One of the most difficult challenges in the creative process is breaking through resistance — all of those inhibitions that prevent a person from taking the risk of doing something uncomfortable or extraordinary.

I like to write about creativity, and I plan to do so a lot in this blog.  Initially, though, I thought I’d share some of the best resources on the web for getting — and keeping — the creative juices flowing.

In General

Here are some of my favorite sites for generating creative ideas:

Creax.net — a terrific site with links to various creativity and innovation tools on the web.

CreativityPool.com – a very interesting site for exchanging  ideas about inventions and projects.

CreativeThink.com – Roger von Oech’s website (the guy who wrote A Whack on the Side of the Head).

InnovationTools.com – a site full of links for business and personal creativity and innovation.

CreativityPortal.com – one of the older creativity websites on the internet, with lots of author contributions.

MindTools’ Creativity Tools – a solid set of creativity tools.

Painting/Drawing Inspiration and Instruction

As I have mentioned before (here and here), I believe in learning to paint and draw — or perform any other sort of artistic practice — in order to break out of traditional modes of thinking.  Some of the feedback I’ve received has asked how I got started.  Here are some of the resources I’ve drawn upon in my personal practice.

Betty Edwards’ drawright.com – website of the author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

About.com: Painting – a variety of links on the process and substance of painting.

About.com:  Drawing and Sketching – same as above, but focused on drawing.

Artcyclopedia – to see what’s gone before.

These are just a few of the sites I visit most often.  What are your favorite sites for generating creative thoughts and actions?   Let me know in the comments.