In January 2011, I gave a talk called “Crafting a Creative Life” at the SCBWI-NY conference. I talked about the long journey of an artist’s life and all of the things that might trap us or freeze us along the way–the practical things like time and money and bad backs, as well as the psychological things like fear and resistance and questioning our own worth. The intensity of response I got to it–that day and in the weeks afterwards–really surprised and moved me. People were hungry for this stuff.
A few months later I pondered the idea of producing a podcast that would continue that conversation in some way, because I certainly wasn’t done thinking about it and I sensed it might be helpful for others, too. It took about a year for me to make it actually happen (see: fear, resistance, time, + lack of knowledge) but here we are, about nine months and fifteen episodes into this project, and I think there’s still lots to talk about.
My goals for This Creative Life in 2013 include growing the audience, getting better with the sound and editing piece of it (if I’d let perfectionism about this stop me, there would still be no podcast because I’m never totally happy with my producing skills), and continuing to expand my guest roster–not just beyond YA, but beyond the book-making world and further into other fields. I hope to book my first musicians soon, and add more creatives from the film world, visual artists, and perhaps venture into the editorial and production side of art-making, too. I’d love to do more panel discussions as well as at least a couple of episodes during the year where I answer your questions, like we did in episode 5. [Edited to add: Jeez, and some diversity! Just now realized how unintentionally homogenous my guest list has been, in terms of race/ethnicity/orientation. I can see how this happens to companies and organizations without them realizing or intending it. Also it reminds me that I once wrote to the producer of a podcast I like, pointing out that all his guests were men. All of them, always. He never replied, and I stopped listening. Feeling slightly less judgey and a bit more humble now.]
Thank you all so very much for becoming listeners, asking questions, telling friends, leaving ratings and reviews, tweeting, Tumbling, commenting, Facebooking, and generally encouraging me to keep going. And of course, huge thanks to all my guests this past year for being so awesome and open about the challenges and joys of their creatives lives.
And now! To our final guest for 2012:
Ally Condie is the internationally and NYT bestselling author of the incredibly popular Matched trilogy. She also happens to be one of the kindest, most down-to-earth people I know in the business. We are both here in Utah so our paths have crossed now and then over the years, but I didn’t have the pleasure of getting to know Ally better personally until fall 2011 when we were both on the Smart Chicks Kick It tour.
Fresh off her tour for Reached, the third and final book in the trilogy, Ally took the time to talk to me (and you) about her writing life. There’s something about this episode that, for me, feels like the perfect way to end the first year of This Creative Life. I hope you think so, too.
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Here’s the lovely Ally at one of our Smart Chicks stops last year: