COVID-19 quarantine has really done a number on us. Many of us are distracted and frustrated, but also feeling pressure to be productive. I've definitely felt that pressure too, but have found a few gentle ways to keep my creativity going during quarantine. I use the isolation in my work … Continue reading How I’m staying creative during the pandemic
Unending thanks to freelance graphic designer Catherine Toews for my business' fantastic new logo! For years I had been using something I'd kind of slapped together myself without much thought, but Catherine helped me get on the right track. After a few discussions about what I wanted out of my logo … Continue reading New logo designed by Catherine Toews!
With creativity, sometimes you just need a little encouragement. To that end, I've compiled six of my favourite quotes about creativity and the creative mindset. Feel free to share these! I created them, but I don't care about attribution. Just enjoy - and create! One note: I verified these quotes … Continue reading 6 quotes to inspire your creativity
As a freelance writer, I would find it nearly impossible to work without a host of apps and websites that help keep me organized, productive, and creative. If you're a creative entrepreneur, have a look at these sites and apps I use in my own business, and with clients. The … Continue reading Best apps and sites for creative entrepreneurs
No matter what kind of creative business you run, your email marketing is an important part of your overall success. And I don't just mean a good strategy - I mean good spelling and grammar, too. Yes, I may be biased, but I believe that if you don’t consider your … Continue reading Does spelling and grammar matter for creatives?
When many people hear the phrase "creative entrepreneur," they might imagine a business owner who has creative ideas for new products, or an innovative marketing campaign. That definition is close, but not quite correct. So, what is a creative entrepreneur? My definition of a creative entrepreneur When I talk about … Continue reading What is a creative entrepreneur?
I've always considered myself a morning person, willing to spend those early morning hours on creative work or preparing for my day. In fact, I even enjoy it. However, lately I've discovered a new morning routine, and it's been improving my productivity in a way I didn't expect. And it's … Continue reading How Mel Robbins’ morning routine helps me work
I've been blogging since 1997. But I promise you, you've never heard of me. After listening to Joanna Penn's podcast about 10 years of her online business recently, I've been feeling nostalgic over my own early internet days. In particular, the 1990s internet, which seemed so quiet and so small. … Continue reading Thoughts on 20+ years of blogging
Recently, I came across a pseudo-interview from 2014, where I answered questions about my fiction writing and my creative process. You can read it on my writing blog, here. Finding it again made me think about the ways my creative process has changed since then - and how it's still the same.
A couple of months ago, I booked myself into an Airbnb for a weekend dedicated to writing. I'd done this once before, in 2008, and was excited to try again. I'd learned some valuable lessons from my last DIY writing retreat, and was confident that this one would be successful. … Continue reading How I created a DIY writing retreat