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John Cleese writes a book about creativity

Wednesday 20th May 2020, 10:07am

Hold The Sunset. Phil (John Cleese). Copyright: BBC.

John Cleese is to release a book he's written about how to be creative.

Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide will be published in hardback, audiobook and eBook formats on 3rd September 2020.

The 128 publication will see the Fawlty Towers star discussing how creativity is a "skill that anyone can acquire".

The book - described by the blurb as "immensely practical and often very amusing" - sees Cleese "drawing on his lifelong experience as a writer" to share "his insights into the nature of the creative process".

Publishers Hutchinson tease: "What do you need to do to get yourself in the right frame of mind? When do you know that you've come up with something that might be worth pursuing? What do you do if you think you've hit a brick wall?

"Not only does he explain the way your mind works as you search for inspiration, he also shows that, regardless of the task you've set yourself, you can learn to be better at coming up with a promising idea, refining it and knowing when you're ready to act on it.
"We can all be more creative. John Cleese shows us how."

Publisher Nigel Wilcockson says "No one knows more about creativity than John Cleese. Prepare to learn at the feet of the master."

Cleese himself comments: "Many people have written about creativity, but although they were very, very clever, they weren't actually creative. I like to think I'm writing about it from the inside."


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John Cleese - Creativity: A Short And Cheerful Guide

John Cleese - Creativity: A Short And Cheerful Guide

Creativity is usually regarded as a mysterious, rare gift that only a few possess. John Cleese begs to differ, and in this short, immensely practical and often very amusing guide he shows it's a skill that anyone can acquire. Drawing on his lifelong experience as a writer, he shares his insights into the nature of the creative process, and offers advice on how to get your own inventive juices flowing. What do you need to do to get yourself in the right frame of mind? When do you know that you've come up with something that might be worth pursuing? What do you do if you think you've hit a brick wall?

Not only does he explain the way your mind works as you search for inspiration, he also shows that, regardless of the task you've set yourself, you can learn to be better at coming up with a promising idea, refining it and knowing when you're ready to act on it.

We can all be more creative. John Cleese shows us how.

First published: Thursday 3rd September 2020

  • Publisher: Hutchinson
  • Pages: 128
  • Catalogue: 9781786332257

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