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February 11, 2015

No Missing Tools

Next month I will be releasing my first book. It’s called No Missing Tools: Creativity In An Age Of Abundance. No Missing Tools is the biggest project I’ve undertaken in years and it has consumed a huge slice of the last 18 months of my life. Originally I set out to create an eBook of […]

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Next month I will be releasing my first book. It’s called No Missing Tools: Creativity In An Age Of Abundance.

No Missing Tools is the biggest project I’ve undertaken in years and it has consumed a huge slice of the last 18 months of my life. Originally I set out to create an eBook of old blogposts, from ten years of writing on creativity. But, it soon became clear that in order to really do the subject justice, I had to dig deeper and peel back the layers, both of my own creative journey and also what it means to be creative in our age of abundance.

I believe we are living in an extraordinary time. So many of the tools and resources required for creativity are more readily available now than at any stage in human history. But, our ideas about how to express our creativity are locked outdated cultural assumptions that are no longer helpful to us.

I wanted to write a positive, hopeful manifesto for the souls who have read my blog over the years, the brave and resilient band of individuals whose creativity shines through in small and not so small ways.

No Missing Tools has plenty of stories and experiences I’ve never shared before along with examples from contemporary creative practice and insights from recent academic research. I also discuss some of the books, poems, films and of course music that say something about what it means to be live a creative life.

Divided into five chapters, No Missing Tools looks at how to discover your motivations, recognise your sources of inspiration, understand your place in the world, focus on your creative work, and rest and recover in ways that prepare you to be even more creative.

I’ve done my best to make sure No Missing Tools isn’t just a book for musicians and photographers. I asked my editors to push me hard to ensure the examples in the book touched on all sorts of creative pursuits, like design, cooking, painting, film-making, writing and even parenting.

In a few days I’ll be announcing how you can get your hands on a copy of No Missing Tools. The book will be available through Amazon, The Kindle Store, iBooks and also in a limited edition printed here in Japan. But, for now I just wanted to let you know a little more about No Missing Tools and I look forward to making the book available for you to read.

Responses

You must be pretty excited for the launch but also after all these months of dedication must be exhausted. I hope that the book has covered your expectations and sure you have learnt a lot during the whole process.

Definitely one thing I would like to accomplish one day, maybe when I reach my 10 years of blogging though still have a few more to go. Whenever I want to look for inspiration, I know where I have to head to.

Cheers,

Matt Brandon 5 years ago

This is exiting. I am really thrilled for you. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Oh and by the way, great cover art!

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