Plan Your Writing Schedule (video)

Last week, I shared a video from Sarra Canon of Heart Breathings. This week, I’m doing it again. She has good information for writers, no matter how long you’ve been at it.

In this video, she talks about setting up your writing schedule for 2019 and being realistic about your goals.

Christmas Doodles

I don’t know if you make your own greeting cards or not or if you are a visual artist or not. But I think everyone can get some enjoyment out of doodling, even if you only do it for yourself. This video shows you how to do some Christmas doodles.

4 Lessons in Creativity (a TED Talk)

This is a video that has been on my to-watch list for a while. I thought I would move it to the forefront for me to watch and share it with you at the same time.

Creatives and the Comparison Trap

Sarra Cannon is a multi-published inde author with a YouTube channel called Heart Breathings where she talks about various aspects of her writing career and how she uses planning to support it.

Right now, she’s in the middle of a series about lessons she has learned in her eight years as an indie author. In her first video, she walks about how comparison can steal your joy as a writer. I would add as a creative person in general.

That’s why I share this here. I think it has a broad message for everyone of you reading/watching.

Live & Learn … Or Get Brain Rot

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Photo of reporter’s notebook by grafixtek on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.

This is something I’ve said for years. I don’t know if I came up with it or if I made it up. But it’s true. If we aren’t learning, we’re not growing. At best, we’re stagnating. At worst, we’re deteriorating.

To that end, I like to go to a couple conferences a year. And I read a lot and watch informational videos on YouTube.

Last month, I wasn’t able to go to one of my favorite conferences. This week, I’m making up for it. I found a free conference with great content. I didn’t have to go far to find it either. It landed in my lap. I saw a Facebook ad for it.

My point here is, our lives, our creativity, depend on learning. We don’t have to pay a lot for it. But we do have to invest time. That’s one thing we claim we don’t have enough of, yet everyone has the same amount of time in one day. Take 15 to 30 minutes out of your day to read or watch a couple short videos.

Learn something. Your brain, and your creativity, will thank you.

What to Do When You’re Not Motivated

I was listening to YouTube videos last night as I was doing other things that didn’t require a lot of attention. Carrie Green, founder of Female Entrepreneur Association and author of She Means Business, caught my full attention when she mentioned entrepreneurs as creative people. (I agree, by the way.) Because of that, I thought I would share this with you.