I am very excited to announce that the first ebook is finally complete! Get your copy here: Finding Focus to Finish: How to Complete Your Creative Projects.
Finding Focus to Finish: How to Complete Your Creative Projects is all about giving you the motivation and the tools to finish your artwork. Art techniques vary widely, but the needs for productivity, time management, and goal setting apply to all artists.
Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of the book…
Finding Focus to Finish: How to Complete Your Creative Projects
Most of the self-acknowledged creative people I know (myself included) are really good at two things:
- Coming up with ideas
- Starting projects
Finishing projects? Well… that’s not really one of our strong points. It can be done, certainly. After all, we’d never have any art to celebrate if somebody didn’t figure out a way to complete an artistic project.
Creative people are often passionate people, and passion can be your best friend and your worst enemy. At the start of a project, passion is definitely on your side. You’ll stay up late, get up early, and work tirelessly on the new piece of art that surely change the world. But then… a couple of weeks or a couple of months into that project, passion feels sluggish.
Did passion take a vacation? What’s the deal?
Even worse, what if you have another idea while you’re still trying to finish your first project? Oh, sure. Passion finds its way back into the equation now, except it’s on the wrong side. It’s urging you to move on, to abandon the first project without ever completing it.
This temptation grips me all the time. I used to be a serial quitter of artistic projects, always convinced that my best idea was on the next project instead of my current one.
But here’s a little trick about that temptation. It could also be labeled as “A Good Excuse Not to Do the Hard Work.” Art is easy in the early stages. When it’s nothing more than an idea or a few lines on the page, then anything is possible. But the moment you get into the project to a decent extent, you’ve made choices. Those choices might or might not make your work a great piece of art. The doubt creeps in.
When the doubt creeps in, creative folks get ready to bail.
Artists will never improve if they keep skipping out on the real work of their craft.
As the now famous quote from Steve Jobs goes, “Real artists ship.” They finish. They complete their projects.
Let’s get to it.
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