A short segment about the influence Love and Rockets had on my artistic development aired recently on the public radio program Studio 360. You can hear it “here”:http://studio360.org/episodes/2008/10/31.
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You can get your work-related anxiety under control…before you even start the work.
Imagine having your big creative project actually finished. What would it be like to have it out in the world? What would that do for your self-esteem? How might it connect you to other people? What kinds of professional opportunities might come up as a result?
The only way to get to that result is to focus on one goal.
Idea Debt is when you spend too much time picturing what a project is going to be like, too much time thinking about how awesome it will be to have this thing done and in the world, too much time imagining how cool you will look, how in demand you’ll be, how much money you’ll make. And way too little time actually making the thing.
How can the work that feeds your soul also put literal food on the table? You’ve got to build your custom-designed creative machine.
Get better at helping others make their work shine. It’s a wonderful gift to give another storyteller. But it’s not all altruism: every time you work through a story, you learn more about your own work, and how to improve it.
Living as a creative person is a marathon, not a sprint. Do you want to be painting, or singing, or writing poetry at 90? You won’t finish your creative marathon strong without hitting your stride a hell of a lot sooner.
Identify your true creative goals with the Creation-Communication Matrix, so that you can build the practice that will feed the next version of yourself.
Don’t let luck control whether you actually create your work or not. When the Dark Forest has closed in, escape with a Focus Session.
The number one thing I see as standing in the way of getting the creative projects we want to be making actually made is procrastination. And when we procrastinate, we beat up on ourselves, which only makes it worse. We tell ourselves that procrastination as a character flaw. like, “oh I’m just a procrastinator.”
But procrastination is not about your character. It’s the manifestation of anxiety.