The Creative Fight: Create Your Best Work And Live The Life You Imagine

Paperback | September 21, 2015

byChris Orwig

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Creativity is not a gift for a select few, but an ongoing process of growth and self-realization available to anyone who puts in the effort to pursue the spark. In this book, Chris Orwig offers a unique perspective on the creative process, showing you how to find meaning in your work, be inspired, and discover the life for which you were designed.
 
With thoughtful and engaging chapters such as “Keep the Edges Wild,” “Einstein’s Game of Connect the Dots,” and “Grit and Glory,” Chris presents each concept through personal examples—his own and others’—showing how to live a more creative and meaningful life.
 
Drawn from his 12 years as a faculty member at the prestigious Brooks Institute as well as his experience leading creative inspiration and photography workshops and speaking on global stages, Chris’s stories are designed to teach you how to discover your own creative voice. Each chapter includes exercises to help you incorporate what you’ve learned and connect the topics directly to your own experience.

  • Features the friendly, approachable voice of Chris Orwig, whose photography, teaching, and speaking have inspired countless aspiring amateurs and professionals alike
  • Includes exercises in every chapter to help you put the concepts you learned into practice
  • Offers an elegant design filled with the author’s original photographs captured to visually support the ideas discussed in the book

For resources and inspiration, check out the book's companion site, thecreativefight.com. 

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Creativity is not a gift for a select few, but an ongoing process of growth and self-realization available to anyone who puts in the effort to pursue the spark. In this book, Chris Orwig offers a unique perspective on the creative process, showing you how to find meaning in your work, be inspired, and discover the life for which you w...

CHRIS ORWIG is an author, teacher, photographer, and creator of more than 80 courses at lynda.com. His previous books include Visual Poetry and People Pictures. He speaks on creativity and photography frequently and has been invited to speak at places like the Google headquarters and on the TEDx stage. Whether shooting photographs, spe...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.9 × 8.9 × 0.8 inPublished:September 21, 2015Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0134078489

ISBN - 13:9780134078489

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it Twice This book is a simple and quick read, yet it teaches so much. I read the whole thing in one go, then I flipped back to the beginning and read it again. Steal like an Artist gave me so much inspiration, and offered some good habits to get into which have helped me in my creative career.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic for a reason I understand what all the fuss is about, this book technique has become such an important tools, as much for our creative process, but can also be use as a spiritual tools, self-improvement tool or just to become more conscious or anything, that is why it is so much refer by many other authors. Really great.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope... Really not my type, I couldn't get through it.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A pleasure to read A very well designed book with an important message. The images are simple and easy to understand. I enjoyed reading this book.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overrogan-- er, overrated... This book was not as phenomenal as Joe would have you believe, but it's ok. It cuts to the core of procrastination, if that's your problem, and accepts no excuses.
Date published: 2015-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good A military style approach to creativity. If you are a writer, then write, a singer then sing, a painter then paint, a pianist, then play. The book started off strong but fades off somewhere in the middle. Worth reading if you’ve been procrastination on your artistic pursuits or need a bit of inspiration to stay motivated.
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sayin' like it is! The book in my opinion was a great read and had a very poetic feel to it. I love the way the information was delivered and in a "tell it like it is" way. All in all, I would recommend this book and I will read it again. Thanks for the insight!
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from War of Art An excellent book for any creative person. Inspirational, instructive as well as a fine read. Get it.
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I need to know Short and to the point - his words of wisdom are well said and easy to apply to my own worries and problems concerning all things art. An excellent book to have by your side!!
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring Full of insight and inspiration. I didn't love every moment of it--there were parts that I thought were dismissive or compassionless--but that's the way pep-talk books come across sometimes, since the focus is on action and not empathy. Overall this gave me a new way to think about art along the lines of Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, but with far more brevity and no exercises to work through.
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Steal like an artist. Encouraging, positive, humorous and well wrth reading for any budding artist.
Date published: 2014-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure fuel for the one who create Everytime I open that book, even just to read one little article in it, it rekindle my creative passion and push me to head toward my next work. A must have for artists.
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, very inspiring! I bought this book for myself. It is short but very interesting and extremely inspiring, not only for artists but for all of us! I plan to give a copy of it to my sister.
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go create something - now! Steven Pressfield points out the evils of resistance and then sounds the clarion call to go forth and blast past it, to give the world what you've got. No matter your field, no matter your educational level, you've got something to contribute to the world. Presented in bite-sized chunks of wisdom and personal stories, this books' ideas are easy to get, but for most of us hard to do. He acknowledges the fight on every page, and implacably urges you go get over it and move forward.
Date published: 2013-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beat Resistance (check) A great read for those you struggle to get things done, like myself. Found this book very enlightening. Oh and JRE.
Date published: 2013-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from insightful indeed new tool to the box
Date published: 2013-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This is a great book for those who have lost touch of their inner self. I have found my path, thank you.
Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The War Of Art Inspiring for any artist!
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting read I don't have much to say about this book. it was interesting and gave me insight and a different perspective on my procrastination aka resistance. read it you might find something!
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The War of Art ... the most moving ensemble of perfectly written words... it can, & will change you... its awesomeness will bring forth the warrior you are...
Date published: 2013-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely divine! This book changed my life! It is a book of hope and freedom for the ones that did not have any artistic support. It is simple and amazing! Thanks to Julia Cameron for such a great action of bringing it to our lives and to GOD for putting it in my way!
Date published: 2008-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Book to Break through blocks Julia Cameron's book is truly amazing IF you put her recommendations into practice: doing the morning pages, weekly artist date and a few of the exercises each week. I am currently in week 6 (of 12) and after working my way through it, I have honestly noticed more synchronicity and a general feeling of more possibility in the world. There are more practical get-going-and-write books out there, such as Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones, but the Artist's Way is really fantastic at guiding you through the process of listening to your inner critic and doing the work despite your worries about quality, acceptance, etc.
Date published: 2006-05-31

