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Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative Process [Kindle Edition]

Blaine Hogan
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Book Description

The blank page.

It has so much power.

Some days it's terrifying, sometimes thrilling, but mostly it's just plain old scary.

It is the reason many people never finish that novel, or complete that project, or follow through with that one thing they used to dream about.

Sadly, it is the reason many people never even begin.

Blaine Hogan's manifesto, UNTITLED: Thoughts on the Creative Process is here to change all that.

As an artist who has designed t-shirts, made light fixtures, created performance art in alleyways, performed on big and small stages all across the country, acted on network television, and is now a creative director at one of the largest churches in North America, Blaine walks you through the creative process of attacking the blank page, executing vision, finding the importance of contemplation, fighting the battle with resistance, and learning from your failures.

Blank pages be gone!

Read UNTITLED and get ready to fill those suckers with good and meaningful work.

Editorial Reviews


"Blaine says it like it is and delivers the push we all need to do our greatest work."
- Scott Belsky, Founder and CEO of Behance

"I have had the pleasure of working closely with artists for almost four decades. Blaine Hogan is one of the most thoughtful, spiritual and hard working creatives I have had the privilege of teaming up with. This short primer is bulging with values and ideas that will make every serious minded artist better."
- Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church

"UNTITLED is a full body workout. By the last page my neck was sore from repeated nods of agreement and my hand was cramped from furious note taking. Hogan speaks with unflinching honesty about the harsh demands of the creative process. His brilliance lies not only in his practical inventory of the daily disciplines required to hone your craft, but in his courage to speak to the daunting inner journey the creative must make en route to artistic excellence as well. Highly recommended!"
- Ian Morgan Cron, speaker and author of Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir of Sorts and Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's Tale.

"Blaine Hogan layers depth and pointedness, observation and aspiration into each essay. His practical contemplation of the creative process provides an effective mirror for anyone wanting to do brilliant work."
- Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative

"If you read this book, be warned. The genius and art locked inside you will be shipped. Blaine has an innate, uncanny understanding of the creative process and his manifesto UNTITLED outlines it perfectly."
- Clay Herbert, Chief Engagement Officer of Tribes Win

Product Details

  • File Size: 211 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Collective (July 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DTW35S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not a creative person. I don't make videos, design websites, bust out hip-hop routines on street corners. I can, if all goes well, draw a stick figure. That's about it.

So why in the world would I want to read a book about the creative process?

Because I needed to be stretched. I'm a business guy, not an artist. You don't learn and grow if you don't read things that are uncomfortable. So when I got the chance to review Blaine's book, I looked him up to see who he was/what he was about. I saw a video that he created and said "ok, I'm in."

And this book was ideal. Art is anything. It can be a painting, a video, a website, a song. Or it can be a new business. The success of your art is based on where you create from. Do you know? Are you, as Blaine puts it, centered? Are you creating a sales-pitch or a story? Do you want something sexy, or do you want something valuable and real?

The common theme throughout this book is that creating is hard work. And it is just that, work. You have to wake up every day and work. Work just as hard in the middle of the process, where you are stuck and bored, as you do in the beginning, where everything is exciting and new. Nothing about creating is easy.

This isn't an instructional manual. Sure, Blaine gives advice and insight, but he acknowledges that the actual processes are going to be different for everybody. This is a book that pushes you move your ideas into execution. As he says early on, "we aren't being paid to come up with ideas, we're being paid to execute."

Regardless of the space you work in, this is a book you need to read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
If you've never been intimidated by the blank page, never been afraid to see your idea through to completion, or don't get discouraged when your project doesn't live up to expectations, then this book isn't for you. (Also whatever planet you came from, feel free to go back to it).

For the rest of us, this book is refreshing both in its grounded encouragement and in its brutal honesty. Hogan reminds us again and again that creating is hard work, but it's worth it not only for the moments of brilliance when we nail it, but also for the way the process of creating art changes us as well.

The passion he has for the topic jumps off every page and his resume qualifies him to be speaking these things into our lives. I read through it in a few days, and I'll definitely be going back to it when I need a kick in the pants.

