Today's episode features a sci-fi screenwriter, columnist, and blogger who redesigned her life and career to support her calling as a writer - Jenna Avery. Among many juicy topics in this conversation, we discuss emotions as signposts - how Jenna teaches to use these emotions to guide us.
HIGHLIGHTS, QUOTES and RESOURCES [episode 14]:
We talk about
- Emotions that holds up back and emotions that propel us forward in creative endeavors.
- How to know when it’s resistance (you need to overcome) and when it’s deep intuition telling you to stop doing something because it’s bad for you.
- Why do creative people tend to be more susceptible to emotional overwhelm and how to harness this sensitivity to produce powerful work.
- Breaking down creative task to the smallest chunks, go so small you can handle it. For example, writing for one minute and them celebrating the heck out of it, because in reality you faced down a huge fear.
- “Deep work” is a myth?! Jenna’s contrarian opinion on a requirement for huge blocks of time to write.
Jenna on moving forward in a writing project:
Because we as creative visionaries can see so far ahead, we need to narrow our focus to one tiny small thing, and only do that thing.
Marina, on system evolution:
A good system is like a live creature - it has to evolve. Otherwise it’s dead and you don’t want dead things around your office.
RESOURCES mentioned in the episode:
- Jenna's bundle of free resources for Systems Meet Humanity Listeners
- Tim Ferris’s exercise in Fear Setting
- Deep Work by Cal Newport
- Jenna’s Writing Circle - JustDoTheWriting.com
Jenna Avery is a certified life coach and the founder of the Called to Write Coaching Circle — an online small group coaching program designed to help writers overcome procrastination, perfectionism, and resistance so they can get their writing onto the page and into the world where it belongs. Jenna blogs about writing, creativity, and life purpose at www.calledtowrite.com.
Jenna is also a sci-fi screenwriter, columnist, and blogger who redesigned her life and career to support her calling as a writer. She is currently working on assignment for a Canadian producer/director on a sci-fi feature.