How To Write A Foreword That Disses The Author (McKee vs. Pressfield)

When Steven Pressfield asked Robert McKee to write the foreword to The War of Art, he probably didn’t expect McKee to include a strong disagreement. You know, in the intro of HIS book. But McKee did it.  It makes McKee’s War of Art intro one of my favorite forewords ever, if not the gold standard … Continue reading How To Write A Foreword That Disses The Author (McKee vs. Pressfield)

Spoiler: The World Is Trying To Break AND Kill You (Hemingway Edition)

Hemingway knows what love is.  As an emotion - the way it changes the meaning of lonely in your gut. How there’s more than one color to it. How love has moods.  As a feeling - the ways it offers courage, or shows up in the courageous act of being in love. How it appears … Continue reading Spoiler: The World Is Trying To Break AND Kill You (Hemingway Edition)

Curiosity Doesn’t Have To Be Obsession

You don’t have to be obsessed with something to be curious about it.  You do have to be obsessed with getting curios, or getting creative, or having the habit.  The obsession is with the compulsion for action.  Doing.  Where exactly you focus however, does not need to be on one thing.  In a way, I’m … Continue reading Curiosity Doesn’t Have To Be Obsession

The Creative Habit Paradox (Twyla Tharp)

Creativity and habit don’t look like they belong in a sentence together.  Imagine a bunch of creative people and habitual people at a party.  They’re probably not intermingling much.  But they ought to be.  Creativity alone doesn’t mean anything. A creative streak, or better, a creative habit, is where the magic happens. Fool me once, … Continue reading The Creative Habit Paradox (Twyla Tharp)

What It Means To Be Authentically Creative (My Conversation With Justin Castelli)

Justin Castelli had me on his LifeDesign+ YouTube/Podcast to talk about Authentic Creativity.  This is easily one of my favorite recorded conversations I've had. Justin helped me organize a ton of thoughts (see the whole prior week's posts on "Authentic Creativity" to understand). Plus - we had fun. So much fun.  I had to share … Continue reading What It Means To Be Authentically Creative (My Conversation With Justin Castelli)

You’re Not Creative (Yes You Are, I Have Proof)

You’re not creative, you work in finance. Or plumbing. Or both (portfolio managers, I see you).  Yes you are creative though. And I have proof. Ok, maybe it’s Natalie Nixon who does, but I am the ever-translating messenger here:   I define creativity as the ability to toggle between wonder and rigor in order to solve … Continue reading You’re Not Creative (Yes You Are, I Have Proof)

What Exactly Is “Authentic Creativity” Anyway?

I hate when words I like get stained. By influencers or marketers or - you know who I’m talking about it. The Authentic and Creative army who have something to sell you.  I had this college professor. I couldn’t tell you his name and maybe with the magic of the internet somebody will remember and … Continue reading What Exactly Is “Authentic Creativity” Anyway?