and then thought to share it here on my blog. When I’m writing a blog, it is easy for me to forget the many ways to convey and share the information in visual formats that go along with the written information. So here is a list of them –

  • Memes
  • Graphics
  • Charts
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Tableaus
  • Posters
  • Artworks
  • Diagrams
  • Dioramas
  • Flowcharts
  • Models
  • Infographics
  • Collages
  • Plans
  • Planchets
  • Whiteboards
  • Maps
  • Isotypes
  • Illustrations
  • Drawings
  • Animated GIFs
  • Animations
  • Pictorials
  • Timelines
  • Graphs
  • Bar Charts
  • Iconographs
  • Pic Charts
  • Placards
  • Signs
  • Captions
  • Banners
  • Cartoons
  • Caricatures
  • Comics
  • Logos
  • 3D Graphs
  • Dramatizations
  • Visual Narratives
  • Webinars
  • Podcasts
  • Expanded Diagrams
  • Visualizations
  • Vignettes
  • xdx – anything I haven’t thought of yet.
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Cause and Effect Charts


Venn Diagrams –

“A schematic diagram used in logic theory to depict collections of sets and represent their relationships.”

from – Wolfram MathWorld (online)

Cause  and Effect Charts – (the ones with the arrows)

” It graphically illustrates the relationship between a given outcome and all the factors that influence the outcome. This type of diagram is sometimes called an ‘Ishikawa diagram'”

from – Basic Tools for Process Improvement, Module 5:  Cause and Effect Diagram, AU.AF.MIL (online)

  • cricketdiane, – 01-13-2018



Personal Stories from Years of Making, Creating, Problem-Solving, Inventing and Innovating

CricketDiane Sculpture Warrior 1 2016 - 2I can’t think of any. My sense of humor is gone. Will have to come back to this subject when – well, maybe – never.

Yes, I am an inventor, innovator, creator and maker. Yes. I’ve done a lot of all those things since I was like 5 years old and especially over the last 50 yrs, nearly daily on a vast array of things. But no, can’t think of a thing today about any of it.

Sometimes I stumble over something I’ve designed, made or built, invented or created and remember what the process and occasion was in vivid detail, including the problem-solving at various stages and seeing it to completion with some measure of pride about accomplishing it. But today – it all seems very distant and unimportant to try and remember any of it to simply share with others on my blog in a way that is fun and entertaining to read.

Maybe my mind is too over-shadowed with the questions – Why would anyone want to read about that? Why would there be an audience for any of that when people seem to want nearly anything else but not this? There isn’t any respect for it where I live or in my family although they’re enjoying the fruits from my doing these things. I don’t know. Maybe today is just a bad day for thinking about any of it.

  • cricketdiane, 01-13-2018