A Movie for Creatives: Hugo
I always think that great examples of creativity evoke great reactions. Recently, I saw the movie Hugo. There were times when I wanted to sigh happily, times when I wanted to shout out, “Yes, that’s it!,” times when I wanted to stand in my seat and shout, “Bravo!! Fantastic!!” and times when I wanted to throw popcorn at the screen, and rewrite the script. Hugo is the story of an orphaned young...
In the Middle of Things
I’ve been thinking this week about what it means to create “in the middle of things.” You know, for those of us who aren’t about to have the chance to spend six months in solitude on a desert island to finish a project (or have no desire to do so.) I always love hearing examples of how people have worked out ways to keep their art “close” no matter what...
Welcome Eric Maisel
Occasionally, I do a good impersonation of a tormented artist, usually when I’m stuck on a creative project. “I don’t want to work! What’s the point?” I wail. “Who cares anyway? This is so stupid.” And then, as I ramp up, “Why do I do this to myself?” My partner looks at me with affection, and replies calmly, “Because it matters to you. You’ll figure it out.” For a long time, I have turned to the...
Why Eric Maisel doesn't want you to win the...
Many artists I talk to are convinced that they would be able to finish their book/symphony/script/sculpture/painting/quilt and fulfil their artistic dreams if only they had an unlimited amount of money and no commitments. Until then, they argue, there’s no point in even starting. Needless to say, most people never get a chance to test this hypothesis, not only for the obvious financial reasons but...
Countdown to Eric Maisel
Two more days until Eric Maisel will be paying us a visit here. Eric is the author of over 35 books, including Mastering Creative Anxiety and Coaching the Artist Within. We will be discussing his latest book, Rethinking Depression, how we create meaning in our lives, how we choose creative projects that fit with that meaning …and how to do that in the chaos of the “real world”.