Whether you've been creating for a while or are just thinking about putting yourself out there for the first time, get this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cattle Prod for Creativity February 7, 2012
By Suzanne
Format:Kindle Edition
Right-brained people need occasional nudges (and sometimes cattle prods) to get started...and then to finish what they started! This book was full of insight that bypasses logic and speaks to the spark of genius inside. I found myself creating little mini-posters of Hogan's pithy brilliance and tacking it to my corkboard for daily inspiration. I'll finish my book yet!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The creative process is an often misunderstood process. Both by people who only experience the end results of creativity and by those who live in the process. It is scary. It takes time. It is as much about what's happening inside of us as it is about what is being created. In "Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative Process" Blaine Hogan has captured all of this. Through his easy to read and personal style, Hogan challenges people who are in the creative journey to be fully in the journey. To not be afraid of the hard work of creating. To not skimp, of whine, or give up. He helps us to understand the value of hard work, preparation, inner discipline, taking time, not being afraid of risk or failure, and executing ideas.

This book is a necessary read for any one involved in any creative discipline. If you are a fan of the work of authors like Seth Godin or Steven Pressfield, you will appreciate the themes of this book. If you've never read these authors, then start with Hogan's book and go from there. Don't be afraid to be challenged and to grow in your creativity and how you approach it. Who knows, perhaps this is the jumpstart you need to kickstart the idea you've never finished or are afraid to start. It certainly has given me plenty of think about.

Perhaps the greatest value of this book is that it isn't another nuts and bolts book about the practicality of creativity (although there is some of that in there). The value of this book is that is explores the artist and the art as a whole.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNTITLED-A Guide for Lost Creatives July 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative ProcessI had the opportunity to preview UNTITLED and I found myself inspired by an artist who creates. There are many calling themselves creatives, but who have little background in creating. Blaine's work seeks to function as a series of notes and as a guide for creatives. Hogan is very clear on the notion that "there is no magic pill". His breakthrough's occurred via "plain old unsexy work". I know from all the "social media guru/rockstar" crap going around these days from people who have little or no clue about the blood, sweat and literal tears I've experienced. It's all hustle.

Blaine motivates us towards "filling the blank pages of our lives with beauty". We will seek and work towards creating even when we are not paid for it. The artist creates art because he can. UNTITLED is a work that helps us understand the deeper parts of who we are as artists.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt honest book about creativity
creative work is hard. execution is hard. there is just work and more work and a high likelihood of failure. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christian N. Hagel-S�rensen
5.0 out of 5 stars "Yes is scary."
I recommend this book to anyone who desires to engage the creative process with honesty and a fresh perspective. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This simple, but refreshing book was helpful in considering and developing my own creative process. I also found it helpful as a discussion starter in a group setting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bethany Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Amazing creative manifesto, and loved how the book is laid out. Definitely something I'll find myself pulling out when I'm in a creative block or in a deep creative rut.
Published 6 months ago by John Thompson III
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring, convicting and painfully honest.
Blaine gives the reader permission to take time, dig deep and step out into the risky world of creating beauty. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cory Kent
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed
I really enjoyed this book. I am going back to read it a second time and I hope to get more out of it.
Published 8 months ago by ejohnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Inspiring
I thoroughly enjoyed "Untitled"! It gave me a lot of ideas and new perspectives on the creative process. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Will read again and again
Fantastic book! Easy to read. I have so many things highlighted and underlined. So glad I bought this book. :)
Published 19 months ago by stacy kron
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had a better experience but I can't recommend this to anyone
I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting when I purchased *UNTITLED: Thoughts on the Creative Process* but whatever it was I never found it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kevin Van Lieorp
5.0 out of 5 stars Speaks my language
This book hit me right where I live. As a professional creative director, I deal with all kinds of mental, emotional, spiritual, and organizational hurdles. Read more
Published 21 months ago by K. P. Ely
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More About the Author

Blaine Hogan (born January 29, 1980) is an actor, writer, and creative director from Minnesota, United States. He graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana and has performed on stage all over the country including Chicago and New York City. He appeared in the Fox television drama Prison Break as a young prisoner, Seth Hoffner. He is now the creative director at Willow Creek Community Church and lives with his wife, Margaret, and their daughter, Ruby just outside of Chicago. Recently he directed a project with Google and the USOC following Olympians Tony Azevedo and Maya Moore.


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