Creative Process

I always find it fascinating to see how other artists create their work. Here are three things that have inspired me recently.
(If you’re reading this on Facebook or elsewhere and can’t see the videos, please go to my blog and it’ll all be clear.)

• A short video of cartoonist Alison Bechdel talking about how she created each scene in her beautiful graphic novel Fun Home (which you should read immediately, if you haven’t already done so). Her process is simply amazing:

• A thoughtful blog post by author Farai Chideya (you may have heard her on NPR) on how she wrote her rock musician novel Kiss the Sky:

I was finally willing to take my life “off track” … in order to accomplish my dream. [Click here to continue reading.]


• My friend Canyon Sam describing the many years of exploration, travel, rejection letters, and rewrites that it took for her to complete her upcoming nonfiction book, Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History, a book you’re going to be hearing a lot more about:

So to anyone dreaming of or working on a big project… these women did it, and you can do it too!

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2 thoughts on “Creative Process

  1. Thank you for these. I feel like I have several big projects waiting for my commitment, and it really helps to hear about the real processes of others. Very inspiring.

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