Successful creators know they must constantly be evolving and improving. Without growth and the incorporation of new ideas, our work becomes stagnant.

Reaching our full potential is a lifelong journey of hard work, patience, and dedication to development. But recognizing growth and positive change as it happens is always helpful, so here are five things you can do  now to be a better creator.

Commit to your craft.

Make it your mission to create something every day of the week. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but it should be inspired and honest work. Don’t produce simply for the sake of producing. Give it your all, even if the result isn’t something you’ll edit later on.

Create for at least ten minutes in the morning or the evening (you’ll probably find yourself creating for longer than five minutes, whether you meant to or not). At the end of the week, you will be seven days closer to the height of your powers as a creator.

Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as an artist.

Compose a deep and honest evaluation of your content. What are your strengths, considering the following: setting, dialogue, action, insight, purpose? What can you do to develop further in these areas? How can you play up your strengths?

What are your weaknesses, considering the following: description, pacing, characterization, point of view, relevancy? What can you learn from them? What can you do to minimize them?

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