Jonathan Malm helps people uncover creative options for their life and their church. He’s the author of Created for More, a 30-day devotional to help you develop a more creative mind. You’ll find him in San Antonio, Texas, roasting his own coffee beans and enjoying life with his Argentine wife, Carolina.

Fill in the _

When you can cause someone to think a thought on their own, it has that much more power. When you let people fill in the blanks you make your thought become their thoughts. If what I’m saying is too ethereal…watch the movie “Inception” a couple times.

Get Out!

Not to rehash an old post, but I really experience Relocation Inspiration yesterday. I found myself working on the same project for 3 hours. I was stuck! No inspiration. I knew I needed a change of scenery.

Break the Rules

Remember your speech class from high school or college? Remember the rules they gave you for a good speech. Now think of the famous speeches from history–”Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech, The Gettysburg Address, “I Have a Dream” speech. According to those speech-class rules, Patrick Henry, Abe Lincoln, and MLK would have…

The “What If” Project

A few friends and I have started a creative exercise we practice each day. We write a simple “what if” scenario and develop it…then share it with each other. It’s been a fantastic creative boost, plus it’s helped discipline our minds to be creative. This is especially a great project for aspiring fiction writers or…

Go on a Webventure

This is one of my favorite ways to get the creative juices flowing when I feel dried up. I pick a random topic from my past (a musician, actor, tv show, subject from school) and look it up on Wikipedia. Read a bit, then click on a random link inside that page and look at…

Art vs. Function

Guest Post by Nate McConnaughhay: I have hundreds of unfulfilled ideas in folders on my hard drive. Why didn’t they make it to paper? This is the battle: art versus function. An idea can be so brilliant and unique, but without “function” it gathers dust in a folder. I used to think that limited resources and…