Posts Tagged ‘creative’



Creativity Isn’t About Inspiration, It’s About Rituals

I love the quote by painter Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” Real creative professionals know that creativity isn’t about a spark, or inspired moment. Sure those things happen, but they’re rare and can’t be counted on. What can be counted on is showing up.  One writer described the writing process as simply Read the full article »

My “Inside Edition” Interview About the Noah Movie

Just in case you’ve been on another planet, you might be interested in my comments to Inside Edition today about the movie “Noah:”

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Would You Give 5 Hours a Day to Achieve Greatness?

One of my favorite books from last year was Mason Curry’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.  In the book he details the daily schedule of 161 artists, writers painters, thinkers, inventors, and all-around creative people. It features their quirks (Ben Franklin liked to be naked, Maya Angelou can only write in motels, and more). It’s a fascinating read, and will definitely impact your own daily creative schedule. While there’s a wealth of information in the book (I highly recommend it), here’s two critically important things I learned: Read the full article »

ExFEARiential: The End of Branding?

Although this promo video from John St. Advertising Agency in Toronto is a parody, it points to the ridiculous extremes we’ve gone to when it comes to branding.   From a religious perspective, when I wrote my original book “Branding Faith” it was a dirty word inside church and ministry circles and the concept was rarely mentioned by pastors, leaders, or church members.  A number of years later when I updated and revised the book to “Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media”, I noticed there are Read the full article »

Artists and Creatives: Should You Quit Your Day Job?

Most creative people dream of the day they can quit their day job and focus on their real passion. Writers want to write, painters paint, designers design, filmmakers make movies – all full time without having to work somewhere else to pay the bills. You have no idea how often I’ve dreamed of having the financial resources just to write books. But my banker and mortgage company don’t agree. They want me to keep doing my day job as well. But then, I started seeing plenty of evidence that Read the full article »

Let’s Make 2014 The Year of Execution

If the disastrous roll-out of Obamacare has taught us anything, it’s that execution matters. No matter how noble your idea, if you can’t make it happen, then it doesn’t matter. So much in 2013 was poorly executed, so I want us to focus this new year on the art of “execution.” Writing in the Wall Street Journal recently, Joseph Epstein talked about the “Good Intentions Paving Company.” You’ll remember the famous saying: Read the full article »

Fighting at Christmas, And Why Your Target Audience Isn’t Necessarily Like You

When most advertisers create media campaigns or television commercials, they usually assume the target audience is similar to them. Church, ministry, and nonprofit communicators often do the same. But a recent story in the Wall Street Journal reminded me just how different people are – and why it matters for sharing our message.  For instance, we normally think of Christmas as a time of love, sharing gifts, and loving the time spent with family. But recently, the journal reported a survey conducted by British hotel chain TraveLodge: Read the full article »

My Favorite (and most creative) Christmas Short Film This Year

Get a tissue, expand this to fullscreen, and check out this 5 minute short film.  One of the most creative campaigns I’ve ever seen…

 

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Do Dreams Help Storytellers?

I don’t know about you, but my dreams have always been explicit, epic, and completely wacky. Just last night I dreamed about a Zombie invasion, where I was forced to go on a difficult journey through Zombie territory to find my father. So with dreams like that, early in my twenties I decided to keep a dream diary. It has some doozies, and I thought these dreams would make good stories. But as you may have discovered with your own dreams, creating Read the full article »

The Best Way to Start Off Your Week? Do Nothing

I’m sure you’re facing a long to-do list right now, and this coming week, there are probably many things to be done in your life and the life of your organization. But on Monday morning, I’m recommending something a bit different – do nothing. That’s right. No work, no action, no check offs. Well, in a way at least. By doing “nothing” here’s what I mean: Read the full article »


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