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97 Best Creativity Tips EVER!
The 97 Best Creativity Tips Ever!
© Eric Maisel, 2011. All rights reserved
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Please enjoy and make use of the following 97 tips. 
May they help you create deeply and daily!
1.
Be consistent in showing up. Getting to your creative
work only once in a while won’t keep it alive.
Make “routine” and “regularity” sacred words!
2.
Who knows how many artists fail because the light
that shines through them is refracted in a thousand
directions and not concentrated in a single beam?
Pick projects and complete them! It is not really
possible to work on a thousand things at once.
3.
One of the best ways to help yourself create every day is
to craft a starting ritual that you begin to use regularly and
routinely. When your ritual becomes habitual you will fnd
yourself moving effortlessly from not creating to creating.
4.
Make the following pledge: “I will do some creative
work every day, if only for ffteen or twenty minutes.¨
Honor your pledge for the next two weeks and
spend fourteen consecutive days creating.
5.
Looking for only the perfect time to create? Forget about it!
You are always in the middle of something so it is right in
the middle of things that your creating must also happen.
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Even small amounts of time can be used for creating. Do you
make use of ffteen minutes here and twenty minutes there?
7.
Are you good at capturing your own creative thoughts? Or do
you let them slip away by telling yourself that they weren’t
really all that good or all that important? Stop that! Start right
now doing a better job of capturing and recording your ideas.
8.
You must reckon with your own character. Creativity
requires curiosity. Are you curious enough? Creativity
requires risk-taking. Are you willing to risk? Creativity
requires energy. Can you marshal and unleash your energy?
Creativity requires patience. Have you cultivated that
quality? Turn yourself into the artist you need to be!
9.
Telling our truth can bring us pain and get us into trouble,
but worse pain and worse trouble await us if we keep silent.
Tell your truth—carefully, artfully, and courageously!
10.
Say yes to your creative work! Avoid maybe like the
plague. Maybe is a state that takes you right to the edge
of meaninglessness. Maybe plays to your weaknesses,
your anxieties, and your doubts. Maybe frustrates
you and disappoints you. Avoid the maybe trap!
11.
Reframe “discipline” as “devotion.” Luciano
Pavarotti said, “People think I’m disciplined. It’s
not discipline, it’s devotion, and there’s a great
difference.” Think about that difference!
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12.
Boredom is the thing that regularly arrives between 
excitements and episodes of meaning. If you are bored 
do not say, “I am so bored that I can’t possibly create.” 
Instead say, “I am so bored—I had better create!”
13.
Have you fgured out a Iorm Ior your creative
work? Nothing really exists until it has a form!
14.
What are your process, your style, and your rhythm? 
Get clear in your own mind how you create. Then accept 
your way of working—or change it if it’s not effective.
15.
To decide to reach for this blue and not that one, to 
switch styles or subject matter, to move, in the middle 
of a sentence, in one direction or another, to commit 
to this book when that one is also calling, are the 
sorts of choices that artists must make if they are to 
function. Remember: you can’t avoid choosing!
16.
You can jumpstart your creativity in the following way: 1. 
Ask yourself an interesting question 2. Try to answer it.
17.
Unexplored territory has no maps. You will have 
to go into the unknown guided only by your inner 
compass. Become an intrepid explorer!
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Wildness is part of the process. Say, “I am one 
wild creature!” Shout it out, if you dare!
19.
Do not fear the darkness. It is in that darkness that your 
new work resides. You must proceed blind and uncertain 
into that darkness if you intend to go deep. Down in 
that darkness reside your future accomplishments.
20.
Not everything you create will work well. When 
something doesn’t work you can say, “I’m an 
idiot!” or you can say, “Such things happen.” Which 
thought do you suppose serves you better?
21.
Creativity fows Irom selI-relationship. You are
the student and you are the teacher. The next time 
a creative problem arises ask yourself, “What do I 
already know that will help me solve this?” Begin 
to see yourself as your own best resource.
22.
Allow for fortunate accidents. Pull out odds and ends 
from your refrigerator. Try combinations of food—pickles 
with peanut butter, apple juice with radish slices. Most 
will taste horrible. But maybe one will be a revelation!
23.
Intending is more powerful than wishing. Intend to 
create. Hold the intention in your heart and in your 
belly. Grow creative through powerful intention.
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24.
How satisfactory is the life you lead between 
your creative stints? Are there some important 
improvements to be made? As much as we might 
wish it to be, life isn’t only about creating!
25.
Creativity is your teacher. Pick a creative project 
whose express purpose is to teach you something about 
your situation or your nature. If no project comes to 
mind. try your hand at a ten-page autobiography.
26.
Have you abandoned some creative project that still 
retains a lot of juice? Return to it with optimism, an 
open heart. and a frm belieI in renewed possibility!
27.
If you regularly block, what do you think are the sources of
your blockage? Do you block only on certain work? Do you
block at certain points in the process? Do you block at certain
times of the year? Become your own expert on blockage!
28.
Learn some anxiety management tools. Anxiety makes
us undisciplined. Learn a deep breathing technique or
a relaxation technique to help you stay put. Anxiety
is part of the process—learn how to manage it!
29.
A creative block is the wall you erect to ward off the
anxiety you suppose you’ll experience if you sit down
to work. Don’t predict that anxiety! And if it happens
to come—so what, you can manage your anxiety.
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30.
Time magically disappears but it only appears when
you schedule it. Get your creating on your schedule!
31.
You can’t plan in advance for everything – for
