When was the last time you said to yourself, “I’d love to write but I’m not feeling very creative right now.” That’s all well and good if you have nothing but time on your hands and your only obligation in life is to wait for the clouds to part and the brilliant ideas to flow so you can write your blog post. But my guess is if you’re reading this, you’ve not quite managed to arrange that situation yet. So, what do you do when you don’t feel like it or the creative juices aren’t flowing? You do it anyway.
I’ve studied dozens of books on the writing process, interviewed bestselling authors and blockbuster screenwriters, and written a New York Times #1 bestseller.
But one of my favorite examples of someone who has mastered the art of being creative on demand is Brian Koppelman.
Almost nobody is as consistently creative as Brian Koppelman. He wrote his first screenplay, Rounders, while working a full-time job. He only had a few hours every day to write. So he had to produce great stuff every time he sat down. If he hadn’t, there would be no Rounders.
He didn’t want to be a one-hit wonder or milk the same idea for 20 years, either. He wanted to learn how to beat the odds, not through luck, but through a creative process.
Brian went on to write Ocean’s Thirteen, and The Illusionist. And he’s also a novelist, director, and producer. Recently, he started a viral, Vine video series called The Six Second Screenwriter and became the host of the ESPN podcast, The Moment with Brian Koppelman.
That’s why I invited him to my studio for an exclusive 1-on-1 session to show us his system for tapping into his creative side and what it really takes to produce great ideas.
And I’d like to share an exclusive excerpt from my session with Brian. In this video, you’ll learn more about how to be more creative and write – whenever you want.
I used to be amazed when I saw really busy people produce incredible blog posts day after day. I’m talking about people with full-time jobs, businesses, families, and hobbies.
I couldn’t figure out how they managed their crazy schedules and still found time to write. Were they genetic freaks? Were they lucky? Did they ever sleep? I had no idea how they did it.
That is, until I started studying top bloggers, entrepreneurs, authors, and other experts. One of my favorite bloggers/authors, Cal Newport, built an entire system I’d love to show you.
Cal Newport is the bestselling author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You and other best-sellers. And he’s built a cult following for his blog, Study Hacks.
But he doesn’t spend his entire day writing.
He stops work at 5pm almost every day, so he can spend time reading and hanging out with his family. How does Cal “find the time” to write amazing content – and enjoy more freedom and success than most of us could ever dream of?
A while back, I brought Cal to the studio to find out his secrets. Here’s what he’s learned about carving out time and finding focus.