Of course, it is alright to ask questions like: What project do I want to do? What creative field do I want to explore? Who should I approach to learn more? How can I apply this or that to my life? What do I feel like doing? When should I get started? Those questions and more are fine.  They are about what direction you should follow and commitment of energy, time, and money you should make.  The questioning is fine but….asking the wrong person for advice will get you the wrong answer. The answer you will get is something like this:…

The ringing sound of metal striking metal is distinctive. We hear, joined: the solid strength that is the anvil; the strength of motion delivered by the hammer the strength of resistance in metal between hammer and anvil; and, the determined alchemist, the blacksmith. The ring of the metals is simple, real, necessarily constant, and earthy.  We are drawn out of our thoughts and analysis, right into the center of action, into the world of grit, sweat, work, focus, and the finite. We are badly in need of a beacon, reminding us that action, almost any action is what we frequently…

  If you know the James Thurber short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, you know fantasy is a major pastime for the story’s main character. Elaborate fantasies that keep Mitty in a drab life of little. Ben Stiller’s recent movie treatment, however, starts with this fruitless fantasizing but leads us to the power of transforming imagination and trust the end of the movie Walter Mitty travels from being stuck to unstuck. Mitty is a hyper-organized, quiet employee, who works in photo receiving within the large storage library at declining Life magazine. His title, negative assets manager, can be…

https://vimeo.com/channels/thestuckcreative/149715323 This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Which means this video has also been turned into text. So…you can read this video below or you may watch the video itself, above. It’s the same stuff. It’s your choice. Hi this is Gary Goodwin founder of The Stuck Creative and welcome. Today we’re going to look at getting started on the creative journey. I wish I could report that getting started, starting on a project or even on an entire creative life is easy, that it involves one inspired leap into creativity. The Road is Tough But actually it is…

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All of our distractions flow through us. We are not simply a passer-by, but a direct participant in our distractions. Because our distractions flow through us, we participate in: what is perceived as a distraction, how that distraction affects us, and by how much what we do when distracted what we do to avoid, lessen, or increase distraction where we are distracted when we are distracted how frequently we are distracted. (This post is part of an on-going series of posts on The Truths of Distraction. At the conclusion of the series all truths will be combined into a video.)…

The positive side of reading a biography is its potential to inspire.  We see another human working away who finds answers, takes actions, who receives benefits, or overcomes obstacles in some manner we wish to emulate or fate grant us. We want what they have. Maybe not all of it, especially the part about suffering or travails. Last night I saw the last minutes of a multi-part series on Frank Sinatra. It contained rare photos and films, and voice overs of those who knew him and had spent some time traveling his life’s road. The presentation, of course, made everything…

https://vimeo.com/channels/thestuckcreative/150162252 This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Which means this video has also been turned into text. So…you can read this video below or you may watch the video itself, above. It’s the same stuff. It’s your choice. Today, we’re going to concentrate on information from our insight series, series of information and videos on observations and things to know about being stuck and getting unstuck. The deeper reasons we don’t work mainly come from the unconscious. They come from a place we don’t know much about. They come up in an unexpected sort of way. We don’t know…

https://vimeo.com/channels/thestuckcreative/149640509 This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Which means this video has also been turned into text. So…you can read this video below or you may watch the video itself, above. It’s the same stuff. It’s your choice. Hi, this is Gary Goodwin, founder of The Stuck Creative. Welcome to Part 3: The Daily Appointment. Part 1 emphasized the why. Why do you want to work daily and the power that comes out of that. Part 2 laid out the secrets of how to set up, how to build your own daily appointment for work. The first caution comes…

https://youtu.be/5etfUttSIGo This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Which means this blog post has also been turned into a video. So…you can read this post below or you may watch the video version at YouTube, above. It’s the same stuff. It’s your choice. Welcome to part two of Working Daily for Creatives. Again if you were in part one, or if this is your first stop here on this whole idea of working daily, believe me I know what you’re thinking and you’re feeling. There is no way I can work daily. Well, there are ways to do that and…

https://youtu.be/GGrJTY_hG3E This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Which means this blog post has also been turned into a video. So…you can read this post below or you may watch the video version at You Tube, above. It’s the same stuff. It’s your choice. Today we’re going to look at the realities of how frequently we should be working, if we want to get our projects started, and if we want to get our projects done. Clearly there’s power from working daily. If we are honest and if we check around constant steady work has the power we are seeking,…

I’m on the constant search to find what motivates us to act and what keeps us moving forward. Especially important are motivators that are not far from us when we are anything but motivated. The most enduring I have seen so far, is calling: call•ing n. 1. a vocation, profession, or trade. 2. a divine call or summons: a calling to the priesthood. 3. a strong impulse or inclination: an inner calling. You know you have calling by checking your history and by watching what you do, what you regularly day-dream about, and where you go. Past or present, look…

Thank goodness for movies, teaching tales, analogies, symbols, illustrations, and whatever else we can hold in our hand and explore in detail.  These are condensed representations of fast-paced, ever flowing, and complex reality. Condensation slows time, simplifies and reduces details, and freezes processes to a small set of steps. All of this gives us a chance to explore and learn. The following condensed view shows clearly: everyone goes through creative obstacles; the obstacles are basically the same; obstacles suck; obstacles can be overcome; even so, obstacles suck but that is part of creative life. A 2005 film has condensed a…

http://youtu.be/76QUxgatcxA This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Which means this blog post has also been turned into a video. So…you can read this post below or you may watch the video version at You Tube, above. It’s the same stuff. It’s your choice. This coming year, month, week, or whatever time period is going to zip by, fast. Everything will suck up its own level of time and if we are not really smart and prepared, there will be no time for our projects. We really don’t have time to spare. One source of wasted time is setting and…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b6l3rJLJPU This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Read this post below or watch the video above for the same info     Starting Starting comes from taking small energetic steps, daily. One step, then another step, and then another step. Starting can be simple but many of us seek to pack so much before taking the first step on the creative road. We think we have to cram education, a full resume of achievements, workshops, and other credentials into a suitcase. Next comes the inner stuff. We know on the creative road we will bump into all manner of…

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[fotopress-video src=”https://youtu.be/zEU-rMcKRzg?list=PLwZ1m9tXAVIJ6f3wjlzuitgb3RHfGCqNi” skin=”skin1″] This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Which means this blog post has also been turned into a video. So…you can read this post below or you may watch the video version at You Tube, above. It’s the same stuff. It’s your choice. Welcome to the creative road. Taking the first steps down the creative road, frequently, is very difficult. It’s hard to get started much of the time, and if we can’t get started, if we can’t get the first steps in, then we can’t get down the road. There is no creative road. We have…