ignore everybody: and 39 other keys to creativity

July 27, 2009

Last month, I was thankful to receive a review copy of Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity, by Hugh MacLeod (@gapingvoid). Hugh is the blogger/cartoonist behind GapingVoid.

Ignore Everybody is written as a collection of 40 essays and reflections on life as a creative. I found them to be inspiring, challenging, and encouraging. Hugh made a name for himself drawing cartoons on the back of business cards, but what comes through in the book is that he has continued this work not for money, but for the joy of making something. His reflections motivate me to do the same.

While I read the book straight through in a few days, it could also be used as a creative devotional of sorts. Each reflection is 1-3 pages, and each will leave you with something to think about. Rather than a book to read and leave on the shelf, it’s one that could be kept handy, to be picked up and read in bits to spur some reflection of your own. I bought the Kindle version so that I can have the book handy to do just that.

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