The Creative’s Journey

A recent The Creative Penn podcast (#384) featured writer, Steven Pressfield. The episode, entitled “The Artist’s Journey,” was important reminder of why we  create art in the first place. Business production and marketing books can pressure independent authors into forgetting the “art part” of what we do: the passion of creating and telling stories. Pressfield reminds authors to “write from the inside out and avoid productivity hacking” by rediscovering our inner creative muses and staying true to our artistic inspirations.

As part of the Rigoli & Reeves writing team, I do much of the artwork and story inspiration for our series. After going back and rewriting the first book in our series, it was all going to need new covers. Usually, creativity flows easily for me. But for the first time, I was having a massive artistic block. I’ve thrown away many designs while demanding the Muse to show up and make her creative delivery into my mind!

Pressfield’s perspective reminded me of Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way—a delve into tapping into the  spark that lights a creative fire. I need to let go. I need to allow art and creativity to manifest organically. If we have a wonderful time writing our series, passionately releasing our art to the world instead of hammer ourselves with the idea of not doing business marketing good enough, then we won’t lose why we were creating in the first place.

The British philosopher, Alan Watts, said the following:

“Existence in the physical universe is playful. It isn’t going anywhere. It doesn’t have some destination that it ought to arrive at. It is best understood by an analogy with MUSIC. Music as an artform is essentially playful. You PLAY a piano. You don’t WORK the piano. One doesn’t make the END of the composition the point of the composition. It’s same way as dancing. You don’t aim at a particular point in the room [and say] that’s where you should arrive. The whole point of dancing is the dance.”