When Your Art-Committed Life is at Low Tide

For more than four years I've blogged here about the "challenges and rewards of living an art-committed life," as the mini-bio to the right says. I launched this blog in part to keep me honest, to ensure I wouldn't once again stray from the creative path. A question I've been asking myself this winter, as …

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An Author Interview on Creative Inspiration and the Writing Craft

I'm honored to have been interviewed by memoir author Kathleen Pooler on her excellent website/blog, Memoir Writer's Journey. I guess I got a bit carried away in my answers to her questions, because she's having to break up the interview into two parts. The first--a discussion of creative insights and inspirations, largely--is now live. The …

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3 Steps to Finding Work-Life-Creative Life Balance

We hear a lot in today's world about work-life balance. Often we hear it from employers who tell us what a high management priority it is and then hire supervisors who daily act in ways counter to that philosophy. But we should never rely on others to provide us balance in life; it is incumbent …

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Road to Publication: Asking for Help

In my day job I sell people on the merits of my employer; that is what we do in public relations. One of the things I like about PR is that I'm promoting work that is not mine and people who are not me. That is much harder to do when the product is my …

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Forgiving Yourself for Not-Done To-Do’s

"Congratulations," a colleague told me yesterday. "For what?" He smiled and pointed at the cloudless blue sky through the window behind him. "For surviving the winter." His statement implied two things: that it was no longer winter, and that I had survived. I do not consider myself a person of weak constitution, but I have …

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Why I am Obsessed with Artists

"Patrick, why are you so obsessed with artists and their creativity?" I've been asked that question a fair amount during my years as an artist's advocate and a creativity and writing instructor. There is no simple answer to that question, but if the top five answers were on the board, one of them likely would …

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On Living an Art-Committed Life with Writer’s Knowledge Base

The theme of The Artist's Road is "creativity, writing, and an art-committed life." I provided some thoughts on the rewards and challenges of living an art-committed life, as well as the origins of this blog, in an interview with Elizabeth Spann Craig and Mike Fleming of Writer's Knowledge Base in the July 2013 issue. Elizabeth is …

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Being Creative While Avoiding Outsider Status

When someone asks you, "What do you do?" what is your answer? If you're like most of us, context matters. You might say one thing at a professional networking reception and quite another at a neighborhood block party. But how often do you answer, "I create art?" Part of living an art-committed life is fully …

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3 Steps Off the Path of an Art-Committed Life

It is one of my greatest fears. I have abandoned my creativity before; this blog is my chronicle of returning to an art-committed life and working to stay there. That is also a central theme of the travel memoir I am in the process of polishing to final. But it is so easy to drift away …

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Five Keys to Living an Art-Committed Life

His story is simultaneously inspiring and horrifying. After ten years in the rat-race of London, James Rhodes returned to his true passion, the piano. He dedicated himself to achieving the mastery he had dreamed of as a youth. And now, after years of dedication and hard work, James is a concert pianist. In his essay …

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