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Creativity and writing smaller lists

April 13, 2011

If you consider yourself creative, you probably have a list.

It’s that, “one day I’ll…” list and it will probably contain things like, write a novel, paint a canvas, sell some art or music, design a house, build it myself… In order to do any one of those things well, you need an awesome amount of focus, a painful amount of hard work and a great deal of time. So there lies the catch, what to begin, where to focus? You worry, if you focus your efforts in one direction all of those other worthy outlets for your creative passion will be calling.

Here’s a thought, write a smaller list. Just a creative handful, things that move you, things you can picture completed. Understand that you can and will achieve all of these things and more. In fact achieving one completely will make the others far easier. Pick a big thing and give yourself a year. You can write a novel in a year, produce a fine set of canvases, you can certainly sell some art or music. You could quite possibly, architect or not, design a house and build it yourself.

Write the list then begin one thing, today.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. markwojtasiak permalink
    April 13, 2011 7:12 pm

    Great advice for almost anything in life. Go for those “little wins” and ultimately they will lead to big accomplishments. Great post!

    • April 13, 2011 7:19 pm

      Thanks Mark, I’ve wrestled with this post for weeks so it’s great to get some good feedback. Oh and by the way; novel, canvas, house build – yes they’re all on my list.

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