The reality, I believe, is that to create, there needs to be a stillness in your mind, where ideas can form. Ideas are at their most beautiful and their most fragile when they first start to coalesce. It’s important to let them come together at this point and not get blown away by a tornado of 24-hour-news stories about how we’re going to hell in a bucket PROBABLY ANY MINUTE NOW!
While no gatekeepers are deciding who gets to make a podcast, there are some basic ideas that, if followed, will allow you to not only find your audience but retain them. Keep these tips in mind before you hit the wi-fi airways!
I was asked to speak as part of a group at the career night for Boys & Girls Haven. A writer, I was told, sounded like a cool thing to be, and the kids might want to hear about it. (I wound up sitting next to a stat-flight paramedic – now her job seemed cool. I just sit in my room and make stuff up.)
Once I pulled the fear out of the shadows, kicking and screaming, into the light, everything got a lot simpler. I had always believed that procrastination was my problem. The real problem was fear and, unless your physical being is in jeopardy, that’s rarely a good basis on which to plan a career or a life.
The thing about stupid fears like this — as opposed to fears such as “Stay away from the grizzly bear”; that’s good fear — is that they seem true when they whisper things from the shadows. They tend to lose power, however, when you drag them screaming into the daylight. It doesn’t matter who’s doing the screaming — you or the fear; “daylight” is the operative word here.
I’ve been married to my best friend for 10 years today. We’ve been through some of the ups and downs of life (thankfully, mostly ups), and we’ve had each other’s backs whenever and wherever we’ve needed to. There has never been a doubt in my mind that she would be there for me at any given moment, just as I wouldn’t hesitate to give her whatever she needed whenever she needed it. It’s a fact of life. The sun rises in the east, sets in the west and Kristen and I there for each other no matter what.