Category Archives for "Creative Productivity"

The Power of Creative Patience

by: Chey Rasmussen For my whole life, I’ve wanted to create something amazing. Things I loved growing up like The Legend of Zelda, Harry Potter, and Disney cartoons inspired my young mind and caused me to dream big. Human beings made these awesome things; maybe I could too! As creative people, expressing ourselves effectively and making […]

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This is What Creative Inspiration Really Looks Like

by: Amanda Truscott There’s a myth out there that stops a lot of people from creating things: the tortured genius, working feverishly in his squalid apartment while the muse whispers in his ear, which she does because he’s special… He’s talented. Jack Kerouac, the story goes, banged out his great American novel, On The Road, […]

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The Hidden Beauty of the Ugly Truth

We are all broken Our online world is filled with photoshopped avatars, self-serving social media updates, and perfectly timed press releases that are often far more myth than reality. Don’t get me wrong, there is certainly something to be said for putting your best foot forward, but there is also something to be said for revealing your flaws, […]

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Avoiding Avoidance and Defeating the Distraction Gremlins

by: Vicky Rubin Many artists feel difficulties with motivation and focus. We all want to get to the studio as we were meant to do. But no matter how important making art is to us, we can easily settle into a habit of putting it off. Digital distractions are especially lethal. There’s always email, Facebook, […]

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How to be Creative While on the Road

by: Millie Swaby-Pritchard Taking your Creativity on the Road As a student who constantly travels around on trains, taxis and buses initially I was stumped as to how I could take all my art supplies with me wherever I wanted to go. Initially, I was lazy and just thought ‘I can work when I’m at home’ […]

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Making a Quiet Impact

For whatever reason, when I was growing up, I never seemed to enjoy the same things that everyone else around me did. It wasn’t until college that I really started to learn about some of the differences between having an introverted and extroverted personality. At the time, I just assumed that I was weird, and […]

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Living a More Creative Life

by: JoAnneh Nagler Can we really have it both ways? Here’s the thing: artists are sensitive creatures. Starving and struggling does not, in the end, work for us. It’s like running too much electricity through already delicate circuits. It doesn’t help us focus on our art, or our creative inspiration. We think—from years of being fed […]

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3 Ways to Get Your Creative Work Noticed

by: Angela Cross As an artist, you’ve probably felt unappreciated at some point in your career. Heck, even calling your art a ‘career’ might sound silly to you! It’s a common 20th-century misconception that popularity equals value. It can feel like you just can’t build a following unless you already have one, which is a […]

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6 Ways Creativity Can Make Us Better at Life

Creativity isn’t just for creating stuff. Being a creative artist is about more than just creating a bunch of stuff that other people may or may not care about. Simply the act of creating has a way of changing us and affecting areas of our lives that are far beyond our creative practice. Creativity can teach us how […]

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3 Simple Steps to Spark your Creativity

  What’s your creative process? by: Tara Leaver Even if you’re not a painter or a writer or a musician, there are likely places in your life where you do have a creative process, even if you haven’t seen it that way before. If you think about it, bringing anything into existence, from an email […]

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The Myth of the Full-Time Creative Artist

You don’t need 8 hours a day to be a creative artist “I just don’t have enough time to be creative.” This is something people tell me all the time. They feel as if they never have enough time to really focus on their creative projects, which is certainly something I understand. Although, I have a feeling that […]

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9 Ways to Crush Creative Burnout

  What the funk?! Sometimes we get tired of trying. We get tired of constantly falling behind, knowing that we’ll never catch up. We don’t know if we’re heading in the right direction, and we’re not even sure if we have the energy to get up and deal with any of it for one more day. Sometimes we […]

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Writing Classes Won’t Make You a Better Writer

We long for connection, guidance, and encouragement from other artists. Although these things may make our creative journey easier, they won’t necessarily make us any better.   Creative isolation I didn’t know any writers growing up. In my neighborhood, we didn’t have some wise eccentric neighbor who was a writer. There was no role model, […]

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Do the work (you have everything you need)

 It’s not about having the right tools or gadgets, it’s about putting in the work. Whether you are writing a novel, painting a picture, or trying to capture the perfect photograph.  We like easy Let’s face it, we all love our shortcuts and gadgets. Whether it’s about making our waistlines smaller, our creative work better, or our […]

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5 Things About Writer’s Block No One Tells You

I’ve got nothing How many times have you sat down in front of your computer to work on your latest blog post or writing project only to discover that you’ve got nothing to say. I know it’s happened to me, and it’s probably happened to you. In fact the only people who never get writer’s block […]

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Why Digital Artists Are (not) Big Fat Liars

Is using technology to create a work of art cheating? Is how we create something really more important than what we create?   Does the Medium Matter? by: Alison Huff Is how we create something more important than what we create? Throughout history, art has always reflected the culture of the period it was created […]

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How to Deal with Creative Criticism

Listening to people criticize our creative work is never easy, but it’s going to happen. So how do we take a punch in the ego and then get back to work? The creative writing teacher from hell In college I had a creative writing teacher who told us the first week of class that his job […]

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7 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Creativity

Why do we believe we aren’t good enough to create our art?  Maybe it’s because we keep telling ourselves the same stupid lies over and over again…   It’s time to stop screwing around. Let’s face it, we don’t have enough time to create without constantly sabotaging ourselves in the process. We are filled up to our […]

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3 Words that Will Change Your Life

Most of us don’t need any more goals or things to add to our to-do list. What we need is a way to focus our mind and cultivate our creative soul…   I was exhausted. Most days my head would hit the pillow and I would wonder, what did I really accomplish today? What was wrong with […]

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5 Podcasts to Spark Your Creative Soul

Creative Inspiration to Go by: Rebekah Nemethy If you’re anything like me, you love to learn new things and may wish you had more time to do it. No matter how busy your schedule is, I bet there are plenty of times when you’re on autopilot and your brain could use a little engagement. You […]

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3 Ages of an Artist

Whether you are a writer, a painter, or any other type of creative artist you know that your life and your art are constantly evolving. Like any other journey this one has a beginning, a middle, and an end (so to speak) and each stage comes with its own set of rewards and potential pitfalls. The courage to […]

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Evicting the Annoying Roommate (inside my head)

  Why I stopped talking to myself Back when we first met, we all seemed to get along okay. He was always kind of chatty but it didn’t really bother me because it was usually nice to have a familiar voice nearby when I stumbled into a new or uncomfortable situation. For whatever reason he […]

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Create or Quit?

Time to create or cut bait? Have you ever been in the middle of a project only to discover that you have completely lost your enthusiasm for it and now it seems you’re just going through the motions? So how do you know when you should continue working on a project, and when you should […]

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Too much of a good thing

Where do I even start? Have you ever had one of those days where you felt completely overwhelmed because you had too many ideas swimming around inside your head and you just didn’t know where to begin? Perhaps you drank one too many Red Bulls that day, or maybe you went somewhere that really inspired […]

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The Paralysis of Perfectionism

Perils of perfect As much as we would like to convince ourselves otherwise, perfectionism is not about having high standards or a keen eye for detail. Instead it’s like pretty much everything else we do that screws up our creative life— it’s really about dealing with our fears and trying to protect our fragile ego. […]

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