Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category

Individual Toolbox Guides Released

Note: The Creativity Toolbox is currently off the virtual shelves. If you’d like to purchase a copy, please email ali@constructivelyproductive.com. Maybe you looked at the Creativity Toolbox or the mini-Toolbox a while ago, and thought that looks great … but half of it doesn’t apply to me. For the first time, we’re selling the individual Guides...

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Ukelele Music Makes for True Passion — Seriously

I can’t say that I’ve ever been a true ukelele fan. If you ride in my car, you get to hear either NPR (and me attempting to argue with the radio) or the local country music station. If I hear new and incredible music, that’s great — but I don’t particularly go out of my way to find it. This morning, though, I queued up a TED video while...

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Why Great Creatives Make Great Business Owners

Why Great Creatives Make Great Business Owners

For a long time, I was a bit of a snob about writing. I wrote fiction, and I thought that non-fiction writers, jobbing freelancers, weren’t “proper” writers at all. They weren’t doing anything creative. They were just business people. And then, without really meaning too, I got into freelancing. I started writing for money – and I was...

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Introducing the Mini-Toolbox: Three Creative Guides

If you’ve been reading Constructively Productive for a while, you’ll have heard about the Creativity Toolbox – jammed full of goodies for folks who want to be more creative and more effective. We’re now offering a mini-Toolbox, with all three guides, for just $19. (In case you’re not a math person, that’s less than $7 per guide.) You...

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Routines, Deadlines and Balancing Your Business Life

Routines, Deadlines and Balancing Your Business Life

I am not the poster-child for work/life balance, as my husband will doubtless attest. Like most of you, I’m head-over-heels in love with working my ass off, because I adore my little Indie Biz and want it to succeed. But I’m also acutely aware that there’s more to life than sitting at my computer all day, and the man I married is actually quite...

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Five Ways NaNo can Kickstart Your Creativity

Five Ways NaNo can Kickstart Your Creativity

My name is Colin and I am a maths tutor. I’m also a National Novel Writer’s Month veteran – since 2005, my main character (Freeman Moxy, a sort of time-travelling Louis Theroux) has visited five different eras and escaped after a 50,000 word adventure four times*. National Novel Writer’s Month – NaNoWriMo for short, or NaNo for...

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Your Creative Work Is More Important Than You Think

Your Creative Work Is More Important Than You Think

Does your creativity get left till last? I mean this quite literally. So many of us think along these lines: I’ll work on my novel once I’ve got the house clean… I’ll get back to painting when the kids are in school… I’ll finish designing that computer game as soon as things calm down at work… I know it’s easy...

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Are You Pushing Too Hard to Be Creative?

Are You Pushing Too Hard to Be Creative?

You’ve had days when you’ve really, really tried to be creative – and it’s been a huge struggle. You probably made checklists, thought about next actions, set a timer. The pressure was on, and you told yourself that you were going to get your project done, damnit. I know I’ve done this. With writing, there are a lot of easy metrics –...

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Last Chance to Get The Creativity Toolbox at $27

If you’ve been biding your time to buy The Creativity Toolbox … you’ll want to grab it now for $27. Our early bird deal finishes at midnight (Friday 10th). After that, it’s off the shelves until I’m back from honeymoon. We’ll be bringing it back at $47, with extra content and added shine — but if you buy now, you’ll...

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The Truth About Creative Burnout: 30 Experts Speak Out

The Truth About Creative Burnout: 30 Experts Speak Out

Maybe you’ve felt burnt out for a while. Maybe you accept it as an inevitability. Maybe you’re pretty sure there should be some way to stay on top of your game – enjoying, and profiting from, your creativity. Except you’ve not quite figured it out yet. Maybe you keep staring at a blank page or canvas or screen, feeling stuck – again. We...

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