One thing I know about creative work, in any field:
It begins with excitement and delight. Eventually it ends the same way. At least we hope so. The challenge is in the middle.
In the middle is where we discover the project includes all kinds of elements we had not imagined. Some wonderful. Others far from it.
This is where we try to absorb and understand exactly what the work is demanding of us. And where we undertake the sometimes painful task of doing our best to grow into it. Moment by moment, hour after hour, for as long as it takes.
The casual observer only sees the beginning and the end. That’s why we seem to be ‘naturals’ at this. Those are the parts of the process that cause them to call us lucky. And we are.
But the middle often sucks.
If this resonates, and you’re interested in how a small shift in perspective can translate into a much larger shift in trajectory, this is your invitation to share the journey and join the community.
What can we create that will invigorate our creative journeys and harness the collaborative collision of ideas and approaches?
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“It was very interesting to me that people from completely different walks of life could offer each other useful perspective. I felt safe but not unchallenged – I still felt that I had to be accountable and do something!
The most surprising things for me were the way our sum became more than the whole of our parts. Our group became an entity of its own, a positive and supportive one for me. I was also surprised at the power of relatively simple ideas and discussion when they’re given time and a safe space to develop. And I was surprised that focusing on keeping the work fun and interesting to me would result in greater discipline for slogging through the tedious parts. I feel greater freedom to require that my work be fun for me and to explore non- traditional approaches to academic writing. I’ve learned something from you about approaching my own students when we talk about the process of writing.
Thank you for launching this group, Nikki! I had a gut feeling that this opportunity was coming at the right time in my life and you proved me right. This has been very helpful for me.”
Associate Professor, Political Science
Interim Associate Dean, School of Liberal Arts
New Orleans, LA