A Pen In Each Hand

By Beaver

  1. Start a daily creativity project. Maybe it is taking one photo. Maybe it is completing one sketch. Maybe it is writing 100 words. Maybe it is composing a haiku. Whatever you choose, make your daily project concrete and keep it small. It should be something that does not take a lot of time, that is not stressful to do each day, that you can incorporate into your daily routine. Create a space for your project—a Flickr album, a notebook, a blog, a hashtag on Twitter—a place where you are able to look at the body of work as a whole. Not only will this enable you see how quickly just a little bit of creative work each day accumulates, but it will illuminate the problems and ideas you keep returning to in your work and allow you to apply what you learn to your other writing projects.
  2. Begin a new book-length project. Fiction, non-fiction, it’s up to you. Maybe right now you just have a shred of an idea. That’s ok. In fact, that’s perfect. Begin with the conviction that you will complete the work eventually, and deflect any pressure to rush to the end. This is the project you will work on at your own pace, whatever that is. The only rule is that you must actually work on it. It isn’t about procrastinating or planning to write a book “some day.” This about allowing yourself time to sponge up inspiration, to meander, to go in unexpected directions, to write the best book you can. Set yourself a daily, weekly, or monthly time goal for actively working (this would include brainstorming, researching, outlining, etc., as well as writing) on the project.
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