Everyone loves an Acronym

Note: this page is part of the Cliffjump! Manifesto. If you’ve arrived from an external link, and haven’t read the previous parts of the book, you might want to start at the beginning

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There are two main sections that form the core of this little book. The first will be (as promised) an exploration of the psychological roadblocks that I have found get in the way of Fearless Creativity; the second will spell out a kind of program for building something new and, hopefully, better in place of them. As a kind of framework for all of this, to make it a bit more user-friendly as it were, I have used a familiar format…

From simple mnemonics to help us remember a set of ideas, to software platforms with clever recursively self-referential names, our pattern-hungry brains never seem to tire of the timeless acronym.

Of course, acronyms are arbitrary and contrived, but they do provide a framework around which ideas can crystallize, and they are a common feature of books like this one.

This page will spell things out and provide a kind of bird’s-eye-view of where we’re headed, and then we’ll get into the nitty-gritty. Bear with me, we’re almost there!

First, we’ll start with the bad news: to get to the bottom of this, we’re going to have to do some digging in the dirt, and this will mean confronting some negative and often deeply ingrained creative blocks… this is what we are leaving behind, jumping away from (though really, as we’ll see, we can’t leave them behind in any permanent sense, so the best we can do is to keep watch for them in ourselves and try to nip them in the bud whenever they appear).

These are not progressive, but are simply an investigation of the major destructive habits of thought I’ve observed in myself and others, specifically those that tend to conflict with the model of Fearless Creativity we’ll focus on in part Two. It should also be noted that this list is not intended to be taken as exhaustive – I’m sure I’ve missed a few doozers, but they didn’t fit into the acronym…

Finally, we’ll get to the good stuff: for each of the nine negative psychological patterns outlined in the first section, we’ll introduce a positive step towards creative action. Taken together, these form a kind of program for positive, organic creative flow – what we are ‘jumping’ towards:

Unlike the previous section, the tenets of creativity I’ll be exploring here are progressive and cumulative, like stages in a process that leads from preparation through completion of an individual creative work, and on towards what I believe to be a healthier, more integrated approach to creative work and life.

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