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July 2022: Harness Creativity

“You are only given a spark of madness…”

This spark of madness is your creativity–your ability to think outside the box, your ability to dream, imagine, and see what not everyone else is able see.

Creativity, your creativity, is a gift! While it can be seen as a spark, I decided a long time ago that it is possible to make the spark a flame–as often as possible. Yet, in order to do that you must be willing to fuel it! On this journey, you will be distracted, deterred and surely discouraged.

But, I bring you good news! There are ways to preserve the spark, protect the spark, and to fuel the spark.

Preserving the spark.

Understand that your creativity (and all the processes it entails!) all belong to you. They are yours to protect and to manage as you see fit. People whom don’t acknowledge your spark don’t get access to it.

Protect the spark.

Find out what things stir you, what things cause you to think about other things, and where you believe you are most creative! This includes times and days! Be mindful of what makes you happy and what drains you.

Fuel the spark.

Read. Take walks. Meet people. Date. Break-up. Go rock climbing! Get tea! What things increase your productivity, and what have you learned that increases your creativity? You have to know what things fill you up and keep you full!

Go create!

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July 2022: HARNESS CREATIVITY

I am of the mind that creativity needs three things: cultivating, focusing, aiming. With those things things in mind, we must understand that creativity is not something that one just ‘runs out of’.

It is something that can run low, fall into disuse, but it does not ‘run out’.

As we continue to explore how to harness this internal, divine power source, keep these three things in mind:

1.) Creativity is yours.

2.) Creativity is all around you.

3.) You must protect your creativity at all costs.

In the immortal words of Robin Williams, “You are given a spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

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May 2022: OWN THE LOSSES

The most irredeemable thing to a writer, the thing what we chase is time. It’s always going to be time! And for a writer, there is nothing more maddening that losing time.

Time.

It’s always time.

As a writer in order for you to come to grips with the time you have lost, ask three questions:

1.) What things could I have been doing?

2.) When you should be writing, what do you find yourself doing?

3.) What is stopping you from writing?

Own the time you have lost. That you have squandered and that you have wasted.

Own this. Learn from this. Do better.

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May 2022: OWN THE LOSSES

Writing is hard.

That is the nature of creativity. Sometimes it’s hard!

Deadlines are missed.

Opportunities are forgotten or not extended to you.

Fear acts up and lies to you–stealing your time.

Confidence plummets. Books don’t sell.

All matter of mischief happens!

But here is the secret: don’t be distracted by what you lost. Focus on what is next.