Developing Multiple Talents

This site is about my book:

Developing Multiple Talents

The personal side of creative expression

The complexity of high ability, multitalented and creative people shows up in many ways, such as enjoying - and being challenged by - many interests and passions.

The book is about how to more fully realize your creative abilities.

"Photography, painting or poetry - those are just extensions of me, how I perceive things,
they are my way of communicating."
- Viggo Mortensen

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"Part book about creativity, part compendium of useful tidbits, quotations and research results, and part annotated bibliography, this is a wildly useful and highly entertaining resource."
– Stephanie S. Tolan, fiction writer and consultant on the needs of the gifted

“Packed full of insights and resources for the creative life, the book offers new ways to thrive
as a creative person."
- Cynthia Morris, Writing and creativity coach.

For more reviews, order links and other info, see About the book.

The articles below include excerpts from the book.


Intensity and Being Creative

Intensity and Being Creative

A personality trait that may often accompany high sensitivity (experienced by many, or most, creative people) is high intensity. You can see some forms of intensity in many actors and musicians. Jodie Foster once commented about Russell Crowe, “He has that glacier intensity.” From post: Working With Your Intensity Through Creative Expression. [Photo: Crowe in […]

Positive Obsessions To Be Creative

Positive Obsessions To Be Creative

“Sometimes creativity is a compulsion, not an ambition.” Actor Edward Norton (in Entertainment Weekly ew.com), commenting on the documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston” (2006) – about a manic-depressive singer. The language we use to ourselves and others about having and pursuing creative talents can have a big impact on our attitudes and motivation. For […]

Alexis Smith

Creating To Maintain Meaning

Meaning is another of the “big topics” touched on in this book. Like passion, meaning is another central element in how we choose which of our talents to develop and express. Or choose not to: If it isn’t meaningful in some way to use a talent, why bother? Well, maybe if you get paid a lot […]

The fear of being authentic and unique

The fear of being authentic and unique

I have often admired prominent people in the arts who have unique, even flamboyant personalities and appearances, and seem, at least in public, to be courageously different. And one of my areas of self-limiting thinking is to say to myself something like, “They must have had an upbringing or genes that lets them be so […]

Addiction and Creative People

Addiction and Creative People

This section is not just about drug use and abuse – there are many forms of self-limiting addictive behavior that can interfere with realizing our creative and other talents. But substance use is one area to start with. A number of people with exceptional abilities have used drugs, alcohol and other substances – perhaps as […]

Feelings and Developing Creativity

Feelings and Developing Creativity

“I’m not crazy…I’ve just been in a very bad mood for 40 years.” Ouiser Boudreaux (Shirley MacLaine), in Steel Magnolias (1989). In his book The Art of Happiness, The Dalai Lama claims “Whether one believes in religion or not, the very purpose of our life, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” But […]

Being Eccentric and Creative

Being Eccentric and Creative

“I hope I’m becoming more eccentric. More room in the brain.” Musician Tom Waits Being eccentric – choosing not to be more safely mundane – can help our creative thinking and courage. As psychologist Robert Ornstein, PhD has noted, “If you spend too much time being like everybody else, you decrease your chances of coming […]

Motherhood and creative work

Motherhood and creative work

“I’d be in the middle of a sentence and someone needed to go to mall for new shoes, so the sentence would be lost.” That is a quote by Amy Bloom, who has worked as a psychotherapist, taught at Yale University, and is Wesleyan University’s Writer-in-Residence. In an interview about being a mother and writer, […]

Talented, But Insecure

Talented, But Insecure

Her fourth album “Red” had opening sales of 1.21 million – the highest recorded in a decade, and Taylor Swift has had two million-plus opening weeks. But in a taping in front of a college audience for the tv show “VH1 Storytellers”, she responded to a question from a college student: “I doubt myself 400,000 […]

Dennis Haysbert

Using Visualization For Creative Achievement

Creating images and visualizations of what you want to accomplish can be a powerful strategy for achievement, according to many writers, coaches and research studies. Perhaps the most research has been about athletes and sport psychology, but artists can use the techniques and approaches as well. Actor Dennis Haysbert has portrayed a variety of dynamic […]

It takes more than feeling passionate

It takes more than feeling passionate

Of course, it takes more than simply feeling passionate about something. The elements of experience, focus and persistence are also crucial. But many people may find the advice to “Find your passion” to be useless or even fearful. Author Daniel Pink has said, “I find that question very daunting: What’s your passion? I find that […]

I don’t like emotions

I don’t like emotions

“I don’t like emotions… For some reason I’m more comfortable in imaginary circumstances.” – Actor William H. Macy One of our primary tools as a creative person is imagination. But in his book “Stumbling on Happiness” Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert proposes that imagination may directly impact our sense of happiness in limiting or distorting […]

Solitude and creative expression

Solitude and creative expression

Solitude or working alone is certainly not the only way to nourish creative projects. Many artists acknowledge the value of academies such as Juilliard, and less formal artist retreats and workshops, like Idyllwild. Much of the writing and advice on creative expression and enhancing creativity – including this book – focuses on the inner journey […]