The Magic Bullet for Dealing with Difficult People

You can’t get away from the fact that every so often, sometimes in quick succession, you’re going to meet a real asshole or ten. These come in two forms: one is the kind that you create. In actual fact the person isn’t all that bad but your image of them – what we call the […]

A Source of Inspiration: The Artistic Family Tree

There are two mutually exclusive categories of history that apply to creative work too. One is the Heroic Theory in which great people come along, do pretty amazing things and change the course of history forever. These geniuses are usually described as challenging conventional thinking, mould-breaking and “before their time” or alternatively derided, abused and […]

How to Stay the Course (when you don’t know what the destination will be…)

There are many times in our lives when we come to the metaphorical crossroads. Do we plunge on ahead, take a left, go back the way we came or pop into the McDonalds for a chocolate shake and some diabetes? A tweet came up in my feed from someone who was undecided about whether or […]

The Most Creative Question You Can Ask

Questions, when used properly, are the most creative forces in the universe. Almost all scientific breakthroughs were questions before they were answers and many of them were answers to different questions; ones that occurred in the answers to the first! There is one question above all that is the most creative of all. So complex […]

Loving the Couch: 10 Ways that Freud can Add Depth to your Characters

There are a few images so ingrained in our culture that they’re never likely to leave and one of them is therapy couch with the bearded, cigar smoking chap in a comfy leather chair saying (with a vaguely racist accent) Zo, tell me about your muzzerr… Like all stereotypical images, there is a grain of truth there but few psychologists relate […]

What I Learned About Freedom (From a Horse)

The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the […]