A coffee shop at my university has a poster on display next to the cream and sugar. “Find your bliss,” it reads in tall, red letters. Then, a quote from literary megastar J.K. Rowling: “And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me […]
Below, you'll find articles on the importance of creative expression. Topics include how to overcome a fear of starting, the role of inspiration in the creative process, and why amateurs can't let creative professionals have all the fun!
To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. — Elbert Hubbard If you don’t want to be criticized, don’t be a [presidential debate] moderator. There’s no way to do it without being criticized. — Jim Lehrer (retired PBS news anchor and veteran of 12 presidential debates) When it comes to doing work that matters, […]
I’ve been showing the same video in my college study skills classes for almost five years now. Maybe you’ve seen it. It’s a two-minute audio excerpt of a TV interview with Ira Glass, creator of This American Life. Glass gives the best description of the creative experience I’ve ever found. Here’s the video (and a […]
A rich life involves learning new skills, slowly mastering difficult things, and sharing our work. Deep down, we all want to contribute. But once we find even modest success, many of us struggle with a feeling that we’re secretly frauds, that we’ve somehow managed to fool everyone, and that the charade could end at any […]
I was talking to a friend recently about the difficulty of shipping: putting our creative work out into the world. My friend is a polymath, whip-smart and good at pretty much everything. This person is capable of making an interesting artistic statement in, like, four different mediums. But the fear of shipping is universal. I […]
Some mistakes are catastrophes, doing deep, lasting damage. Others are just missteps, bruising our egos a bit but teaching us loads in the process. It’s often hard to tell the difference, though. When we’re evaluating a potential course of action, fear often magnifies risk. To our fear-addled brains, potential minor difficulties can feel like looming […]