Read the “making of” article here
This is a fantastic article. An interview with Chase Jarvis. Chase is an amazing photographer and entrepreneur based in Seattle. You can follow his work at chasejarvis.com and http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog Chase is also the founder of http://www.creativelive.com
sourced from Forbes.
I was talking with a friend who was asking about ideas for his illustration for when it came his turn to take up the Sunday morning offering. He wanted a video, story…something – something that would stick.
This same friend has a toddler so he understood when I said, “Why in church do we play Here Comes the Airplane”? With toddlers, we have to convince them they need to eat, they don’t realize it’s good for them so they have to be tricked. Have we as a Church not moved beyond the gimmicks? When it comes to Biblical principles we don’t need to be tricked much less spoon fed. If a message is for the baby Christian then I get it. Otherwise, it’s time as a Church we eat our dinner because it’s what we do, it’s good for us. Give because it’s what we do, worship because it’s what we do. Don’t wait for the airplane to move you into action, do it because it’s what you learned long ago and you know will benefit you.
So many companies are stuck in the mindset of the industrial revolution. A person is looked at merely as a cog in a wheel or a process on an assembly line. Those days are gone and companies/organizations need to look at people as valuable assets and not a replaceable position.
Leaders often lead like coaches and look at a team as a whole. It’s a win or lose effort. Celebrate or discipline individuals, this isn’t pee-wee football.
Since we’re on the sports analogy. Make sure you don’t dress up your football players in baseball gear, throw them out on the field and expect them to play soccer. Have the right people playing the right “sport” and in the right position and acknowledge their INDIVIDUAL accomplishments. Gone are the days of the mindless factory worker. Quit running your business like it’s still 1955.
1. Admire characters for attempting more.
2. Keep in mind what’s interesting to you.
3. Get to the end of the story. Then rewrite.
4. Once upon a time there was…
5. Simplify and focus.
6. Challenge your characters.
7. Endings are hard. Come up with your ending before doing your middle.
8. Finish your story, even if it’s not perfect.
9. When you are stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next.
10. Pull apart the stories you like.
11. Know the heart of your story.
12. Get the obvious out of the way.
13. Give your characters opinions.
14. Know the essence of your story.
15. How would you feel in your character’s situations?
16. Give reasons to root for the characters.
17. None of your work is ever wasted.
18. Know yourself. Story is testing, not refining.
19. Coincidences should not be used to get your characters out of trouble.
20. Exercise your creative muscles. Take apart a novel you dislike. How would you rearrange it so you liked it?
21. Identify with your characters and situations.
22. Get your idea down on paper.
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all–in which case, you fail by default.
If you’re like me you are connected to social media, email, texting, and the list goes on. At any given time I can get on instagram and see what people are doing, where they are, what they’re eating – you know the drill. In addition to seeing what everyone is doing you get a glimpse into what you’re NOT doing.
Our circles of influence can greatly motivate or discourage us. It’s funny how as artists, writers, musicians, and just the human race, we allow our actions and ideas to be validated by our circles. It’s also interesting how like a circle, our influences and relationships are all connected. I started looking closely at the people I’m connected with via twitter, instagram , facebook and even the real world – most of them are all within a giant circle. I can pull one name and some how that person knows someone that knows someone that I’m connected to.
You know when you move to a new city and you know no one? What if you stepped outside the network you’ve built and acted like tomorrow is the first day in your city. Invite someone you admire in your community to lunch. Go volunteer somewhere. Hang out in a new coffee shop.
Stop being discouraged that you aren’t having influence in the circle you’re in. Go impact a new circle and go beyond the walls of your comfort zone. Be the influence to others that inspires you.