Write It Down or Annie Wilkes Will Break Your Legs

Why write? Good question. I have no idea. Perhaps, the answer for me is also a line of inquiry. Why not? Why not just pack it in and give up on any dreams of becoming a famous author, bathing in a bathtub of dollar bills. Well, I’m Canadian, so they’d be coins, loonies we call ‘em, but you get the point.

Here’s the deal. I have no aspirations of being a novelist, famous or otherwise. Although, an unfamous (as opposed to infamous) novelist seems kinda lame. What is the difference between ‘famous’ and ‘infamous’ anyway? Good and evil, they tend to be used interchangeably. English is such a strange language. Read More

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Why Failure is Your Friend

We’re all afraid to fail. Whether our motivation is disappointing ourselves, our coworkers, or our friends and families, no one wants to intentionally complete a task that misses the mark you’ve been aiming at. However, failing at something gives us an opportunity to learn. And that learning experience allows you to succeed on future projects.

As creatives, our internal critic is the loudest voice that we hear. If a scientific study was done on creatively inclined personalities I am sure that they would find a correlation between being creative and being a perfectionist. We pay attention to details, second guess our decisions, and lack confidence with our final products until we get input and feedback from others. Some of us never finish certain personal projects because they just aren’t right. I know I have several. Read More

“What’s it all about?”

I’ve been asked a few times in the past what going to an E3C meet-up was all about and have addressed concerns about “not having anything to talk about” – so this month I decided to attend the meeting like a regular member instead of a part of the steering committee to report how it went.

This month’s meet-up was hosted at the Humani-T cafe off of Spring Garden on South Park street and it was one of the best yet, based on location alone. Lots of new faces of people who tracked us down on twitter to join the fun, as well as a couple new people who tagged along with friends. Read More

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Happy Mail

In a time where most people only receive bills and notices and total garbage advertisements, nobody gets excited about checking their mailbox anymore. Usually it’s filled with things you don’t care about or envelopes you’d rather not open. But what if one day there was something bright and colourful in amongst all of that nonsense? Would your face light up? Would your heart race a little? Would you do a little happy dance? Because I certainly do, and I think everyone else should too. Everyone deserves something awesome in their mail box.  A hand written address, a decorated envelope, full of who knows what kind of happy things. Snail mail is my one true love. Read More

Square Peg, Round Hole: Avoid The Box

I love podcasts. I use them for a variety of purposes. Sometimes they are used to entertain, and sometimes they are used to educate. But the best is when these two purposes intersect and that is how I often feel about The Nerdist Podcast. For those not familiar, Chris Hardwick is an American born actor (sort of), tv host (occasionally) and stand up comedian (professionally) but over the past few years he has become particularly well known as the founder of the Nerdist network, a network that seemingly knows no bounds. His focus seems to be “if you want to make something, make something”. He is a believer that the current landscape of media and internet allows for anyone to produce anything they want. I’vactore always loved this concept because I think it is indicative of the entrepreneurial spirit that I think is so important in todays culture and economy. Read More

Words to Kill

Part of the self-editing process (you do self-edit, right?) is to clean-up passive voice, needless adverbs and filler words. This is typically done in a pass that doesn’t pass any judgement on the content itself. It’s a mechanical exercise.

So, why not use the awesome power of your computer to get it done. Write down a list of words that indicate writing that could be tightened up. Use an angry red crayon, if it helps. Start with these gems: was, were, had, just, that, started, think, thought, only. Add words to the list you often overuse. Search for them using the so-named function of your word processor. Don’t automatically remove, but challenge them. Are these the best word choices? Read More

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Getting and Staying Creative

Regardless of what creative field you are in, there are always days when you just can’t seem to think of anything to write, draw, doodle, animate, design, or paint. And sometimes you look at something and know something is off but you just can’t put your finger on it.

Having a solid creative process helps you develop ideas when you feel like you have none. Each person has a different process and is inspired and motivated by different things. Some people love Pinterest and for others magazines and books offer more plentiful fodder. Although you’ve probably heard most, if not all, of these before here are some reminders on ways to get the creative juices flowing again when you get stuck. Read More

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The Year of the Creative

My name is Paige Sawler and I am a creative person with a terrible habit of giving up. As a graphic designer, my brain is constantly coming up with new ideas, brainstorming new projects, thinking when it should be sleeping. I’m always full of brand new plans, excited about new hobbies, and into learning a million new things at once, but I have a problem. When I start something new I’m inspired, and when I start to lose that inspiration, I lose motivation and I fail to commit to anything all the way through. I know I’m not alone in this creative struggle of constant inspiration, so I wanted to test myself. Read More

Start Writing…Like Now

Blogging is not hard. There. I said it. It’s just not. Now don’t get me wrong. Growing a following for your blog can be difficult. Monetizing your blog, if you so choose, can be incredibly difficult. But that’s not what we’re talking about. What we’re talking about is blogging and blogging is not hard. Do you have thoughts? Do you have access to a computer? These are your two requirements. These are your only two requirements. Everything else is icing on the cake. So, I’m not going to work with you on the topics of having thoughts or having access to a computer because if you don’t have either of these two things, we can’t really continue. Also, here’s my brief blurb on the why. You can blog for a thousand reasons. Read More