There’s a balance between shipping consistently, and aiming to create great work. One school says work your craft daily, and it will improve. That the process is the purpose. Another school says the work in honing the skill, making the craft as good as a person can. School one says the process of creation … Continue reading Ship More or Hone More?
When I started writing, creativity—writing in particular—was often described as a sprint. A dead run away from Resistance and the censor, gremlins galore. I was told, if I write fast enough, those voices couldn’t catch me. It’s advice that often works. But, we aren’t built to sprint more than a hundred or two hundred … Continue reading The Sprint of Creativity
Creativity is a bit like a potluck. As long as a person shows up and brings something to the table they’ll walk away fed. It doesn’t matter what a person brings to the potluck, they get fed all the same. It won't always be exactly what I wanted, but if I show up with my … Continue reading Potluck
For a long while there was a blog I enjoyed at http://thxthxthx.com/ Leah Dieterich, the author would post three little gratitudes a day. She wrote mini thank you notes to whatever she felt gratitude for, (just like her mom had taught her). Something like this: • Thanks open window, you invite birdsong into my kitchen which is … Continue reading Thx Thx Thx
For a long time I’ve done this thing I call the Fearless Songwriter Challenge. The challenge is to write seven songs in seven days. This week, I’m going to post the songs I’m writing during the week. They’ll be nowhere close to perfect. Some of them likely won’t be very good. That isn’t the point. … Continue reading The Skin of the Truth