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Introduction: We’re born creative. What went wrong?

 

1. THE FIGHT IS UNDEFINED

Lost goals and vision blurred

The ladder that leans against wrong tree

Steel and flint

John Muir or Atila the Hun

Debunking the right/left brain myth

Designed for more

Chlorophyll in your veins

The story of the gutter palm

 

2. YOU’RE USING THE WRONG MAP

Four corners of the same piece of bread

The winepress that changed the world

Creativity isn’t weird

This is more ordinary than you think 

The art of riding waves

My dog ate my manuscript

 

3. THE CAMERA IS A LIFE SAVING DEVICE

Focus and blur

Passport

Savor and deepen

The flaw makes the frame

Grit, guts, and resolve

Magnificent in mundane

Uninteresting point of view

Photography is dead

Shutter blink

More beautiful with age

 

4. IDENTITY

Dr. Seuss was afraid of kids

The day my ego died

Humility and low self-esteem

Public persona without an internal frame

Bright red ink

Comparison is a thief

Vulnerable veneer

 

5. NATURAL HABITAT VS. THE ZOO

Heat rocks and tall trees

3 desks and 2 hats

My weakness is books

You can never have too many tools

Surround sound

Basecamp

Mutinous revolt

 

6. SHARPEN THE TOOL

Prime lens

Dull axe is a dangerous thing

Too many nails

Talent versus skill

Gratitude steers the ship

10,000 hours is a lie

Lost at sea

 

7. QUIET

The larger the crowd the smaller our lives

Double doors

Whispers of the divine

Listen before you speak

Mute for a day

 

8. VITAMIN C

Beauty as well as bread

The practice of art is sustenance for the soul

Switch tasking is a disease

Killing birds is unkind

90 to 50 percent

Pursue the light

Worst version of yourself

 

9. BOOMERANG

Broken window

Trash can friends

Heart rate

Your pictures fall short

Tune the guitar before you play

Footage from the front lines

 

10. ITERATE

Inspiration is unpredictable or the fickle muse

The pencil is mightier than the pen

Cultivate curiosity

Make a mess

Discontent isn’t enough

Buy another lens

Those who quiver are the best prepared

 

11. WHAT MAKES YOU TICK

The stringless guitar

Honest and close

Iambic pentameter

Window to the soul

Your heart is a wood burning stove

Small threads connect us all

Your creative license can be revoked

 

12. IMPOSTERS UNITE

Born of risk, refined by fire

Fish that swallowed the key

Harvard of the high seas

Most famous cover band in the world

Uprising tide

Ashes or dust

 

13. SHAME AND REGRET

The unwanted gift

Yo-Yo Ma’s mistake

Too cool for school

Common sense is a con artist

Boredom is blasphemy

Forward lean

 

14. GOING ROGUE

You can’t steer a parked car

Paint your greenhouse blue

Shoot the first frame

Ignite the armchair

Really bad art

Hipsters and pioneers

Two different shoes

Creativity begets more

Editorial Reviews

"I've said it other places and I'll say it again... Chris Orwig's 'The Creative Fight' is absolutely brilliant. I have the book in my hands and am sincerely moved. A complete interrupter. It's a new standard in catalyzing creativity. I could not recommend this more highly." Dane Sanders