Creativity is a mystery. Let’s dive in.
I was the guy who sat in the back of the classroom spacing out.
I had all sorts of ideas! I tried writing stories and poems, but my process was painstakingly slow. It was like pulling teeth.
Writing was torture, but I was insatiable. I wanted more. I wouldn’t back down. I would sit for hours. Days. Whittling away. Fighting with myself.
I was — and am — filled with an unstoppable desire to create.
At one point my desire culminated in a 24 hour freewriting marathon that revolutionized the way I understood writing.
When I committed to writing nonstop for that long, something had to give. I gave in. I let inspiration take over. I learned to find joy in the process.
With joy inside me, I could write nonstop all night and all day.
…And then I made a huge mistake. I didn’t make freewriting a daily practice. Despite my awakening, I tried to fit myself back into my old patterns of writing.
I remained determined to produce. One year, I drafted twenty books. And yet I secretly wanted a way out. I wished desperately that I could find some other way of creating that didn’t hurt as much as writing did. So I worked with my hands, I made music, I made musical instruments, I became a sculptor, I painted landscapes in Tuscany. I farmed and built an off-grid home. I traveled the world and led writer’s retreats where I taught other writers the best techniques that I knew.
The irony is that all along, I was teaching others what I believed. I just found it hard to take my own advice. Meanwhile I still struggled in my own writing process.
When life gives you a lesson, hold onto it. Don’t let it go to waste.
Trust me — I know what it’s like to run from your creative work. To pile so much stuff into your life so there isn’t room for what you really want.
Eventually, I gave it all up. Along with my old way of writing, I sold or threw away most everything I owned, built a tiny house on wheels and now I write, meditate, surf, and mentor other writers. I am fueled by what I do.
And let me say: Freewriting is more powerful than you probably take advantage of. As a technique and a philosophy, it offers so much.
I’d love for you to take part in my 7-week depth freewriting challenge. It’s filled with all the best techniques and strategies to make freewriting work for you.
Don’t let other people’s ideas cloud your thinking. Don’t let your old conditioning and habits interfere.
I offer my clients insights borne of much practice and suffering. Workflows that can help. Encouragement that isn’t BS.
If you need someone to draw out your best ideas and help you get them onto the page, I’m your man.Work with me as your writing mentor.
Whether it’s a book, blog or whatever. I’ve worked with bestselling authors and total newbies in all genres.
Let’s MAKE stuff!