every mood swing, every mistake, and every
shift in your circumstances. But you can plan to
show up—that is three-quarters of the battle!
32.
Learn how to go directly to your work. When your work
bell tolls at the appointed hour, answer it. Stop waiting!
33.
Schedule your creativity. Prepare a schedule for getting
to your creative projects and commit to that schedule.
Work on your current project for a month without second-
guessing your choice or bad-mouthing your progress.
34.
Create frst thing each morning. An hour of creating
prevents a day of guilty feelings. Start each day making
some meaning. Grow creative by putting creating frst!
35.
Work every single day on a creative project, even for
just an hour, Saturdays and Sundays included.
36.
Don’t shrug away the fact that you’re not completing
your creative work. Get to the last sentence of the
last page of the last revision. Then launch your piece
into the marketplace. If you are not completing
projects, do not accept that from yourself!
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37.
Divide a sheet of paper into three columns. Label
the frst column 'Starting,¨ the second column
“Working,” and the third column “Completing.”
List as many strategies as you can to help you start,
work, and complete your creative projects.
38.
Creativity at times needs solitude. If solitude is eluding
you, fnd an empty room right now and do not leave it
for two or three hours. Go to a quiet place and work!
39.
What do you need to unlearn in order
to become more creative?
40.
Enjoy the process – the mistakes and messes along with
the successes. Don’t need your work to go smoothly.
The ups and downs are part of the process.
41.
Get cognitively stronger! Use the following three-step
cognitive tool: 1) Identify negative thoughts like “I have no
talent”; 2) Dispute them by saying, “No, that’s not true!”;
3) Replace them with affrmations like 'Of course I`m
talented!” Start today to get a better grip on your mind.
42.
You might recognize that talent is so loaded a word that you
would be wise to forget about it altogether and just keep on
working. Forget about talent. Concentrate on showing up.
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43.
Grow creative by not fearing mistakes. Put too much salt
in the soup. Leave the sugar out of the cookie dough. Feel
the feelings that come with making stupid mistakes. Then
say, “I can survive these feelings!” Remind yourself that
you must grow very easy with mistakes and messes.
44.
Affrm your creative efforts. Affrmations are not bound up
in rules. An affrmation can be long or short, poetic or plain.
If you love a phrase and fnd that it helps you then that is
a valid affrmation. Create some powerful affrmations!
45.
Who isn’t a little inclined to take shortcuts? But
be careful! Shortcuts can kill the creative process.
Avoid illegitimate shortcuts when you create.
46.
Self-deception stifes creativity. Anatole France put
it this way: “It is in the ability to deceive oneself
that the greatest talent is shown.” Are their truths
that you need to admit to yourself? Admit them!
47.
Art happens on dull days too. Do not wait for 
inspiration. Do not wait for anything. Grow 
creative by regularly and routinely creating.
48.
We have enough experiences in a day to make art 
for a decade. Never fear a shortage of great ideas. If 
you show up often enough and grow quiet enough 
to hear them, great ideas will percolate right up.
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49.
Make sure you have a private space where you can get 
your creative work done. Make that space. Secure that 
space. Get agreements so that no one will bother you 
in your space. Create, secure, and honor your space!
50.
If you live with people—with parents, with a mate, 
with children, with roommates—get agreements. Let 
them know that often in your private space silence is 
golden and that sometimes you are not available. 
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Say to yourself “What does my creative work require?” 
and honor your answer. Need to tidy up your space? 
Get some supplies? Do some research? Do it!
52.
Many people are embarrassed to create in public. It 
feels unseemly to them, like kissing in plain view. 
Deal with that selI-consciousness! Learn to make
a spectacle of yourself. If you don’t, you’ll feel 
uncreative everywhere except in your private space.
53.
Feeling too chaotic to create? Don’t think that way! Instead 
say, “Let me take this chaos and use it to create a world.” 
Invite that unwanted guest right into your private space.
54.
Revere beauty without becoming enchanted by it. 
Aim for it but also aim for truth and goodness, just in 
case they, and not beauty, are the real things of value. 
Not beauty alone but truth, beauty, and goodness.
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55.
Concentrate, but also surrender. Surrender, 
but also concentrate. Sometimes the one, 
sometimes the other, always both!
56.
Creativity requires persistence. Are you practiced 
at sticking to things for years at a time?
57.
Learn by doing. There is no other way. 
Experience is the best and the only real teacher. 
Grow creative through conscious effort!
58.
As you shop your creative proiects you`ll fnd yourselI
waiting on news from the marketplace. While you’re 
waiting be patient but not idle. Responses from the 
world can take a very long time! Keep working.
59.
Mystery is the artist’s territory. Excellence lies 
in the direction of mystery! Let go of your need 
to know and buy bewilderment instead.
60.
It is remarkable that we can hold the entirety of a year 
in imagination long enough to make decisions about 
what we’d like to accomplish.  Practice this useful skill 
right now. Picture the coming year and make decisions 
about what you want to start, work on, and complete.
61.
Know your own rhythms.  During what part of the year 
do you generate the most ideas?  When do you need to 
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rest?  When do you like to play?  Honor your own unique 
process by giving your needs time on your calendar.
62.
Expect setbacks. No artist experiences one success after 
another. Determine to come back. Remember that you 
will need to demonstrate your courage all over again.
63.
There’s necessary arrogance and unnecessary arrogance. 
Learn the difference. Your creative life depends on 
fostering the one and minimizing the other.
64.
There are just too many ideas to keep in one’s 
head. Coax yourself into the habit of organization. 
