151 - Healing your relationship with creativity with Melissa Dinwiddie

Hello and welcome to the The Spark & The Art creativity podcast. Thank you for subscribing to our weekly podcast, where we alternate between interviews with creative folks from all different career levels and insight and inspiration episodes. All with the intention you’ll get what you need to get your creative projects started and, more importantly, finished.

I’m your host Tucker and this week is an interview with Melissa Dinwiddie. Melissa describes herself as a Creativity Instigator and you can learn about her book and her Live Creative Now podcast at http://melissadinwiddie.com/

In today’s chat Melissa talks about her 15 year break from making art and how she came back to art because she was procrastinating while working at becoming a writer.

We talk about comparing yourself to others and the gremlins in your head that tell you you aren’t good at things and how she fights against them. 

Now, I’m not sure what happened during recording but it’s the weirdest technical glitch I’ve encountered so far. Using the exact same set up - equipment, software, settings everything - I sound like I huffed helium the entire episode. It’s bizarre. It’s humorous. I could have called up Melissa and asked to try again but what’s the point. It’s 80% perfect. Melissa sounds fine so here you go. 

I hope you enjoy today’s episode with Melissa Dinwiddie.

Do you know someone who has harmed their relationship with their talents? Perhaps sharing this episode with them will give them something they need to heal that rift and come back to it. The easiest way to share is with the short URL TheSparkAndTheArt.com/151 and the hardest way is to try and convince your local corn farmer to carve the url into their field as this years corn maze design and hope that your friend sees the picture as they are flipping through their social feed looking for something to do with the kids because summer is … what only half over? I have another 5 weeks of these brats in the house with their "I’m Bored” and “I’m Hungry” and “Why can’t I play just one more game I’ll see the sun tomorrow I promise and oh yeah could you make me a snack? I’m hungry again” 

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Thanks for listening and remember: you won’t get the art without the work and you won’t do the work without the spark.