Unused Creativity Doesn’t Disappear

Gearing up to release my new eBook, Creativity Triggers for Musicians. Below is part of the introduction. Reserve your free copy.


Creating something from nothing may seem mysterious or magical, but it turns out creativity is a practice. Research professor and bestselling author Brené Brown’s tells us, “there’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and those who don’t. Unused creativity doesn’t disappear. It lives within us until it’s expressed, neglected to death, or suffocated by resentment and fear.”

This book will help you express your unused creativity, break through barriers, and create an abundance of original music.

How does one learn improvisation? The only answer is to ask another question: What is stopping us? Spontaneous creation comes from our deepest being and is immaculately and originally ourselves. What we have to express is already with us, is us, so the work of creativity is not a matter of making the material come, but of unblocking the obstacles to its natural flow.

– Stephen Nachmanovitch, Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art

Who This Book is For

  • Classically-trained musicians who want to get off the page
  • Jazz musicians who want to expand their creativity
  • Aspiring composers and songwriters in any genre of music
  • Bands and ensembles who want to develop spontaneity, trust, and new material
  • Educators who want to bring creative music into the classroom

Practices and Triggers

Chapter One presents an overview of eight creative practices that underpin idea generation in any discipline:

  • Experimentation
  • Play
  • Limitations
  • Listening
  • Flow
  • Risk
  • Quantity Leads to Quality
  • Suspend Judgement

In Chapters Two though Six, we put these practices into action through Creativity Triggers: prompts and exercises that serve as frameworks for improvisation.

Rather than building a new skill from scratch, these triggers help us draw from our skills, intuition, experiences and culture to:

  • Make connections between seemingly unrelated ideas
  • Rearrange existing material
  • Imagine something that doesn’t exist and bring it into the world
  • Experiment and try something that might not work

Reserve your free copy of Creativity Triggers for Musicians.

– ST