Blog

I write regular articles about creativity and creative people here. This is where you can find my archive of pieces on other subjects as well

Creativity vs Problem Solving

On the neurological level, problem-solving is a creative task: we assess our range of information, looking for links and junctions. We analyse what we find, assess the relative strengths and weaknesses and develop a solution. This is the kind of everyday creativity...

Progress: Relentless Forward Motion

Nature tends towards entropy… it gradually becomes more and more disordered over time. Your health doesn’t stand still… your fitness levels will drop if you do not exercise. It’s the same in business and personal life: that which you do not pay attention to or put...

There’s A Thin Line Between Genius And Madness

It’s a well-worn cliché that creative genius is closely related to madness. So much so that quite often, Creativity is seen as the CAUSE of the madness. However, if you accept, as I do, that everyone is creative and that creativity is a fundamental human urge that...

Patron of Poetry on Patreon

Poetry is one of the earliest art forms practised with language. Hated by schoolboys worldwide, its often viewed as archaic, elitist and stupid. Which is why I have started a Patreon page to share my poetry with the world. As a working writer, it’s a long road from...

Creativity: Learning By Doing

I have learned some surprising things about the world’s attitude to creativity while working through the test phase of my creativity training workshops and presentations. The biggest surprise is that many people still only think of art when they think about the term...

Don’t like the way this world works? Change it!

Creativity is so inherent to human beings it's often an unconscious reaction. Our mistake is to insist on focussing on art whenever anyone mentioned the word. The result of this denial is our highly industrial, technological and increasingly uniform world. Creativity...

Top 5 Factors That Lead To Resistance to Creativity

Along the path of my 25-year career as a self-employed creative, I have encountered a lot of resistance to creativity. When you consider we operate in a global economy centred on innovation: product updates and upgrades, new editions, new models, new technology… this...

Pavlov’s Creative Dog

Have you ever read Stephen King’s book, ‘On Writing’? You should read it. Even if you are not intending to write. It provides the best explosion of the myth of creativity I have ever read. Most people think creativity is magic. The picture people like Stephen King,...