These are some of the books and tools that have helped me create and produce four one-person shows. Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a small commission, which comes at no additional cost to you. Your trust is important to me, so know that I have personal experience with resources below, which is why I recommend them.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield. This book offers light and comfort to any soul in the painful throes of a creative standstill. Run, don’t walk to get this book in your hands. It’s hard to believe a man as prolific as Steven Pressfield understands the inner workings of the demons that keep us from showing up for the page. It’s hard to believe that such a prolific writer would understand the dynamics of resistance (aka fear) so intimately.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott gave me permission and freedom to write badly as a necessary part of the creative process. The journey can be messy and reading this book made me feel like I could exhale about the whole thing. Made me feel less alone. Not take myself so seriously. It’s all going to be ok.
If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland reminds me that in order to be creative I need down time to do nothing. It’s not always about what you’re cranking out. Creativity comes from doing less.
Organize your brain with these free tools!
MindMeister – A mindmapping tool to brainstorm and organize production tasks and writing ideas.
Trello – Create checklists and reminders in this excellent project management app that keeps you organized on the run.
Workflowy – Perfect to use for a brain dump of all your to dos. Keep it easy to track with tags and subcategories.
99designs – A contest where you describe your project and designers on the site compete by giving you design samples for you to choose from. You then choose among several designers and see if they can give you what you want.
Fiverr – Five dollar, make ya holla! Although most services are more than $5 these days, you can still find great $5 deals. I’ve used Fiverr for graphics, original music & transcription services. Money doesn’t have to be an excuse to hire your graphics anymore.
Brownpapertickets: I recommend this service because they have friendly, helpful, 24/7 customer service and low transaction fees for your audience.
Goldstar:Join a group of people who love live entertainment and want to help you love it too.