Creative Tips

“The only way things will change will be when we’re all wilder, louder, riskier, sillier, unexpectedly overflowing with surprise.” (Jill Soloway)

From Form

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. (Dr. Seuss)

From [Em]bodying


Respecting the complexity of our audience—any audience—is key. “You cannot write for children. They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.” (Maurice Sendak)

From Senses

Borrowing from famous philosopher, lover of photography (and all things art!) on how to find direction in the midst of chaos: “I now suddenly understood how, to a painter, (hadn’t it happened to Rembrandt and many others?), ugliness could appear as the true reservoir of beauty...” (Walter Benjamin)

From Blurred

Insider knowledge—of one’s life and community—is super important, but so is keeping our eyes open for the unfamiliar. A new coffee shop is one option, or go big and try for a more drastic change of scenery. Be it the Bluffs or Banff: see anew! (Editor-in-chief Natalie)

From Seeing

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing—and keeping the unknown always behind you. (Georgia O’Keeffe)

From Grit

My responsibility is not to the ordinary… My loyalty is to the inner vision, whenever and howsoever it may arrive. If I have a meeting with you at three o’clock, rejoice if I am late. Rejoice even more if I do not arrive at all. (Mary Oliver, Upstream)

From The Art of Curation

As I’ve personally cold-called into every company I’ve ever worked for, I can say that for every success, I’ve gotten rejected and have failed 100 times. Failure is a positive step towards success, and not a step back. To quote Michael Jordan: “I have failed over and over again. And that is why I succeed.” (David Stern: entertainment lawyer)

From Practicing My Practice

Learn the basics of your art form and then find your own voice, because your voice is the thing that will be make your work authentic and original. Get started now! Find your voice! (Lindsay Mackay: filmmaker and director of Running With Violet)

From Hibernation

Get inspired by all kinds of people! Often the difficult people in our lives are our greatest sources of inspiration. In his book Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art, Stephen Nachmanovitch writes: “We provide both irritation and inspiration for each other—the grist for each other’s pearl making.”

From Symbols and Semaphore

Life is short… Break some rules… Forgive quickly… Kiss slowly… Love truly… Laugh uncontrollably… Remember love is better than anger… And never regret anything that made you smile! (Poet Michael Fraser’s email signature!)

From Story Tellers and Takers

Actively cultivate curiosity as a method of staying present and in the moment. Further, try using curiosity as a method of distraction when you’re feeling anxious. (Anique Granger: singer-songwriter)

From Obsessive Curiosity

Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized. (Margaret Atwood)

From Sensory Storying

There is always that voice in the actor’s head—‘I should be doing more.’ If you are there and dropped in then that is enough. Time is moving forward. You are in the space. You are the character. The plot is moving forward. That is enough. Read more→ (John Boylan: acting coach, mentor, actor)

From Sabbath Goals

Consider the work/the art/the creation the most important thing in the world and then not important at all. If you can hold both of those ideas at once… you’ll get somewhere! (Paraphrasing the brilliant Miriam Toews)

From Who’s Yo Mama?


She Said Notes is a journal for the art-interested, the feminist-minded, curated to connect the unexpected.

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