Hello, fellow Soldier. What’s that? You aren’t a soldier? I disagree. Waging War Every day is a battle if you are a Creative. All Creatives must wage war against the enemy known as Resistance. Some days he’s a pushover – you can stomp him to bits with bursts of creative energy. Other days, he’s a stalwart[…]
I love creating. I was born to create; I was put on this earth for that purpose (among others). I love hanging around others who are creative, letting the overflow of creative juices seep into my mind just by osmosis. This business of creating fills most of my waking thoughts, in some form or another.
You know that project hanging over your head? The one that’s been sitting half-finished for months, gathering dust, just waiting for you to bring it to completion? I have several. They make my skin itch when I walk past them, covering me with the debris of guilt every time I remember them. And once a[…]
A Valuable Commodity If you’ve been reading my blog at all, you may have gleaned that I see inspiration as a highly desirable tool of motivation. It shouldn’t be a crutch, as hard work is really the best way to hone your craft, but let’s face it, when you have inspiration it makes things much[…]
A few weeks back, I talked about experiencing a surge of motivation caused by the pressure of writing fifty thousand words in thirty days, aka NaNoWriMo. Today I want to share with you the flip side of that intense commitment – the mid-month slump. Inspiration versus Hard Work In the beginning, I was writing in[…]
I’ve given you excerpts from Steven Pressfield’s cut-through-the-crap-and-get-busy book The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles over the past few weeks. Today, I leave you with a final installment, and I hope that you will run your little fingers over to your favorite book-purchasing website and pick it[…]
We’ve all said it at least a million times: “If only I could get motivated, I would get started on this book/redecorating project/degree/workout!” How often have we just kept searching for that one thing that will make us finally get off our duffs and take action on that idea that we have? If you’re like[…]
There comes a time in your life when you reach a crossroads. You have a task/painting/manuscript/project in front of you. You know that it is within your power to push forward and accomplish it… and yet… I’ve found myself in this place so many times I get frustrated every time I think about it. While[…]