“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.”
Debbie Millman’s fantastic illustrated essays of wisdom on the creative life – a timeless treat halfway between philosophy and design:
“That is the creative artist — a penalty of the creative artist — wanting to make order out of chaos.”
Timeless wisdom from the great Ursula Nordstrom, who groomed Maurice Sendak’s genius and ushered in the golden age of children’s literature.
“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.”
The pace of productivity and how to master your creative routine
What Mozart’s upbringing teaches us about the secret of cultivating genius:
“Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before.”
Neil Gaiman’s fantastic commencement address, adapted by design legend Chip Kidd
“If I get up every day with the optimism that I have the capacity for growth, then that’s success for me.”
Legendary graphic designer Paula Scher on why creativity works like a slot machine:
Fantastic read on the art-science of “allowing the various petals of our identity to fully unfold.”
Hemingway wrote standing, Nabokov on index cards, Twain while puffing cigars, and Sitwell in an open coffin – a fascinating inside peek at the creative routines of famous writers:
“The germ of a story is a new and simple element introduced into an existing situation or mood.”
The great Malcolm Cowley on the four stages of writing:
“Work your ass off + Don’t be an asshole” ~ Stefan Sagmeister
Advice on life and design from famous graphic designers
“Genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly.”
“It is in fact the discovery and creation of problems rather than any superior knowledge, technical skill, or craftsmanship that often sets the creative person apart.”
Dan Pink on “ambiverts,” “problem-finders,” and the surprising secrets of selling your ideas.
Debunking the misconceptions, half-truths, and dangerous mythology of creativity.
“The habit of writing thus for my own eye only is good practice. It loosens the ligaments. … What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk, or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. ”
Virginia Woolf on the creative benefits of keeping a diary:
How to think like Sherlock Holmes – fascinating lessons in mindfulness and creativity from the beloved detective: