To me, writing and composing are much more like painting, about colours and brushes…

I don’t use a computer when I write and I don’t use a piano… I think very abstractly when I’m writing. Then as the project moves on it becomes more like sculpting

James Horner (1953-2015), versatile American film composer, who won two Oscars for Titanic, and died in a plane-crash this week

… men and women have different opinions on what constitutes a good idea. Men consider the teabag the best invention (26%) since sliced bread (25% – a very close second). Fifty per cent of women surveyed heralded chocolate and the bra as joint top ideas.

From a 2003 GEM survey commissioned by the East of England Development Agency.

An idea can be communicated better with a drawing… Even a passable sketch dramatically helps crystallize an idea.

So, if you can’t draw, make it a daily project and learn.

It will not only make you a profoundly better communicator of your idea, it will add more joy to the way you see.

From “DAMN GOOD ADVICE – How To Unleash Your Creative Potential”, a book by George Lois (1931-), veteran American art director, designer and ad man.

Reject analysis paralysis.

Get the Big Idea, think it through – if it all fits, you know it’s right…

Do not analyze it. Trust your gut. Trust your instincts.

From “DAMN GOOD ADVICE – How To Unleash Your Creative Potential”, a book by George Lois (1931-), veteran American art director, designer and ad man.