Kevin and John talk about getting into a creative practice requires making choices in how we spend our time. But before doing that, they discuss how to build up your creative energy to motivate yourself to get started, enabling you to prioritize your creative endeavors over things that might bring you less value and enjoyment. Finally, they discuss some strategies you can implement to find more time and focus more on your creative work.
John has been reading The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life by choreographer Twyla Tharp. There’s a lot of tough love in this book, but she lays out the kinds of things you need to do to make creativity a habit, not just an occasional activity. This book is particularly à propos for this episode as she goes into a lot of the same topics we talked about today.
Kevin has been reading Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman. It’s a fascinating, deep dive into how creativity works in our brains.Kevin also mentioned the Netflix series Shadow and Bone and talked about how, as a writer, he was inspired by the setting, costumes, and world building.