When creative ideas crop up during meditation, what if the thoughts are really useful? Do I cast them out? What if inspiration is visiting? Do I slam the door?
Simply picking one small action to repeat each day or day-ish builds enthusiasm, momentum, and endurance that assists you in finishing your project.
The client’s question came from a familiar place. I suspect most of us share these doubts. Compared to other creative people, are we normal? Are we doing enough? Do we measure up? Are we hopelessly less than those other people – older, younger, wealthier, more famous, more privileged, more productive, better looking?
By learning to read like a writer, with active, focused attention, you will learn ten times faster than by fumbling around and hoping to stumble upon effective ways of telling the story. Once you see how you can apply it and immediately improve your own writing, you’ll be hooked.
The pandemic can feel unending, and there’s a general sense among the people I know that we’re stuck in limbo. At least change is happening in nature. Here are some strategies for making the most we can of situations when our creative projects must pivot.
Like a helpful plugin for a powerful desktop app, the inner editor streamlines my work. So dismissing the editor felt like a departure. It was a risk I was comfortable taking – in fact, I looked forward to seeing how it would feel. Turns out I loved the experience. Words flowed and errors remained unfixed.
Let’s talk about reliable creative resources: things you generally feel you can draw upon as needed, and that you replenish as a matter of course. When I think about reliable and replenishable resources, I think back to my mother’s “surprise drawer.” Here are three surprise drawer equivalents in my creative life that I’d like to tell you about.
2021 is the year I succumbed to the writerly romance that is Nano. I don’t intend or expect to have a completed novel on the last day of the month. It’s kind of fun to indulge in just writing — continuously — without much concern about the future beyond this month.
The coming of darker days and potentially more isolation combined to suggest that I get my act together and establish some habits now, so that later, when things may take more effort – eww, it’s cold and rainy – I’ll be ready. I’ll be more likely to keep hitting the trail or going to the gym (pandemic permitting), if I’ve already been doing it for a few months. This approach lends itself to more than writing and exercise, too. I’ve seen people make the time for a community cause, and for relationships, whether family, romance, or friends. When they do, their life brightens.
The Great Creativity Toolkit is a big bundle of more than 50 video lessons from more than 40 creativity coaches worldwide. Covering topics from motivation to organization, from the visual arts to the performing arts, and from the personal creative process to the marketplace, these coaches have shared generously. I’m glad to say that I made three of those videos! As a coach who trained with Eric Maisel, I was invited to be a part of this international effort, which Eric is hosting on the Teachable platform.