Kurt Vonnegut cracked the mystery of creative people (particularly writers) when he said: "We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."
Life in general is sort of like that, but creative people there's an added element. They're building something that exists only in their hearts. And it requires one-part blind-faith, one-part steely resolve, and three-parts wondering if you should quit.
Recently writer Bill Kritlow and I discussed this creative life. The interview (which starts at the five-minute mark) is now online. In just 25 minutes we cover an amazing amount of ground:
- Which of my newspaper stories was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize?
- Why did I start the Raleigh Harmon series?
- How can we balance the creative process with our families? With Christianity?
- Who helps us--and who hurts--on the creative journey.
- And why I despise the term "Christian fiction."
But he also leads a writing group dedicated to nurturing creativity and faith. Our podcast opens with a radio serial written by Bill (don't you miss radio stories?). The second episode of the serial is on the website.
Hope you enjoy listening. Any audio "blips" are my fault. Rabbits are chewing my phone line.
PS. Those of you in southern California, check out The Tehachapi Christian Arts Fellowship. They're doing good work, with joy.
And the door's open.