Can you imagine the boss popping off down to the factory floor to help with line work? Or the creative manager spontaneously cleaning their office? How about the CEO suddenly stopping by to join in a collating project in the conference room? These are some tasks that mindful people do to stay productive. Mindful Tasks … Continue reading Mindless vs. Mindful
I love to learn. I have ever since I was a kid. I love adding knowledge to myself, deepening and widening who I am by acquiring knowledge I didn't have before. I don't know what stopped my boundless curiosity. I don't think it was one thing, I think life wore me down. Over time, when … Continue reading Learning Curve
I didn't write blog posts for the end of last week. Why, you may ask. Well, I guess I didn't feel like it. I lost my drive on Thursday and Friday. I lost my focus, lost my determination. I lost my sense of purpose. I think that happens to everyone eventually. Some days you just … Continue reading Gone Fishing
They can't all be easy days. Some of them are going to suck. That's just the nature of the biz. If it were easy everyone would be doing it. There are going to be days when no matter what comes out, it's going to be the worst thing ever created, ever. Today was one of … Continue reading Blech
I chose to do things differently today. I chose to dedicate more time to work on my short story in the morning and to 'blow off' this blog until later in the night. Essentially using this blog as a recap of the day. Rhythm The most important take away of the day is that I'm … Continue reading Daily Plans
You've finished your huge project, the one that's kept you up at night for months. It's all done, wrapped up and delivered. And in the echos of the free time you suddenly now have the question reverberates "Now what?" All the adrenaline is gone and with it the excitement that was coursing through your veins … Continue reading Now What?
We all have emotional good days and bad. It's part of being human. Sometimes we need that for our creative work, sometimes that actually works against us. Permeate Your mood will permeate whatever you're working on. And because our moods can shift from day to day, we have to be careful. If you're frustrated, it … Continue reading Mood Shift
Creative Life Advice
There are a lot of ‘self-help’ books out there. Most give generic life advice to ‘normal’ kinds of people. But for creative types, the kind of people who live life a little bit differently, this generic advice doesn’t apply. Creatives need their own special words of wisdom in order to thrive in this strange world.
Things Are What You Make Of Them-LifeAdviceForCreatives by Adam J. Kurtz speaks the creative language very clearly. It inspired and motivated me to continue with my creative work, even though sometimes it can be rough on the psyche. When you’re working from the heart, there’s a lot of internal pressure to make things ‘perfect’, and this book helped sooth those rough thoughts into something more manageable.
An interesting physical characteristic of the book is that the pages are perforated so they can be removed and hung up for inspiration anywhere in your creative space. I…
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I've had a rough day. I'm working on a freelance motion graphics project and I'm getting a 'glitch'. The glitch is a white rectangle that appears across the bottom of a frame, and I don't know how to get rid of it. Frustration We've all been there. Where you're working on something, and there's a … Continue reading Plan G
I wrote this back in January when I was just beginning to create a ‘writing rhythm’ for myself. I’m now up to 1,000 words as my daily quota. Maybe in the next three months, it will be even higher.
‘A writer writes, always.’
I remember that line from the movie ‘Throw Momma From the Train’. The main character, played by Billy Crystal, is a struggling writer who teaches a creative writing class on the side. The above line was the mantra of his writing class, and has become my mantra as well. Whenever I think ‘What am I supposed to do today?’ the thought always comes back to ‘A writer writes, always.’
But when I tried to sit down and work without a guideline of what is ‘always’, it was never enough. I would work and work until I couldn’t give anymore and then I would leave the work untouched for days at a time. Almost in childish defiance. As if the work had taken so much out of me, I refused to give it any more of myself.
So, in order to keep working without the…
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