Giveaway! The Accidental Creative

October 17th, 2011

Warning – this is a *shameless promotional stunt – but I think you’ll really like it. Leave a comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered into a draw for a complimentary copy of Todd Henry’s new book The Accidental Creative.

But it’s not that easy. Your comment must include a tip, or a suggestion, about how to keep yourself awake and alert while staying up late to work on a project. You know… tips like, “I smack my forehead with a ruler every 9-minutes” or “I do push-ups but lick the carpet every third one”… or maybe something less violent or disgusting. Whatever you do to burn the midnight oil we want to hear about it :)

This book is ideal for a wide range of people. Seriously. That being said, creative professionals and artists alike will benefit that much more. Being creative on-demand is no simple task, Todd Henry makes creative work easier and that’s a huge relief. It’s a very well-written book. His insights and action steps are like a guiding force, or should I say a “secret weapon”, for those of us who have to be inspired and productive. It’s an extremely thorough book and in my mind is like a business how-to book, meets textbook, meets self-help book, and it has bible-like qualities when it comes to how we work and live within the creative process. This book is a must-have. – Corwin Hiebert, Reviewed on

Read Todd’s guest post “Heart Check” on

More About Todd: Todd Henry is the founder of Accidental Creative , a consultancy that helps creative people and teams generate brilliant ideas.  He regularly speaks and consults with companies, both large and small, about how to develop practices and systems that lead to everyday brilliance. He’s the man behind a brand new teamwork tool: Idea Traction; and Todd’s first book, The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice is getting killer reviews – it will be available in stores July 2011. He currently resides in Cincinnati, OH with his wife Rachel and their three children.

Posted by Corwin Hiebert

*Cuz’ hey, when you’re trying to promote a conference WITHOUT posters or flyers or printing of any kind you’ve gotta do whatchya gotta do. So what’s your red-eye’d tip?

13 Responses to “Giveaway! The Accidental Creative”

  1. Corwin Hiebert says:

    Thanks for the tips everyone! I’ve done a random draw (using and, drumroll please…. the winner is: Rachel! Nice! I’ll email you the details re: the book shortly :)

  2. Hanne Lene says:

    Sometimes a really sharp cheese is a nice pick-me-up too, say aged gruyere, esrom, or a really nice irish cheddar. Mmmm. Music will also take my mind into different neural pathways. I’m always mixing up the music I listen to–Brit punk to electronica/house to classical, depending on the mood of the piece or how close to comatose I feel.

  3. David Aiken says:

    Jetlag! It’s all about jetlag… I fly so much that if I have to get something done at a time when I should be sleeping and am still awake I use jetlag to my advantage… Haven’t been flying much lately? Well then… Try Buslag on for size… Yeah… I hate those nasty bouts of buslag… They keep me up well past my transfer’s expiry time!

  4. Scott says:

    Circus peanuts. If it’s 2AM, pretend it’s 2PM. Have breaks doing boring important stuff after periods of real work.

  5. Rachel says:

    I eat a handful of regular M&Ms – it always gives me a sugar boost and the colours spur on creativity! :)

  6. When I stay up late processing pictures from a days shoot that I need to have ready by the next day its Music (Dream Theater and Tangerine Dream) and Coffee – especially lovely dark blends that cost a few more bucks than regular canned coffee to make at home. :)

  7. Jeremy Lim says:

    When I really need to get going, I’ve got a large collection of music in the 85/170BPM range (roughly, the tempo your feet are hitting the ground during a run) and the 135-145BPM range (all the stuff you hear at the end of the night at a club).

    Impromptu chair dance parties also help.

    Also, taking copious notes on your progress. Creating game-like feedback systems gives you that, “Just one more level …” push.

  8. Jeff says:

    Sunflower seeds, seasoned if possible. Trying to contain the shells can be challeging but may be part of the process.

  9. I don’t burn the midnight oil well at all, but I do like to work with a cup of good jasmine tea or dark coffee, preferably in a quiet, well-lit room, day or night. If I need noise to stay alert, I’m not going to be producing anything of worth anyways, so quiet is best for me.

  10. Luke says:

    I listen to Chiptunes like Anamanaguchi and drink Dr Pepper. Let’s be honest; it’s the grown-up soda.

  11. liisa says:

    I listen to the Funk Hunters. Loudly (but with headphones, of course, so my neighbours don’t hate me). Their “Open Season” mix is 75 minutes of chair dancing goodness. You can find them on Soundcloud.

  12. Mandy W. says:

    To keep myself awake while working on a project, which is not solely at night but in the daylight hours at work especially, I listen to interesting and funny podcasts. But if I’m extremely tired and edging on the “everything is hilarious and I can’t stop laughing” tired, I take a little break and listen to something that makes me laugh it out like DJO (day job orchestra) or have my 4 year old say “Diabeetu” like Wilford Brimley. Then I can get back to work and focus and I have a positive attitude afterwards.

  13. I think dark, unsweetened chocolate in small bits is much better than coffee for staying awake. Get Bakers chocolate in the blue box (for North American readers).

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