creative productivity

Samantha Hodder, host and creator of the podcast This is Our Time, about women in STEM banding together to make big changes in the climate change battle

The time to act is now

So how does one go from a slow-burn collaborative podcast to putting out a full, cohesive season of a narrative podcast in one year? With a whole lot of extremely focused action, and a laser focus on one goal.

There is no gatekeeper. There is no gate. Article by Jessica Abel. Young woman trying to learn to play guitar. Excerpt from Soundtrack" ©1992 by Jessica Abel

There is no gatekeeper. There is no gate.

A few weeks ago, I assigned my art students a fun project, a “forgery” of an artist they admire and want to learn from. One student picked Michelangelo. (I talked her down from trying a fresco—in two weeks—to imitating his red chalk studies.) She copied his work in her sketchbook every day. She went to

“Fading Away”, photograph by Henry Peach Robinson. A writer with chronic illness (or any creative) needs to get serious about creative focus. Chronic illness inspiration doesn't come from uplifting quotes, it comes from getting real and getting your writing done anyway.

5 steps to Creative Focus, in sickness and in health

Writer Jennie Spotila says, “I thought my disability was a barrier to writing my book when, in fact, my disability just presented me with harder choices. Making art is part of you, and when you are sick, you need to remember who you are.”

Perfectionism is not the real problem

Perfectionism is not your real problem.

Have you published your essay online? Have you sent your book to reviewers? Have you submitted your comic to that anthology you love? Is your website up? Have you actually told anyone it’s up? Have you shown your new work to… anybody? Have you even let yourself spend time on your new work? No? What’s stopping

Lucy Bellwood and Jessica Abel in conversation about self-doubt demons, should monsters, social media, building an audience, and how to rock crowdfunding.

What happens when you let your demons run loose (spoiler: good things)

You should be making your creative work every day. You should be spending more time with your family and friends. You should spend a lot more time in selling your work. You shouldn’t have to sell anything: your work should speak for itself. You should be much further along in your career. You should give