Tag: creativity


  • process

    The thing I wish I would have known as a high school student: success and failure often feel the same to me. They are big, complicated feelings that after processing usually leave me feeling just a tad empty. (failed at a thing? I have to do more to do it right. succeeded at thing? I […]

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  • locksmiths

    A locksmith’s job is to open a locked door. Seth Godin explains: they don’t take it personally if a key does not open the lock. They simply try the next key. They don’t wonder if they should pursue a different profession. Or if they are worthy. They simply keep trying until it works. This metaphor […]

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  • creating as nonlinear work

    Maybe writing or creating is not as linear as I thought. Maybe that is where I get hung up– thinking that the creative process is linear. But you don’t go from nothing to finished product. On a good day, you go from nothing to something. And then revisit, edit, and change. Or maybe you know […]

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  • doubt+confidence

    Whenever I’m creating something, I like to walk the line between these two feelings: This is shit. This is the shit. Both/and always. One keeps it going, the other keeps it growing.

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  • length requirements

    What is the purpose of length requirements in the writing classes we took in high school and college? Perhaps the argument behind requiring a student to write a 10 page essay is that it ensures that the student is writing enough for the teacher to grade. By requiring 10 pages, it allows the student to […]

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  • reassurance

    It is very easy for me to compare my work to others… especially its reception. I do this while looking through the lens of scarcity. They have more than I have, therefore I have less and need more. But what do I need more of? More reassurance that my work is valid? (I often perceive […]

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  • mistakes

    mistakes

    made mistakes. overthought them. lived to talk about it.

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  • like, realizing stuff

    One.) What other other people say about your art is not objective. Even if they’re “experts” in the field. Two.) Difficult decisions are most difficult when you’re in the process of making them. After you’ve made the decision it is no longer difficult. (this idea is from Debbie Milman) Three.) We often say, “it’s all […]

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  • “how do you set poetry to music?”

    “how do you set poetry to music?”

    A friend recently asked me, “how do you set poetry to music?” and I think there are a couple approaches but the easiest (but also the answer no one wants to hear) is that you just do it. You sit down with your instrument (or without) and start singing the poetry. Oftentimes the hardest part […]

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  • Mind to paper

    One of my friends recently asked how a song goes from mind to “paper.” And I think the answer is relative to your experience. When I first started writing music, the song I imagined was always different than the song that came out. Radically different. And I never really cared because hearing a song in […]

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