Month: August 2017

Is an Unconscious Fear of Money Stunting Your Creative Business?

Is an Unconscious Fear of Money Stunting Your Creative Business?

The hardest part of creative entrepreneurship for me is the entrepreneurship of it all. I know it’s that way for a lot of creatives who are trying to make their art their full time job. I feel like if you love writing, art, film, music, etc., and think of yourself as a writer, artist, director, musician, etc., that making money from it should be something you’re always striving towards. For me, making a living doing what I love would be the definition of happiness.

Making Money, Two-Fold

In my experience there’s two pieces that stand in our way when we’re first starting out.

The first, and most time-consuming, is learning the fine print of business. “Business” here means the blanket basics like marketing/analytics and the nitty gritty of whatever tools you plan on using. This is the in-between period after seeing one of your peers successfully making money off their craft & trying to emulate it and before you yourself are at the same level of success.
 
That piece is where Google comes in. Everything you need to know about running your business is online and most of it is free. 
 
For me, that isn’t the hardest part. Don’t get me wrong, it is HARD. There is so much trial and error. But personally, I love research and learning. I like sorting my to do list and deciding what’s important for my creative work right now. I guess it’s because I can totally push something out of my brain. “Sure I’ll buy that service instead of MacGyver-ing an incredibly time-consuming work around, after I sell x amount of x and can afford it.”
 
Buuuuut it’s right there where I hit a snag. Selling. Making money. Just the very CONCEPT of it. That’s part two. It comes with a lot of emotions, feelings and other mushy stuff us creatives deal with.

Complex Feelings about Money (and the people who have it)

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5 YA Authors Reveal Their Writing Process + A Discussion on Fear

5 YA Authors Reveal Their Writing Process + A Discussion on Fear

Scroll down for author processes + a downloadable PDF w/ more of their writing advice ♥

In the fall of 2015 I attended the very first Nerdcon: Stories in Minneapolis, MN. The convention basically catered to two types of attendees: the fan and the creator. It very much wanted the people who came into the convention center as fans to leave as creators, and the creators to become fans of not only their fellow creators but of their own fans.

Creator, Fan, Both, Neither?

I was at a very weird crossroads in my life where going into the con I wasn’t really either fan or creator.

Once I had been a huge fan of John and Hank Green, who were the masterminds behind this gathering. It was 2015 when I started drifting away from the nerdfighter community for various reasons. Let’s say I was…at odds with one of the Vlog Brothers at the time and the communities treatment of their audience. 

I love these people! I am actually in this, waaaay in the back recording Hank’s singing next to a pillar away from the anxiety of the crowd. Image from the official NerdCon twitter.

So, not exactly a fan of some of the “big name” special guests. I was definitely star struck by Mara Wilson, it’s always nice to see Lev Grossman, and the energy is always great at these things. The HPA 10 year anniversary gave me all the feels. I came away with a to-read list taller than I am, from all the great authors I heard speak but didn’t know about before hand. Not to mention, I became pretty much obsessed with every performer to grace the stage.

Every other con I had attended before this one, I at least always thought of myself as a creator. I was a YouTuber. Not just any YouTuber but a BookTuber. I was sent free books, I had an upload schedule, I had thousands of subscribers, I was a proper creator.

In the fall of 2015 to early 2016 I was struggling against the storm of a reddit community who didn’t like the content I was making. That makes it sound way more benign than it was, and I’ve talked about ways to avoid it, but long story short: I was scared. I struggled against my instinct to stop creating (not just YouTube, but everything) and my urge to create. The instinct to stop was largely winning.

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The Writing Secret You Don’t Even Know You’re Already Doing

A Writing Secret to Destroy Guilt

I am so happy to announce my new exclusive pep talk for writers and non-writers alike! The Writing Secret You Don’t Even Know You’re Already Doing is a 11 page PDF dealing with pressure, guilt, and self-hate while working on a writing project.

I hope by sharing with you what made me a more confident and relaxed writer, you will *fingers-crossed* gain a little bit more confidence, too!

The truth of the matter is, the writing secret that got me published is something you’re already doing. Yes, you! Even if you’ve gone two years without working on your novel, even if you’ve let your blog collect dust, even if your state of mind has not let you write a single poem in months, even if you don’t consider yourself a writer.

It’s realizing that you are already doing something that aides your writing that will allow you to combat the shame that often clouds our writerly brains. Writing is not like going to the gym, it’s more like riding a bike…kind of. Sort of. As you’ll read, I’m really bad at riding bikes.

