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Thousands of ideas & resources to help you think more creatively. By Jim Connolly

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Creativity, touch and feel

I wrote recently about how tablets and mobile phones were far more than mere consumption devices. Today, I’d like to share an example of exactly what I mean.

One of the things I have always loved about writing on paper with a pen or pencil, is the tactile connection between the page and my hand. Writing via a keyboard has always felt like there was too much distance between me [my fingers], which were on the keyboard, and the page, which was on the screen of my computer.


It seemed somehow disconnected. This wasn’t much of an issue, until I needed to write something creative. Then, I’d always need to start by fleshing the ideas out on paper first. I’d only use my MacBook after the creative element of the composition was in place.

Then I decided to try something new

I decided to see how it felt, literally, writing with a tablet device, where my fingers connect directly with the screen. I immediately noticed that I felt closer to the words… not just in a literal sense, but closer mentally.

If you own a tablet device, give it a try. Whilst nothing is quite like using a nice pen or a freshly sharpened pencil, a large screen tablet device provides another tool for your creative arsenal. The creative experience is certainly different enough from using a traditional keyboard, for it to change your creative state.

That’s worth remembering, the next time you’re struggling for inspiration at your keyboard.

Consumption devices or creativity machines?


Mobile phones and tablets tend to be regarded as consumption devices.

This is factually incorrect. Seth Godin has it wrong.

The device is simply a tool

It’s the device’s owner who decides whether to use the technology to create or to consume. And when they consume, it’s their choice what they choose to feed their mind with.

[Note: Most of the updates on this site were written and researched using mobile devices.]

Creativity and the tools we use

I’ve visited the room where Dylan Thomas did much of his writing and also the tiny shed where Roald Dahl wrote.

Dylan_Thomas_photoSomething that struck me about these amazing writers, was how extremely typical their surroundings were.

Nothing fancy. Just a space to create, where they could think and work.

The mechanics are secondary

Often, we get caught up in the mechanics of creativity. What software to work with… which type of computer to use.

I think to a lesser or greater degree, these are stalling tactics. Find the mix that feels right for you, then create.

The rest is largely unimportant.

Don’t think about making art

“Don’t think about making art. Just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they’re deciding, make even more art.”

– Andy Warhol

Creativity: Do it now!

If you want to be more creative, more often, this quote from Stephen King is a great starting point:

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work!”

Be your own muse

Don’t wait for creativity to appear… command it to appear. Decide that it’s time to create and then get to work.

If you wait for the perfect time, you will seldom create anything.

Audio: Dylan Thomas in New York

Here is a superb audio presentation by the BBC, covering Dylan Thomas in New York. It was a very different setting for the Welsh genius.

Listen to the sounds of Thomas’ New York and hear the great poet himself, read from Under Milk Wood, in this 4 and a half minute piece.

Thanks to the BBC for making this available for resharing.

For more information on Dylan Thomas, his life and his work, check out the official Dylan Thomas website.

Find your shipping recipe

Lets do this

An early morning, with a notebook and some coffee or green tea. That’s what does it for me. That’s the recipe to get my mind flowing with ideas and for those ideas to get shipped. In my case, shipped means written up for my readers. I get ideas all day, but I have found that early mornings work best for getting those ideas transformed from thoughts into things.

It doesn’t matter what works for you

What matters is that you find your recipe, to get the ideas flowing and shipped. Practice. Try things. Change the media from pen to pencil. From computer to tablet. From keyboard to paint. From guitar to sound sequencer.

It doesn’t matter, just so long as it works for you… so long as it gets the idea from your head into; the marketplace, the world, the community, the client’s hands or into the reader’s inbox. Steve Jobs was right, real artists ship. So, find your shipping recipe and get your art out there.

Stephen King on inspiration

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

Stephen King.

Be human before being an artist

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Be a man before being an artist!” — Auguste Rodin.

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