I am still working on the next episode of Coping with Creativity, a podcast project of mine that was part of a self-therapy regimen I prescribed to myself, but not in the way that everyone expected.
I really like audio work. Music is very natural to me, and self-expression through the auditory senses is a pursuit I will never be able to rid myself of. That being said, diving into a podcast when I did was tough because, like all of my big projects, it was born out of a response to a nearly-crippling existential crisis. Maybe you’re like me: when you come face to face with the throes of what I call “the great cliff,” your subconscious reaction is to synthesize art and expression as a means of keeping you from falling over the edge.
My main pursuit right now is the second installment of the SPIDER series, which is shaping up to be quite a ride. I like to write in the way I like to read: a yin and yang of tension and release, haste and then caution, optimism and then reality. Forcing myself in front of a keyboard without worrying about word counts or timelines has been helpful in me keeping myself true to the old “1,000 words per day” rule. I think it’s a good idea even if you plan on scrapping those words, since most of what I write I end up throwing out anyway.
I’m bringing this up because Coping with Creativity has taken on a different kind of life. Instead of a weekly podcast, I have taken all my transcripts and am combining them together into its own collection of essays called, well, one of the following:
- How to Love Your Art
- Coping with Creativity
- Loving What You Make
The title aside, the book itself is meant to take someone from that state of “nothing I write is any good” to at least “I am okay with this being a thing I wrote.” Yes, the focus is on writing, and yes, I have fallen into that trope of a writer who writes about writing. I won’t make excuses for it; I see now that every writer needs to come to their creativity on their own terms, and all we can hope to do is share our own stories with how we got there. That is why Stephen King’s On Writing is so often lauded as the de facto writer’s book on the art of writing: it’s his own personal journey into storytelling.
So this next episode of CWC is likely going to become another essay in the book. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy making the podcast, it’s that, perhaps, the podcast was the first draft of what would ultimately become a book of inspiration and personal growth for myself and other writers.
It’s a lofty idea, sure, but I do my best work when self-doubt is at my side. I’ve learned to cope with my own creativity that way.
I’ll be reaching out to my 2,500+ email subscribers for some ideas about how they themselves cope with their own creativity, and posting on some social media sites to collect anonymous stories for the book as well.
Until next time,