How you'll know if it’s creative work: you can’t do it perfectly. You can’t write the perfect message, play the song exactly right, fully nail the presentation, crush teaching the class, figure out where the blender looks best on the countertop, etc. Maybe you think “they” can. But that’s not how creativity works, it’s how … Continue reading How To Know If It’s “Creative” Work
"What are you going to do with that degree? You're going to need a plan B. And a plan C. You're wasting your money." Ever been told that? Good. This one is for you. Listen up - your creative streak is worth (much) more than you think. The world may not know how to value … Continue reading Your Creative Streak Is Worth (Much) More Than You Think
Coco Chanel gave this piece of fashion advice, and you can just as readily apply it to your writing: On your way out the door, stop and look in the mirror. Then take one thing off. There’s almost always something to cut. Even if it doesn’t feel right or like it violates our prior work. … Continue reading Fashion Advice From Coco Chanel
Storyboarding, or the act of breaking a story down into individual panels (think like a comic strip), has always fascinated me. It's a reminder that the sweeping story that floods past you is actually created from all of these individual frames, stitched together. And, in movies, somebody like Jennifer Yuh Nelson has the job of … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Storyboarding (Where You Make Your Mistakes)
You’ve got the message in your head. You know who needs to get it. But, you also know there’s a wall - literally and/or figuratively - standing in between you and your stated purpose. You need a Trojan horse. You need one just like the Greeks need one to get behind the walls of Troy. … Continue reading What’s Your Trojan Horse?