I open up a note on my laptop and try to get my writing of the day started

Only, it never starts. 

I draw a blank.

15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes later…

Nothing.

But I’m adamant on pulling through and making it work. And so here I am at 1AM trying to piece together the parts of my brain that make the writing process possible. 

But this post isn’t about productivity, drawing blanks, or time management. 

This post is about making creativity work for you, even when you’re not feeling on top of it all. 

Turns out, you can still write a valuable blog post or tell a great story despite not feeling inspired to create. 

Creativity is built much like a muscle. If you practice it enough times, you won’t to rely on a fleeting stroke of inspiration in order to do your art. 

You’ve Got 10 Minutes To Write Your Next Blog Post

What do you write about and how do you write it? 

  1. Choose a specific topic you care about. This makes the entire writing process easier as you probably already have your perspectives pre-formed.
  2. Decide who exactly is going to find your piece worth reading. Don’t say everybody because it’s not true.
  3. In a sentence, write down the main point you want your readers to take away. The less main points there are, the clearer your blog post will be (keep it to 1 main point if possible).
  4. Write the blog post. Now that you have the basic foundations to start writing, the next step is to actually write.

Most people don’t start writing because they don’t know how to start. Now that you have this simple framework, go share something you care about. 

Are Your Doubts Stopping You?

What if it’s not any good?

What if something goes wrong? 

What if we don’t get any sales?

What if we get a bad review? 

The hypothetical scenarios are endless.

Sure, lots of things can happen and we won’t have the answers to every single possibility out there. 

But never going past the What If questions won’t get us very far. 

Go past your doubts.

See what’s on the other side.

Why Bother Going the Extra 1%?

Why bother trying your best, even though those who aren’t doing their best around you are getting the same, if not better, results? 

Why bother smiling (or try to seem friendly) at a customer service job, even when the girl next to you doesn’t and gets paid the same if not more? 

Does it matter that your clients don’t know you’re not giving it your all for their big commission? 

Is it important to care about the little pieces of user experience that string together something much bigger?

Why bother?

Who cares?

Turns out that someone who does care will take notice. And if you care to be just a bit better, those efforts will be noticed as well. 

What Progress Looks Like When You’re A Freelancer

On a day by day basis, it might seem like nothing has changed. Nothing has grown, no new momentum has been set in motion, even if you’ve been working on something for a few days.

The thing is, progress isn’t always something you can see or track.

Progress can be invisible.

Most important of all, progress needs time. 

Don’t feel bad if you don’t have anything to show after 2 weeks of hard work. 

Progress isn’t always obvious. 

Read This If You’re Waiting For the Right Moment

Last month I caught myself. 

I was waiting for the right moment to start a project for our restaurant. 

Weeks passed by. 

I waited.

I was looking for a slow period where I could direct my attention into this new project.

Only this moment never came. 

I don’t see it coming in the foreseeable future either now that I think about it.

Through this, I realized something.

The right moment doesn’t exist. 

Really. 

You’ll never end up feeling fully ready at the starting line. 

Don’t wait for the perfect moment.

Don’t wait until you have your hypothetical game plan laid out (unless you’re a doctor, engineer, or in a profession where other people’s livelihood depends on you). 

The right moment will almost never come. 

Especially if you’re waiting for it.

You’ll just have to take a deep breath and go.

How does it feel to start something new?

Maybe it’s your first blog post.

Or you’re starting your first business.

Or you’re walking into your first client meeting ever and you don’t know what to expect. 

The first time is always nerve-wracking. It doesn’t matter how prepared we try to arrive. 

But the second, third, fourth…

It gets easier.

We figure it out. 

All it takes is the first step.

How to Go From Creative Hobbyist to Creative Professional

Most people don’t take their creative hobbies seriously (that’s okay, it’s a hobby after all). 

However, if you want to take it to the next step, there’s something all the pros do.

The secret is this.

You need to switch from a hobbyist’s schedule to a professional’s schedule.

You need to set up your own “business hours”, even if it just means you’re the only one who’s going to show up to work. 

No more working solely when you feel inspired to. 

No more putting it off till the next time it’s convenient. 

Set a specific time of day and get to work.

Do it over and over and over again. 

That is how we go from creative hobby to creative professional.