• 12.22.13

Essential Creative Wisdom From Ron Howard, Guillermo Del Toro, Joss Whedon, And 9 Others

We combed through our many, many interviews with talented creators in 2013 and picked out their best bits of creative wisdom in an ongoing effort to help you become more creative in 2014.

When it comes to making things, there’s a lot to be said for relying on intuition. Some of the greatest creative work ever made has been the result of people simply feeling their way through a project to figure out what works best. At the same time, there’s a reason so many artists undergo informal apprenticeships from their forebears: to learn their secrets. Perhaps the most important secret is that there is no one secret that can lead a good artist to greatness. However, some solid advice from the masters can help point them in the right direction.


We’ve sifted through our 2013 interviews and cherry picked prime bits of insight from luminaries like Joss Whedon and Ron Howard, as well as up-and-comers like the musician known as Washed Up, and two leaders of the new horror movie vanguard, Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard. In an interview over the summer, the later two advised aspiring directors to drop out of film school and get busy making movies on their own. There are other ways to stand on the shoulders of giants beyond apprenticeship or formal education in your creative mode, and one of them is reading the essential knowledge offered here.

Have a look at what some of the greats have to say in the slides above.

About the author

Joe Berkowitz is a writer and staff editor at Fast Company. His next book, Away with Words, is available June 13th from Harper Perennial.