By now I've been in the game long enough to know that creativity is like love ~ the harder you hold onto it, the faster it dies. One thing that brought me around to this way of thinking were the Etsy Success Articles. I subscribe to e-mail notifications of these articles and read them religiously. So much information is shared in these articles including success stories, how-tos, and tricks of the trade.
Recently I read a couple of articles included in the Etsy Reading List regarding Creative Tithing. I have to admit the word "tithe" may have a negative connotation, but in this context it makes a lot of sense. Both articles are about how we should tithe our creativity first to give back some of our bounty and second to create some good karma for ourselves.