Four Basic Writing Principles You Can Use In Everyday Life

Writing starts way before you put letters to a page. It involves processes like critical thinking, communication and creativity. Even if writing feels like pulling teeth, you can apply the principles of writing to many facets of your day-to-day life. Here’s how.

Stop Waiting For The 'Next Big Idea' And Try The Smaller Ones

We’re constantly bombarded with stories of people who are doing incredible things and it often makes us think we need a big idea to get started. However, it’s often the little ideas that lead to big things.

The Under-Appreciated Benefits Of Creative Consistency

It’s familiar advice to anyone who pursues creative endeavours: the typical creative process isn’t one punctuated by bursts of brilliance, but is instead a long term development of a consistent work habit. Consistency doesn’t count for everything, but it sure counts for a whole lot.

Leave Your Desk When Working On Conceptual Tasks

Timing can affect how well you perform specific types of work. Similarly, your environment can have an impact on certain tasks. For work that requires brainstorming, consider getting up from your desk.

Stop Waiting For 'A-Ha!' Moments

In the movies, the hero always gets a brilliant idea, fully formed, in a single instant. In real life, that’s rarely how it works. So don’t sit around waiting for those “a-ha!” moments to get started.

Start At The End To Achieve Your Desired Outcome

When you’re working on a creative project, it sometimes helps to begin working on the last part and work backwards, as Edgar Allen Poe often did with his poems.

Refine Your Tool Chest For A Creative Boost During A Slump

Paintings aren’t made by brushes, they’re made by people. For that reason, we blame ourselves if we can’t come up with decent ideas. However, if you’ve hit a creative slump, it may be worth taking a look at your toolset to see if your selection is holding you back.

How To Boost Your Observation Skills And Learn To Pay Attention

It’s easy to not pay attention to the world. We lower our eyes when we walk and avoid eye contact at the supermarket. For most of us, our default state tends to be ignoring what’s around us. But doing so makes us miss out on inspiration and fails to develop our curiosities. Here’s how to train yourself to pay a little more attention to the world around you.

Get Your Ideas Out Of Your Head To Start Improving Them

You have a brilliant idea for a book/business/project and you just know it’s going to take the world by storm. You can’t see the flaws in your plan until you start writing your ideas down, so start writing.

Give Yourself A Creative Game Each Day To Boost Inspiration

Inspiration is a key component of creative work, but good artists can’t just wait for it to happen. To get your brain moving each day, give yourself a “game” as you go about each day, like spotting certain shapes or uses of colour.