Sheryl Garratt is a former editor of The Face and Observer magazines, and has written professionally for more than 30 years. She is also a coach working with creatives of all kinds. Find her at thecreativelife.net
The trouble with goals
When I trained as a life coach, it was all about goals. Setting them. Attaining them. Then setting some more, in a relentless cycle of achievement. This is effective for some people, and it's certainly better than bumbling aimlessly through life with no direction at all.
How to get featured in the media
You have products or a service to sell. A shop, an event, a course you want to draw attention to. Or you’re a musician, artist, writer or other creative trying to grow your audience. Getting featured in the media can change everything.
Five Ways To Start Strong With Your Creative Project
It can be lonely embarking on a major new project. A book. An album. A new product, business, course, menu, exhibition, film.. The early days are full of hope and excitement, but they’re also a time to protect your ideas fiercely. They are fragile at this point, with very little flesh on their bones. It’s easy to lose faith in them, to give up.
Why Creators Only Need 1000 True Fans to Make A Good Living
“To be a successful creator, you don’t need millions. You don’t need millions of dollars or millions of customers, millions of clients or millions of fans. To make a living as a craftsperson, photographer, musician, designer, author, animator, app maker, entrepreneur or inventor, you need only thousands of true fans.” – Kevin Kelly
Tom Hodgkinson: the hardest working man in slow business
A life of idleness It’s been 27 years since Tom Hodgkinson launched his magazine The Idler, advocating a slower pace of life with time for rest, play, cloud-spotting and creative day-dreaming. He’s been its editor ever since, as well as writing several books on how to be idle, and developing a whole ecosystem of Idler events, courses, talks, retreats and festivals.
Andy Weir on writing an accidental best-seller
I met Andy Weir at his home in Mountain View, California in 2015, a few weeks before the film of his best-selling book The Martian came out. His condo was modest but comfortable, shared with his cat, a vast collection of board games, and a wide collection of booze bottles for the cocktail and game nights he held for friends.
The Creative Life of Viggo Mortensen
I met Viggo Mortensen in London in 2013, when he was promoting Everybody Has A Plan, an independent, Spanish-language film made in Argentina. Since shooting to fame in the Lord of The Rings films, he’s followed an unconventional path, motivated more by his own interests than fame or fortune. Nonetheless, he has been nominated for three Oscars, most recently for the 2018 film Green Book.
Confessions of a recovering perfectionist
My name is Sheryl, and I’m a perfectionist. I was a magazine editor, for large parts of my working life. It’s a job where content is key, ideas your currency. You only get one chance a month to impress your readers, so you want to make the best issue possible.
Seven ways to rest
We get all tired and weary. And sometimes sleep – essential though it is – just isn’t enough to bring us back to ourselves. We’ve all been carrying an especially heavy load over the past two years. So it’s time to recognise that tiredness comes in many shapes and forms, and that the recovery for each might be slightly different.
Scenius: why creatives are stronger together
The myth of the solitary creative For most of human existence, we needed a tribe to survive. If you were cast out, it meant almost certain death. Which is why we still feel an almost primal sense of panic and unease, if we feel disliked or left out.