Creativity Coffer 1

This is the first installment of Creativity Coffer. During the course of my work I’m struck by articles, people, projects, apps, books, creative endeavors or tools of many kinds. Within each coffer I’ll place 3 valuable items that can change the way you create things.


From the player on Coffitivity’s homepage I heard the gentle buzz of a public place, like a coffee shop for instance, along with low conversations and silverware dinging cups, but all with an enjoyable consistency lacking the rude awakening of loud mouths and the visual distractions of such an environment.

“Research shows it’s pretty hard to be creative in a quiet space. And a loud workplace can be frustrating and distracting. But, the mix of calm and commotion in an environment like a coffee house is proven to be just what you need to get those creative juices flowing.”


Coffitivity provides an app for you to play research based, creativity-juice-flow enabling, ambient background noise.

The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery by Sarah Lewis

I was moved to add this to my Amazonwishlist based on the Amazon description (which you’ll find below). See the subtitle of the book—Creativity, failure, and mastery—all are nouns, but their base verbs should be among our highest pursuits.The non-obvious one is failure. Consider, that if you never fail, then you’re probably playing it safe. And define “playing it safe” as dull, boring, and lacking passion.

“It is one of the enduring enigmas of the human experience: many of our most iconic, creative endeavors—from Nobel Prize–winning discoveries to entrepreneurial inventions and works in the arts—are not achievements but conversions, corrections after failed attempts.The gift of failure is a riddle. Like the number zero, it will always be both a void and the start of infinite possibility. The Rise—a soulful celebration of the determination and courage of the human spirit—makes the case that many of our greatest triumphs come from understanding the importance of this mystery.This exquisite biography of an idea is about the improbable foundations of creative human endeavor. The Rise begins with narratives about figures past and present who range from writers to entrepreneurs; Frederick Douglass, Samuel F. B. Morse, and J. K. Rowling, for example, feature alongside choreographer Paul Taylor, Nobel Prize–winning physicists AndreGeim and KonstantinNovoselov, Arctic explorer Ben Saunders, and psychology professor AngelaDuckworth.The Rise explores the inestimable value of often ignored ideas—the power of surrender for fortitude, the criticality of play for innovation, the propulsion of the near win on the road to mastery, and the importance of grit and creative practice. From an uncommonly insightful writer, The Rise is a true masterwork.”

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Book Creator

Write a children’s story. Make the illustrations. Put it all together with Book Creator, bam!

This sounds like a great creative tool that puts the power of making a book into the amateur’s hands.

I keep an Ideas notebook and there’s an entry in there about me and my wife collaborating on a children’s book. I haven’t used the app, but it brought this project back to mind.

However, it’s not only for children’s book. It’s an ebook creator for all styles. Imagine creating a book for free in which you can add text, images, and audio. You can share pages on social networks and submit your work to Apple or Google book stores. You could use it just for a hobby or go all out and become a paid author.