Just Write…

What’s the latest thing? Whether it’s wizards, vampires, or the impending zombie apocalypse–it can be tempting to shift our writing towards the latest hot genre. However, a lot of readers aren’t necessarily searching for yet another version of “Gone Girl” or “50 Shades of Grey”.  Most readers are simply looking50

Waste your life, be an artist

Are you wasting your life?

Is it really worth it? Why do we need the arts? I mean, why does anyone bother becoming a writer, an artist, or a poet? We’re not out there building bridges, writing software, or healing the sick — so why do we waste our time creating art when there are so50

The Secret of Writing

What am I missing? This is the question I always seem to be asking myself. What am I missing? What else do I need to know before I can do this? No matter what I’m trying to do, I never feel ready to get started. Maybe if I read just50

Dont talk just act Don't promise just do

Don’t talk. Just do.

We all like to talk Maybe we simply tell our closest friends and family, or maybe we tell the world in a blog post, either way most of us like to tell people about what we’re going to do. It’s fun to plan, make elaborate visualization boards, or just daydream about50

When life puts us to the test

Nobody likes to be pushed around We all have our familiar comfort zones. Those areas in our personal and professional life where we prefer to operate. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work that way. There will, of course, be times when things fall apart and we’re forced to do something that50

dream believe do repeat

Repeat as necessary

Creativity is not a one-time thing. It starts with an idea, we find the courage to make the attempt, and then we jump blindly into the dark. Then we have to find a way to do it again…. and again…  

We may as well get started…

We think we know where we are going. After all, we’ve got it all planned out. We’re going to start here, do this, and then we are going to end up here–except it doesn’t. Stuff happen, plans change, and we are forced to adjust. Things may not always work out50

Yes it’s been done before, but…

Sure it’s hard to be original, especially when we are surrounded by millions of websites, products, books, and paintings. Maybe there really is nothing new under the sun and it has all been done before, but that’s okay. We don’t need originality. We don’t really need that one big idea50

If you want to fly give up everything that weighs you down

If you want to fly…

Sometimes we forget. Sometimes we are working so hard to get what we think we want, that we lose sight of why we wanted it in the first place. We’ve been told that giving up is failure. We’ve been taught to hold on tightly to everything that we have while50

William Gibson quote

Be careful of the company you keep

It’s not (always) your fault As creative artists we tend to blame ourselves. Maybe I’m not talented enough…  Maybe I’m not smart enough… Maybe it’s just not meant to be… Now of course there’s something to be said about taking responsibility for your choices and living with the consequences of50

ordinary people extraordinary destiny

It’s not about today…

We think we know We can’t often see what lies ahead of us. We may think we know, but in reality we’re just guessing. We want to feel like we are in control, that we’re the ones steering the ship. If we do this, we’ll get that. If we go50

If you stumble make it part of the dance

If you stumble…

Looking like an idiot Let’s face it, nobody likes to screw up If we had our choice, we would probably avoid it at all costs. Unfortunately that’s not the way the world works. Sooner or later we’re going to make mistakes and things are going to get messy. So the50

You will never influence the world by trying to be like it

Just Stop Trying

We all want to fit in Even though we may not want to admit it, we all want to fit in and be liked. We want to have our creative work noticed and appreciated. In other words, we want to create something that people will like. So we look to50

Let go or be dragged

Let Go or Be Dragged

Hold on! How many times have you been told to “hang in there” until things get better? It seems we are constantly being told that quitting or giving up is only for losers and if we can just hold on a little bit longer, we will achieve all of our50

Quiet people have loudest minds

Speak your Mind

The perks of being a wallflower For whatever reason, there seems to be this perception in our culture that those who know speak up, while those who don’t stay silent. In other words, the loudest bird not only gets the worm, but it also gets the money, fame, and recognition too.50

Today I will create

Create Something Today

These days it’s far too easy to get distracted. Whether it’s sorting through hundreds of spammy emails, posting updates on Twitter, or  watching adorable cat videos on YouTube — it is way too easy to fall down the endless rabbit hole that we call the internet and not get anything50

choose progress over perfection

Choose Progress over Perfection

Sometimes we can’t let go. We revise, we edit, we touch-up, and we never feel that it’s finished. Maybe we like to think of ourselves as perfectionists, or maybe we’re afraid to finish because then we would have to admit that it’s the best we could do. Once again we’ve fallen50

There is always a way

There is always a way…

Sometimes we lose faith in ourselves. We begin to wonder if anyone out there notices or even cares about what we create. We run into obstacle after obstacle that suggests we’re heading in the wrong direction. But still we create. We do it because something inside of us tells us50

Create is a Verb

Create is a Verb

Creating isn’t an idea — it’s a verb. It’s about moving forward even when you can’t see where you are going. It’s about doing the things that scare the crap out of you. It’s about putting things together or tearing them apart into something the world has never seen before. Something that50

You are not a drop in the ocean

You are larger than life

Sometimes we get fooled into believing that what we create doesn’t matter. We forget that we are a part of something much larger than ourselves. Although we have been forged by our culture, our family, and our past experiences — our voice is still ours alone. We must learn how50

All we have to decide is what to do

All we have to decide

  We often spend so much of our day frantically running from place to place trying to check the items off our to-do list, that we forget — We forget that we have a choice. We forget that despite what we may tell ourselves as our exhausted little head hits50

I own you coffee mug

Chains of Habit

 Can coffee really make you a better creative artist? Sometimes we get sucked into believing that everything has to be just right before our creative muse will speak to us. We have to have the right tools, the right amount of time, the right tunes playing, or even the right50