In this zine-sized ebook I give you your first arrow in our quiver which will allow you to battle those feelings that you are not good not, not disciplined enough, not skilled enough to complete your creative projects. 

So, How Much Do I Have to Pay For This Writing Secret?

Lean in real close, friends, and I will whisper it in your ear. Ready?

♥ Nothing ♥

Didn’t catch that? Okay, gimme a sec.

♥ NOTHING!!!!!!!!!! 

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A New Newsletter

I’m not going to hold your inbox hostage, you’re free to unsubscribe at anytime. Like I said, though, this pep talk includes just the FIRST weapon to destroy self-doubt as a creator. I hope you stick around, at the very least to stay updated on other writing-related articles and releases. 

I’m sure the newsletter will grow as we, as a community, grow so I cannot guarantee what exactly it’s going to be. I’m kind of smashing what I currently do (talking about consuming & creating good creative content, publishing my own poetry/art/essays/hybrid weirdness), with what I’m developing (really clearly HELPING creators) with inspiration from my favorite newsletters. I really, really love Austin Kleon’s newsletter and I like Femsplain’s newsletter and Ruth’s updates from EBA. I don’t know about you, but that’s a Frankenstein monster I wouldn’t chase away with pitchforks.

This was such a long time coming! I hope you join me in this adventure!

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An Alternative Solution To Depression

An Alternative Solution To Depression

Witchcraft > Running, digital speedpaint. Big thanks to my model Alyssa Panda Eyes.

 

There’s an announcement repeated over the speaker system of my life:

HAVE YOU TRIED EXERCISE? RUNNING MAKES PEOPLE HAPPIER

and one of these days I’m going to find the room

where this voice sits without a body

and perform an exhilarating exorcism

on that green tea drinking, cannabis oil infused,

higher middle class, failed medical school,

unconcerned concern troll while screaming

in it’s invisible pompous, genetically and chemically gifted hydrated face:

HAVE YOU TRIED EXORCISE? WITCHCRAFT MAKES PEOPLE HAPPIER

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Fiddlin’ – July

Fiddlin’ – July

What I’m currently fiddling with:
-This painting that actually looks better as a WIP than what the finished product will look like I’m sure. I’m trying to push myself to be less loyal to my references and making more experimental work so at this point I’m like, hey this WIP is like MODERN ART just by its self! It basically just went down hill from here anyway.

-Jack the Ripper and Frankenstein! Two wildly complex murder boys. Separate projects, a series of articles and a screenplay respectfully, but IMAGINE.

Toggl.com since I’m really focusing on the whole time management aspect of freelancing. You can organize different projects for different clients and record individual actions within those projects and then it tracks everything with graphs which are always nice. I’m this close to buying a pro membership because I’m really enjoying it and would love to be able to automate my hourly wages. Just excited about getting properly organized, not sponsored! 

-On the same note I finally tried out Evernote to keep all my smaller freelance projects organized which is nice. I’ll have to read up and all it’s features because right now it does seems unnecessarily tedious.

-The words to review or even talk about the utter perfection that is Dear Zindagi (2016) directed by Gauri Shinde. It is, in my opinion, the most progressive film dealing with mental health out today. Frankly it is not in my lane to talk about how being made in Indian contributes to the artful nature of the narrative but it is so hard to talk about when trying to dissect the culture from the story, since they are obviously so intertwined. So if I never find the proper words to review this film, let me say this: watch it, it’s great, it’s on Netflix.

-Scrivener for things that aren’t novels/novellas. I love Scrivener, like literally all writers who own it…but just like literally every writer I know, I do not utilize everything it could be. That’s not to say that I’m working with advanced features or anything, but whew boy is the screenplay format good. I also compiled my poetry chapbook, with an index and everything, last month which was exhilarating. I’m really doing so much that I just wouldn’t have tried or even imagined in Word or Google docs.

 

What I’m being inspired by:

 

-The Chronicle script, Matt Johnson movies,  and music mockumentaries, oh my! I’m not a fan of the writer of Chronicle but because it’s not improvised like a majority of found footage film, the formatting is super interesting. Also did y’all know that the ending of the script is super weird and not at all like the movie? Operation Avalanche by Matt Johnson inspired me to get my butt in gear and make movies, with which my recent viewing of both This is Spinal Tap and Popstar: Never Stop Stopping has really got me thinking about the strict technical aspect combined with the casual dialog.

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