Need creative inspiration? Check out these amazing #100dayproject ideas!

Need creative inspiration? Check out these amazing #100dayproject ideas!

Hey there rebel!

It's been 16 days since the start of #the100dayproject, and if you still don't know what it is, it's an annual creative challenge that forces you to create every day and share what you've created on Instagram...

Except, I'm a rebel. So I'm writing flash fiction and sharing on twitter.

And since I've been following a lot of the people who share their art on twitter, I decided to share some of my favorites today on the blog. :)

Enjoy...

Do you want to be a better creative? Try #the100DayProject!

Do you want to be a better creative? Try #the100DayProject!

Hey there rebel!

Today marks the beginning of this year's 100 Day project.

(It was created by Elle Luna and The Great Discontent in 2014.)

Starting today, creatives all over the world are going to create something every day for the next 100 days. Whether that's painting or poetry or logos or angel dolls or stories or whatever, it doesn't matter. You can make anything.

The point of this project is to:

  • develop a daily creative habit
  • get better at your craft through daily practice
  • develop your own unique style through daily practice
  • become more confident in your craft and style
  • share your progress with the world

If this sounds like FUN, all you need is a theme, and you can start!

Something I wrote during one of my Daily Fiction Writing sessions.

Something I wrote during one of my Daily Fiction Writing sessions.

Hey there rebel!

OMG, it's been an amazing couple of weeks... 

You know how sometimes you get stuck in your craft? Like you've fallen into a really bad pattern or habit that prevents you from enjoying it? Or one that prevents you from even doing what you love the most?

Yeah... I fell into a bad pattern with my writing, so my solution was to start writing every morning, just 500 words, with a writer friend of mine.

We meet, we encourage each other, and sometimes it's more than 500 words, but the point of this exercise is not to write the best thing or the most words, but to show up and relax into it. To get into flow without caring so much about the outcome, as we so often do when we blog and write for money.

My goal was to stop caring so much about how good or bad my writing is.

Are you a creative with no style and no confidence in your work? Read this.

Are you a creative with no style and no confidence in your work? Read this.

I hear this everywhere...

I'm a writer/artist with no identifiable style. How do I find it?
My style of writing/etc. is boring/underwhelming/not very good. How can I write/create more like you/her/him?

Etc.

We're going to take on these (really) common limiting beliefs among the creative community and figure out how to get past them once and for all. Because on the other side of these lies your personal creative freedom. 

In this case, the grass is greener on the other side.

Do you want to turn your bad creative habits into better ones? Hell yes!

Do you want to turn your bad creative habits into better ones? Hell yes!

The free training is here!

So when I asked on twitter what you guys wanted to learn about, the answer was loud and clear - better creative habits. :)

And it's totally normal for us all to want that seeing as creatives aren't famous for being super productive, how, are we? What we are famous about is being moody and cutting our ears off. Or becoming alcoholics.

If you think about it, creativity can drive some people to madness, but it can also drive other people to success. I believe it's a choice, in the end.

So today I am answering your request and digging into your creative habits. 

We'll discuss how habits work, where to find the answers we are looking for, how to dig deeper to the root cause instead of just treating the symptom, and finally, discuss something I like to call a tipping (or avalanche) habit.

At the end of the article, you'll also be able to sign up for the training!

How to free your creativity from your self-imposed limitations.

How to free your creativity from your self-imposed limitations.

Hey there rebel!

You know how I always say we should go with our natural ways?

Well... turns out there IS an exception and I have just found it. And since I promised myself to always share my lessons with you in my emails, today I'll tell you how I had to go against my Natural Way this summer! *gasp*

I know, I know... it's like REBELASHPEMY.

Let me explain...

I hope you still write fiction.

I hope you still write fiction.

There's a song I always go back to.

It's a country song, called I Hope You Dance, performed by Lee Ann Womack.

Here are some of the words that touched me:

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin' might mean takin' chances, but they're worth takin'
Lovin' might be a mistake, but it's worth makin'
Don't let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin' out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance

10 Ways for Modern Creatives to Disconnect from All the Bullsh*t

10 Ways for Modern Creatives to Disconnect from All the Bullsh*t

It's official. Technology has taken over the world. We are hooked 24/7.

If you're not tapping away on your laptop - like I'm doing right now - your face is glued to your phone or your smart watch, or you're glaring at a huge screen. Whether that's your home computer or your TV, it doesn't matter. You probably need to see the eye doctor because your eyes are scratchy and leaking, and you don't want to admit it.

What is worse, your mind has become a reflection of what you consume, and what you consume is mindless listicles and how-to advice. No original thought! 

Why do you think coloring is trendy? I mean, why would adults choose to revert back to childhood? And why is everyone obsessed with print books and magazines all of a sudden? Why do modern creatives suddenly need to go on retreats in Nature?

Don't let this one thing kill your creativity!

Don't let this one thing kill your creativity!

Every time I talk to a creative, this one thing pops up.

It's a BIG DEAL. It's the reason for most creative blocks. The reason you can't create at full capacity. The reason for my many failed attempts at productivity. It's important that you recognize it for what it is and work on eliminating it from your life once and for all. Otherwise it will keep ruining your creative life and blocking your creative genius.

I am talking about PRESSURE. But not just any pressure... Not the kind of pressure that comes with deadlines or limitations. I'm talking about the kind that comes with expectations - your own and those of others.

How to "make it happen" as a creative and a dreamer.

How to "make it happen" as a creative and a dreamer.

Have you noticed how every week a different topic is trending?

You can very easily see this if you're on twitter every day, even just for a few minutes because suddenly everyone is talking about the same thing. And I'm not talking about some kind of event or you know, the latest stupid thing twitter is doing... I'm talking about a topic that can be seen from many different perspectives. The latest popular theme has been "the fetishization of passion" as Elizabeth Gilbert calls it in this podcast episode.

She says that it's dangerous to put so much pressure on passion because it was never meant to carry it. There's a scary trend of people wanting their passions and creative talents to become their full-time jobs...

The 5 Keys to Cutting Back On Consumption & Amping Up Your Creativity

The 5 Keys to Cutting Back On Consumption & Amping Up Your Creativity

You've got a ton to do, but everything's distracting you. You find yourself using social media too much and reading too many blogs, and by the way, you should have finished that product a hundred times by now, but you keep putting it off...

Did I get it right? Probably because I felt this way just two weeks ago. 

I've been putting off finishing important products and launches, and for what? For a ton of tweets, reading blogs I don't care that much for, and Gilmore Girls re-runs?! If I want to up my game, I'll have to figure out a more productive system, and here it is.

Big Magic: The Importance of Goose Bumps And Doing Things "Just for Fun"

Big Magic: The Importance of Goose Bumps And Doing Things "Just for Fun"

As I read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, I recall the times when I read this kind of thing on the regular. Eight years ago, I had just started University and went into the U.S. for a summer job of knocking on doors and being chased by dogs, a.k.a. "door-to-door sales".

In my free time - which was measly - I spent every minute pouring over books about writing because I had never had access to those before. You know the usuals - Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, The Writer's Journey by Julia Cameron, and so on.

I can hardly remember a time when I was more inspired than I was back then. And I wasn't writing, don't get me wrong. I was just consuming all the inspiration I could get from those people - it was my morning breakfast and my evening meal. It was what kept me sane and growing and just full of joy. All summer, amidst my inability to sell a thing.