The Biggest Obstacle to Creativity

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This past week, with the filming of my first comedy project in 6 years, I’ve been reminded just how exhilarating it is to create stuff. It makes you come alive. It inspires others. And it builds communities. Yet as we grow older, many of us seem to forget this power within us. We forget that … [Read More]

Start Something: The Only Tip You’ll Ever Need

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How do you know when you’re ready to start something new? Maybe it’s a new project, a new job, or a new hobby. Well, the answer is simple.

Are You Writing for the Right Reasons?

Writing for the right reasons

This probably seems like the most obvious bit of advice about writing, and I certainly thought so before I started my own writing “adventures” on this website. What advice am I talking about?

Should You Go ‘All-in’?

Going all-in

Whenever starting something new and exciting, the tendency can be to try and over do it. To try and go “all-in”. To try and capitalise on your initial burst of enthusiasm. This applies to almost anything. Creative projects, healthy eating, fitness, hobbies, habits, and even relationships. How many times have you seen someone start their … [Read More]

The Fear of Creating…

Fear of creating

I had a really interesting chat with a friend recently. While on the surface the conversation was basically my friend having a tongue-in-cheek go at a recent article I had written here (the crux being that I had accidentally misspelled a word – the horror!), there was something underlying her comments that reinforced why many … [Read More]

Are You Doing It Every Day?

Doing it every day

Do you want to create something, but keep putting it off to wait for the perfect time to start? That has summed up my experience over the last 6 years. I went from creating stuff regularly (eg. a weekly radio show, and a comedy TV pilot), to suddenly no longer creating anything because “other things … [Read More]

Are You Working on Awesome Stuff?

Working on awesome stuff

There’s a great quote I’ve read before, but I can’t quite remember where I read it: “Stop working on projects that you don’t feel awesome about.” Recently, I had a situation that perfectly suited the above.

Do You Want to ‘Get Into’ Something?

Get into something

Isn’t it odd how many of us, at one time or another, have said something along the lines of “I want to get into [insert occupation/field/hobby/etc]“? Perhaps some of us still do this. We might say things like “I want to get into filmmaking” or “art”, or “I want to become a musician” or “writer”. … [Read More]

Stop Waiting for Other People

Are you always waiting for other people?

I recently had a chat with a friend who has filmmaking ambitions. He’s itching to create some projects. But something he said hit me. “I can’t do anything at the moment because it relies on other people being available.” It made me think how many times in the past I’ve thought that way too. Perhaps … [Read More]

Don’t Talk Yourself Out of It

Talking yourself out of it

One of the biggest struggles for many of us is talking ourselves out of doing something. Perhaps it’s because you don’t feel you’re an expert at something, that you don’t have the required “qualifications“, that you haven’t put in enough years, or that you simply don’t have the talent or ability. I’m all too familiar … [Read More]