My Creative Week 36: Taking the Right Creative Risks
How was your creative week, week 36 of 2019? You’ll find my creative accomplishments for the week below. Share your week’s accomplishments, setbacks and side-tours in our Facebook group, under the three hats of creative maker, manager and marketer).
Flow Practice Theme of the Week: Taking the Right Creative Risks
As creatives, we have to balance risk and safety.
We must establish ourselves in a safe place in our lives so we can take creative risk in our work.
Going creative is always a funneling of your attention and energy, narrowing down and consciously niching into being more you.
There are risks that are creatively rewarding, that lead to positive growth, evolution and putting the good stuff (as you define it) out into the world. And there are risks that take us the opposite direction. That drain and distract us.
What does the right risk look like for you? What are you willing to take risks for? (If these questions have resonance for you, you might want to f-r-e-e-write your answers to these questions.)
Taking the Right Creative Risks: Balancing Risk and Safety
Sometimes we’re taking what seem like small risks in our personal lives, tied up in emotions, or relationships, they may be so everyday that we are risking things we don’t even realize we’re risking. Taking unecessary risks that leach our creative energy instead of feeding it
The point is, the more stable and centered we are in key aspects of our lives, the freer we are to take creative risks in our work.
It’s about harnessing our energies wisely.
The only way to understand the risks we take as creatives, and whether they are the right ones for us, is by internal and external observation. Internally, we look for how it makes us feel. Anxious or excited? Shackles on or shackles off? Tense, nervous and scattered or fresh, clean and clear?
A certain degree of creative anxiety is inevitable with any risk but what is the flavor? How much excitement is embedded in there?
External observation is about viewing your output. Is the work getting done? If not, you need to adjust. Observe where you are taking risks: with health, relationships, happiness. You’ll find something there and you’ll see how it’s draining your creative energy.
My Creative Week: Week 36, Q3, 2019
Here’s the work I got done in my author business over the past week, wearing my three work hats.
MAKER: Prepared my “State of the Union Publishing Address” for Digital Book World and #SelfPubCon, about why going wide on platforms, formats and income streams is key to creating a sustainable, scalable creative business. (If you’re interested, you can catch it on the Self-Publishing Advice Conference, 10am Sunday, Sept 15th and for 3 days after).
MARKETER: Worked with Sarah on Amazon ads. Slowly coming to more understanding.
What about you, how was your creative week? What did you produce, process or promote in your creative business?
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 Marketer (who promotes). Join us?
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