Get better organized and stay organized.
65.
What if it takes years and years to create beautifully 
or to sell anything? You will need stamina. Get ft
and stay ftemotionally as well as physically.
66.
When we aren’t really using ourselves we feel 
disappointed, depressed, and worse. Use yourself! 
Challenge yourself more, take new risks, inaugurate 
grand projects, and use yourself to your full capacity.
67.
There is always the doing—the repeated doing over time—
the doing by which we learn our craft. Do so much that you 
become a master, even as you remain your own apprentice.
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68.
Do you have a plan to survive the countless rejections 
that will come your way? Create that plan!
69.
Do you keep your creative work close enough? 
Is it always available? Keep it so close that 
when you turn around you run right into it!
70.
It is so much more exhausting not to work than 
to work. If you procrastinate you’ll feel more 
exhausted than if you’d created for hours. Never 
forget how tired not working makes you feel.
71.
If you love solitude and indwelling, you can live 
much too claustrophobically. Remember to throw 
open your windows and let some fresh air in!
72.
Whatever pain and suffering you’ve experienced in your 
life has been a blessing at least in this one regard: you 
know some true things that you couldn’t have learned any 
other way. Do those experiences fnd a way into your art?
73.
Do you need creating to be easy? If you do, change 
your mind! Creating is often exhausting. Accept 
that you’ve embarked on an arduous journey. 
74.
You and you alone decide what is meaningful. Use 
your creative nature to make new meaning each day. 
Treat meaning as a wellspring and a renewable resource 
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and you will never run short of meaning again. 
75.
Take that risky frst step. Picture yourselI separated
from your creative work by a chasm that is a 
thousand feet deep but only a foot wide. Yes, it is 
deep! But see how easy it is to cross right over?
76.
Create everywhere. Create in the rain. Create by the 
side oI the road. Create wherever you fnd yourselI!
77.
Say, “I will astonish myself.” Then 
you’re bound to astonish others. 
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You are an individual. Think for yourself. Decide 
for yourself. Create in your own voice!
79.
Don’t say that you’re unable to craft beautiful 
things until you’ve given yourself years and years 
of trying. What if your grand piece is destined 
to be your ninth and you stop at eight?
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Forget about control. We control so little! Aim Ior infuence
instead. Become a positive infuence on your creative liIe.
81.
Set grand goals and mean them. It is better to have 
a grand goal and really work toward it than to halI-
set a paltry goal and. because oI its paltriness. fnd
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that you’re bored even before you’ve started.
82.
Often you’re resistant to getting started. That resistance 
is just a thin veneer between you and your work 
but it feels like a concrete wall. Get up and crash 
right through it! Feel like a bull or a battering ram. 
Don`t let a flm oI resistance cost you decades.
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Creating involves you in an endless series of decisions: 
this project must be abandoned, this project must not 
be abandoned, this project is gorgeous but will earn 
you nothing, this project is mediocre but marketable. 
No one can make these decisions for you.
84.
There may be days when the work frustrates you 
horribly. Maybe you’ll downright hate it. Those 
are the days to love your work! Remember to love 
your work especially on the days you hate it. 
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If you hide your work away, no one can criticize 
it or reiect it. Isn`t that clever! But does that Iull-
proof protective maneuver really serve you?
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You must appraise your work. Appraising isn`t cold-
hearted criticism. It is the effort you make to turn your raw 
ideas into elaborated beauty. Appraising is your duty.
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No desire, no creativity. Fall in love with each 
of your creative projects! Burn to create.
88.
You will never retire from creating. Why would you? 
Happily rush on, restlessly and hungrily, to the very end! 
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When a thing is not done, continuing to work on 
it is the strength. When it is done, the strength 
lies in stopping. Work, appraise, complete; work, 
appraise, complete: this is the creative life.
90.
You will have your critics. What will you do about them?
91.
Survival issues are bound to intrude. There is always the rent 
to pay. The facts of existence weigh heavily. Create anyway. 
It is the way we rejoice right in the middle of a hard reality!
92.
Hope comes and goes. Sometimes it leaves for 
years and decades. Only you can rekindle your 
own hope. Announce some new hope for your 
creative life and take action in that direction.
93.
There is really no substitute for showing up. Showing 
up does not solve every problem but not showing 
up absolutely does—as a complete negative.
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94.
Invest in your current project. Do it and complete 
it. Then detach from it as you send it out into the 
world. Then invest in your next project. That is 
the dance: of attachment and detachment.
95.
Which parts of the process do you want to skip? The 
plotting? The cobbling? The revising? Learn which 
parts you are inclined to skip—and don’t skip them!
96.
In your mind’s eye, picture yourself never giving up. If 
you are a writer, picture yourself still writing at thirty, 
at Iorty. at fIty. at sixty. at seventy. at eighty. at ninety.
at a hundred. Picture yourself never giving up, despite 
the challenges that come your way. Never give up.
97.
Regularly congratulate yourself as you create—not 
out of narcissism but in your role as your own good 
friend and advocate. Be your own best supporter!
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Here are a few of my books that you might like to 
have accompany you on your creative journey:
The Van Gogh Blues
Mastering Creative Anxiety
Creative Recovery
Fearless Creating
Coaching the Artist Within
Creativity for Life
The Creativity Book
A Writer’s Space
A Writer’s Paris
A Writer’s San Francisco
Enjoy!

