What’s Coming Up

I’m excited to announce some changes are coming. Specifically, there will be a dedicated domain and specific site soon. I am researching host options and prices.

What are some features that will come with a dedicated domain and site?

  • Podcasts
  • Targeted videos (meaning specifically for readers here and not just YouTube in general)
  • More photos.
  • More book information.
  • A shopping cart
  • Inclusion of jewelry and knit/crocheted items.
  • Q&A sessions
  • And more.

At some point I will offer a dedicated membership area, but that’s quite a way down the road.

I just wanted to let you know that there’s a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes. I’m grateful that you’ve come along on my creative journal so far and look forward to sharing more of it with you.

Video: Working with a Creativity Coach vs. Self-Coaching

A couple years ago, I did a presentation to the Ada Writers, a local wrters’ group, on the benefits of working with a creativity coach versus self-coaching. I actually remembered to record it, so it’s on YouTube. I decided to share it with you today for a couple reasons because it’s still relevant.

This is, in part, a test. I shared a post with a podcast episode embedded to see how it would do. I’m wondering if I will have similar results with a video or if it will do better or worse.

Happy creating.

Motivational Ideas

Since I mentioned the difficulty I was having with “just not feeling it” yesterday, I thought I would share a few motivational ideas with you.

Once I got started, I wrote about 1,400 words. I credit it to a couple things.
1. BICHOK – Butt in chair, hands on keyboard.
2. Productivity music. I mentioned Evan Carmichael’s YouTube channel yesterday, but he has a couple music playlists: #EntVibes and Productive Music for Work. I listen to them both frequently. Neither one is better than the other, in my experience.

Something else that helps, but I (admittedly) don’t do very often is going for a walk. It doesn’t have to be very far, but be safe.

Doodle/draw/sketch. It doesn’t matter what you want to call it.

Watch the sunrise or sunset.

Take the cliched advice to stop and smell the roses (or whatever flower you prefer).

Sometimes it doesn’t really matter what we do as long as we do something. We can only do so much before we have to do some self-care and refill our well. With as much as I talk about the importance of creativity in everyday life, I don’t often remind you that it’s not an unending supply. You have to do things to refill your well. These are just a few.

Happy creating.

Some Days, I’m Just Not Feeling It

Today is one of them.

I feel about as motivated and useful as the old tires in this picture. There are many reasons for this that I won’t get into here.

I’ve thought about opening my novel file and making myself write anyway. Is there any use in that?

Sometimes yes. Sometimes no.

I’m really just not feeling it.

I’m not going to force anything. So here’s what I am going to do. I’m going to reread what I wrote yesterday. Then I will see if anything comes to me then. If not, I’ll call it done and go do something else. But, even though I’m not “feeling it,” I have to at least put forth some type of effort.

The fact that I’m doing this blog post right now is actually a positive indicator.

I have some productivity music on (courtesy of Evan Carmichael’s YouTube channel). That usually helps. And that brings up a question.

If you’re having a day where you just don’t feel like doing whatever needs to be done (except for paid work – that’s different), what do you do to get yourself motivated to do it anyway?

Happy creating.