You are dedicated to your craft. You have spent countless hours honing your skills. You have a boundless curiosity for the underlying theories and structure of communicating ideas. You are the artist who finds the connections between your medium and other communications media. You are the artist who relishes in a setback; after all, it's a new opportunity to learn and grow. Inspiration is more than a haphazard mode of thought requiring constant nurturing: it is your natural state of mind.

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It's a big art challenge - that's why we put the enticing warning in the name. You have to lean into it.

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LIA Cast 89 - Sustaining Your Creativity with Stephen McCranie

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Ever made it partway through a creative project and everything just sputters out?

Kazu Kibuishi recently described the creative process:

  1. This is going to be awesome
  2. This is hard
  3. This is terrible
  4. I'm terrible
  5. Hey, not bad
  6. That was awesome

(via Kazu's Twitter)

If that's the cycle we can expect, how do we keep ourselves going during steps 2 through 4? We're joined by guest Stephen McCranie of the Doodle Alley comics essay series. Together we discuss strategies for keeping one's self motivated and centered in what is often an emotionally tumultuous endeavor.

We also announce the latest Quest! Check out This Character is Lying, a series of mini-challenges that will up your game in editing, writing dialog, and expressive moments in your stories.

And don't forget to share your results with the #liaquest10 tag!

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