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Greetings fellow creators.
The title of this piece says it all.
Author and artist Malaka Gharib shares these tips:
Set an Extremely Tight Deadline She suggests a word count or a time limit.
Take Advantage of How Little Time You Have.
When You Don’t Know Where to Start, Look Around. Okay, go ahead, call it ‘eavesdropping’ or ‘spying’. Hey, no malice intended. You’re just trying to be an artist!
Draw On Your Memories (Or Just Draw Your Memories) Think of how evocative the old family album can be. Tap the power of those photos in your mind.
One of the books by Todd Henry.
Take a look at the preview pages in Goodreads.
My favorite points:
- “Cultivating a love of the process is the key to making a lasting contribution.”
- “Don’t be a mirror, passively reflecting the priorities of others.”
- “You possess a one-of-a-kind combination of passions, skills, and experiences; there is something that you bring to your work that no one else could. If you relinquish that power, then it will never see the light of day and you will always wonder ‘what if?’ The price of regret is incalculable.”
For our purposes, let’s clarify the word ‘work’. While Todd might be directing the last quote toward the working world, it also applies to those creating for themselves.
Which leads to Srini Rao’s Audience of One. This book’s subtitle says it all:
Thanks for reading.
And keep creating. And trying ‘new stuff’. [Any little change counts–a new ingredient to a recipe, a new walking route, a new restaurant. Anything that shakes your day, adds interest to your waking hours, even just a little.]
If you hear yourself uttering the words, “I’ve always wanted to try…”, well, that’s a sign.
I’m in the middle of a self-imposed month-long ‘sketch-a-day’ challenge.
What for? It pushes my observational skills, for one. And it’s contributing to this project.
Honestly, while there is a price tag attached, it really is an ongoing work directed toward that ever-present ‘audience of one’. Take a look at the items available for free preview and if you know any teachers, feel free to pass along the URL.
I also posted this yesterday: Finish Your Words and Then You Can Feed Me!
More suggestions from this list that I’ve shared on my Word Inventions blog .
From Leo Babauta of Zen Habits
[Note: The Zen Habits link alone should carry you through years of creative reinvention.]
Get lots of rest. Overwork kills creativity.
Don’t force it. Relax, play, it will start to flow.
Allow your mind to wander. Allow distractions, when you’re looking for inspiration.
Do you have any tips to share?
I’ve shared selections from this list on my Word Inventions blog .
Let’s see if any of these resonate with you.
From Jody Cleghorn of Write Anything. [This site is now closed, but the content remains online as an archive.]
Make up the rules for what you want to produce.
Try to write every day, even if just for a few minutes. [Substitute ‘paint’, ‘sculpt’, ‘cook’, for ‘write’.]
Work on several projects. This keeps you energized and working creatively even when one project isn’t firing. [Good advice, but I’m guilty of taking this a little too far. Make it manageable.]
I appreciated this article on LifeHack.com. Perfect for retirees.
It not only gave me some new ideas on how to enjoy these years, but it reaffirmed the following:
#1 : Take a walk through the park speaks to my penchant for wandering.
#6: Learn how to bake. So much comfort and with a few of these skills, so many opportunities to not only fill your days, but to brighten someone else’s.
#7: Build something with your hands. To quote the author Grace Ghazarian: “There’s an innate need to create in all of us.”
#14: Try a new food. Oh yeah. Food is perhaps the easiest venue to an opportunity to ‘try new’.
And, on this Memorial Day 2019,
a hearty nod of gratitude to those who gave their lives so we can savor a life of freedom and opportunity.