Cover art for the first 12 episodes of the Thoughts on Illustration podcast

5 Ways to Keep Growing in Your Creative Practice

Things I’ve Learned from My First 6 Months as a Podcaster

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Are you trying to start and keep up with a regular, creative practice? Maybe you want to be more diligent in your daily sketchbooking habit, or perhaps you’re trying to develop a portfolio with regular, self-initiated projects. Whatever you have in mind, if you’ve ever started a creative practice, you know how hard it can be to keep going.

One of my own creative practices is my new podcast, Thoughts on Illustration. The podcast is bi-weekly and now going into the 13th episode. That means I’ve already reached the half-year point! Time flies when you’re amateur broadcasting!

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Podcasting is more than hitting record and speaking into a microphone. It’s coming up with ideas for episodes. It’s writing and editing the scripts. It’s doing multiple takes when the script isn’t flowing right on camera. It’s making compelling episode art. It’s writing the show notes. It’s making sure your audience knows about your latest episode.

Whatever it is you’re trying to do more regularly, whether it’s creating more greeting cards to sell on your Etsy shop or publishing a podcast every few weeks, it’s not just a hobby. It’s a job. Yes—creativity on purpose and on schedule is hard work!

The risk is that eventually, once the enthusiasm dwindles and the reality of how much more work you need to do to master your craft sets in, your habit will get crowded out by the rest of life. I don’t want that to happen to you!

5 Ways to Keep Going with Your Creative Habit

I want to see your daily practice thrive, and even grow into something bigger. Here I’m going to share with you some things I’ve learned in the first six months of this new creative practice of mine, so that hopefully you can find some inspiration to keep going in yours.

01 Make it About a Bigger Purpose

The whole point of a daily practice is that it should feed into something bigger. This might be…

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Tom Froese

Illustrator. Creatively Empowering Teacher/Speaker. Represented by Making Pictures/UK & Dot Array/USA. Top Teacher on @skillshare. www.tomfroese.com/links