Skip to main content
The Creative Life Survival Guide

The Creative Life Survival Guide

By Laura Winter
Your survival guide to creativity, productivity, and balancing a creative life.
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Breaker Logo

Breaker

Castbox Logo

Castbox

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Currently playing episode

What is Creativity?

The Creative Life Survival Guide

1x
Setting Monthly Goals
In this last episode, I talk about Camp NaNoWriMo and the benefits of setting word counts to reach your writing goals. Survival Guide: How do you quiet your inner editor? What does the writing community provide? What should you do if you can't finish a writing project? Extra Supplies: The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered  | If Found, Do Not Return
12:38
July 20, 2020
Writing Short Stories
Today I talk about the benefits of short stories and why writers should add them into their writing day. Survival Guide: How do you start a short story? What do short stories provide writers? How can you use short stories to entice readers? Get a short story by joining my tribe Extra Supplies: The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered  | If Found, Do Not Return
13:49
July 13, 2020
Writing Habits
I talk about writing habits you can practice that will help you stay on task and get your writing done. Survival Guide: What habits can help me write more? How can I stay creative and keep up with my ideas? How do I stick to and finish a writing project? Extra Supplies: The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered  | If Found, Do Not Return
20:01
July 6, 2020
Writing Process
My newest novel, If Found, Do Not Return, comes out tomorrow! Here's a look at my creative process for writing and how I let go of perfectionism and gave myself permission to write. Survival Guide: What is IFDNR about? How did I get into writing? How did I get over that initial fear of perfectionism? What helped me write and publish three novels in the span of a year? Extra Supplies: The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered  | If Found, Do Not Return
19:07
June 29, 2020
Defining Success as a Creator
I see myself as a successful writer because I have a different definition of success. Learn how you can change your definition and find success as a creator. Survival Guide: Learn how to define success Continue to grow Practice out loud Find a community Think back to your 'why' Extra Supplies: The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered  | If Found, Do Not Return
11:33
June 22, 2020
Building Confidence as a Creator
Everyone experiences doubt in their creative career. Here are five tips to help you build confidence as a creator. Survival Guide: Why should you practice out loud? How do we study others? What should we be creating? How can focus help us with confidence? Where do I find support? Extra Supplies: The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered  | If Found, Do Not Return
12:33
June 15, 2020
How to Prepare for a Full-Time Creative Life
As I prepare for the full-time creative life, I share tips with you about what I've been doing to set myself up for success. Survival Guide: What are habits I can practice to prepare myself for success in a full-time creative life? How do I find information on what it's like to create full-time? What skills do I need to be successful in my creative life? How can I set up realistic schedules when I've never created full-time? How do I keep sight of my purpose in a full-time creative life? You can follow my creative life here on this podcast, at laura-winter.com, or join the community at patreon.com/laurawinter for looks into the fiction worlds I'm creating. Extra Supplies: The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered | If Found, Do Not Return
12:57
June 8, 2020
Tips for Thriving in a Creative Career
As I start the creative life full-time, I talk about some of the tips I'm applying to my work to help me succeed. You can help support this podcast and other creative adventures at patreon.com/laurawinter Survival Guide: How can we push through doubts and jump into a creative career? How can we focus on starting now? What is the 1-50 rule? How can we handle failures? How can we get through the challenges of a creative career? What should be our number one priority? Extra Supplies: The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered | If Found, Do Not Return
14:19
June 1, 2020
Creative Experiments
If you're struggling with creativity during the chaos, try practicing creative experiments. I'll discuss what they are and what I've been doing to stay creative. Survival Guide: What are creative experiments? Why creativity should still hold importance Extra Supplies: Patreon - support my work and read Soul Forgotten for free. The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered | If Found, Do Not Return
10:37
May 25, 2020
Supporting Creative Pursuits
This week, I sit with my husband to share how we are able to balance two different creative hobbies while still supporting one another and our lives. Survival Guide: How to manage two different creative hobbies Five tips on working with your partner and sharing in your creative pursuits How you can show support to your partner and friend when it comes to their creative work - even if you don't spend money You can read my first novel, Soul Forgotten, for free on Patreon. You can also support me there to get extra insights into my work. Extra Supplies: The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered | If Found, Do Not Return
12:17
May 18, 2020
Rocketry as a Creative Hobby
I sit down with my husband to talk about his creative hobby and how he balances a creative life part time. Survival Guide: What is involved in rocketry How to get started in the hobby no matter your age Fitting this into your busy life Rocketry Links: rocketryforum.com NAR Tripoli HARA Nasa Student Launch TARC Extra Supplies: Patreon - read Soul Forgotten for FREE and support me for extra goodies The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered | If Found, Do Not Return
15:48
May 11, 2020
Sparking Creativity
Times are a little weird right now. If you're struggling to get your creative juices flowing, these 20 strategies are for you! Survival Guide: Has your routine been thrown off? Getting your spark back How can you utilize these tools to get back into creativity? Do you need a break? It's okay to step back from your creative work Have fun again! Extra Supplies: The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered | If Found, Do Not Return
23:55
May 4, 2020
Embracing Silence and Stillness
In a time of uncertainty, some creatives are forced into new situations. Learn how you can embrace silence and stillness and use it to your advantage. Survival Guide: What is your creative personality? How can you rediscover your priorities? Where can you embrace positivity? Are you connecting with your values? Where are you finding your inspiration? How can we let go of expectations and pressures to create? Extra Supplies: The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered | If Found, Do Not Return | Patreon
08:55
April 27, 2020
Maintaining Balance
We all struggle with finding balance between our creative and normal lives. In this episode of The Creative Life Survival Guide, I give you tips to help you create balance, especially if you can't pursue your creative endeavor full time. Survival Guide: Why do we choose to add creative projects into our already busy lives? How do you determine your priorities and cut out the nonessential? How can we be more intentional about what we add into our day? How will patience help me reach my goals? How do you set up a structure for your creative goals? How do I regain control? Extra Supplies: The Creative Life Survival Guide - submit a question! Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered| Patreon | If Found, Do Not Return
10:45
April 20, 2020
What is Creativity?
Welcome to the first episode of The Creative Life Survival Guide. I'm your host, Laura Winter, and today we are going to get an understanding of what creativity is as I share a bit about my own creative life. Survival Guide: What will you get out of this episode? What is creativity? What is the creative process and how do we utilize our own creativity? What holds us back from being creative? How do you improve your creativity? What are the five guidelines for a creative life? Extra Supplies: Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered| Patreon | If Found, Do Not Return James Clear - How to Find Your Hidden Creative Genius: 5 Simple Steps Kyd the Band - Go There
12:30
April 13, 2020
Trailer
Welcome to The Creative Life Survival Guide. I'm your host, Laura Winter, and this is an introduction to what this podcast is all about. If you're a creative of any kind, or looking to tap into your creative potential, this is for you. Survival Guide: What can you expect from The Creative Life Survival Guide podcast? Extra Supplies: The Creative Life Survival Guide Laura's Website - blog | newsletter | coaching Laura's Novels - Soul Forgotten | Soul Remembered | Patreon | If Found, Do Not Return
01:53
April 10, 2020