Thanks largely to Into the Nanten, I’ve found myself being asked a lot of questions by a variety of people who want to know how I do a lot of what I do. Whether it’s produce high-quality paperbacks, discover talent, work conventions, or just get down to writing – I’m getting more emails every day.

Into the Nanten has also led me to work more closely and regularly with a number of professionals, my “staff” as it were. Together we have a breadth of experience to share, and even more contacts to draw into the conversation.

So here’s the idea, and what we’ll be brainstorming tonight on Creative Mines Podcast – Episode 00: I want to create a regular resource for creators at large, one that goes deeper than standard questions, and one that promotes the idea of growing the community instead of driving it to compete with itself.

Resources

So much of what it takes to succeed as a creator is knowledge. I want to draw people in who have lots of experience producing art, music, books, and more – all so they can help teach the rest of us how they do it. Beyond pragmatic guides for creation, I want to ask them how they balance their work and their life. How do they stay healthy? How do they keep on creating? We’ll compile all of this over time into what I hope will be a helpful and inspiring collection.

Interviews

The interviews we will do on Creative Mines Podcast will be as much to get to know the artists as to learn their methods. So much encouragement can be gained by hearing someone’s story, especially when theirs is so similar to yours. We’ll talk about what we’re seeing in the world around us, but I want to talk about what drives us and where we’ve come from as well.

Growing the Community

We aren’t in this to compete, but to encourage and grow. I’ll touch on this repeatedly, I’m sure, but one of the most important concepts to recognize going into this is that the only zero-sum game is time. Otherwise there is plenty of room for growing our respective industries, building wealth, and finding more opportunities for more people to pursue their dreams of creating wonderful art.

We Need You

Are you a creator? Perhaps you’re just fascinated with the creative process. We’d love to hear your questions; feel free to suggest ideas for topics you’d like to hear covered on the Creative Mines Podcast. You can do so in the comments of these blog posts for now and I’ll provide more methods soon.

I’m really excited to host this new venture, and I hope that you’ll come along and make it a part of your own process. Until then, keep digging!