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4 Surprising Benefits of a Small Mailing List

By Thea Fiore-Bloom The email list for my blog is small. Not small as in,‘Ah shucks,I only have 500 or 1000 people’–-small. My email list is just plain old small-—as in tiny. In fact my mailing list is so small that if I told you exactly how many people are on it right now you’d probably rush to your kitchen to make me a grilled cheese and some cocoa to comfort me. Thanks for the thought but I’m good, I swear.

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How to Create and Host a Successful Open Studio Tour

By Suzanne V Paddock Often creative artists are asked to donate their skills or their work for the sole compensation of exposure. While well intentioned, few of those situations can seem like real opportunities and many times, unfortunately, are more of a benefit for the person seeking the free work. A studio tour, however, can […]

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Why You Should Write a Book (even if you’re not a writer)

Maybe you’re a writer who has always wanted to write and publish your own book. Maybe you’re a visual artist, photographer, or graphic illustrator who’s been wanting to put together a book showing others how to do a specific technique or simply not have to make all of the same mistakes you did when you […]

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Georgia O’Keeffe and the Art of Saying No

By Thea Fiore-Bloom, PhD Have you ever squandered a free day on strange, unimportant activities? I have. When I finish a writing project, I grant myself an open day. Twelve potential-filled hours lay before me to accomplish something epic. I often end up blowing every one of those hours on dumb stuff I can’t remember. […]

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How Fear Nearly Ruined My Creative Career

by: Betsy Conlan I am the queen of indecision. In fact, before I figured out how to handle this struggle, I spent years stuck in indecisiveness and uncertainty. While I frequently waffled about which glaze and technique to use to finish a new clay tile, there was an even bigger decision to be made. I […]

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3 Ideas that will Transform Your Creative Business

Getting started is hard. The beginning of almost any project is almost always overwhelming. We’re excited to get moving, but at the same time, we don’t have any idea where to start. So we put it off. Instead, we focus on figuring it all out. We read some books, check out some blog posts, maybe […]

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The Joy and Heartache of Living A Creative Life

by: Lois Sapare Working as a creative artist and getting to do what you love as a career can both be a blessing and a curse. Not many people get to do what they love and have it become their livelihood for the rest of their lives. However, behind the “We do what we love!” […]

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The Power of Creative Patience

by: Chey Rasmussen For my whole life, I’ve wanted to create something amazing. Things I loved growing up like The Legend of Zelda, Harry Potter, and Disney cartoons inspired my young mind and caused me to dream big. Human beings made these awesome things; maybe I could too! As creative people, expressing ourselves effectively and making […]

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This is What Creative Inspiration Really Looks Like

by: Amanda Truscott There’s a myth out there that stops a lot of people from creating things: the tortured genius, working feverishly in his squalid apartment while the muse whispers in his ear, which she does because he’s special… He’s talented. Jack Kerouac, the story goes, banged out his great American novel, On The Road, […]

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The Hidden Beauty of the Ugly Truth

We are all broken Our online world is filled with photoshopped avatars, self-serving social media updates, and perfectly timed press releases that are often far more myth than reality. Don’t get me wrong, there is certainly something to be said for putting your best foot forward, but there is also something to be said for revealing your flaws, […]

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Avoiding Avoidance and Defeating the Distraction Gremlins

by: Vicky Rubin Many artists feel difficulties with motivation and focus. We all want to get to the studio as we were meant to do. But no matter how important making art is to us, we can easily settle into a habit of putting it off. Digital distractions are especially lethal. There’s always email, Facebook, […]

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9 Book Cover Mistakes that are Costing You Sales

Judging a book by its cover Book covers are probably more important than you think. It doesn’t matter if you are publishing a book, an ebook, or just a PDF that you plan to give away on your website, the cover will often determine how many sales or downloads you will end up getting. Why? […]

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Your Creativity Changes Lives–Know It, Believe It, Live It!

