I was a struggling writer and artist for almost a decade, before I started learning about sales and online business. That's when I discovered that commonly held paradigms of creativity had crippled my success, because it was diametrically opposed to the basic practices of entrepreneurship. In fact the myth of the starving artist is so prevalent because most artists and writers don't make money. This isn't accidental: the ruling ideology of creative inspiration leads the majority of creative people down a path of invisibility, frustration, obscurity and poverty.
The most limiting factor in your journey to creative success is your acceptance of a definition of creativity that can't help but lead to failure, in all but a few extreme cases.
I don't believe art has to be a mad struggle to fill yourself with inspiration and then produce something before the enthusiasm drains away, or that artists necessarily have to become poor or crazy. I think smart people can use creativity responsibly, harnessing it into stable systems that produce reliable and measurable effects. But I expect more from you. Because you're f#cking awesome.
With clever planning, you can generate far more income than you need, completely sever the connection between time and money, and become a one-person super patron and champion of Important Things.
If you want to grow a successful creative business that actually makes money, then you have to do something that matters to other people. You have to make stuff that transforms lives, melts hearts, inspires souls, and shifts paradigms.
Derek Murphy has a Ph.D. in Literature and has spent the past decade helping authors design and publish bestselling books. These days he's focused on writing his own fiction and non-fiction, and shopping for a castle to use as a writer's retreat. Derek and his wife are location independent and rotate between Asia, Europe and the USA.
"Boring and safe rarely lead to connection. Connection happens when humanity asserts itself. If there's no connection, if the links aren't made, then no art occurred."
- Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception