Friday, October 18, 2013

Creative block, or not?

A friend just sent me a link to this lovely article, about overcoming creative block and getting inspired! It's a good read...

How to break through your creative block...

I especially like these thoughts:

Alexi Murdoch:
"...At the risk of going off brief here, can I just ask: What’s wrong with creative block? Might it not just be that periods — even extended ones — of productive hiatus are essential mechanisms of gestation designed to help us attain higher standards in our pursuit of creative excellence?"

Douglas Rushkoff: 
"...Real creativity transcends time. If you are not producing work, then chances are you have fallen into the infinite space between the ticks of the clock where reality is created. Don’t let some capitalist taskmaster tell you otherwise — even if he happens to be in your own head".

James Lidell:
"...Some days the genius will be in you, and you will sail. Other days the lead will line the slippers, and you’ll be staring into the void of your so-called creative mind, feeling like a fraud. It’s all part of the big ole cycle of creativity, and it’s a healthy cycle at that.

Jessica Hagy:
"...How can you defeat the snarling goblins of creative block? With books, of course. Just grab one. It doesn’t matter what sort: science fiction, science fact, pornography (soft, hard, or merely squishy), comic books, textbooks, diaries (of people known or unknown), novels, telephone directories, religious texts — anything and everything will work.
Now, open it to a random page. Stare at a random sentence.
Every book holds the seed of a thousand stories. Every sentence can trigger an avalanche of ideas. Mix ideas across books: one thought from Aesop and one line from Chomsky, or a fragment from the IKEA catalog melded with a scrap of dialog from Kerouac".
I find it very reassuring that feelings of creative block is universal and curable!

Friday, October 04, 2013

Gromit Unleashed Auction

Wow! What a night! After 10 weeks of the public art trail, the auction of all 81 Gromits took place last night, raising money for The Grand Appeal to support sick children and their families at Bristol Children's Hospital.
I'm astounded by the generous bidders, who raised a total of £2,357,000.00! And I'm so very proud to say that my Gromit, Bunty, raised £31,000. I'm so pleased to have been a part of this.
I also said at the beginning of the trail, if people send me their photos of Bunty, then I will choose my favourite and send them a small prize. It's not too late, so send me your photos by 18th October, and I'll announce the winner on 21st October! The winner will get a signed copy of my latest book What Goes Up and a signed print from the book. 

Find out more about the auction at the BBC Here