By: Liz DeMarco As creative artists, we’re very passionate about what we do. However, I think we’ve all had those times where someone you don’t know very well asks, “So what do you do for a living?” We answer the question honestly, “I’m an artist, freelancer, entertainer, musician, actor, etc.,” and even though we love […]

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How to be Creative While on the Road

by: Millie Swaby-Pritchard Taking your Creativity on the Road As a student who constantly travels around on trains, taxis and buses initially I was stumped as to how I could take all my art supplies with me wherever I wanted to go. Initially, I was lazy and just thought ‘I can work when I’m at home’ […]

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Making a Quiet Impact

For whatever reason, when I was growing up, I never seemed to enjoy the same things that everyone else around me did. It wasn’t until college that I really started to learn about some of the differences between having an introverted and extroverted personality. At the time, I just assumed that I was weird, and […]

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Living a More Creative Life

by: JoAnneh Nagler Can we really have it both ways? Here’s the thing: artists are sensitive creatures. Starving and struggling does not, in the end, work for us. It’s like running too much electricity through already delicate circuits. It doesn’t help us focus on our art, or our creative inspiration. We think—from years of being fed […]

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5 Critical Character Mistakes to Avoid in Your Writing

by: Stephanie O’Brien Sometimes, characters make mistakes. A character who never screws up is unrelatable and unrealistic, and every good writer adds some flaws to each member of their cast – unless a character’s unnatural perfection adds to the story in some way. But there are some mistakes that even smart characters make far too […]

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The Care and Feeding of a Creative Introvert

An open letter to the extroverts we know and love As introverts, we pretty much understand how extroverts feel and think, mostly because they are constantly telling us. On the other hand, I know that introverts can sometimes be a little difficult to figure out, and being involved in a relationship with one of us […]

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3 Ways to Get Your Creative Work Noticed

by: Angela Cross As an artist, you’ve probably felt unappreciated at some point in your career. Heck, even calling your art a ‘career’ might sound silly to you! It’s a common 20th-century misconception that popularity equals value. It can feel like you just can’t build a following unless you already have one, which is a […]

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6 Ways Creativity Can Make Us Better at Life

Creativity isn’t just for creating stuff. Being a creative artist is about more than just creating a bunch of stuff that other people may or may not care about. Simply the act of creating has a way of changing us and affecting areas of our lives that are far beyond our creative practice. Creativity can teach us how […]

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3 Simple Steps to Spark your Creativity

  What’s your creative process? by: Tara Leaver Even if you’re not a painter or a writer or a musician, there are likely places in your life where you do have a creative process, even if you haven’t seen it that way before. If you think about it, bringing anything into existence, from an email […]

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The Myth of the Full-Time Creative Artist

You don’t need 8 hours a day to be a creative artist “I just don’t have enough time to be creative.” This is something people tell me all the time. They feel as if they never have enough time to really focus on their creative projects, which is certainly something I understand. Although, I have a feeling that […]

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9 Ways to Crush Creative Burnout

What the funk?! Sometimes we get tired of trying. We get tired of constantly falling behind, knowing that we’ll never catch up. We don’t know if we’re heading in the right direction, and we’re not even sure if we have the energy to get up and deal with any of it for one more day. Sometimes we find […]

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Writing Classes Won’t Make You a Better Writer

We long for connection, guidance, and encouragement from other artists. Although these things may make our creative journey easier, they won’t necessarily make us any better.   Creative isolation I didn’t know any writers growing up. In my neighborhood, we didn’t have some wise eccentric neighbor who was a writer. There was no role model, […]

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Do the work (you have everything you need)

 It’s not about having the right tools or gadgets, it’s about putting in the work. Whether you are writing a novel, painting a picture, or trying to capture the perfect photograph.  We like easy Let’s face it, we all love our shortcuts and gadgets. Whether it’s about making our waistlines smaller, our creative work better, or our […]

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