January 8, 2021
Was this her attempt to define creativity? She was an odd mix of soft skin and rowdy in the mouth. And by that, I mean she was bright, chirpy, and quick with the quirky ..
November 24, 2020
I’m not going to be one of those annoying people who asserts 2020 has been splendid. It’s insensitive and perhaps inaccurate. But, after working through my personal ..
October 26, 2020
There are endless reasons and ways. You’ve got three kids. You’ve got three teeth. The rent is four months past due. You’re a big hit at the office. She left ..
August 31, 2020
What does your dream creative career look like? Take a moment to think about it. Now, how many steps are there between where you currently are and where you want ..
December 4, 2019
Daydreaming is inherently flexible. You don’t need to set aside time for it or plan how to execute it properly. It effortlessly arises and plays out until you shift ..
October 28, 2019
A woman once brought her two Pomeranians to a barbecue I attended. I had never met her before, but after overhearing her give the dogs commands in Norwegian, Italian, ..
June 18, 2019
When I was a teenager, I was a prolific poet. Not a good one — not even close — but I didn’t care. I didn’t plan on showing my work to anyone. I wrote simply ..
April 9, 2019
A few months ago, I had the immense good fortune to get invited to display my first motorcycle project at a popular show where I live in Portland. Just finishing ..
February 26, 2019
For hundreds of years, paper was the gold standard of written communication. Anything you needed to record or remember, from love letters to receipts, was printed ..
February 20, 2019
My husband once had the chance to ask novelist James Ellroy where he got the idea for one of his fiendish criminal characters. And the answer was: “I made him up, Daddy-O.” ..
February 12, 2019
“I didn’t have enough time.” More and more, when I hear this common explanation for why something didn’t get done, my BS detectors start going off. This ..
February 4, 2019
When was the last time you stopped to think? I mean really stopped. To think. I hope you’re in the minority of people reading this who can immediately recall a recent ..
October 23, 2018
If you’re like me, you probably take for granted the complex quantum computer that is your brain. And when you work on this digital superhighway of hedonic hyperactivity, ..
February 19, 2018
There are approximately 86 billion neurons in the human brain, give or take a few million. Our next closest competitors in the animal kingdom are gorillas, who have ..
February 12, 2018
In How to Feel Good as a Writer: an Origin Story, I wrote, “It’s not our job to know all of the whys, whats, and hows of the future. It’s just our job to do the work.” ..
December 19, 2017
I remember when I first discovered David Allen’s book Getting Things Done. I was holding down a challenging corporate job and working on a side hustle. I had a toddler ..
February 9, 2016
It’s 2016, and Skynet doesn’t need to send Terminators to wipe us out. A new gaming app ought to do the trick. I’ve seen the best minds of my generation destroyed, ..
November 10, 2015
Collaboration is all the rage these days. It’s implied in many words and phrases we love to hate: There’s no “I” in “team!” Let’s brainstorm! Crowdsourcing! ..
April 16, 2015
So far, Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth has asked: Do you have the right strategy? Do you have the right technique? Today’s question is … Do you have the right ..
October 29, 2014
Are you addicted to productivity advice? I was, for a long time. I bought every system, book, and blueprint out there. I had a very spiffy David Allen-inspired GTD process ..
September 10, 2014
The following is an excerpt from Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life. In ancient myths, ..
September 8, 2014
What if you discovered that your own words and thoughts were wreaking havoc on your chances for success? They might be. What you say about what you do makes a difference. ..
June 19, 2014
The blank page. Writer’s block. Newer writers often claim to fear both of these. We’ve all been conditioned to do so. (I admit: I still do sometimes too.) But as I’ve ..
June 4, 2014
Stop me when this begins to sound familiar … You had a killer conversation with a new friend you made at a conference a few weeks ago, but you may have had an extra ..
October 18, 2013
Andy Warhol, Robert Greene, Marcel Duchamp, and JJ Abrams walk into a darkened bar somewhere in eastern Europe. Andy clings to a Campbell’s soup can. Robert Greene ..
March 15, 2013
The year is marching on, isn’t it? All those New Year’s Day vibes have worn off completely. We’ve returned to the everyday slog of our businesses. How are your ..
March 14, 2013
Two of my favorite artist heroes are Brian Eno and Frank Zappa, two musicians who first hit the big time about forty years ago. I was first turned onto them ..
January 17, 2013
7 years ago, Brian Clark glimpsed the future. With $1,000, no audience, and no connections, he started a simple blog and slowly, steadily built a vast resource for empowering ..
November 29, 2012
I visited the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre a few weeks ago. (Dahl is, of course, the author of dozens of brilliant books for young people, including Charlie ..
November 15, 2012
The publishing industry is in turmoil, and there is no shortage of people lamenting the passing of the old order. We’ve previously had wailing and grinding of teeth ..