Last year I drunkenly signed myself up for martial arts classes. I spent all of 2013 getting the shit kicked out of me every Tuesday evening. And I loved it. So I decided that making rash decisions with little or no thought to my personal safety was the way forward. This year I volunteered to […]
Social media taking up too much time? Why not take this simple quiz and find out where you should concentrate your creative energy. —————————————– You are at a party when someone you have never met before says something profoundly moving about something in the news. For example ‘That Nelson Mandela was a nice fella now […]
Despite Googling ‘how to make a shit hot flow chart’ + ‘hedgehog in a party hat’ the Internet was not forthcoming. All I found were boring people talking about boring stuff I couldn’t be arsed to listen to.
Seriously techy peeps there is a definite gap in the market for engaging tech guides presented by woodland creatures wearing novelty head gear.
So anyway to cut a long, dull story short I downloaded something that did stuff it shouldn’t and ended up sitting in front of all the files on my server, and, well, er….
You know those files you shouldn’t delete? I deleted them.
Back in the days when I had a proper job I worked in television development. This involved being paid to think up new programme ideas. It sounds like fun and it was.
Whilst there was a lot of sitting around drinking tea there was also a great deal of being told your ideas are shit.
In fact it was mainly being told your ideas are shit and then having all the reasons why your ideas are shit pointed out to you before being sent away to go and think up some more ideas that are not quite so shit.
Eventually I got quite good at thinking up ideas that are not, at first glance, complete shit.
And I developed the creative hide of a rhino.
I recently attended a session at the Edinburgh TV Festival where TV bigwigs discussed how to create an atmosphere of er, creativity. It was all about moving away from the daily grind using ping pong tables, glass boxes and cushions.
Well I’m one step ahead of them – I have a floor carpeted with wooden train tracks, some Donna Wilson cushions and a toddler who asks why? at least fifty times a day so here are my top tips for getting kick ass creative.