Tag Archives: Creativity

How Do You Know When Your Manuscript Is Complete?

21 Jul

Editing Red Ink PenAs anyone who’s ever undertaken a creative endeavor knows—from drawing a picture or writing a poem to writing a corporate creed or even painting a room—the idea of being finished is highly subjective.

Technically, you could tinker with it forever. However, at some point it’s up to you to stop and say, “Yes, this is it. It’s done.”

In today’s digital world, that’s less of an issue. You can always edit a site, tweak your status, or repost a picture.

But with some things, like printed books, the result is a physical object that will be out there in the world, unchangeable.

That terrifying fact recently prompted me to ask some writer friends:

How do you know when your manuscript is complete?

Here are some of the answers I received:  Continue reading

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Be YOU

6 Oct

Be you.

Exceptional, wonderful, inspired YOU.

It’s something we used to do as kids as second nature.

But it’s not until you’re parent that you remember how much you may have lost.

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Origins of “Ole!”

23 Aug

RondaBullRingOleWhat does the word “Ole!” make you think of?

Rejoicing, dancing, bullfights, Spain?

But before it was Spanish, it was a religious chant from another country altogether.

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What Are Your Three?

6 Mar
© Ping Foo, Flickr Creative Commons

© Ping Foo, Creative Commons

Did you happen to catch Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar speech?

Sure, it had your typical Hollywood elements of narcissism, divine shout-outs, and a complete disregard for larger matters that his own character brought to light.

None of that impressed me.

What did impress me, however, were the questions he posed regarding the three things a person should consider each day: Continue reading

Interesting Person Fund

27 Feb
Source: Janel Piersma

Source: Janel Piersma

I recently came across an idea-packed article on creativity rituals, which included everything from naps to bar brainstorming to frequent vacations (yes yes and yes!).

They also mentioned something called an “interesting people fund,” the idea of which was taken from an interview with entrepreneur and author Ben Casnocha:

By pre-committing time and money to meeting interesting people, you increase the likelihood that you’ll actually do it… Take an hour out of your day or spend $40 buying someone lunch…. Relationships—be they romantic, friendship, or professional–take time to develop.

Okay, Ben. I’m going to one-up you on that. Continue reading

90-Minute Productivity

30 Jan
Brain by Dierk Schaefer

Brain by Dierk Schaefer

Ever have one of those a-ha moments, when you encounter something that seems so brilliantly obvious?

The Internet gifted me one such moment a few weeks ago with the “Write It Down” concept. It happened again when I came across this video.

If you’re stressed, overworked, a parent, or any combo of the above, perhaps this 90-minute productivity idea could help you, too?

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Drawing Games

18 Nov

Drawing GamesI’ll never forget the first time I realized my toddler has actually drawn a… thing.

Since then, I’ve been tracking down fun ways to help her get creative and practice her hand-eye coordination.

It’s never too early to prep her for epic video game nights, right?

Here are a few of our favorites drawing games. What are yours? Continue reading