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 Remember: you can’t avoid choosing! 16. to  switch styles or subject matter.ericmaisel. Boredom is the thing that regularly arrives between  excitements and episodes of meaning.%'(-%"%. your style. You will have  to go into the unknown guided only by your inner  compass. are the  sorts of choices that artists must make if they are to  function. “I am so bored—I had better create!” 13. to move.”  Instead say. and your rhythm?  Get clear in your own mind how you create. Unexplored territory has no maps. in one direction or another. To decide to reach for this blue and not that one.'+%&'(+%0+$"-1#$% work? Nothing really exists until it has a form! 14.com 5 .12.'+/%. If you are bored  do not say. in the middle  of a sentence. !"#$%&'(%)*(+$. to commit  to this book when that one is also calling. What are your process. “I am so bored that I can’t possibly create. Then accept  your way of working—or change it if it’s not effective. Become an intrepid explorer! Eric Maisel www. 17. You can jumpstart your creativity in the following way: 1.  Ask yourself an interesting question 2. 15. Try to answer it.

 Say.%<'(%"+$% the student and you are the teacher.+'/%5$6. It is in that darkness that your  new work resides. “I’m an  idiot!” or you can say. Wildness is part of the process. Hold the intention in your heart and in your  belly.” Which  thought do you suppose serves you better? 21. 20. But maybe one will be a revelation! 23. Intend to  create. Intending is more powerful than wishing. apple juice with radish slices. When  something doesn’t work you can say. Allow for fortunate accidents. if you dare! 19. Most  will taste horrible. Down in  that darkness reside your future accomplishments. “Such things happen. 6 97 Best Creativity Tips EVER! . 22. Try combinations of food—pickles  with peanut butter. 2+$"-1#1-&%3'45%. “I am one  wild creature!” Shout it out. “What do I  already know that will help me solve this?” Begin  to see yourself as your own best resource. Not everything you create will work well. Do not fear the darkness. You must proceed blind and uncertain  into that darkness if you intend to go deep. The next time  a creative problem arises ask yourself.18. Pull out odds and ends  from your refrigerator.7+$6"-1'8591:. Grow creative through powerful intention.

