Letters About Creativity
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You don’t have to look far to find inspiring musicians, painters and poets in your world.
Some notes on the challenge of finding your own voice in this noisy world
As the nights draw in, I’m learning the value of some intentional wintering.
How I use systems to power my creative work and be productive and fulfilled.
New drawings from my latest sketchbook and inspiring quotes from great artists to spark your creativity.
On creative bereavement and new beginnings - plus some important announcements about this newsletter.
Trusting that something is interesting simply because you find it interesting…a radical act of self-love.
I realised there was something that I really wanted to do…and then carried on doing other things — for eight years!
A new year is a perfect time to start a new daily sketchbook habit. Here’s some more advice on how to make it work.
Big Magic is everywhere, if you know where to look. Plus a new film I’ve made is now out!
Some thoughts on creativity and work, plus an important announcement about the future of this newsletter.
As we get older, it gets harder to be a beginner - but that is where the adventure lies!
Continuing a summer of guest letters, Jess shares a personal story from their career in the military.
I’ve finished three sketchbooks and I have learned a lot about building a sketchbook habit. This letter’s full of practical advice!
Did I actually choose the life I’m living? Some thoughts on intentional living, with help from Dolly Parton.
If making a piece of art is transformative for you, then it will be transformative for your audience.
Apparently seeing inside my sketchbook has inspired lots of you start drawing again - and that’s wonderful!
I’ve been keeping a visual journal during lockdown and I’ve learned to pay attention to the little things.
A good idea feels like a visitation and a chain reaction all at once!
I’ve lost too much time trying to study the craft instead of just getting my hands dirty and making mistakes.
Sketchbooks are supposed to be a place for creative freedom. But rarely feel like that. A very long post with lots of pictures!
Some thoughts from the first days of lockdown - should you be making art out of all this chaos? Don’t feel guilty if you can’t.
I’ve just finished my first sketchbook of the year! Here are some things I’ve learned.
A crucial distinction for all artists - you don’t think in order to draw, you draw in order to think.
You share your advice on keeping a daily sketchbook practice and I try to do some simple drawing exercises.
My plan for 2020 is to fill as many sketchbooks as I can, starting with filling pages of collage. Plus some advice on keeping a sketchbook.
I’ve just come up with an idea for an exciting project and I want to tell you all about it!
I believe that when you move towards your dreams, the universe will move with you. I see evidence of this everywhere.
Artists residencies are a great way to find focus - but you don’t have to wait to be invited to one!
A radical rethink of how to achieve your goals, thanks to James Clear’s new book Atomic Habits
I’m nervous about this letter - I’m letting you see my first attempts at drawing real life models.
A collection of ideas, quotes and provocations which are still lingering in my brain weeks after I saw them.
Why artists can never settle on a single idea - creativity wants expansion!
When I’m not scared of losing my life’s work, I think about destroying it.
An important message for artists - your work will not exist by itself!
Are you feeling creatively blocked? You might be thinking about your ideas all wrong.
There’s a lot in this one! Poetry, filmmaking, graphic novels and visual storytelling - take your pick!
Some practical advice on how filmmakers can build a daily practice habit that improves their craft.
Playing around with loops and ossilations, I discover whale music inside a 95-year-old song.
You’re not just publishing into a never ending stream, you’re building a library of work
Is busyness really a trap? Or is a sign of a life well-lived? Is creative energy a finite resource or something abundant?
Robin Sloan asks a critical question for creators — what does it mean to love something on the internet today?
The problem with screenwriting as a creative pursuit, and three ideas to fix it.
Thoughts on the creative process and letting the work tell you what it wants to be.