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046: How to Create Under the Pressure of Everyday Life

Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
046: How to Create Under the Pressure of Everyday Life

Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick episode 046 tackles a tough one: how do we manage to create under the pressures of everyday life? The personal, professional, and existential conflicts, crises, and challenges of day-to-day life can be exhausting… how can we have anything left for the intensive, deep-focus work of writing and other creative endeavors?

For better or worse, I’ve got some experience with this (as, I’m sure, you do, too). I’ve found some helpful practices and techniques that I hope offer you some guidance to find the strength to remain productive and creative despite the pressures and difficulties of being a human being day in and day out. We must not allow the problems of today to defer achieving tomorrow’s creative triumphs.

What are you going through that’s making it difficult to stick to your creative practice? Have you developed any helpful practices that might be different from what I mention in this episode? Leave a comment; let’s talk about it!

Links and Topics Mentioned in This Episode

  • Be sure to pre-order my next work, the non-fiction book for writers, Indie Author Marketing Infrastructure so you can start reading it the moment it’s released on August 30, 2022.
  • My day job is helping authors, podcasters, and other creative people bring their creative works to fruition, to market, and to an audience. I can help you, too!
  • September will be dedicated to writing a whole bunch of installments of my free weekly serial, Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights: “How It All Got Started.” You can subscribe for free and start getting over seventy five installments, starting from the beginning, while I’m working on the next batch!
  • Yep, I’m on TikTok. Check out my First Lines Friday series, and other nonsense.
  • Last week’s Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick came up, especially with regard to the importance of endurance in our creative lives. Give it a listen!
  • When I’m done with Indie Author Marketing Infrastructure and writing a bunch of Hazy Days installments in September, I’ll return to my next novel, Shadow of the Outsider, the follow-up to Light of the Outsider and “The Perfumed Air at Kwaanantag Bay,” in October.
  • One of the “secrets” to creating in times of pressure and crisis is to have gratitude. I’ve written about how gratitude helps writers.

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On both songs, I play a 1972 Gibson Ripper bass guitar and a Fender “Bullet” Squire electric guitar. On “Anastasia,” the drums are performed on an Akai Professional MPD218 MIDI drum pad controller. For “Gwinton,” the drums are royalty-free loops found in the excellent Mixcraft Pro Studio software, which was also used to record, mix, and master both “Anastasia” and “Gwinton.”

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