Creativity and discovery

  • Art & Creativity,  Creativity and discovery

    Just do it

    “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” ~Andy Warhol I’ve always believed that artists are truly courageous people. When it comes to expressing creativity, fear is usually what stops other people in their tracks — not lack of talent. Fear of failure … Fear of looking foolish … Fear of being misjudged. Everyone who is reading this post has a creative gift to share or express. If you can quiet the fearful inner voices that discourage you, you’ll start to paint, write, play music,…

  • Creativity and discovery,  Motivation,  Poetry

    Throwback Thursday: “Make music of what you can”

      Good morning, friends! Today I’m re-posting an old favorite for new subscribers…   I always knew I wanted to be a writer. When I was a kid, I perched in the gnarly apple tree in my backyard and scribbled stories in a notebook with lined pages. In college I majored in English and journalism, but it took a few more years to find the courage (and the income) I needed to begin a real writing career. The zig-zag path that led me here was marked with detours and littered with excuses. After graduation, I worked at other jobs where I learned some valuable lessons — including what I didn’t…

  • Creativity and discovery,  Originality,  Quotes about authenticity

    What’s your trademark?

    “We are all weird in some way….Most of the time it’s what makes us so incredible. So where’s your will to be weird? Where’s your resolution to be real? Celebrate your individuality and don’t be embarrassed by it. If you’re lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everybody else, don’t be ashamed and don’t hide it. Own it!” ~Marc Chernoff, Marc & Angel Hack Life Most people cringe at the thought of appearing “weird,” so I struggled to express my thoughts on today’s quote. But then I remembered the idea of having a “trademark” — which was a recent topic in a daybook we’re reading in my…

  • Adventure and exploration,  Art & Creativity,  Creativity and discovery

    Really, it’s OK to be wrong

    “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” ~Anonymous One-uppers, control freaks, critics, and perfectionists always top my list of pet peeves. Afraid to look foolish, these are the rigid folks who rarely color outside the proverbial lines. They like to point out the crooked seams on your brand-new outfit, for example, or correct your errors in public. Always right, they aim to win every argument. I bet you know a few of them too — and would agree they’re a lot less fun to be around. The fear of being wrong, or appearing wrong, is a buzz kill for just about everything. Today’s quote…

  • Creativity and discovery,  Mature perspectives,  Motivation

    A light on self-promotion

    “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” ~Anne Lamott I’ve always been conflicted about self-promotion. As soon as Writing Home was published, I had to set aside any sense of modesty or humility and “sell” my book (and myself) to a wider audience beyond my newspaper readership. It usually felt awkward. Today, I admire younger authors and entrepreneurs who grew up on social media platforms and don’t think twice about putting themselves out there for attention. But like most baby boomers I know, I was raised to think it’s not so cool to toot your own horn. And I still…