The theme for our Monday Motivator this week is: gift your creative gifts.
This has two dimensions that I’m thinking about personally at the moment but that I think are applicable to any creative in business.
The first is that when you set out to make your income from doing something you love to do, from something that is passion or mission or both for you, there are dangers and challenges.
Austin Kleon has said that anybody who tells people to do what they love for a living should also have to teach a money management course. I have felt that responsibility andthe Go Creative! method talks a lot about how money engages with meaning, and how not to get lost in the mix.
Gift Your Creative Gifts: Stay in the Gift Economy
One of the ways to deal with these challenges is to stay in the gift economy for some part of what you offer.
So having a gift in your that you freely give, that has no price attached, that isn’t part of your selling or done with the intention of marketing, is a way to keep things in the right place.
Staying alive to the sense in which this gift you have been given, this thing you love to do, is something for sharing.
So that while it is absolutely appropriate, and necessary, that you understand money, engage with think about money, And being ver aware, mindful of, the movement of money in your business to also keep something that is free of that is a great liberation
And a great boost to your core creative flow.
Gift Your Creative Gifts: Have Someone in Mind for Your Gift
Having somebody in mind that you will give your end product to when you are finished can be very useful in directing the project.
I had direct experience of this during the week with a poem I was working on. Halfway through writing, I realised I would be gifting it to a group of people in the end (in addition to distributing it in the normal ways) and that changed the tone of the poem and the “voice” in which it was written.
Sometimes, thinking in terms of gifting your gift can be a way to unblock and foster flow.
For more on creative questions and making meaning, see: Three Pathways To Profit for Creative Entrepreneurs: Practice, Process, Positioning.
Monday Motivator Week 25 2019: Creative Intentions
In our Go Creative! in Business group, each Monday we outline our creative intentions to each other. And then we follow up on a Saturday with what we’ve actually accomplished during the week. What’s unique about our group is that our report is given under the three hats a creative entrepreneur must wear: that of Maker (who produces), Manager (who processes) and Maximizer (who promotes).
Here are my creative intentions for this week, wearing my three hats.
- MAKER (Producing): I have three projects in the finishing stages, to get across the line this week: Choosing A Self-Publishing Service by John Doppler; Copyright Bill of Rights with Boni Wagner Stafford and my own Quarterly Planner (now complete with illustrations). Plus as many poems as I can record for my poetry audiobooks.
- MANAGER (Processing): Reigniting my Facebook ads account and bedding down the new banking/invoicing processes with Sarah.
- MAXIMIZER (Positioning): Recording videos for Facebook ads.
That’s what I’ll be up to. What about you? What will you be producing (Maker), processing (Manager) or promoting (Maximizer) this week? Do pop over to our Go Creative! in Business Facebook group, where we support and motivate each other. It’s completely free, there’s no selling or self-promotion, and you can leave anytime if it isn’t the right fit for you.
You’ve nothing to lose and it may be just the creative boost you need.