J.K. Riki

Creativity

Q&A: Creativity, Art, Fred the Monkey, and Negativity

Today we’ve got some questions and answers, so let’s jump right in! “What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the creative process? Does each creative experience have moments that are predictably pleasant or unpleasant for you?” –Adam My personal favorite part is definitely the beginning. When all ideas are still on the table, and the table doesn’t even exist in your mind yet, the possibilities are endless! The…
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Beginner’s Guide to Being Creative #1

A lot of the posts I write about creativity exist to encourage creative folks to practice. But what if you’re “not creative?” Then we need to start from Square One. This is a beginner’s guide to creativity, and includes all the things I wish I had known from the start. Let’s just jump right in. Creativity Lesson #1: Your Potential The first thing you need to understand, especially if you…
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Not Broken Doesn’t = Great

Have you ever tried to change a routine? When we form habits, breaking them and changing gears is tough. We have a process that has been refined to work for us, and sometimes even work extremely well. This past week I switched from a piece of software I’ve been using for more than a decade to something new. Why change a process that works for something different? If it’s not…
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The Benefits of a Visual To-Do List

How might a small change in to-do list creation have a big impact on motivation? Each year I create a list of things I’d like to accomplish (or at least keep in mind) during the stretch from January to December. This gives me an opportunity to check in once a month and be reminded of things I might have put on the back burner or forgotten about. Last year I…
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You’re Worthless (LOL)

Jokes are an interesting aspect of creative thinking. Humor, in general, is a very creative process. You make connections between things in ways that are unique (one of the definitions of creativity) in an attempt to make someone laugh. Recently I made a personal discovery regarding the creativity of jokes. Last week I had a short conversation with someone who published a particular tweet. The content is rather irrelevant, but…
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When You Know Everything There Is To Know

Over the weekend I read the book Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White. It’s a writing manual that pulls no punches. In spite of being under 100 pages long, every word is carefully chosen and there is no fluff to be found. (Fluff, for those who don’t know, is what writers naturally fill books with and then attempt to remove during editing, to mixed results.) After finishing,…
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Stealing Ideas Is Wrong (so Borrow Them Instead)

  Today we’ve got a guest post from author (and friend) Adam Stück. You can find more of his writing on his blog Typewriter Monkey Task Force, and in his novel The Trials of Lance Eliot! Every time someone invites me to write a post for their blog, I face an old question: Do I write about J.R.R. Tolkien, or do I write about literally anything else? I usually write about Tolkien.…
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The Curse of the Debut

There’s an old saying that goes “You only have one chance to make a first impression.” It’s wise advice, and very true, but sadly it can also lead to a very dangerous side effect: Never making any impression at all. The Curse of the Debut happens when you get so caught up in making a great first impression that you put off your debut forever. You keep waiting for the…
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Another New Year

In spite of celebrating New Year’s just a month ago, today is another new year! More specifically Chinese New Year. Which I think is also the Lunar New Year, but I never quite figured that out. At any rate, the zodiac for this year is the Monkey, which brings back fond memories from twelve years ago and the last Year of the Monkey. In 2004, FredtheMonkey.com had just recently launched,…
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Joy vs. Happiness

Today is a short, to-the-point post: I see a lot of people chasing after happiness, but rarely achieving joy. Unfortunately happiness is fleeting, which means the moment you catch it you have to start chasing again. Happiness is determined by what is going on around you. Joy is determined by what is going on inside you. In spite of what’s going on around you. It is difficult to be happy…
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