Be More Creative Without Quitting Your Day Job

How to be more creative without quitting your day job:

Hope you enjoy this wonderful guest post by a talented writer and writing coach, Catharine Bramkamp, whom I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with at the New Media Expo (#NMX) in 2012. Since then, I have enjoyed reading her monthly newsletters — the one that just arrived “spoke” to me, so I can’t wait to share this with all you talented people out there who want to become  more creative, want to start writing a blog or even write a book!

Catharine Bramkamp, author. Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice“We are busy. I talk with professional, brilliant women all the time (lucky me) and the one subject that consistently surfaces is “I want to be creative, I want MORE, but I don’t have the time.”
You can be creative every day. Just not all day.
Start with ten minutes a day.

To make those ten minutes as productive here are some strategies:

Break Through Writers Block
You know this one, The Ten Minute Write (Natalie Goldberg), Morning Pages (Julia Cameron). Write for ten minutes, first thing in the morning. Write crap, write brilliantly, write about your frustrating day at work, it’s all good. The idea started with the automatic writing craze in the mid-nineteenth century reemerging as a writing technique with Gertrude Stein and popularized by Jack Kerouac On the Road). Write anything and everything down and know you are part of a long tradition of creating truly incomprehensible first drafts.

What Excites You
Figure out what excites you about your project and focus on that. It is said that the best approach to a good novel is to cut out all the boring parts. It’s those boring parts that are dragging you and your book project down. Cut them. I know, they are brilliant and well constructed and you just finished spell checking. Cut them anyway. Write for ten minutes about what you really want to write about. Now focus on that work and see what you create.

Find the Right Program for Your Project
One of the best applications I’ve found to manage my creative projects is Scrivener. I use it both for building my novels and for journaling. Scrivener caters to divergent, creative thinkers so we can keep track of all those marvelous random thoughts.

Be Consistent
Find a regular time to work, not just for your schedule but because the muse needs a standing appointment. If you keep to your time, so will she. Work on your project for ten or twenty minutes a day. And if you can, do that creative work first thing in the morning. That way no matter what the day brings, you will have created, written and made some progress on something close to your heart and soul. Once you do that, the day is already a success before you’ve even stepped into the shower.”

– Catharine Bramkamp

Thank you for your awesome insights and inspiration Catharine and look forward to seeing you at New Media Expo 2015!

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