Posts in SEEK OUT CREATIVITY
TAKING YOUR WRITING SERIOUSLY AS A BEGINNER.

When we're taking those early, tentative keystrokes into the world of writing, how do we know when we've earned the right to call ourselves a writer? It's something I certainly encountered when I was starting out with novel writing, and it's something I keep seeing pop up in conversations online. It seems like we attach a level of expertise or status with the title of writer, which makes it difficult to give it to ourselves when we still feel very much beginners.

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THE VALUE OF TIME SPENT ON CREATIVE PASSION PROJECTS.

When it comes to committing to a big writing project like a novel or book, I totally understand that feeling of resistance that pops up for lots of us. Doubt and fear play a role, definitely, but one of the more surprising obstacles can be a sense of guilt. How can we overcome this guilt and seek out a mindset which acknowledges the value in nurturing our creativity?

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HOW TO BREAK A BIG WRITING PROJECT DOWN.

Long term writing projects (like a novel, or even a collection of short stories or essays) can be very daunting before we take that leap and actually make a start. Like looking up at a mountain when you’re stood at the bottom, all you can see is the sheer scale of the work before you.

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MAKING CREATIVITY A PRIORITY.

Making your creative projects a priority can be an important step in building tangible progress and that helps hugely with motivation and staying power. It shifts your mindset into taking your art more seriously and makes it less of a battle to squeeze time for creativity into your day-to-day.

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WHY A CHANGE IS (NEARLY) AS GOOD AS A REST.

It's not always easy to tell if we need a break. With all the guilt and doubt that often surrounds taking time away from our creative passions or creative businesses, it's hardly surprising that the issue of time off is one that often feels a little loaded. Sometimes, or course, we simply can't take a break. We have income to make, clients to serve, deadlines (self imposed or otherwise) to meet.

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HOW TO WRITE A BLOG POST.

Creating blog content is great for your site SEO because it makes your site look active and engaging, helping it show up in searches and get found. 

Even if that isn't your aim, it can also be a really good, regular practise in consistent creativity - which is the best way to improve at something. It invites idea generation, writing for a purpose, building skills in word choice, sentence structure and editing - mostly without you even realise it. 

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HOW TO BE A BEGINNER.

It's a necessary part of any creative process, that we all must start somewhere, that we all must be a beginner. This feeling can fall somewhere between joyful discovery and faint discomfort, but often it's just plain frustrating. We want to be better than we are. We want to get the hang of something right away. It's perfectly natural. 

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CHOOSING A WORD TO GUIDE YOUR YEAR.

The new year is a pretty exciting time for lots of us, January is the one time of year where we can really lean into a love of planning and dreaming and goal setting. The magic of fresh starts and clean slates always holds a very powerful burst of momentum and energy for me, so I'm making the most of it by really diving into a season of…

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