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Amanda Kaye Stein graduated from the Academy of Art University with an A.A. in Fashion Design (focus on Fashion Illustration and Creative Writing). She’s worked as a freelance writer, editor, social media manager, graphic designer, artist, and comedy improv performer. She’s an aspiring novelist, YouTube creator, and ukulele rock star. She is currently a copy editor and graphic designer for Craft Your Content.

holiday inspiration
Nov 20

Practical Creativity: Staying Productive and Inspired Through the Holidays

By Amanda Stein | Articles , Creativity | Reading Time: 7 minutes

Ah, the holidays. Whatever your personal beliefs, this time of year is full of nothing but magic, joy, and celebration—all of which will spark your creativity and reward you with a bounty of inspiration.

Or so we tell ourselves.

More often than not, this season is stressful, hectic, jam-packed, and full of endless obligations. (Seriously, how do I need to send so many Christmas cards? Who even are these people?) It’s easy to miss out on the wonder of this time, and even easier to let your own creative projects and goals fall by the wayside.

Never fear; we’re here with five simple tips to keep your creativity and inspiration alive this festive season—and maybe bring a little holiday magic to your productivity and workflow.

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monster clients
Oct 30

What Classic Monsters Can Teach Writers About Monster Clients

By Amanda Stein | Articles , Entrepreneurship | Reading Time: 10 minutes

The night is dark.

Your lights flicker — and then go out.

Your heart is pounding. Your palms are sweating. The hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Suddenly, you hear a soul-piercing sound echoing through your empty house, seemingly coming from everywhere at once, causing a chill to race up and down your spine and your skin to break out in a fevered sweat.

Is it the howl of a monster?

No, it’s worse.

It’s your client.

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self-critic
Oct 02

Practical Creativity: 7 Tips for Silencing Your Self-Critic

By Amanda Stein | Articles , Creativity | Reading Time: 11 minutes

“This article is terrible.”

“You call this writing?”

“Everything you have to say is boring.”

“You’re just not good enough.”

These are the kinds of things you’d expect to hear from a horrible boss, a troll in the comments, or a cruel bully.

Yet too often, these are the kinds of things that we say to ourselves.

We may claim that this way of speaking to ourselves and attacking our writing is useful: It’s just us being realistic and giving ourselves an honest self-critique. After all, Simon Cowell was the best judge, right? So why should we be Paula Abdul, overenthusiastically praising ourselves?

But this sort of thinking isn’t constructive criticism. It’s just, well, mean.

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ideal workspace
Aug 10

Practical Creativity: Tips for Setting Up Your Ideal Workspace

By Amanda Stein | Articles , Creativity | Reading Time: 13 minutes

Creativity is often thought of as something elusive, as something that just happens to you, some passive blessing that gets bestowed on the bemused creator with no warning, logic, or effort.

The image of a creator desperately waiting for the muse, totally at the mercy of its whims, is far too common. And too frequently, we creatives encourage that idea.

How many times do we refuse to paint because “nothing is striking us?” Or refuse to even sit down at our desk because we’re certain we’re crippled with writer’s block? Or leave our guitar to gather dust because we just aren’t “feeling” it right now?

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