What is your creative mission?
My creative mission is to sell my upcoming novel, “Believe What You Breathe,” published by GenZ Publishing.
Oh, “creative” might be mistaken for “shameless self-promotion.” But, in the bigger picture, semantics are irrelevant. I mean, whatever specific wordage one might use, it’s all part of the general “word” genre, which I’ve found to be a pretty broad genre.
What do you love about what you do?
The best part of any artistic endeavor is finishing. I hate starting a new project. I hate working on a project. But I truly love finishing it up. There’s a real sense of accomplishment in finishing. Nobody cares about your pretentious creative “journey.”
Whether you wrote your novel in the desert, with crayons on seashells while high on peyote, or you write your novel by setting up a dull suburban routine- each night, from 7:00 to 9:00, I’m going to sit in front of my computer and force myself to write at least one good page- what matters to the reader is the finished project. Is it good or does it suck? And *are* there seashells in the desert? Probably not.
What have you learned from your successes/ failures?
Have you ever noticed that people talk about what they’ve learned from their successes and failures, but nobody ever talks about what they learn from a typical, average day? Ninety-nine percent of one’s life is ordinary, predictable, and without surprise. Now THAT’S when you should be doing most of your learning: observation of human interaction. searching for meaning, finding your place, building on small achievements, etc. But what we learn from our successes and our failures is the sexier question. It’s the “Oprah” question.
Okay. Fine. Here’s what I learned from my successes. Whatever you did to achieve that success, do the same thing next time. Maybe the second time’ll work out just as well. Maybe it won’t. If you fail at something, use a different strategy next time. Or keep using the same strategy and perhaps things will work out better on your second attempt. Whatever. A lot of it has to do with luck and timing and who you know. So there. That’s life.
How do you keep pushing ahead after a difficult challenge?
Look for easier challenges.
Have you ever encountered resistance from family, friends, or the world in general? How did you overcome those kinds of blocks?
I find that the best way to overcome resistance form your family and friends is to not tell them what you’re doing. Pursuing your dreams takes time; don’t waste it listening to crap advice from your loved ones.
As for the world in general, well… one *doesn’t* encounter resistance from the world in general. The world in general doesn’t care about you. Those blockades are not personal. When your exit off the highway is closed off, it’s not personal. It’s not about you. So there is nothing to overcome. Just use the next exit. Avoid the blockades and find a different path.
How has your art and creativity healed you?
It hasn’t. If writing healed me, then I wouldn’t need to keep doing it. Art is like going to a psychiatrist- except that art can’t prescribe drugs. It’s not a cure. But if you don’t keep doing it, you’ll go crazy. Unless you’re already crazy, in which case you write endless incoherent Internet manifestos and teen romance novels.
What are your NFA Bullet points? What steps would you recommend for anyone who wants to kick some ass and get their creative dreams off the ground?
Hmm… that’s a good question. I don’t know. I spend most of my life f*cking around. That’s what works for me. Buy my book. “Believe What You Breathe.” It’s unlike any novel you’ve ever read, and it’ll change your life. Seriously.
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