Work At Being Creative


I love Christians who make me think. Granted, I love secular thinkers too. But Christians have the unique attribute that they are connected with the Holy Spirit Himself. Or at least, they should be. And as such, they should be producing the most brilliant stuff.

In the last few years, I’ve been absolutely stunned by the sheer amount of creative, quality work that churches and their respective designers are outputting. From print colateral to stage sets to record albums to events to novels, the creative expertise is growing exponentially. It’s astounding. Inspiring. And deeply encouraging. And I believe it reflects tremendously on the Creator. He’s smiling.

One of those Creative, Christ-followers I so appreciate is Stephen Brewster. I’m a lurker on his site. But every now and then I just have to add my voice to his comments section. I did so yesterday.

Adding a comment can be as simple as, “Nice.” Or, “Word up.”

But most times, leaving comments should be, “Ah ha! That’s what I’ve been trying to say but didn’t know how to say it!” or, “Dude, not only that, but this too…”

It could also be considered blog-bombing. Which I kinda’ guess my comment was on his recent post, Get Your Reps. It was on working the muscle of our creativity. In it he quoted Linus Pauling:

The best way to get a good idea is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.

And then Stephen listed ways we can work the muscle of our creative mind. I was deeply inspired to share some of the things that have been working me over lately. And out of that exercise came another simple concept that I felt like sharing here:

I’m finding that many of my creative ideas can be logged into one of two categories: conscious and subliminal. The conscious ones are the ones I take notes on. “Do this for this next design project.” The subliminal ones are those which are “deep inside” but that I can’t truly articulate; but soon, and very soon, they’ll help apply just the right pressure on some unseen synapse that will take inspiration to manifestation.

I encourage you to follow Stephen on Twitter, especially if you’re a creative. And leave a comment on his post if this inspired you.

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  • S.brewster

    Thanks for the kind words and great post. Have an amazing week

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      You’re welcome. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Stephen.

  • http://www.dadscancooktoo.com Nathan R.

    Nice! Word up!

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Ha – perfect.

  • http://www.dadscancooktoo.com Nathan R.

    Dude, not only that, but this too… a non-Christian blogger James Altucher has quite a few posts on generating ideas and working the idea muscle. Some of his stuff isn’t for everyone, but I like this recent one: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2012/10/how-to-become-an-idea-machine/

    • http://www.christopherhopper.com Christopher Hopper

      Thanks for the link, Nathan. I’ve been following James for about a year now (have him plugged into Flipboard). Yeah, he’s definitely not for everyone, but I do love that he’ll write exactly what he’s thinking. Again, not always a good thing, but you have to appreciate his liberty.