Category Creative Process

The Road Ahead

2011 went out with quite a bang. In October, our 20-year-old car died and we had to buy a new one. Shortly after that, I got laid off from my job; for the first time in my life, I found myself unemployed. In November I started a new job, at a company unlike any I’ve […]

Creativity Blues

As a general rule, we feel better when we do our creative work than when we don’t. We may procrastinate, we may drag our heels. And once we actually do get down to work, we may find it tiring, even frustrating. But even then, we can at least walk away with a feeling of satisfaction […]

The Trouble With "Good"

For most artists, there’s a nagging question that’s damn near impossible to avoid. It shows up when you’re trying to work. Sometimes it’s blaring loudly in your conscious mind, and other times it’s murmuring softly in the background, like an annoying sound that makes your jaw clench up without your realizing it. Even the most […]

Work Routines

What sort of routine do you have for doing your work? Are you an early riser, or a night owl? Do you do all your work in one burst, or in several short sessions throughout the day? Do you have any rituals that you follow before you start work? Compare your answers with some of […]

The Perils Of Perfectionism

It was nice to see that I wasn’t alone. Salvation came from an unlikely source: a musicians’ web forum. The thread began with one person describing how he was having trouble completing a new piece of music because he was “obsessing over the tiny details”. A torrent of responses soon followed, and opinions varied widely. […]

The Artist's Workout

If you were to think of the creative process as being akin to athletic training, what might a typical workout routine look like? Robert Genn offers an idea in the latest edition of his Twice Weekly Letter (well worth subscribing to, if you don’t already): Find a sanctuary where you can comfortably work. Dedicate at […]