This is a guest post by Brett Henley. Brett is one-half of We Craft Stories, a craft publisher with a simple mission: Make books + empower artists to become unforgiving when it comes to their art.

For every artist who struggles with transforming passion into actual and tangible, remember this:

There is no magic, no luck, no splash of momentary inspiration that will replace the call of the work in front of us.

We must be fully present in our practice.

How?

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How have you struggled being present in your practice? What can you change to fully embrace the work at hand?

PRACTICE

Practice being fully present in your creative process. Set a timer for fifteen minutes and focus on one creative task. Shut everything else off —o email, no internet, no phone, no apps, no excuses.

Focus on your breathing while you create and listen for sounds that you may not usually notice: Pen noise against the paper, the sound of the keys as you type, birds chirping outside, quiet hum of the heater, etc.

Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re time is up, post your practice in the comments section. And if you post, be sure to leave feedback on a few posts by other writers.

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is an author and the leader of The Write Practice community. He is also the author of the new book Crowdsourcing Paris, a real life adventure story set in France. It was a #1 New Release on Amazon. You can follow him on Instagram (@jhbunting).
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