The Productive Creative


Tag: Content Creation

  • Document, Don’t Create

    Document, Don’t Create

    Like most non-creatives, I had a lot of resistance to publishing content online. I felt I didn’t have a body of work ready to publish. But I’ve been encouraged by watching Ali Abdaal’s YouTube videos.

    Ali Abdaal recommends the same book to everyone who tells him about their impostor syndrome: Show Your Work, by Austin Kleon. The title comes from doing school assignments where you receive credit for not just the final answer, but for showing how you got there.

    “I really like Gary Vaynerchuk’s concept of ‘document, don’t create‘. Document the things you are doing already. Document the things you are already learning. Don’t try to ‘create’ new content.”

    Ali Abdaal. YouTube. How to Make Money Online in 2022

    In this video, Ali is interviewing the teacher of online writing, David Perell.

    “Sell your sawdust. What are the things you’re already doing. How do you take that and turn it into something useful.”

    David Perell. YouTube. How to Make Money Online in 2022


  • Starting The Creative Craft

    Starting The Creative Craft

    It’s amazing how much time I wasted before I started to create some content. Eventually, I did come around to dropping all my fancy ideas for a website and committed to sitting down every day to write.

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