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Yowling Creator Collective Coffee Break, CCB

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Yowling Creator Collective Coffee Break, CCB

Working on a project or pursuing your passion can be a lonely road, especially in the beginning stages. A great way to stay encouraged is to connect with others by participating in a “Collective Coffee Break,” or CCB. The CCB is a time when yowling creators gather for inspiration, support, and a fresh perspective. Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who’s been around for 45+ years, puts it well: “People say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.” While you may not have time for a Collective Coffee Break everyday, scheduling one weekly or monthly may be just what you need to help yourself keep moving forward with joy and satisfaction.

“People say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

It can be done online or in person and serves to help unmask, even break, any unconscious mindsets that may be blocking your progress. In a Yowling Creator Collective Coffee Break, you can air any concerns about where you are in the creation process–particularly helpful when you’re in that “no man’s land” of not at the beginning but not quite done yet. The CCB provides a place of accountability and opportunity for feedback regarding specific direction and tasks.

Some of the greatest, prolific creators took a regular Collective Coffee Break. For nearly 20 years (1930-1949), J. R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)  and C. S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia) had their group called the Inklings. Lewis’ older brother, Warren, says “There were no rules, officers, agendas, or formal elections.” It’s a good thing, since they gathered at a pub. I know I could never have put up The Yowling & Other Sounds from Highland Park as a one-woman show without the support of those in my What’s the Story? workshop. Who do you have in your corner?

Check back soon for hot tips on how to take your Yowling Creator Collective Coffee Break!

24 Responses to “Yowling Creator Collective Coffee Break, CCB”

  1. Sandra Funes says:

    I found out that it is easier to bring my body to the shower than bringing my brain to the creative spot, but using the yowling Creator’s way as a guide has been a big help.

  2. Elena Medina says:

    The pursuit of our goals is easier through The Yowling Creator’s Way which motivated me to create something step by step.

  3. Sandra Funes says:

    Having someone in your corner now is easier than ever. We don’t need to see each other; we can communicate our ideas over the phone. These days to make the time to get together is very hard specially when we have to deal with work, family and school, but is always fun and healthy when you can do it.

  4. German Tapia says:

    For the last three weeks it has been very difficult for me to write. However, throughtout the workshops on Saturdays, Mrs. Sandoval was very helpful. She stated that this is normal, and like she said in the Yowling creator’s way “Even if a great idea strikes us, mentally and emotionally we often expect no traffic, no obstacles, no bumps of any kind in the road.” My desire is that this week I will be able to create a piece of writing.

  5. Megan O'Shea says:

    As I’m getting farther along with my paper I have found the workshops in class to be more helpful. The workshops have given me motivation to work on my paper in order to get insight from my peers by the next class. Having the workshops holds me accountable to work on my paper instead of waiting until the night before the paper is due and trying to crank it all out then.

  6. kelyn struiksma says:

    Honestly, this article mainly stood out to me because of the coffee picture. I am a sucker for a good, hot cup of black coffee. Besides just looking at the picture and reading what was written, I was really interested on the thoughts and perspective that you had. Although the basis of this post is speaking more to the creation process, as it is very true in that sense, I started thinking of this idea in a more broader sense as well. I think your post, really relates to the value and necessity for community in our lives. We live in a world full of people and it is important to actually communicate and love on other people. People give perspectives to others and help them formulate ideas, they have the power to encourage others and to lead them to potential success. With that said, what next comes to mind is the importance of being that for someone else. I really believe that finding a core group of people to meet with every so often will benefit so much more than just a physical way, but with emotional, social, psychological, and even a spiritual way.

  7. Kaitlyn Bauer says:

    I am in the middle of writing a research paper. I am at the stage where I am done finding all my quotes from creditable sources, but know due to the extensive research I have lost my passion in the topic. I chose a topic that I already knew very well. I had many professors talk about it and had many discussions about it. I wanted to go into greater depth of the topic because I found it extremely interesting. Unfortunately, I have reached the point that I want the essay to be done already. I am lacking the passionate drive to push myself. However, I recently talked to my dad about my topic and he was asking me many questions. I found myself getting passionate about my topic again. I loved sharing my point of views with my dad because he was interested in learning more. In a sense I borrowed his passion to fuel my own.

  8. Cassandra Threadgill says:

    I actually have a huge issue with this. I would rather wait and get everything I can out before discussing it or showing it others. It doesn’t have to be finished, but whatever I am working on needs to have as much of me in it before I am comfortable showing it to others and asking for opinions. I’d say I’d rather more of a coffee intermission than a break.

    • Lisa Marie says:

      I wholeheartedly agree, Cassandra! I wish I’d shared a quick cup of coffee with you, when I was thinking about writing this blog. 🙂 A quick break helps with longer works; but with shorter ones, it’s easier to maintain motivation until the end.

  9. Kelsey Colbert says:

    I definitely relate to this post. Being a songwriter, the creative process is extremely lonely because you’re completely immersed in my own thoughts and ideas. I haven’t always taken breaks to socialize and expand on my ideas with others, but when writing the research paper, this has become one of the most cherished parts of the process. Gathering other’s opinions and input on your work can be the best way to improve it.

