Instructions To Contributors


by Robert Coambs
Last update: May 28, 2010

Creativity Age is looking for new people, with new ideas. We welcome any material that will interest our site visitors. This includes material about new ways to solve old problems, creative writing, essays, poetry, music, videos, photos, and more.

Please read our mission statement.

These are our key approaches, and the key topics for submissions.

(1) How to be Creative: Tech talk about the processes that are common to all creative projects. We want to explain the machinery of creative cognition, what makes it better, and what makes it worse. We want to discuss project funding, how to work with committees and politics, how to bring creative projects to completion, and how to disseminate a creative work once it's completed. If the project is designed to make money, then how can we profit the most?

(2) Specific ideas about new ways to solve old problems and problems that may come upon us in the future.

(3) How the Future may look. We have introduced you to the Creativity Age, but we have only skimmed the topic. If you accept the concept of the Creativity Age and you have some ideas on how we will evolve and what we should do to facilitate the move to the Creativity Age, we would like to hear from you and have you share your vision and ideas.

(4) Examples of successful creative projects, from art, to engineering, to math, to industrial design, to marketing. The examples should teach us important lessons you have learned about successful creation. Photos, videos, poetry, and music are welcome.

Focus your submissions on things that will interest our site visitors.
When I began posting on the Internet I wrote things that interested me. That was a mistake. I quickly learned that my material had to interest my site visitors. My most satisfying postings were those which were widely read. Just being interesting to myself was not enough. Pontificating from my soapbox wasn't satisfying, if no one read my pontifications.

Be Aware of Your Audience
The audience for Creativity Age is more intelligent, educated, and knowledgeable than average. They are involved in creative projects. They want to know more about creativity, and to increase the impact of their creative output. But this is the Web. Prepare to be skimmed. Make things easy to read, and don't be too formal. No sentence should exceed 15 words. It should be possible to summarize any great idea in three sentences. Check your spelling and grammar carefully, because it shows your audience you are serious, careful, and grateful for their attention.

Introduce Specific Mentations
Creative projects place certain feelings and thoughts into the minds of the audience. The created output is a method you use to get those feelings and thoughts into their minds. For example, Leonardo was very good at transmitting feelings and thoughts to his audience. (See Notes 1 & 2 below for more about transmitting feelings and thoughts.)

Even bridge building has this same goal. A road bridge project should place certain specific feelings and thoughts into the minds of taxpayers and politicians. They should feel and believe that this bridge is pleasing to look at, strong enough, wide enough, and located in the right place to make driving easier and more pleasant. A bridge project that doesn't produce those mentations has not achieved it's objectives.

So when you prepare a submission for Creativity Age, decide what our readers would welcome into their mentations. Then write the piece to introduce those mentations.

Make it interesting
If I create something, I don't ask my friends/family if they would welcome it into their mentations. That question would be too weird, even for them. It's better to ask, "On a scale of 1 to 10, how interesting is this piece?." Before you submit something to Creativity Age, ask that question of yourself, your friends, family, and/or colleagues. If you and they don't rate it 7 or higher, we probably won't either, so work on it some more.

Avoid rants, punditry, political posturing, and unsubstantiated opinion.
Make sure each factual claim is true, and give a reference for it if you think someone might question it.

Email your submission to us via the Contact Us button just below. Or email us at ideas@creativityage.com


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Reference Notes

Note 1
More about transmitting feelings to an audience.
http://www.google.ca/search?q=art+creates+feeling

Note 2
More about transmitting thoughts to an audience.
http://www.ask.com/q/Can-art-change-the-world