Create with John Fanning podcast

Create with John Fanning podcast

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28: Inspiration and Rituals
January 21, 2021

Whenever there is inspiration, which translates as “in spirit,” and enthusiasm, which means “in God,” there is a creative empowerment that goes far beyond what a mere person is capable of. That’s a quote I’ve often repeated to people from the German au...

27: Emotions, Feelings and Emotional Memory
January 07, 2021

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. That’s a quote from Albert Einstein’s book The World As I See It.

26: Acceptance and Change
December 24, 2020

What worked for you on Tuesday will work on Thursday, a claim that cannot always be made when what you hold in your hand is a paintbrush or a camera or a pen. What was exactly right for your last painting will be completely wrong for this one.

25: Awareness, Sacredness and Distractions
December 10, 2020

When despair for the world grows in meand I wake in the night at the least soundin fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,I go and lie down where the wood drakerests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

24: Process, Retreats and Dark Nights of the Soul
November 26, 2020

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion; in order to serve men better, one has to hold them at a distance for a time. But where can one find the solitude necessary to vigor,

23: Balance, Health and Notebooks
November 12, 2020

Your hand opens and closes, and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced  and coordinated  as birds’ ...

22: Limits, Genre and Numbers
October 29, 2020

And that, of course, is the lingering problem: The maintenance of an arbitrary division between “literature” and “genre,” the refusal to admit that every piece of fiction belongs to a genre, or several genres.

21: Focus and Creativity
October 15, 2020

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” That’s a quote from the character of Master Qui-Gon, in “Star Wars, Episode I, The Phantom Menace, written by American writer, director and producer, George Lucas. More on that later.

20: Work and Creativity
October 01, 2020

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. That’s a quote from The Analects attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius. I’m John Fanning and this is the Create with John Fanning podcast. How’s it goin out there.

19: Mentors and Talent Borrows, Genius Steals
September 17, 2020

“No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent, work transforms talent into genius.” That’s a quote from Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova from the 1956 book “Pavlova: A Biography” edited by A. H.