Eric Maisel www. 26. Learn a deep breathing technique or a relaxation technique to help you stay put. Anxiety is part of the process—learn how to manage it! 29. Creativity is your teacher. Don’t predict that anxiety! And if it happens to come—so what. life isn’t only about creating! 25. what do you think are the sources of your blockage? Do you block only on certain work? Do you block at certain points in the process? Do you block at certain times of the year? Become your own expert on blockage! 28. A creative block is the wall you erect to ward off the anxiety you suppose you’ll experience if you sit down to work.com 7 .24. Learn some anxiety management tools. If you regularly block. Anxiety makes us undisciplined. If no project comes to  /18.%"%)+/%>$61$.=%-+&%&'(+%9"8. you can manage your anxiety. Have you abandoned some creative project that still  retains a lot of juice? Return to it with optimism. How satisfactory is the life you lead between  your creative stints? Are there some important  improvements to be made? As much as we might  wish it to be.%:'551>161-&? 27. an  ':$8%9$"+-=%"8.ericmaisel.%"-%"%-$87:"*$%"(-'>1'*+":9&. Pick a creative project  whose express purpose is to teach you something about  your situation or your nature.%18%+$8$4$.

$%&=+4!2$A 35. Get your creating on your schedule! 31. do not accept that from yourself! 8 97 Best Creativity Tips EVER! .$%&=+ prevents a day of guilty feelings.$%7'+/)+@#$$%&=+0!'. Start each day making 2"1'+1'. Learn how to go directly to your work. 36.&%&=*+?!"3+0!'. 34. You can’t plan in advance for everything – for every mood swing. <!'. even for just an hour. Prepare a schedule for getting to your creative projects and commit to that schedule. answer it. But you can plan to show up—that is three-quarters of the battle! 32.30. Don’t shrug away the fact that you’re not completing your creative work. When your work bell tolls at the appointed hour. Then launch your piece into the marketplace. every mistake.0-+1"!&%&=*+>&+-"#!+"9+0!'.$'+4!2$+$-%&=+'. If you are not completing projects. Get to the last sentence of the last page of the last revision. Stop waiting! 33. Saturdays and Sundays included. Time magically disappears but it only appears when you schedule it. Work on your current project for a month without secondguessing your choice or bad-mouthing your progress. and every shift in your circumstances. Work every single day on a creative project. Schedule your creativity.

