In her book The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp asks her readers to write their “creative autobiography” by filling out a questionnaire in one of the book’s exercises. I thought I’d fill it out and share my answers with you guys in a series of seven posts. Do yourself a favor – ask yourself these questions and replace my answers with yours.
8. What is your creative ambition?
To make well-drawn comics that are edgy and funny without being mean.
9. What are the obstacles to this ambition?
Time is always an obstacle with any creative endeavor. You have to make time, especially when your passion is more than just a hobby. If you love practicing your art, finding time is easy. When it starts to generate income and there’s a demand for your art, things can start to get hectic. That’s where I’m at right now. It’s a good problem and I’m thankful to God for it. Now I just need to learn how to balance the rest of my life with my art!
In regards to humor, I try very hard to be funny without being corny. To do that, you need to be a little “edgy”. A little sarcastic. It’s hard sometimes to find that line between sarcasm and “douchebaggy-ness”, but I’ve always tried to work within the bounds of what I consider to be good taste.
10. What are the vital steps to achieving this ambition?
I have to constantly be aware of my time. There are things in my life that are important and things that are much less important. Pursuing a creative ambition means constantly pruning the less important things from my life.
11. How do you begin your day?
I wake up shortly before 7AM, take a shower, walk the dog, and go to work. Same routine. Everyday.
12. What are your habits? What patterns do you repeat?
I always pray and read a bit of my Bible during the day. I walk the dog at the same times everyday. My wife and I usually go to bed around 10:30PM and I’ll read until my eyes are too heavy to stay open.
How would you answer these questions?