Artificial Intelligence for the Human Creative

I’ve set up a YouTube channel so that I can do videos of these self-coaching blogs. Here’s the first one. Please feel free to subscribe to the channel. Thanks! – Jim

One of the benefits of computer artificial intelligence (AI) is that it gathers together the collected knowledge of the computers that have come before it. AI comes pre-loaded with any knowledge we want to place in it.

In addition, AI tests, learns and grows. It constantly takes the information it, and other computers has learned and integrates that knowledge into its memory and algorithms.

So, what does this have to do with human creativity? Continue reading “Artificial Intelligence for the Human Creative”

Self-Diagnosing Your Creative Roadblocks

God has placed us in a universe in which creativity can flourish. A virtually limitless palette to draw from as we go beyond imagination.

But due to a variety of factors, our creative output sometimes declines. What detours can you take around roadblocks to improve your creative quality and quantity?

Here are some questions you can use for self-coaching. To get the most out of the questions, be sure to either write down your answers or have a friend ask you. Continue reading “Self-Diagnosing Your Creative Roadblocks”

Chuck Holmes Has Stories to Tell

“God’s presence affects everything in my life, but—beyond whatever talent God gave me—it’s difficult to narrow anything down to a single facet of life, e.g., creativity. Some things that I write—”Views of the Cross,” or “King of the World” for instance—are overtly religious. More of them have a religious component, sometimes nearly hidden. I don’t know that any of them are totally without something that comes from my faith.”

Clear, humorous, factual, interesting, engaging. Those descriptions came to mind as I got to know Chuck Holmes. But those aren’t quite enough. 

In the best of ways, Chuck truly is a vendor or words (as Augustine and Malcolm Muggeridge described themselves.) Chuck says he has made his living “putting one word after another for more than 50 years.”

I’m grateful that Chuck took the time to put some words together for this interview… Continue reading “Chuck Holmes Has Stories to Tell”

What does God-led Creativity Look Like?


This is the fourth of 7 blogs on releasing your creative potential.


 

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

We are God’s creation, his poem, his work of art. We’re carefully, lovingly created and formed for his exquisite pleasure and our deepest joy.

We’re created and formed for God’s purpose. His purpose is always good, although sometimes it does not feel that way. Continue reading “What does God-led Creativity Look Like?”

What is the Connection between God and Creativity?


This is the first of 7 blogs on releasing your creative potential.


What does God think about artists? Does he care? Does he even notice?

If everything was right, if we could clearly see the brushstrokes on the canvas of the created world, then the first words of the Bible would inspire endless creativity, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.Continue reading “What is the Connection between God and Creativity?”

What’s Your Creative Lever?

The process of creativity can be daunting. There’s so much raw material to choose from, and things can get complicated fairly quickly.

In music, for instance, there is a near infinite selection of note combinations, melodies, harmonies, rhythms, counter and polyrhythms. How’s it even possible to be creative under such circumstances?

For Bill Bruford, the answer is listening to the space between the notes. Bruford was the drummer for Yes, King Crimson, Earthworks, and numerous other bands and projects.

Continue reading “What’s Your Creative Lever?”