There is a part of my work that’s heartbreaking. Slaving over an idea that will bring salvation is hard. Confronting a problem that a client is facing can be brutal. Then, finally seeing the green grass and having the plan shot down for a million different possibilities. Saying yes to something new is hard. It’s scary, there’s … Read More
Christoph Niemann is an author, illustrator and artist. In this talk for 99U (are you sensing the trend?), he talks about the 3 fears that plague every person that counts on their creativity for a paycheck. Yes, those fears run through my brain but I find that staying focused, not playing the comparison game, and … Read More
Gangsters, monsters, bullies, psychopaths, or some blending of them all. I think villains make a story. The better the villain, the better the story. So don’t worry if you’re up against a terrible foe and circumstances are dire, you’ve got the best story going. Who’s your favorite?
I love this talk from Seth Godin and Scott Belsky. I liked it so much, I wanted more. So I grabbed Seth’s latest Leap First: Creating Work That Matters. (I totally dig it) Key thoughts: A designer might be making work that’s pretty but an artist makes connection and there’s no map. Do work … Read More
Screenwriter, David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland) takes viewers inside his creative process in an exploration of where ideas come from.
As of July 2015, The Non-Porift Narrative has sold over 10,000 copies. I couldn’t be more thrilled. A big thank you to so many for picking up the book and making the choice to tell better stories. The picture above was taken 3.5 years ago just before the release of the book. If was a rough, nine … Read More
This is just one possibility for a non-profit willing to highlight the work they do. I know, you’re thinking, “What non-profit wouldn’t do this?” Answer: most of them. It’s hard for nonprofits to get out of their own way. Make-A-Wish Foundation was not one of them. I’m sure there were discussions and lots of back … Read More
I love this piece from Tony Zhou as he explains the difference in lists to connecting scenes and parts of stories…. Meanwhile back at the ranch….. Don’t forget to use this to connect scenes and action. Therefore: How other characters will react to that fact. It could be positive or negative. But: Implies a change … Read More
I started my morning with this TED talk, thought you’d want to hear it too. Sidenote: New podcast episode from CJ Casciotta and Sounds like a Movement. It’s an interview with Elle Luna and it’s what got me on the path to watch Stefan’s talk this morning. Check it out here.
At the end of 2013, I realized I wasn’t producing enough. As a result I wasn’t thrilled with my creativity for the year. I get the most satisfaction from creating and then sharing. Instead I spent 2013 doing a lot of things that brought little satisfaction, so I knew that had to change. People set goals, … Read More