work. DE+F'@(. Enjoy the process – the mistakes and messes along with the successes. What do you need to unlearn in order to become more creative? 40.0'+$-'1+3%$-+.94!1. “No. Go to a quiet place and work! 39. Eric Maisel www.” List as many strategies as you can to help you start.37. You might recognize that talent is so loaded a word that you would be wise to forget about it altogether and just keep on working. Forget about talent. The ups and downs are part of the process.7'+%$+ for two or three hours. that’s not true!”. Label $-'+4!2$+0"(#1&+BC$. If solitude is eluding )"#8+4&5+. Divide a sheet of paper into three columns. Concentrate on showing up. Get cognitively stronger! Use the following three-step cognitive tool: 1) Identify negative thoughts like “I have no talent”.ericmaisel. Creativity at times needs solitude.&+'1@$)+!""1+!%=-$+&"3+. 42. 41.$%"&2+(%6'+BG9+0"#!2'+HI1+ talented!” Start today to get a better grip on your mind. 38.!$%&=8:+$-'+2'0"&5+0"(#1&+ “Working.&5+5"+&"$+('. and complete your creative projects.com 9 .” and the third column “Completing. 2) Dispute them by saying. Don’t need your work to go smoothly.

$+%2+ . C'(9J5'0'@$%"&+2$%K'2+0!'. Then say.43.94!1.$+%$+-'(@2+)"#+$-'&+$-.$%7%$)*+>&.+7. 46. 44. Never fear a shortage of great ideas. Leave the sugar out of the cookie dough.2'+.&5+4&5+$-. “I can survive these feelings!” Remind yourself that you must grow very easy with mistakes and messes.$%7'+'99"!$2*+>94!1.$"('+L!.!'+&"$+/"#&5+#@+ %&+!#('2*+>&+. Avoid illegitimate shortcuts when you create. Who isn’t a little inclined to take shortcuts? But be careful! Shortcuts can kill the creative process.&0'+@#$+ it this way: “It is in the ability to deceive oneself that the greatest talent is shown.94!1. Grow creative by not fearing mistakes.+@-!.” Are their truths that you need to admit to yourself? Admit them! 47. 48.$'+2"1'+@"3'!9#(+. Art happens on dull days too.(%5+.$%"&*+<!'. If  you show up often enough and grow quiet enough  to hear them. >94!1+)"#!+0!'.%&*+ H9+)"#+("7'+.&+/'+("&=+"!+2-"!$8+@"'$%0+"!+@(.$%"&2+.$%"&+0. Do not wait for anything. Grow  creative by regularly and routinely creating.$%"&2A 45. Do not wait for  inspiration. We have enough experiences in a day to make art  for a decade. Put too much salt in the soup. Feel the feelings that come with making stupid mistakes. great ideas will percolate right up.94!1. 10 97 Best Creativity Tips EVER! .

 If you don’t.  Aim for it but also aim for truth and goodness. Eric Maisel www.  @$"6%41-9%-9"-%5$6. Say to yourself “What does my creative work require?”  and honor your answer.  with children. It  feels unseemly to them.  Not beauty alone but truth. 53. and not beauty. “Let me take this chaos and use it to create a world. and goodness. you’ll feel  uncreative everywhere except in your private space. Get agreements so that no one will bother you  in your space. just in  case they. Feeling too chaotic to create? Don’t think that way! Instead  say.49. with roommates—get agreements. secure.  51. Revere beauty without becoming enchanted by it. and honor your space! 50. 54. Make that space. with a mate.ericmaisel. are the real things of value. Let  them know that often in your private space silence is  golden and that sometimes you are not available.70'8501'(58$55?%A$"+8%-'%/"B$% a spectacle of yourself. Need to tidy up your space?  Get some supplies? Do some research? Do it! 52. Make sure you have a private space where you can get  your creative work done.com 11 . If you live with people—with parents.”  Invite that unwanted guest right into your private space. Create. Many people are embarrassed to create in public. like kissing in plain view. beauty. Secure that  space.

