The Creative Process    in Blogging      (and Life)    Jillian Tohber Leslie              catchmyparty.com      facebook.c...
Three seconds after I learned I   was speaking at Bloggy         Bootcamp...            100%       Happy & Excited
Five minutes later...                     95%     5%Happy & Excited   Fear & Dread
What happened?
The “Voices”• What if I’m lame?• What if I don’t have anything to say?• What if I come across as boring or  dumb?• What if...
What do I do?
Get my work done    anyway...
But how?
Eight tools I use tohelp me get out of my  own way so I can      create...
Tool 115 Minute Timed   Writings
What is it?• Write for 15 minutes every day without  stopping• Write anything you want, and fast --  stream of consciousne...
Tool 2Small Goals
What is it?• Break tasks down into manageable  chunks• Set goals you can achieve and you will  achieve• It’s an exercise i...
Tool 3Write Now, Edit Later
What is it?• Treat your creator and editor as two  separate entities with two very different  jobs• Let the creator be fre...
Tool 4The Golden Circle
What is it?• Cultivate relationships with the people  who support your creative work• Set boundaries with the people who d...
Tool 5Co-Create With Your Online Community
What is it?• Use your readers, fellow bloggers, and  anyone in your online community for  ideas, support, and feedback• Re...
Tool 6Replenish the Well
What is it?• Make time for yourself so you don’t  overdraw on your creative bank  account• It doesn’t have to be anything ...
Tool 7Become an Expert
What is it?• To find your voice as a blogger, try  becoming an “expert” beginner at  something• Go deeper, not broader in y...
Tool 8   Notice How theUniverse is Conspiring     to Help You
What is it?• Pay attention to the synchronicities in  your life• Have faith that there are larger forces at  work• Remembe...
Yay, I finished my  presentation!
How I did it...• 15 minute timed writings for warm up• Broke my tasks down into manageable chunks• Wrote the presentation ...
And how do I feel now?                       100%                      GREAT! ** As long as no one tweets anything bad abo...
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The creative process in blogging (and life)

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Practical tips on writing, the creative process, and blogging. Presented by Jillian Leslie of Catch My Party at Bloggy Boot Camp, in Denver on September 17, 2011.

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    1. 1. The Creative Process in Blogging (and Life) Jillian Tohber Leslie catchmyparty.com facebook.com/catchmyparty twitter.com/catchmyparty jillian@catchmyparty.com
    2. 2. Three seconds after I learned I was speaking at Bloggy Bootcamp... 100% Happy & Excited
    3. 3. Five minutes later... 95% 5%Happy & Excited Fear & Dread
    4. 4. What happened?
    5. 5. The “Voices”• What if I’m lame?• What if I don’t have anything to say?• What if I come across as boring or dumb?• What if they tweet bad stuff about my outfit?
    6. 6. What do I do?
    7. 7. Get my work done anyway...
    8. 8. But how?
    9. 9. Eight tools I use tohelp me get out of my own way so I can create...
    10. 10. Tool 115 Minute Timed Writings
    11. 11. What is it?• Write for 15 minutes every day without stopping• Write anything you want, and fast -- stream of consciousness• The only way to fail is to stop writing before the time is up
    12. 12. Tool 2Small Goals
    13. 13. What is it?• Break tasks down into manageable chunks• Set goals you can achieve and you will achieve• It’s an exercise in under-promising so you can deliver
    14. 14. Tool 3Write Now, Edit Later
    15. 15. What is it?• Treat your creator and editor as two separate entities with two very different jobs• Let the creator be free to make its mess, let the editor do the clean up
    16. 16. Tool 4The Golden Circle
    17. 17. What is it?• Cultivate relationships with the people who support your creative work• Set boundaries with the people who do not
    18. 18. Tool 5Co-Create With Your Online Community
    19. 19. What is it?• Use your readers, fellow bloggers, and anyone in your online community for ideas, support, and feedback• Realize you are not alone
    20. 20. Tool 6Replenish the Well
    21. 21. What is it?• Make time for yourself so you don’t overdraw on your creative bank account• It doesn’t have to be anything big, but it’s okay to step away to recharge
    22. 22. Tool 7Become an Expert
    23. 23. What is it?• To find your voice as a blogger, try becoming an “expert” beginner at something• Go deeper, not broader in your posts• Explore a topic from every angle imaginable
    24. 24. Tool 8 Notice How theUniverse is Conspiring to Help You
    25. 25. What is it?• Pay attention to the synchronicities in your life• Have faith that there are larger forces at work• Remember... thought is creative
    26. 26. Yay, I finished my presentation!
    27. 27. How I did it...• 15 minute timed writings for warm up• Broke my tasks down into manageable chunks• Wrote the presentation as fast as possible to avoid my editor jumping in too early• Asked my community on Facebook about their own creative struggles• Got feedback from the people in my golden circle who support my creativity
    28. 28. And how do I feel now? 100% GREAT! ** As long as no one tweets anything bad about my shoes or hair or dress or makeup...

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