Creative Love Handles

Welcome to post-holiday January. This is a big month for buying gym memberships, ordering salads, and signing up for Weight Watchers. It's okay if you let yourself go physically. No one here is judging.

But what shape are you in creatively? Did you take a break from your book during the holiday, too? Maybe you needed the break. That's fine. But don't wait around hoping to ease back into shape.

Creative love handles are what happen when you start to coast. When you stop challenging yourself. When you keep hoping for a great creative assignment to come your way instead of creating opportunities for yourself.

You get rid of creative love handles the same way you get rid of the physical ones: discipline and hard work.

Don't say you're going to do something great with the next assignment. Sit down with a pad of paper and a pen and go to work.