  but also concentrate. While you’re  waiting be patient but not idle. always both! 56.  Practice this useful skill  right now. work on.%&'(+5$6. Picture the coming year and make decisions  about what you want to start. Sometimes the one. 59. There is no other way.  During what part of the year  do you generate the most ideas?  When do you need to  12 97 Best Creativity Tips EVER! .% waiting on news from the marketplace.  Experience is the best and the only real teacher. 61. and complete. but also surrender. Responses from the  world can take a very long time! Keep working.  Grow creative through conscious effort! 58. C5%&'(%59':%&'(+%0+$"-1#$%:+'D$0-5%&'(E66%)8. Learn by doing. Creativity requires persistence. Are you practiced  at sticking to things for years at a time? 57. Know your own rhythms. 60. Concentrate.55. It is remarkable that we can hold the entirety of a year  in imagination long enough to make decisions about  what we’d like to accomplish. Surrender. Excellence lies  in the direction of mystery! Let go of your need  to know and buy bewilderment instead. Mystery is the artist’s territory.  sometimes the other.

 and use yourself to your full capacity.rest?  When do you like to play?  Honor your own unique  process by giving your needs time on your calendar. inaugurate  grand projects. and worse.  Get better organized and stay organized. Your creative life depends on  fostering the one and minimizing the other. 64. 65. 67. Eric Maisel www.%5-"/18". Expect setbacks. depressed. There are just too many ideas to keep in one’s  head. What if it takes years and years to create beautifully  '+%-'%5$66%"8&-918*F%<'(%4166%8$$. even as you remain your own apprentice.%5-"&%)-H$/'-1'8"66&%"5%4$66%"5%:9&510"66&. 62. When we aren’t really using ourselves we feel  disappointed. Determine to come back.com 13 . Use yourself!  Challenge yourself more. No artist experiences one success after  another. 66. 63. take new risks. There is always the doing—the repeated doing over time— the doing by which we learn our craft. There’s necessary arrogance and unnecessary arrogance.  Learn the difference. Do so much that you  become a master. Coax yourself into the habit of organization.ericmaisel. Remember that you  will need to demonstrate your courage all over again.%G$-%)-% "8.

You and you alone decide what is meaningful. If you love solitude and indwelling. Remember to throw  open your windows and let some fresh air in! 72. change  your mind! Creating is often exhausting. Whatever pain and suffering you’ve experienced in your  life has been a blessing at least in this one regard: you  know some true things that you couldn’t have learned any  '-9$+%4"&.%"%4"&%18-'%&'(+%"+-F 73. Do you keep your creative work close enough?  Is it always available? Keep it so close that  when you turn around you run right into it! 70. Do you have a plan to survive the countless rejections  that will come your way? Create that plan! 69. If you procrastinate you’ll feel more  exhausted than if you’d created for hours.  Treat meaning as a wellspring and a renewable resource  14 97 Best Creativity Tips EVER! . Do you need creating to be easy? If you do.%@'%-9'5$%$I:$+1$80$5%)8.68. Accept  that you’ve embarked on an arduous journey. Never  forget how tired not working makes you feel. 71. It is so much more exhausting not to work than  to work.  74. you can live  much too claustrophobically. Use  your creative nature to make new meaning each day.

