Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative Process

August 5, 2011

Blaine Hogan makes me sick. Don’t get me wrong. I love the guy. I’ve known him for five years, and I’ve enjoyed every moment I’ve spent with him. He’s one of the most creatively expressive people I know, and even his Keynote presentations in grad school made me ooh and aah. It’s not really Blaine […]

The Creative Loop: Movement

July 18, 2011

In part one of this series, I introduced The Creative Loop and described the stages that exist in the loop: Engage, Capture, and Create. In this part, I will focus on the movement between the stages. It is helpful to recognize the stages, but the hard work of creativity happens in the between. It comes […]

The Creative Loop: Stages

July 7, 2011

A year ago, I scratched out a drawing in Penultimate. It was an idea I dubbed The Creative Loop as an attempt to visualize how my creative process works itself out. (At the time, I think it was mostly an excuse to try out Penultimate. An app I love, even though The Creative Loop scrawl […]

What is Your Creative Process?

October 27, 2010

Yesterday, I received a submission on my initial site questionnaire from a potential client. In the final comments space, she asked me, “What is my your creative process?” I don’t know if this was off-handed curiosity, or a make or break question that will define whether we work together. But I love the question, and […]

two years…and still plenty of fog

January 11, 2010

It was two years ago yesterday that I launched Creativityist. I had a general idea in mind of what I would do with the site, but like most creative work, I didn’t have a clear destination. Seems like my best work comes when I take steps forward and see what happens. That’s certainly the case […]

in the meantime

December 22, 2009

Last summer, an idea for a project was born out of a project that was in the midst of failing. (Seems to work that way a lot for me!) For the last month or two, I’ve been busy working on this project — a humongous meta collaborative writing project and exercise. Or something like that. […]

creating requires doing [the war of art]

November 11, 2009

This post is the first in what will probably maybe hopefully be a series of reflections on The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. The War of Art is subtitled Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. That is something that author Steven Pressfield apparently knows a little about. He was writing […]

the box [the creative habit]

September 22, 2009

This post is the last of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. Today, our seven month, irregularly recurring series on The Creative Habit comes to an end. But, in the interest of being trite, last certainly does not mean least. I think I’ve saved the best […]

creativity is an act of defiance [the creative habit]

August 7, 2009

This post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. From time to time, I look back at some notes I collected from The Creative Habit to find inspiration for more reflections to share here. The quote below is one I see every time, but […]

scratch when you don't itch [the creative habit]

May 18, 2009

This post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. It is a guest post by my friend Blaine Hogan. Blaine is an actor, a visual artist. He’s great at making stuff, and he does it for a living as an Experience Engineer at Willow Creek Community Church. […]

creative practices: cesar torres

May 13, 2009

Cesar Torres (@cesart) is my second guest for the Creative Practices interview series. Cesar is a freelance graphic communicator and one of the co-founders of Conjunctured, a co-working space in Austin. Cesar shares how he generates design ideas out of conversations with his clients, how he has benefited from co-working, and how Things has been […]

creative practices: zach lind

April 20, 2009

I’m pleased to kick off the Creative Practices series with an interview with my good friend Zach Lind. Zach is the drummer for Jimmy Eat World. With seven studio albums to their credit, they know a little bit about the creative process. In this interview, Zach talks about how the recording process has changed over […]

the creative practices series

April 17, 2009

Things have been quiet around here. My normal rhythm has been broken up by travels and a few special projects. The irony is, I’ve been sitting on a draft of another post in The Creative Habit series about the importance of rhythm and routine for creative work. I suppose once I sort out my own […]

eternal timefulness

March 27, 2009

The process of creating renews my spirit, and I find myself attuned to the details of life rather than being stressed by being overwhelmed. I find myself listening rather than shouting into the void. Creating art opens my heart to see and listen to the world around me, opening a new vista of experience. This […]

make something terrible today [the creative habit]

March 24, 2009

This post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. The Creative Habit begins with a chapter called “I Walk Into a White Room”. Tharp uses this image to describe the stark nothing from which every new project begins. This feels to me like a […]

grooves, giving, and generosity [the creative habit]

March 16, 2009

This post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on my reading of The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. Much of my energy about the creative process of late has pointed toward one thought — how to get into “creative mode”. For me, and probably for you, it doesn’t just happen. It requires an […]

the creative habit

February 24, 2009

I imagine Merlin Mann has helped sell quite a few copies of The Creative Habit, but his is one of many recommendations I’ve had for this book. Maybe it’s been recommended to you many times as well. Let me add another to the list. Twyla Tharp is a career creative who has spent decades choreographing. […]

creativityist 3.0

February 22, 2009

This weekend, I launched a new design for Creativityist. I’m excited about the new look and hope it creates a better experience for you too. Along with the design, I rolled out a new tagline — soul.workflow.mac. It captures how the site has taken shape over the last year. Along with the new design, creativityist […]

one year…and still pushing back the fog

January 13, 2009

This week, Creativityist is celebrating our first birthday. The thumbnail to the right is a peek back at the first site design and the introductory post: Creativityist…one who practices creativity. I started the blog with a few ideas, and a dark fog lingering beyond them. Today, I have a few more ideas, and the dark […]

the flow state

December 1, 2008

I’m learning that I have two different operating modes when it come to productivity. The first is GTD — getting things done — mode. This happens when I am cranking through my tasks list, responding to emails or making calls. There is great satisfaction in seeing my to-do list dwindle, and I can feel stress […]