Seven Habits Of Creative People

Seven Habits Of Creative People

Here are some positive habits for artists to consider in the coming year.

With the New Year coming up, we are all thinking about resolutions and changes we want to make in our lives. If you are like me, and want the next coming year to be even more productive, I have some advice I have picked up from successful artists over the years.

1. Have a Regular Routine

It is hard to be a productive artist if your schedule is all over the place. It is important to set aside some work time. Even if you are “blocked” just sketching or constructing can help spark an idea. The most important part is to get in the habit of working. The other half of the story is to set aside personal time. Time to read, time to yourself, time to exercise, time to do what you know you need to do. If you have a regular schedule, you don’t have to worry about how to arrange your day. Instead, you can focus that energy into your creative projects.

Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory, 1931.

2. Get Plenty of Rest

Salvador Dali states in his Secrets of Magical Craftmaking that an artist cannot start a masterpiece unless they wake up from a full night’s sleep. I know this to be fact, whether you are painting a masterpiece or not. Every single thought and feeling goes into what you are crafting, and it is important that these thoughts are clear and concise. Also, how can you do something to the best of your ability if you just want to curl up and go to sleep?

Johannes Vermeer, A Lady Writing a Letter, 1665. This lady is getting her thoughts down on paper.

3. Write!

Writing is a perfect way to process what is going on in your head. Instead of thinking circles and worrying about an idea, put it down on paper and visualize it. Write through it. Writing can help artists work out problems and bring them to life. If you write something down, it immediately becomes more tangible. This could apply to drawing as well. By jotting down the thoughts swirling around in your head, you don’t forget them later either.

Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1893. Take care of yourself, you don't want to feel like this guy.

4. Be Nice to Yourself

Take care of yourself, mentally and physically. We can be our own worst critics and bullies. If you cannot believe in your ideas, then it becomes harder to make them a reality. Allow your creative side to flow through and not be censored by your more rational side. The first person to knock a great idea down is often that little voice in your head. Take care of your body too. Eating right, sleeping, and exercising can all help you feel good enough to do quality level work.

Caspar David Friedrich, Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, 1818. Be like this guy. I do believe he must set some lofty goals.

5. Set Goals

Know where you want to be today, tomorrow, in a week, in a month, five months, a year, five years, and ten years. Setting short term and long term goals helps you achieve the visions you have for yourself, and they also help you to move your work forwards and to develop as an artist. Nobody knows where he or she will end up, but it is important to have an idea where you are on the creative path.

The world is beautiful, so don't see it completely through your cell phone.6. Get Away From Technology

As artists and inspired people, we are forever seeking originality and creation. Being sucked into our social media and technology makes the act of creation difficult. Not only are we seeing what other people have done, it is easy to be too distracted to work. Of course, technology is intensely useful and has its place in our world. We just have to learn to look up as much as we can and be mindful of reality.

Thomas Cole, The Oxbow, 1836. Thomas Cole hiked, traveled, and found his inspiration in the landscape. He was not afraid to go out and explore.

7. Explore

Experiences feed artists. Creative people are always walking, exploring, traveling, and seeing. Who knows where you might find the inspiration for you next project? New stimuli can spark new ideas.

These seven habits help artists to create, function, and become successful in their fields. Knowing who you are, what you stand for, and what changes you can make in your life will help you become the person you want to be. I know that I do not have all of these habits down yet, but I strive for them. I know living a good lifestyle will feed my inner artist. I hope these habits can feed your creative side as well in the new year.

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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