 Create in the rain.ericmaisel.%&'(+5$6. J"B$%-9"-%+15B&%)+5-%5-$:.7 5$-%"%:"6-+&%*'"6%"8.=%>$0"(5$%'.%M$%0'8-+'6%5'%61--6$?%C1/%.  78.% Eric Maisel www.com 15 . Create by the  51.and you will never run short of meaning again.%*'"6%"8. L'+*$-%">'(-%0'8-+'6. Set grand goals and mean them. You are an individual.. Create everywhere. What if your grand piece is destined  to be your ninth and you stop at eight? 80.$%'.'+%183($80$% 185-$".%N$0'/$%"%:'51-1#$%183($80$%'8%&'(+%0+$"-1#$%61. It is better to have  "%*+"8.%-9$%+'".%1-5%:"6-+18$55=%)8.%5$:"+"-$. Don’t say that you’re unable to craft beautiful  things until you’ve given yourself years and years  of trying..%+$"66&%4'+B%-'4"+.%2+$"-$%49$+$#$+%&'(%)8. Decide  for yourself. 81.? 77.%1-%-9"8%-'%9"6.$. Say.  75. Create in your own voice! 79.” Then  you’re bound to astonish others. “I will astonish myself. Think for yourself.% from your creative work by a chasm that is a  thousand feet deep but only a foot wide. it is  deep! But see how easy it is to cross right over? 76.%K10-(+$%&'(+5$6. Yes.

If you hide your work away. Often you’re resistant to getting started. 16 97 Best Creativity Tips EVER! .$5. 84. no one can criticize  1-%'+%+$D$0-%1-.%C::+"1518*%158E-%0'6. It is the effort you make to turn your raw  ideas into elaborated beauty. 83.'$5%-9"-%. Maybe you’ll downright hate it.  85. Appraising is your duty.%+$515-"80$%0'5-%&'(%.$0". Those  are the days to love your work! Remember to love  your work especially on the days you hate it. this project must not  be abandoned. <'(%/(5-%"::+"15$%&'(+%4'+B.that you’re bored even before you’ve started.  No one can make these decisions for you. That resistance  is just a thin veneer between you and your work  but it feels like a concrete wall. Get up and crash  right through it! Feel like a bull or a battering ram.%O58E-%-9"-%06$#$+?%N(-%. 82.  @'8E-%6$-%"%)6/%'. Creating involves you in an endless series of decisions:  this project must be abandoned. this project is gorgeous but will earn  you nothing. There may be days when the work frustrates you  horribly. this project is mediocre but marketable.7 hearted criticism.(667 proof protective maneuver really serve you? 86.

There is really no substitute for showing up. appraise. There is always the rent  to pay. 90. Only you can rekindle your  own hope. Fall in love with each  of your creative projects! Burn to create. the strength  lies in stopping. complete: this is the creative life. When it is done.com 17 . Sometimes it leaves for  years and decades. Create anyway.  It is the way we rejoice right in the middle of a hard reality! 92. Why would you?  Happily rush on. 88. Showing  up does not solve every problem but not showing  up absolutely does—as a complete negative. The facts of existence weigh heavily. Announce some new hope for your  creative life and take action in that direction. You will never retire from creating. No desire.  appraise. 93. to the very end!  89. restlessly and hungrily. Eric Maisel www. continuing to work on  it is the strength.87.ericmaisel. complete; work. You will have your critics. no creativity. What will you do about them? 91. Hope comes and goes. Survival issues are bound to intrude. Work. When a thing is not done.

 Never give up. picture yourself never giving up. Which parts of the process do you want to skip? The  plotting? The cobbling? The revising? Learn which  parts you are inclined to skip—and don’t skip them! 96.  "-%. Be your own best supporter! 18 97 Best Creativity Tips EVER! . despite  the challenges that come your way. Picture yourself never giving up. Regularly congratulate yourself as you create—not  out of narcissism but in your role as your own good  friend and advocate. Do it and complete  it.94.-&=%"-%51I-&=%"-%5$#$8-&=%"-%$1*9-&=%"-%818$-&=% at a hundred. That is  the dance: of attachment and detachment. Then invest in your next project. Then detach from it as you send it out into the  world. 95. If  you are a writer. picture yourself still writing at thirty. Invest in your current project. 97.'+-&=%"-%). In your mind’s eye.

Here are a few of my books that you might like to  have accompany you on your creative journey: The Van Gogh Blues Mastering Creative Anxiety Creative Recovery Fearless Creating Coaching the Artist Within Creativity for Life The Creativity Book A Writer’s Space A Writer’s Paris A Writer’s San Francisco Enjoy! Eric Maisel www.com 19 .ericmaisel.

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