My 4-month creativity club/cult!
We start next Monday!
Yes yes, Tuesdays are my day for sending my new content. And another post is coming tomorrow, but I wanted to also let you know, that just this week, I am enrolling a 4-month creativity
I was going to start a cult but then thought… eh, better not.
So instead it’s just a 4-month club / group program, where I am going to be guiding people to get their creative projects off the ground (or explore the healing powers of creativity to begin with). It’ll all go down in a private membership group on Mighty Networks, with 8 live zoom calls total.
Enrollment closes Sunday, and we start next Monday!
I’ll only be emailing about this group program via substack once more, very quickly, when enrollment closes on Sunday.
In the meanwhile, you can read a little more here:
I really genuinely used to think I wasn’t creative.
This particular perspective on creativity changed my life.
Just over ten years ago, I was a struggling musical theater actress. I got some jobs here and there, but I was mostly riddled with anxiety, insecurity, and perfectionism. I was miserable. I was self-sabotaging. And I had absolutely zero personal agency.
I would actually think: “Oh, I’m not creative. I’m just, y’know, good at singing, and taking directions from a director, and mimicking accents and stuff.”
It wasn’t true. I was creative. Everyone is. But I didn’t recognize the ways my creativity wanted to express itself (writing was a big one). But was was true, was that I was stifled, and locked in a cycle of self-critical perfectionism.
When I read the book The Artist’s Way in 2012, it changed the way I looked at everything. I was skeptical, but I also recognized myself in those pages:
That is me. I am stifled by perfectionism. I am just waiting for something to happen, and nothing is happening. And I am miserable because of it.
So, I jumped in, and started creating. I started “before I was ready” and before I even knew what I was creating.
The result of me jumping in and starting to create? The F*ck It Diet. Which led to a book, and a whole career.
My first website? It was janky as fuck. Really.
I started writing The F*ck It Diet before I had an audience. I started writing before I knew what I was doing. I started when it was messy and ugly and filled with typos.
Now I have a big audience. And I’m still filled with typos, as you know. And it still works. I’m sure you’ve already read a typo.
There is no need for perfection. You can edit and change and learn as you go.
And that perspective made all the difference.
Perfectionism is sabotaging your creativity.
So, I’m going to run a 4 month creativity club.
It’s going to be an interactive group coaching experience, with a private membership group, and 8 live zoom calls. And it starts in juts a few days, on September 26th.
There are two reasons I’m running this:
One: I have a lot of experience with the creative process, and how healing it is.
And I have created a lot of things. Both things I’ve been paid very well for, things I’ve barely been paid for, and things I will never be paid for. (Websites, courses, ebooks, books, songs, two-woman cabarets, one-woman shows, podcasts, business ideas that took off, business ideas that are dead in the water, and much more.)
Two: I need this. I need to be re-focusing on creativity myself.
I know that I am happier when I am actively pursuing creative endeavors. The last two years have been difficult in many ways, and it’s become clear to me that the only way out, or rather: through, is to dive back into my relationship with creativity. And to create. And I want to bring you with me.
Our goal in the group will be to focus on our own creative lives, and focus on our creative projects – more specifically, I will be recommending focusing on one creative project during out time together. But we will also be exploring our creative lives as a whole, which will touch many creative expressions in our lives. And creativity is not always linear. Often we need to create things in order to better understand the next thing we need to create.
Some big things I’ve learned about creativity:
1. You do NOT have to know what you’re doing yet.
Every book I’ve ever started writing, I have only had a general idea of what it would end up becoming. But I did not figure out what it actually would become, until I was in the thick of writing it.
We don’t figure things out by thinking, we figure them out by doing.
Creativity doesn’t happen best in your head, it happens best in action. It will often start in your head as an idea, but that idea will not be able to take form in your head. You’ll have to take action, and see what reveals itself.
You have to start before you’re ready.
For instance, look at this janky-ass webpage that I’m using to talk about this new creativity project. I’ve let it be… extremely basic. Why? Because I knew that if I got caught up in making it perfect, it would take me 30 more weeks to get it off the ground. One day, I’ll come back in here, and update all of this. I’ll make it look better. I’ll refine it. I’ll update it. Or I’ll morph it into another project.
