It's Not Just a Phase—The 4 Stages of a Healthy Creative Practice
I like to think of a thriving creative practice as a repeating cycle with distinct phases—much like a year divided into seasons. Producing work is usually the most emphasized part of creativity, yet the majority of the cycle is often elsewhere.
Which phase of your creative practice needs the most attention now?
• PHASE 1 is about finding a purpose and accessing creative flow NOW. How can you be easily inspired whenever needed, allowing your work to flow from a higher level of consciousness? Basically, this all the essential foundational work that happens before the physical creating begins.
• PHASE 2 is about keeping your clear vision until completion of the work, and trusting the process even when things get weird. How do you address the challenges that come up during creation? How do you know when your work is done?
• PHASE 3 is about building an authentic network and sharing your work in a way that helps others. How do you connect with people in a way that is enjoyable and positive? How can your work best fulfill its purpose?
• PHASE 4 is about valuing yourself and your work properly, and finding the best way for you to get paid—so you can take care of yourself and keep creating! How do you overcome the "starving artist" mentality? How do you support yourself and your work without feeling like a "sellout"?
When you put them all together using the system in my book, you create a unified and symbiotic practice where each phase is in harmony with the others—and is just as inspired as the others—always supporting your purpose, passions, and wellbeing. There is no need to sacrifice one part for another.