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Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative Process by [Hogan, Blaine]
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"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. iancron.com

"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

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  • File Size: 269 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Collective (July 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DTW35S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Kevin Deshazo on July 26, 2011
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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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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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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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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I just finished Blaine Hogan's fantastic book Untitled. It is very clear that this young man knows his stuff on creativity. In it's pages he explored the ins and outs of the creative mind. I've been a creative professional for over 25 years and there are still times when I wrestle with so many of the things written on these pages from fear of failure to fear of success to all the other struggles faced by all those of us who attempt to create what has not been done before. This book was immensely helpful to me. It is short, easily digestible and well organized (not to mention inexpensive). I recommend it highly to creatives and the people who love them. It will really help you to understand what goes on in the creative mind. Five Stars!
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