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Creativity #40

Immerse yourself in the medium and the message will emerge. (This is the converse of #12.)


3 June 2015
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Creativity #39

Children who are allowed to are always making things and adventures. Ask a child why they make things and adventures and they won’t be able to give you a PROPER REASON. That’s because only adults are stupid enough to need a reason for making things. The fact that you are human is the reason to make things. (For lots more good thinking in this direction, listen to this conversation between Rob Bell and Elizabeth Gilbert.)


3 June 2015
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In which Neil Gaiman explains the quick and easy way to become a writer

Someone asked Neil Gaiman for writing advice because he found it difficult to get his thoughts onto paper. Gaiman replied:

Write the ideas down. If they are going to be stories, try and tell the stories you would like to read. Finish the things you start to write. Do it a lot and you will be a writer. The only way to do it is to do it.

I’m just kidding. There are much easier ways of doing it. For example: (This is where you click to go to Gaiman’s Tumblr and read the brilliance contained therein)


14 January 2015
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Creativity #38

Reject the idea that your identity is ‘consumer’. Become annoyed whenever you are referred to as a ‘consumer’.


14 November 2014
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A comic by Richard Thomson about trying to think of a funny comic

By Richard Thomson. Found at Illustration Art


1 October 2014
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Don’t have a hobby. Have a second job.

If you spend some of your free time doing something creative and you want to become good at that creative thing you do, don’t do it as a hobby. You don’t have to do a hobby. Do it as a job. You have to go to work whether you feel like it or not. You have to go to work whether you are inspired or not. You have to produce when you have a job. A job is more important than a hobby. If you really want to become good at that creative thing you do, treat it, at the very least, as if it’s as important as the thing you get paid to do.


8 January 2013
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Creativity #37

Master your tools so that they become an extension of you and you can use them unconsciously.


18 May 2012
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Creativity #36

You probably don’t know yourself too well. A designer in an interview that I read said, I don’t feel like I have a style. But his entire portfolio was made of work in the mid-20th century modern style. Maybe he meant he didn’t have his own style. Maybe he needs to ask someone what style his work is so he can be aware. Ask people about what you make, so that you can see it through different eyes.


17 May 2012
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Creativity #35

Constraints are better catalysts for creativity than complete freedom, so stop wishing for complete freedom.

Comic by Randall Munroe, who is very creative, even though he has to work with the apparent constraint of not being able to draw people.


16 May 2012
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Creativity #34

Show your work to people. Larry Shallenberger wrote a good thing about this.


15 May 2012
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