5 Ways to Support Your Creative Friends

Creative ventures are a brave and inspiring thing to witness, even to people without artistic inclinations. We like to romanticize the mind that sees connections and colors, themes and theories, solutions and stories – but general admiration doesn’t fully cover the everyday needs of a creative soul.

5 Ways to Support Your Creative Friends

Today I’m sharing some practical ways you can support your creative friends based on what I’ve found received from the wonderful people who’ve helped and encouraged me, and from being a supporter of fellow creatives myself.

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How To Stay Creative When You Work From Home

I work from home and it’s absolutely amazing. As a hardcore introvert who needs a lot of uninterrupted quiet time to focus on various projects, it’s a dream come true. But there are times when it feels like living in an endless time loop. When days and weeks begin to blur together, it’s easy for the creative side of the brain to feel sludgy and stagnant.

How To Stay Creative When You Work From Home

You might think those are the times to just “go out”. Hang out with friends, run wild and free out on the town, or at least do some therapy shopping until the creative mood strikes once again… but that’s not usually an option for me. If I want an escape for a few hours, need to take time off to refresh, or find a little variety to spice up my life, I need to find it within my own home. And believe me, there are plenty of ways to find that without leaving the house.

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Nobody Buys an Idea

I always need a little time to process after a writing conference. After three days of enjoying WriteOnCon workshops, podcasts, Q&A panels, and blog posts, my brain has finally come up with some takeaways!

WriteOnCon 2020 Afterglow: Nobody Buys an Idea

Today, I’m sharing one of the little eureka! moments that I had as the information sank in this week. Perhaps it’s something you’ve needed to hear, too.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Letters

Letter writing is a tradition in my family, so it’s fantastic to see it coming back into style as a fun and crafty hobby.

The Beginner's Guide to Writing Letters

If you’re a letter writing newbie who’s not sure where to begin, I have a few ideas that will inspire you to pick up a pen and keep your local postal worker busy.

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20 Questions About Tea

In a recent blog post by S. M. Metzler, she claimed “not even I have twenty questions about tea”, which, of course, I took as a challenge. Although I’m still a tea-drinking newbie, an outing to a real-live tea shop has gotten my brain wired on hot beverages.

20 Questions About Tea

Are you an avid tea drinker? Then perhaps you can help me out and answer these twenty questions.

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2019 Highlight Reel

Happy New Year, everyone! I’ve never been a big fan of clip/recap episodes, but I think there’s some benefit in creating them for ourselves.

Elza's 2019 Highlight Reel

Whether you missed it the first time around, wanted to relive these most-magical moments, or were hoping for my all-important opinions on certain auspicious events, as long as you’re good and ready for a lot of me talking about myself, read on.

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5 Helpful Ways to Keep a To Do List

I didn’t always love lists. I rebelled against them for a time, convinced that, with creativity on my side, I didn’t need something ordinary and boring like organization. Strangely enough, I am a very organized person, so this little rebellious phase didn’t last too long.

5 Helpful Ways to Keep a To Do List

Lists are now one of my most-utilized tools for absolutely everything, and in the spirit of sharing resources, I’ve decided to give you the inside scoop on how to make your To Do lists work for you.

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7 Steps for Surviving Creative Block

There are people who claim that creative block is nothing more than an illusion devised by the mind. Pushing through and trying anyway yields a surprising and productive result. This is true. We can create even when the whim doesn’t strike us. We can do good work even when we’d rather not do any at all. This is an incredibly human trait. It’s how we survive Mondays.

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That being said, I do believe in creative block. True creative block isn’t about lack of motivation or unwillingness to put forth effort. There’s no muscling through or working around it. If you’re among those of us who occasionally suffer from this inexplicable inability to create, I’m here to share some of my personal insights.

 

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