I had an idea of what I wanted to offer, something that is exciting to me. But until I sat down to write it all out, and create the group, and the sales page, it was just an idea.
2. You don’t have to go public with your creation immediately.
Some things need and deserve an incubator. For me, that way I did this, was write The F*ck It Diet with a pen name for the first 3 years. I wasn’t ready for it to be public(ly attached to my name!). But once I was ready, I shared my full name.
This experience can be geared toward “public” creations (like a social media account, business, course, or blog), or a creative project that will eventually be public (like a book or play), or a creative project that is just for you.
3. Perfectionism is the death of creativity
Perfectionism from your own self-criticism, and perfectionism taken on by what we think of what other people will think.
This is one (of the many reasons why) “cancel culture” or the internet’s mob pile-ons and cries of “do better!” when we use a word or phrase someone doesn’t like, can be so stifling to our creativity, honesty, and authenticity. We’ll be exploring the fallout of this part of our culture, and how and why to navigate it.
What will this experience be like?
We are going to spend time together in a private group on Mighty Networks (like a facebook group, but way better. I used this for some past live versions of f*ck it diet courses, and it’s an awesome platform.)
I will be leading, guiding, and setting up our flexible curriculum: our daily routines, and our weekly themes, tasks, activities, exercises, things to focus on. I’ll be sharing advice, personal experiences, and group coaching and guidance, and lots of context based on my own (many) creative endeavors – both successes and failures. I will be leading and guiding, but this is also a collaborative experience that you’ll be a part of.
And this will coincide with my instagram sabbatical, so I’ll be highly engaged in this Mighty network group.
We will be focusing on getting into a supportive routine, engaging in exercises and activities that help break up our stagnation, overwhelm, procrastination, and perfectionism, and taking action with small daily, doable steps.
And we will also be meeting as a group on zoom, every two weeks for four months. 8 calls in total. Starting Monday, September 26th at 2 pm EST, and running every two weeks through January 2nd
This is a live, interactive group experience.
The full price is $175/month for 4 months. ($700 total)
If you join now, by September 22, you can get the early bird price of $150/month. ($600 total)
If you pay all at once, the price is even cheaper. ($500 total)
Enrollment is only open for 6 days!
So… who is this experience for?
It’s for anyone who is drawn to exploring their creativity. Really.
It is most geared towards people who want to get a creative project off the ground. This can be something you’re super clear on, like: “I want to write a book” or “I want to create a business or online course,” but it doesn’t have to be something you’re clear on yet.
AND, you also do not have to be a creative person by trade, you do not have to know exactly what creative project you want to focus on, and you do not have to use this experience to create anything “public.”
I have personally found great joy and fulfillment from my big public projects, and from my private songwriting projects, or tiny organization or gardening projects. It’s all healing.
Whether you have a creative project you are hoping to turn into a career or business, and spread your creations far and wide, or whether you’re hoping to just start bringing more creativity into your personal life, you can join the creativity club.
Here is a list of some creative projects that could be great to work on in the creativity club:
-starting a book (whether it’s to traditionally publish, or self-publish. Whether you’re a professional writer with an audience, or just want to write for fun.)
-growing a social media account (Yes, I’m going on a social media break because it’s such a creative project, and I want to focus my creativity in a new direction for a few months. But, also yes I can support with social media creativity! In fact, it’s an expertise of mine. I happen to love it. I just also need a break.)
-building an online creative business or newsletter or substack!!! (this is not business or marketing coaching, but there is a ton of creativity, and self-trust, and pushing past perfectionism involved with growing a business, marketing, and being visible, so that’s the angle we will be focusing on.)
-Just exploring your own creativity. Or truly, any artistic project, big or small.
I will be able to support you whether you’re at the beginning, middle, or near the end of your creative project.
My current artistic projects?
Starting my third book, writing this substack and new podcast, exploring gardening and permaculture and working on slowly creating a haven in my backyard, and: creating and running this very course.)
You can learn more about the 4-month creativity club here.
I’ll be back with another email tomorrow, maybe about the conspiracies I’m accused of believing in that I don’t believe, maybe about health resiliency, maybe about how I cried every day while I was writing Tired as F*ck while the world crumbled and my reality was shattered. What I know is that I am going to write it at the last minute, and send it to you full of typos.