My latest non-fiction title, 10 Things to Forget: to be Creatively Free, was a blast to write. In case you can’t afford the book, the basic premise is this:

1. Forget being Original
2. Forget Competition
3. Forget an Audience

4. Forget Perfection
5. Forget Following the Crowd
6. Forget the Drama
7. Forget Having it Made
8. Forget Being Found
9. Forget Creating a Masterpiece
10. Forget Choosing Sides

But after I finished the book, I started thinking about other things that kill artists’ creativity and there were some topics that just weren’t strong enough and ended up on the cutting room floor. However, I thought I could share some with you over the coming weeks.

Forget Being an Early Bird (Or a Night Owl)
“Trying to force creativity is never good.” Sarah McLachlan

There are plenty of articles on how to have a productive morning. How you should do the most important thing first thing. If this works for you, great. But if coffee and the a sound of a marching band inside your bedroom won’t get you moving, relax.

There are plenty of people who wake up and are most productive in the night. They don’t get going until the sun disappears.

Then there are people who are most creative in the middle of the day.

Guess what? It doesn’t matter. All that matter is that you do what works for you, not what sounds popular.

Nobody really cares how you do your art (unless you’re doing an interview and by then you can say anything), just that you do it.

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