Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Introduction: What is a “Survival Guide” and Why is it Important?

The purpose of this guide is to provide survivors with the necessary tools to help them move forward into the new year. I wanted to create a resource with practical information, mental and physical health tips, and all of the tools required in order to have a successful, happy life. By the time you finish reading this guide, you should have a comprehensive understanding of how to move forward in your life, and how to make it a more positive experience.
I have made a conscious decision to not leave any stone unturned, I will cover it all for you. You don’t need to know everything to start or continue your journey, but you should be able to understand the underlying principles upon which you can build and improve upon.
This guide is meant for those readers who are at their lowest point in life. If that’s you right now then this guide is for you. I will be giving you what I want to give: hope.
Your life can be challenging at the best of times. I’m going to tell you everything that has worked for me, to help you in your own life. I will show you how to turn a dead end job into a full-time job with long-term benefits, and how to set yourself up for the rest of your life.
We are three parts on our journey and it is important that we fully understand our situation and have proper tools in place in order to make progress.
To sum up, this guide is for you if:

strength is what we gain from the madness we survive
strength is what we gain from the madness we survive

How to Survive the Day After Hell in your Creative Career

These books will help you through the personal, financial and mental turmoil that will be felt after being one of the millions of Americans left in the wake of this horrific event. I have read all these books, even the ones that seem a bit extreme, and I can honestly say that any one of these could help you through the day after hell. It is a difficult time for all Americans and hope is needed for everyone. So, embrace what each book has to offer because it will be worth your time.
The days following the day after hell are going to be tough but they are not impossible with some guidance in some very difficult moments. The upside is that they don’t have to be so difficult and in fact those with the knowledge will thrive and those who don’t know what to do or where to look will fail. So grab a book, sit down, think about your life and how you want it to go, power through the day and when it is over you’ll be glad you did. Good luck to you all.
#1-How to Survive the Financial Armageddon Ahead: Protect your assets, invest wisely and grow your wealth during the next downturn.
Author: James Rickards

strength is what we gain from the madness we survive
strength is what we gain from the madness we survive

How to Survive Writing Everyday & Keep Your Grind Going

These podcasts will get you pumped to write everyday, and offer other tips and ideas on ways to make that happen. Also included will be links to my favorite writing tools and resources. Plus, find out how to use Evernote as your own personal Creative Professional Survival Guide.
How to Survive Writing Everyday & Keep Your Grind Going (PowerPoint Slides)
Writing Every Day: The 7 Fears That Hold Us Back (PowerPoint Slides)
Dan Chaon’s Creative Survival Guide (PDF link) – 10 essential resources for writers. Recommendations from a professional creative. Also, find out how to use Evernote as your own personal Creative Professional Survival Guide.
Survival and Business Brainstorming- The Creative’s Guide to Building a Plan (PowerPoint Slides)
Podcast With a Creative Professional on How to Manage Your Priorities (PDF link) – H. G. Wells
Walking Through the Door of the Mind: An Introduction to Practical Spirituality for Writing and Living (PDF link) – Robert Bly, Ph.D.
The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers (PDF link) – Christopher Vogler
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking (PDF link) – David Bayles, Ted Orland
On Writing (PDF link) – Stephen King
The First Five Pages : A Writer’s Guide to Staying out of the Rejection Pile (PDF link) – Noah Lukeman

strength is what we gain from the madness we survive
strength is what we gain from the madness we survive

The First Step for Surviving the Madness & Staying Motivated

When you’ve made the decision to start writing, these posts can act as a guide to help you on your way. There will also be links to my favorite writing tools and resources. Plus, find out how to use Evernote as your own personal Creative Professional Survival Guide.
To kick off my blog, I’ll be talking about my thoughts on how to survive the creative madness. We’ll also talk about how I keep myself motivated during my writing process. But first things first: you need to know your why. As in, what is this story meant to accomplish?
After figuring that out, it’s important that you get clear on the who, what and where of your story. This will help you form a plan for how you want to get from point A to point B (just make sure your destinations fit together into a cohesive story).

strength is what we gain from the madness we survive
strength is what we gain from the madness we survive

How to Ensure You Keep Your Creative Spirit Alive in Crazy Times

By the time you read this article, I hope it will be obvious that the world has changed since November 8th. The new administration has made it clear that they do not care about creative people, or POC or women… If you’re in a creative field, this is going to be especially hard. So, take these tips and make them your own.
1. Be an artist.
It’s true. Who else is going to be doing it? And if you’re going to do it anyway, why not do what you love?
2. Don’t be afraid of small things. It’s true, every little thing counts, and small things can make a huge difference in the end. For example, take the #NoDAPL movement and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). At first, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was a small thing. But when all people saw were small things… like photos of the people fighting for their land, or young DAPL protesters being arrested, or footage of police beatings… something got big.
3. Volunteer wherever you can. Volunteer your time to support and show solidarity with other organizations that are trying to make a better place to live in. Get involved with groups like Planned Parenthood and Amnesty International. Volunteer with the Movement Generation. And maybe start your own organization.
4. Support your fellow artists, and pay them well. This is a double-win here, because it inspires other people to get involved and volunteer as well, thus increasing the number of people fighting for small things to make a big change.

strength is what we gain from the madness we survive
strength is what we gain from the madness we survive