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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…

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Jerry Seinfeld gets credit for a simple tool. The story goes something like this: Jerry had reached a level of fame and a new comic went up to Jerry and asked him for any secrets Seinfeld knew for getting better as a comic. “Don’t break the chain,” he answered.  The chain he was speaking of is a string of days in which he set aside time to write and practice material. A link of the chain was a check mark he placed on the days he worked on a calendar.  His goal was to work in long blocks of unbroken…

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Since the 1990s, Julia Cameron has dominated the bookshelves, bookstores, and church basements with her “The Artist Way” series of writings. At the center of each work is Cameron’s two regular exercises for Creatives—the artist date and morning pages. The artist date is not a date with an artist, though that would be good too, but a weekly visit to a creative place such as a gallery, bookstore, creative group, etc. The morning pages, what we will consider here, are 750 handwritten words Cameron wants a Creative to write each morning to kick off the day. Cameron points to the…

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You are being bombarded with all sorts of things that have little direct relationship to your Creative life, right? You really get knocked off your path when things come along.  Sound familiar? We previously defined some of these forces as distractions, dips, and dives. Today we go beyond definitions to actual practices for bouncing back and getting down to creative work. Bounce Back Fact of Life: When you get knocked off your path it is not long before you forget almost everything about your path. You forget much of what you had painstakingly built:  how to get down to work;…