Categories
Action Change Commitment Craft Creatives Distraction Excuses Focus Ideas. Input Music Planning Problems Productivity Routine Showing Up!

What Would You Do With 47% Extra Time?

A study, led by Harvard, claims that an average ‘knowledge’ worker works in a state of distraction for 47% of their time. Flip this around. By being more focused they could accomplish the same amount of work in half the time. Or potentially double their output. Just because we are ‘creatives’ it doesn’t mean we […]

Categories
Artists Chase Jarvis Live Craft Create Creative Calling Creative Live Creatives Creativity Focus Habit Life style Practice Productivity Reflection Showing Up! Style Success Thinking Why? Writer's Routine Writing Process

Chase Jarvis – Creative Calling – Pt.1

You know who Chase Jarvis is right? You’ve heard of CreativeLive? No? Then hit the links before reading any further. It’s okay. I’ll wait for you. Sorted? Great! Now we all are familiar with Chase and his amazing team in CreativeLive, then let’s get into his book Creative Calling. This book is his blueprint and […]

Categories
Art Artists Bill Belichick Book Consume Craft Create Creatives Creativity Difficulties Distraction Endurance Experiment Focus Habit Input Library Life style NFL Notebook Novels Platform Plot Point of View Practice Problems Product Reflection Research Show Your Work Showing Up! Stories or Articles Story Structure Style Success Talent Team Thinking Training Write Where You Are Writers Writing Writing Process

Day 467 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.2.

So yesterday I suggested that relatives could take inspiration/lessons from sports and hopefully I will convince you today. Bill Belichick is the most successful NFL coach ever because: He stays focused on the overall goal and works hard to achieve it He never goes through the motions and always trains with purpose He makes sure […]

Categories
Art Artists Bill Belichick Book Books, Articles, Music, and Podcasts Craft Create Creatives Creativity Experiment Ideas. Input NFL Point of View Reflection Research San Francisco 49ers Show Your Work Showing Up! Sport Story Story Setting Style Success Talent Thinking Writers Writing Writing Process

Day 466 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.1.

I’m not trying to alienate anyone here by mentioning the New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. I understand that the franchise and the coach are like Marmite – you love them or you hate them. For full disclosure I am a San Francisco 49ers fan, but as a sports coach you have got to […]

Categories
Book Books, Articles, Music, and Podcasts Character Commitment Craft Creatives Creativity Difficulties Distraction Excuses Focus French/France Habit Ideas. Language Lee Child Life style Music Novels Podcast Practice Problems Reading Reflection Research Showing Up! Story Story Setting Style Sunday Reflection Thinking Writers Writing Writing Process

Day 463 – Sunday Reflection.

I’ve been busy revamping my study. Basically, I’ve got rid of more stuff I had forgotten I even had, or had kept because it might be useful at some point. I decided that some point had been reached and that the stuff wasn’t useful after all. A family desk taken by my eldest son, freed […]

Categories
Craft Creatives Creativity Dylan Thomas Language Poetry Poets Sound The Saturday Answer Words Writing

Day 462 – The Saturday Answer.

The Friday Question was . . . . . . If you could only read one Poet for the rest of your life, who would it be? And my answer is . . . . . . The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Ever since I first picked up Under Milk Wood off my father’s bookshelf […]

Categories
Art Artists Community Craft Create Creatives Creativity Films/Tv/Music Focus Folk Music Ideas. Input Music Mystery Story Story Setting Style Thinking Write Where You Are Writers Writing Writing Process

Day 444 – A Sense of Place.

I’ve been listening to a BBC Radio documentary on The Pennine Way. It is a national trail which runs for 268 miles through England and up into Scotland, and the hills over which it runs is often called the ‘backbone’ of England. The documentary describes the places and the people along it, the music, songs, […]

Categories
Book Character Characters Craft Create Creatives Creativity Definite Dialogue Focus Habit J.K. Rowling Medium Mystery Novels Point of View Story Story Setting Style Thinking Writers Writing Writing Process

Day 443 – Embracing the Void.

I’ve just read a great article by Gwenna Laithland advising writers to use ‘white noise’. Basically, white noise is the void – the bits you leave out which the reader then projects their own thoughts and imagination onto. Laithland uses the example of a Harry Potter stage show casting Hermione Grainger with a black actress. […]

Categories
Creatives Creativity Distraction Music Research The Saturday Answer

Day 441 – The Saturday Answer.

So, The Friday Question was . . . . . . What ‘creative’ excuse do you use for not doing the creative task you’ve scheduled yourself? And my Saturday Answer is . . . . . . Any form of creative research, no matter how loosely based upon the actual task I have set myself […]

Categories
Create Creatives Creativity Excuses The Friday Question The Saturday Answer

Day 440 – The Friday Question.

Straight in here with no preamble . . . . . . What ‘creative’ excuse do you use for not doing the creative task you’ve scheduled yourself? As always, I will post my answer tomorrow in ‘The Saturday Answer’.