Dig Yourself Out Of A Rut By Creating Something

If you’re feeling discouraged, getting started on something new can help. If you’re not sure what to do, just start creating something, anything.

What Creative Professionals Do That Separates Them From Amateurs

All too often, the creative work we most value, the stuff that brings the greatest meaning and satisfaction to our lives, gets shoved aside for other priorities. No matter the creative work you’re doing — writing, designing, composing, coding, or just brainstorming ideas — if you want to make real progress, it’s essential you treat your work not as a hobby or side note, but as a job.

The Most Important Skills You Need To Start A Writing Career

So you want to get paid for your writing, but you’ve never been published. You have no formal experience, and no one’s ever hired you for a writing-related job. The professional legwork that comes with getting paid to write can be intimidating. Honing a few important skills can help you get started.

Identify Your Unique Creative Angle By Reflecting On Your Old Work

Working as a creative type often means having a unique voice that makes you stand out. If you’re just starting out, you’ll probably emulate those around you. But after a while, go back and look at what you’ve made to get a feel for your own voice.

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.