Does professionalism stimulate or stifle creativity?
When research is essential for your creative work, how do you avoid it becoming an excuse for procrastination?
What does it mean to ‘turn pro’ as a creator, and what difference does it make?
How bad do things have to get before we finally turn pro?
These are some of the questions I put to Steven Pressfield in this wide-ranging interview about the relationship between creativity and professionalism.
As the author of many best-selling historical novels, Steve knows all about the benefits and pitfalls of research for a writer, and he explains how he resolves this dilemma in his own writing process.
He also shares insights and stories from his latest book Turning Pro, about some of the biggest challenges we all face when we set out on a creative path. (And he keeps me on my toes as an interviewer by getting me to answer my own question at one point.)
You can listen to the interview via the audio player, or right-click on the link beneath to download the mp3. (If you’re reading via email you may need to click through to the original.)
And if you’re a creative entrepreneur of any description, you should check out the videos Steve recorded with his business partner Shawn Coyne, about Building a Long Tail Business to support your creative ambitions.
Based on their experience of launching Black Irish Books, the videos are full of useful lessons from two seasoned and successful creative pros.