  10. Gabriel O. says:

    Having a break during the writing process really helps clear the mind. Also bouncing off ideas with someone will help clarify what else needs to be included. Sometimes a break is all that is needed to help complete the paper.

  11. Ryan A says:

    I really like the quote from Zig Zagler. There are things we should do daily, but just don’t because we don’t have time for them. This is one of those things. I think a nice word of support can be so helpful sometimes. It can inspire someone to continue doing what they do and even to do it better. It will never tear someone down or cause harm, and it is only beneficial, and so easy to give. I agree, we should schedule a CCB into our daily schedules.

  12. Sasha Brudlo says:

    As with most things in life, coffee makes it all better. Aside from that, the idea of getting together with a group of people and talking about your writing is a very good one! Sometimes, we need to tell someone what we’re going through in order to sort it out for ourselves. This applies for most areas of life, actually. College students are fairly good at doing this already. Living in the same building as people writing the same papers as you is extremely helpful. If I feel the need to vent my frustrations about writing an exegetical, odds are someone around me will know exactly what I’m talking about, and we may even be able to help each other along, giving each other ideas throughout the painful process. And coffee helps. Coffee definitely helps.

  13. Alexa Hobelman says:

    I fully support having a Collective Coffee Break, because I am a hard-core coffee lover. More importantly, it is so important to take breaks during a the creation breaks. If you don’t give yourself time to take breaks, you can be overwhelmed with too much information. Our brains need breaks in order to function the best.

  14. Jonathan Schlitt says:

    I have found that working on a project with a group of people can be encouraging in the creation process. As long as you are with a group of people who will not distract you from your work, instead they will help motivate you to complete it. Working in a group can also help ideas flow because you can bounce ideas off each other until you get to a conclusion. You will no longer hit walls because usually the people can help you with your issue.

  15. Leena Im says:

    Motivation and passion are one of the few things I wish I had or I had more of. Because of lack of motivation I don’t finish my work or i procrastinate it to the last. Yowling Creator didn’t create a big motivation, but I had fun brainstorming.

    • German Tapia says:

      I I don’t believe anybody can work alone. Students frequently ask to work in groups. Company employees’ usually work in groups for better production. Parents always work together to raise their children. So there is no such person that can say I did it alone. Everybody needs one another to succeed in life.

  16. Miguel Gutierrez says:

    Sorry, I’m not a coffee drinker. I would rather have a nice warm cup of tea to soothed me. When I’m working on a specific project, I like to take the lonely road first by myself and see how it feels to be lonely. Then, I go and look for encouragement from others. This works for me in order to stay connected during the revision of any of my projects. Society needs to stay connected with itself in order to accomplish its goal.

  17. karen soto says:

    This article is amazing. I’m starting my writing and looking for my best topic. I had been a bit confused, but having just that coffee break with my best friend. Everything made sense, while I told her about what I thought to write I was able to capture her attention and that I am excited to know that I am on the right way. I wish to have a coffee break with my classmates, because I know that by sharing our ideas, it will make the process of yowling creative easier and more fun.

  18. Maria Elena Lopez says:

    As a yowling creator, it does get difficult and lonely as you say with running a project, preparing an event or even just pressuing a dream. Your correct it is a very lonely process in the beginning, but with being able to have a group like this. Were there is more yowling creators, and dream pressures like me does help to take and off the project, and spend some time not alone, but with others.

  19. I experience this last night. I didn’t know about the collective coffee break. Luis is one of my classmates. He texted us and invited us to do homework at his office. I got there and found six other students working in different projects. I was able to share some of my ideas with a few classmates, and I was able to received some ideas as well. The time went fast and we got a lot of work done.

  20. Liza R. Rocha says:

    “The Yowling Creator’s Collective Coffee Break” (CCB) is a very interesting concept. While reading a different article I ran across a few tips you gave. At the top of the list of 5 very good tips were “take a CCB”. I was not sure what that meant. However, in this article you confirmed what I had imagined. It was referring to taking a break. I really admire Zig Ziglars creativity. And certainly respect C.S. Lewis and J.R. Tolkien as creative minds. I am just not sure I want to implement taking a CCB. I don’t know that I am ready to reach out to other’s for support and encouragement. I am comfortable working alone and believe I receive support and encouragement from The Creative Master. The Trinity. I do not negate the possibility of implementing a CCB in the future. As I realize I will evolve as I become more experienced in “The Yowling Creator’s Way.”

  21. Claudia Guinea says:

    Connecting with others is one of the hardest things for me. I like the suggestion of working with other or taking breaks to refresh the mind and workshop your project but that is easier said then done for me. I have a bad habit of sheltering myself and not allowing many people to come in, this limits the my support group to a small cluster of people. This semester has been refreshing for me, I was able to open up and allow others into my writing and making new relationships. I thought that the creative writing class would be fairly easy but never realized that my weakness of communication would be challenged. Thank you for your support and making me feel like I belonged.

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