Every job requires tools. Whatever kind of creative work you do (or want to do), you’ll eventually have to wrestle with this question: What equipment do I need? This is a tricky question for two reasons: Buying gear is super fun. We’re great at convincing ourselves we need more gear. And come on! Who doesn’t […]
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!
Musicians are supposed to practice sight-reading (playing music we’ve never seen before). Sight-reading is a crucial skill. We need to be able to sound good playing anything, not just music we’ve practiced for weeks. Practicing sight-reading is dead simple: you practice it by doing it. But simple doesn’t mean easy, and sight-reading is also uncomfortable. […]
The following quote is from Seth Godin’s live audio program Leap First (1:55:10). [Some context: Seth’s blog is widely-read, and he’s been running it since 2002. He has never accepted a guest post, preferring to write all content himself.] I got an email. I get these emails all the time —don’t send me one; I […]
This post is the second in a two-part series on using constraints to improve creativity. Part I is here! [C]reative people organize their lives according to repetitive, disciplined routines. They think like artists but work like accountants. — David Brooks, in a NY Times Op-ed I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately, it strikes every […]
This post is the first in a two-part series on using constraints to improve creativity. Part II is here! The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution. — Igor Stravinsky, from Poetics of Music in the Form of Six […]