Creative Joy

How I Read 100 Books Per Year

August 24, 2016
Discover 7 ways to read more, indulge your curiosity and inspire your writing >>> |

I’m a big believer in the idea that a voracious reader equals a better writer. The more we read, the more we’re exposed to different styles, topics, inspiration, ideas and knowledge.

I’ve always been a big reader, but the last few years I’ve read well over 100 books each year—not counting the countless blog posts and articles I read online too. To some people, this sounds impossible. For me, it’s impossible to think of a life without reading. I’m a huge advocate for reading more, especially if you’re involved in creative pursuits. Here are a few things that help me read at volume: Continue Reading…

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How to Hit the Reset Button on a No-Good Unproductive Day

April 27, 2016
We all have unproductive days. In this post, discover a few simple but effective ways to hit the reset button and restart your day with clarity and momentum.

You know the kinds of days I’m talking about. The days we wake up, pour a cup of coffee, and suddenly it’s 11am and where did the morning go? The days when it’s dark, cold, raining, and we’d much rather huddle under the duvet watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt than get up and do our daily creative practice, let alone anything else. The days where it feels like we’ve sat staring at our computer screen forever and are making zero progress towards that important thing we needed to do today.

These days happen. We can set up our lives in a way that makes them less likely, but they still happen. Maybe we’re feeling under the weather or didn’t sleep so well, perhaps we’ve over-committed, or maybe we’re just experiencing a little analysis paralysis around all the things we want to do.

Whatever the case, the day isn’t over until it’s over. Here are a few simple but effective ways we can hit the reset button on a no-good unproductive day: Continue Reading…

Creative Joy

Have You Discovered the Magic of Artist Dates?

April 6, 2016

Artist dates are an invaluable tool in any creative’s toolkit. Not only are they useful for replenishing our creative energy, but they also provide us with inspiration and opportunities to follow our curiosity with no agenda or distraction.

The concept comes from Julia Cameron’s 12-week course, The Artist’s Way. She introduces artist dates early in the course as a foundational practice, explaining:

The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” — think mischief more than mastery…When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.

The beauty of these occasions is they have no agenda or motive, except to follow your curiosity. And they’re not just for artists (I certainly don’t consider myself any kind of art aficionado). Creatives of all persuasions can use artist dates to invigorate their craft.

Last week, I share two posts about this over on Becoming Who You Are. The first was about the magic and science of these dates: why they work, how they work and a few important guidelines for creating your own. The second included 52 ideas for artist dates (one for each week of the year) plus a free artist’s date planner you can download and use to plan, schedule and review your dates.

Check them out here:

The Powerful Magic (& Science) of Artist Dates

52 Easy & Inspiring Ideas for Artist Dates (+ Free Planner!)

Do you use artist dates? If so, what are your favourite suggestions? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!


Image: Sebastian Unrau

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13 Inspiring Quotes About Creativity from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

December 16, 2015

bigmagicBig Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is a wonderful packed with inspiring quotes about creativity. Although parts of the book might be a little “out there” for more rationally-minded readers, her insights into dealing with fear, courage and other parts of the creative process make this book a must-read for anyone engaged in personal or professional creative pursuits (for more details, check out my review here).

If you’re looking for creative inspiration for your next project, check out some of my favourite quotes from the book below: Continue Reading…

Recommended Reading

Creative Coffee Break: Saying Yes, Writing Psychology & a Rousing Pep Talk

November 14, 2015
Creative Coffee Break: Saying yes, writing psychology & inspiring pep talks


For a year, Shonda Rhimes said “Yes” to all the things that scared her
A good read on writing psychology: Top 10 writing tips and the psychology behind them
Amazing advice: The art of asking: or, how to ask and get what you want
It’s not you: three things to consider in the face of failure
Overcoming the 10 biggest obstacles to creating
Entitlement vs. worthiness
Read this when you need a pep talk: I’ve been wanting to tell you
How (and why) you should read more
6 ways you can build good karma into your business (without losing lots of money)
The difference between selling and sharing


Filing this Gold Moon Wall tutorial from A Beautiful Mess under “For when I’m not renting anymore”.


Grab your tissues, and get ready for the most beautifully-made and moving tribute to a pet man has ever seen:


What are you reading, making and watching this week? Leave a comment and share your favourite resources.


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