Creativity Spotlight: Author and Podcaster, Mindy McGinnis

Today, author and podcaster, Mindy McGinnis, stops by the blog to talk creative process. I first met Mindy in a writing group online, which let me to check out her amazing writing podcast, Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire. I actually had the pleasure of being a guest on her podcast last week, which was super fun. You can check that out here if you didn’t get a chance to listen. I really enjoyed chatting with her about my creative process, and I’m so glad she’s sharing more about hers with me and all of you!

So here you go, everyone. An interview with Mindy McGinnis!

What is your main form of creative expression?

Fiction! I write novels and short stories, although long form seems to be where I excel.

Do you work as an artist/creative full-time or do you have a different day job?

Full time! I’m very fortunate.

How long have you been creating music/books/plays/films/etc.?

I’ve been publishing since 2013, but I was writing actively for 10 years before that. It took time to nurture the required skills to attain a level worthy of publication.

How do you handle the pressures of creativity being your job? 

I procrastinate terribly. There are so many things to do in a day, and training yourself that creativity IS your job can be hard after working in the regular workforce for most of your life. I think the most difficult aspect is training yourself to not wait for inspiration, but to put your butt in the chair and write, knowing that inspiration might actually come at a later moment.

Do you engage in any additional creative hobbies? Are there any you’d like to try? 

I knit and play piano, although I haven’t done much of the last in the past ten years or so. I also cross stitch and want to learn how to weave and quilt.

Who are some other artists and creatives that inspire you to create?

Any input helps. I think being a consumer of art fires things inside of me that otherwise wouldn’t take.

Why do you create?

I’m incapable of not creating.

What advice do you have for other creatives?

Never go into a project hoping to see it published, write or create always first for the joy of bringing it into existence. Monetizing your work is the end goal, I understand that, but the process needs to start from something other than gain.

What are you working on now?

I have releases scheduled for March 2019 and 2020. I’m working on an adult novel at the moment and have a few other side projects blossoming.

Where can people find you and your work?

www.mindymcginnis.com is my site with links to my blog and all my social media.

Thanks so much for allowing me to pick your brain, Mindy! I totally agree about how we should create first for the joy of bringing our creations into existence. Publishing (or trying to get sales or auditioning or trying to get your art in galleries, etc.) can be very frustrating so it’s important we don’t lose sight of the reason we love doing what we do: the actual creative process.

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