Over the last 10 years I've researched and shared nearly a thousand original articles filled with insights into creativity. Everything from how sleep affects our creativity, to what it means to think creatively, the differences between imagination and creative thinking, and why we sometimes find ourselves unable to spur original ideas.
But back in 2008 I had no idea what the word "creative" meant. I was broke, uninspired, recently broken up with, and on the verge of dropping out of school. I couldn't see a path forward in life and had allowed depression and pressures to paralyze me from taking any sort of action.
But then, one day as if by fate, I overheard a conversation about "creativity" which sparked a fire of curiosity in me I couldn't shed. I had to know about creativity, what it is, why it matters, and how I could get more of it in my life.
I spent my free time research everything I could about art, creativity, and innovation. I bought books, reached out to my creative heroes, and begun journaling about my findings.
Ten years later, using everything I've learned about creativity and the potential of ideas: I'm where I never imagine I could be. I'm a published author, I travel the world talking about creativity and design, I've designed and launched and number of successful apps on my own, and I landed a job at one of the most influential companies in the world.
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Why Creative Something
There are a lot of places you can learn about creativity online, Creative Something is an archive of original thoughts and explorations.
My goal has always been to take readers along my journey of not knowing anything about creativity to becoming the master of our own inner genius. I do not claim to be the expert on creativity, though I will claim to know a thing or two learned over the last decade. I like to incorporate science—psychology and neuroscience—with the unknown—the arts, the magic of the muse, and an individual's purpose in life—together in my writing here.
My goal over the next 10 years is to turn Creative Something into an archive of inspirations, motivations, and discoveries to help anyone, anywhere, do more with their minds and hearts.
My mission is to help you be more creative by exploring how creativity works in the brain and how each of us can use it every day to create, empower, and motivate.
Creative Something is not a business, or a covert operation by any corporation or individuals representing a particular organization. This blog is run entirely independently and is powered by support in the form of donations or any time you buy a product I mention on the blog (though this isn’t always the case).
Thanks for reading.
Who am I?
My name is Tanner Christensen, author, developer, entrepreneur, inventor, product designer at Facebook, and part-time artist. I started this website in 2008 with the goal of researching and sharing answers to the question: How can we better understand our creativity in order to do more with it?
If you’d like to learn more about me or get in touch, visit my personal site at tannerchristensen.com.