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Tue May 29, 2007 8:45 pm Post

Dear Scriveners,

I'm pleased (and relieved) to say that a few minutes ago, I sent off the final
MS of my book, Think Better, to my publisher McGraw Hill. The text is in, the
art is in, interior pages and cover have been designed, and the whole thing
is now in the production process. Next step is pages for review and tweaking, then
galleys to send to a series of kind folks who may be willing to write nice words.

Think Better is scheduled for launch in November.

I wanted to say a big thank you to you, Keith. I don't think I'd be celebrating
this milestone if it weren't for Scrivener.

All the best to all of you,

Tim
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Tue May 29, 2007 10:02 pm Post

Congrats! Now...what's the book about?

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Tue May 29, 2007 10:42 pm Post

Congratulations, Tim! Now relax and have a glass of wine!

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Tue May 29, 2007 11:28 pm Post

Tim,

That's fantastic!!!! Many, many congratulations!! If you have a moment to share a bit about Think Better, it would be interesting to know more. But in any case, yes, kick back and bask in the glow of having it finished!!!

Alexandria
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Tue May 29, 2007 11:41 pm Post

KB wrote:Congratulations, Tim! Now relax and have a glass of wine!


Tim,

congratulations from the land of kaizen as well. I am surprised that Keith recommends a glass of wine instead of beer, but I second that!

Maria

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Wed May 30, 2007 9:59 am Post

MMmmm!

With what confusion thinking's fraught,
I sometimes think I'll think no more,
For when I spend much time in thought,
I unthink things I thought before!

:wink:

Excellent news Tim. All the very best for the launch.
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When I make a declarative statement it applies to ME. Not to everyone.

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Wed May 30, 2007 3:30 pm Post

mamster wrote:Now...what's the book about?


Thanks for asking, mamster. Most people think they think as well as they can,
that thinking skills are somehow innate. But research has shown that thinking
skills of all kinds can be taught and practiced. An analogy might be that when
you buy a BMW, you may not get all you can out of it, unless you learn some
new skills.

For many years I've been studying and working with creativity. And a big question
for me has been: How is it some people are highly creative and some people less so?

I've discovered that there are several key indicators, almost all of which are
behavioural! In other words, people can learn to think more creatively.

I've developed a method (based on lots of other people's work) that can substantially
improve creative output. It's called productive thinking. Using productive
thinking techniques, you can have more ideas, better ideas, more of the time.
It's really quite amazing.

Some people (particularly in the arts) think this is hogwash and that creativity
is innate. My work suggests that creative intelligence is a skill that anyone can
learn and cultivate.

Will some people always be more creative than others? Of course. But whatever
the engine you start with, whether it's a BMW or a Skoda, you can learn to use it better.

The book presents background and method for doing so.

Thanks for asking!

Tim
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Wed May 30, 2007 5:56 pm Post

Wow! Can't wait to read a copy. November, you say? Will there be a UK edition?

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Wed May 30, 2007 6:11 pm Post

Sounds great.

Can you post a short reminder here when the book is available?

Thanks, Franz

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Thu May 31, 2007 12:02 pm Post

Count me among the interested--I can use all the help I can get.

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Thu May 31, 2007 12:08 pm Post

crimewriter: yes there will be a UK edition. I believe the UK and US launches will
be within a few weeks of one another.

Franz: yes, I will be happy to post a reminder as the launch approaches
(as long as people in the forum don't object to the crass commercialism.8))

Also, those of you who know a bit about the field of creativity might be interested
to know that, Roger von Oech (A Whack on the Side of the Head) and Sid Parnes
(The Magic of Your Mind) have both already agreed to blurb the book.

All the best,

Tim
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Thu May 31, 2007 9:48 pm Post

The reminder would be really useful, Tim.

Thanks.

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Fri Jun 01, 2007 1:22 pm Post

For those of you who might be interested, I am posting a preliminary, pre-publication
flyer that the marketing people from McGraw Hill put together. A little over the top maybe,
but that's marketing!

As you can see it's being marketed to a business audience*, though many of the anecdotes
in the book are general. The productive thinking process is about creative thinking per se,
not necessarily in any particular domain.

All the best,

Tim

*Those who buy the book will become rich, achieve instant fame, and realize their wildest fantasies.
Those who don't won't.

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Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:27 pm Post

The cover art looks like the morning after a Pink Floyd photo shoot. :)
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Sat Jun 02, 2007 5:59 pm Post

Actually, Amber, this is just a mock-up.
The final art has about three times as many discarded bulbs in it!

:idea: :idea: :idea:
:idea: :roll: :idea:
:idea: :idea: :idea:

Tim
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In practice, there is.


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