It’s one thing to be a little crazed because of your unique creative inner self.
It’s another entirely to go crazy because someone else’s going-doing-scheming-dreaming-unpredictability-inner burn sent you there.
You want to maintain stability and guard your own creative space while also allowing this important person in your life to have freedom, encouragement, and support.
Let’s start with two ground rules.
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1. Keep comparing what you need to do with what others need to do.
And focus on the seeming inequality of it all. Your work is so demanding, your circumstances so difficult. No one else understands the struggle.
2. Don’t admit that your perspective might be skewed.
Don’t admit that your work will always seem more difficult to you, because it is your own.
You face… Continue reading
To achieve excellence, we must first understand the reality of the everyday, with all its demands and potential frustrations.
Disorder will not induce creativity.
If your work space (cubicle, home office, desk squished into a corner, your car, big desk in big office with nice view, studio, coworking space) is crammed with clutter or not equipped with the basic supplies you need… Continue reading
The toughest part of writing is starting.
Staring at the blank page, trying to remember all your brilliant ideas. You had so many of them last night, during your kid’s piano recital… and again, during that totally unproductive meeting at work, but now…
Where have all the ideas gone?
Ideas are ephemeral unless they’re captured.
So you should capture them, via any method handy, when you… Continue reading
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I started this book months ago, let myself get distracted by — I don’t know, life — and got back to it and read the last half in the last 5 days.
I’m not sure what the rules are on how… Continue reading
To create means to make something new.
You don’t create out of thin air.
You start with raw material, which exists along some spectrum of “rawness.”
Maybe it’s a lump of clay, a bunch of words in your head, a few notes of music, or a pile of lumber. Maybe it’s a photo, a folk song, a quote, an antique chair, a pile of flour and butter, or… Continue reading