ALERT: Win a free book on creativity! Details below.
I launched The Artist’s Road a year ago. I didn’t know what my intentions were with it, not on a conscious level. So I welcomed readers with this:
You’ve stumbled across a project of self-indulgence. This blog will chronicle my renewed path, an artist’s road toward an art-committed life.
As it turns out that’s been a pretty good prediction on my part. All I knew when I launched it was that if I were truly to commit to living an art-committed life, by proclaiming that to the digital world I’d be more likely to hold myself to it. I’ve spent much of my adult life allowing my creative self to stagnate. It’s easy to do, because being true to your creative self requires a lot of work and sacrifice.
Over the last year I’ve stepped down from my CEO post with a D.C. nonprofit, launched a freelance writing business, begun taking my first-ever creative writing courses, and started an MFA in Writing. And I’ve thanked my wife and children (repeatedly) for indulging me in this reinvention.
I’ve written about the amazing creatives I interviewed on a cross-country U.S. road trip last year, and passed along inspiration and tips they shared with me. I’ve passed on wisdom I’ve learned in my MFA studies. And in an effort rich with irony, I’ve shared with readers my difficulty I have with sharing information about myself.
I write each post hoping my readers will have some sort of takeaway–a creative tip, a word of encouragement, a sense of community. But writing this blog has given me all of those things. I am so grateful for the fantastic individuals I’m now connected to as a result of this blog, and its companion, Twitter.
Ultimately, the path I follow in my art-committed life is mine alone. But it is so much easier to follow with the support and encouragement of family, friends and peers.
Now to the good stuff! One lucky commenter below (drawn randomly) will win a copy of a great book on creativity. The winner can choose one of these three: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield, Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, or Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation by R. Keith Sawyer. Please post your comments by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 25th. Good luck!