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Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide (urspr publ 2020; utgåvan 2020)

av John Cleese (Författare)

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Titel:Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide
Författare:John Cleese (Författare)
Info:Crown (2020), 112 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Taggar:Non-fiction, Signed


Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide av John Cleese (2020)


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Writer and actor John Cleese sums up what he has learned about the creative process in this pithy advice book.

This book reminded me of a quote from The Overstory by RIchard Powers: "Her breakthrough comes as breakthroughs often do: by long and prepared accident." Basically, Cleese expands that same idea into a 100 page book, sometimes coming off simplistic, but essentially telling you to let your unconscious mind be at work during all the time you are working creatively. Be playful, write all the crap down, let your analytical mind take over in the editing process. Sometimes he sounds like he's talking to a child, but I suspect that there's quite a bit of good advice in here. The fault is mine for picking it up more because it was short than because I wanted to learn anything. ( )
  bell7 | Apr 2, 2021 |
{4/5} This book unlike most books on creativity, helps to discover ones own creative self by acknowledging the power of the intelligent unconcious - one that probably explains the phenomenon of overcoming a 'creative block' over a night's sleep with a morning brainwave, since our unconcious had been working on a solution despite our limited consciousness of it! John Cleese then goes onto explain the language of this unconscious mind bringing in the analogy of 'Hare brain, Tortoise Mind', the latter being the more playful, leisurely way of thinking which though, is just as intelligent as the former. This less deliberate mode of the mind is best suited to making sense of situations that are intricate & ill-defined, better known as 'creativity'. The creative kinds, the writer backs with research, always defer making decisions for as long as they are allowed, in a way, being much better at tolerating the vague sense of worry that we all get when leaving something unresolved. He goes onto equating it to a 'child at play' with no purpose and complete freedom from anxiety. The book finally offers practical tips to getting to that state of child-like play, which is the part that talks about entering into a meditation-like state of slowing & calming the mind without any interruptions - here, the narrative brings in a new metaphysical concept of creative people finding their best ideas coming to them in the 'no mans land' between being awake & being asleep, a method Edison practiced, it is during this time that we are in touch with our unconscious, enabling it to send us hints & nudges. The Hare Brain can take over the 'thinking' once the Tortoise Mind has worked its way thru this dreamy atmosphere of uncertainty & gentle confusion to slowly & steadily get to a state of clarity. The iterative process can bring the creative & logical parts in focus time & again till the idea is fully crystallized. Its a great read to understand creativity as its 'lived' rather than simply theorized upon! ( )
  gbnarang | Dec 3, 2020 |
Good thing it was short (and cheerful)! Really, there's nothing to this. It might have been more fun to wait for the audio (assuming Cleese is narrating). ( )
  joyblue | Nov 19, 2020 |
A funny and informative book on Creativity.

Please follow the link to my blog for the review.
Musings and Ruminations: Book Review-Creativity, A Short and Cheerful Guide... https://polymathtobe.blogspot.com/2020/09/book-review-creativity-short-and.html?... ( )
  pw0327 | Sep 22, 2020 |
Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide by John Cleese is a highly recommended accessible and brief guide on developing creativity.

John Cleese shares his key ideas about creativity: that it’s a learnable, improvable skill. He makes it clear that "you can teach creativity. Or perhaps I should say, more accurately, you can teach people how to create circumstances in which they will become creative. And that’s what this little book is all about." It is a short, amusing, practical guide with encouraging advice to those who are interested in finding ways and techniques to increase their creativity. He includes some anecdotes from his own career.

The first suggestion, to allow your conscious and unconscious mind both work on the creative process. While your conscious mind can do much, your subconscious can often show you the resolution to a problem that has stymied your project. He also summarized Guy Glaxton’s Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind which suggests using quick, purposeful thinking with ruminating about a problem. The last section of the book is a collection of truisms that we may have all heard, but should be brought back to the forefront of your mind. Many of his observations may seem straightforward, his presentation and summary of the creative process makes his advice palatable and appealing. This truly is a short and cheerful guide.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3546573858 ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Sep 13, 2020 |
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If you find the notion of borrowing like this a bit dodgy, look up a fellow called Shakespeare. He stoe all his plots, and then wrote rather creatively.
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