20: Reimagining Creativity

 
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You can start a business from anywhere, selling almost anything. And while these opportunities are no longer reserved for the 1%, being an entrepreneur tends to put a burden on our creative process, making us feel like we have to monetize everything we do.


I invited my friend, Tasha L. Harrison, to the show to talk about how she defines creativity. Tasha is a romance and erotica author, freelance editor, and a creative entrepreneur dedicated to helping new and aspiring word makers become authors. With these titles, I assumed she has the key to unlocking creativity. And while she’s got some great tips, I learned that none of us are immune to the struggles that go along with putting our work out into the world.


In this episode we discuss:

  • What it means to be creative;

  • The need for enjoyment above productivity;

  • Why you should be asking for feedback;

  • How to test your ideas;

  • Getting past the overwhelm of getting started; and

  • Showing up and showing support to others.


And if you’re into Game of Thrones, yeah, we talk about that too.

QUOTABLES BY TASHA

“So many people are talking about self care and burnout because all of the avenues we used to use to download or refill our creative reserves are now considered frivolous.”


“I think creativity is in your approach. It’s not just about painting or drawing.”


“I really just enjoy writing romance. That doesn’t mean I can’t put heavy topics into it. It just means the central point of the story is love - this budding relationships between two characters. And I like all the feelings. I don’t want to keep cutting them out. So I stopped doing that.”


“I went through a phase where I was trying so hard to make my passion my paycheck it made writing not fun anymore.”


“I don’t have to be worried about what’s going to happen when I’m done writing and I haven’t even finished writing yet.”


“You want to be better than yesterday. So in order to do that you have to keep track of what you’re doing every single day.”


“You have to do market research to make sure you’re going in the right direction, but I think a lot of people never get out of that phase. And that’s just procrastination.”


“Keep your eyes on your own damn paper.”


“I think a lot of people are afraid of critique because they don’t want to be told they’re doing it wrong.”


“Sometimes you just have to create for you and that’s okay.”

RESOURCES + MENTIONS

Emily Thompson of Being Boss

Stephen King quote: “Write with the door closed. Rewrite with the door open.”

FOLLOW + CONNECT

WEB: Tasha L. Harrison

IG: @tashalharrison

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