Congratulations to Karen Pitcock at Team Teen for winning your free signed copy of Hugh MacLeod’s “Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity!” Thank you to all who commented…and keep listening to your wee voice!
Rally your creative comments people! The Schipul Book Club has a new favorite author and a chance for you to add another piece of fine literature to your collection. Let the curiosity ensueâ€¦
A guy sits down at a bar, starts drawing cartoons on the back of business cards and now has a bestselling book. Sounds like a simple plan. True. But it wasn’t your plan, nor your passionâ€¦it was Hugh MacLeod’s. His book, â€œIgnore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity,â€ stems from his own personal life experiences and his ability to â€œnurture and develop his own creative sovereignty.â€Brimming with quick-witted brilliance and intellect, his stories are raw, ingenious, and to be quite honest, compel numerous snorts of laughter.
While I can’t sit here and write out my thoughts on MacLeod’s entire book, (well actually I could, but I would be banned from the Schipul Blog entirelyâ€¦with God only knows how many legal issues from Ol’ Hugh), I can highlight one of my favorite â€œkeys to creativity.â€ And it is not because Hugh mentions crayonsâ€¦or that my 23nd birthday party was Crayola themed with a life size Crayola boxâ€¦but I digressâ€¦
Key to Creativity #7: Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.
â€œThen when you hit puberty they take the crayons awayâ€¦Being suddenly hit years later with the â€œcreative bugâ€ is just a wee voice telling you, â€œI’d like my crayons back, please.â€
Everyone was also given nap-time as a small fledgling, and to your dismay, is no longer included in your job description. Naps are something you should do when you can truly enjoy themâ€¦where you wake up with a mutated mug due to bed sheet indentions. In other wordsâ€¦a successful slumber. A creative endeavor is parallel in this thought. You need to create something that you love and can give to wholeheartedly. â€œIf you make something special and powerful and honest and true, you will succeed.â€
MacLeod does not mention naps in this chapter, not even once (I’m just strange and my thoughts tend to wander). But here unto you my little pandas the interest liesâ€¦your body will never be satisfied with a mediocre nap just like your soul will never be satisfied with an empty crayon box.
MacLeod puts it quite simplyâ€¦
â€œThey’re only crayons. You didn’t fear them in kindergarten, why fear them now?â€
Write that down.
So now I can only assume that you are planning to conquer the world with your creativity all the while changing people’s lives and going on leisurely runs with your new buddy Matt Lauer. But before you do:
- You must leave a comment explaining how you let the creative juices flow by listening to your â€œweeâ€ voice You will be entered in our drawing to receive your very own SIGNED copy of Hugh MacLeod’s, “Ignore Everybody and 39 other Keys to Creativity.”
- Read the book. This is imperative to your survival.
- Make something. Why? Because Hugh said so.
- An anonymous comment will not enter you in the drawing. Let us know who you are!
- Contest will end Friday, August 14th at noon. Your new book awaits…