0:00 Shooting the breeze and talk about pandemic and history of pandemics
2:30 The Body, (affiliate) great book that John is reading
3:30 Introducing the subject: creativity
4:00 Is everyone creative? Yes
4:15 Every kid is creating things
4:40 The latest newsletter John wrote
5:10 Education has killed our creativity and the death of art programs
6:00 Howard drew all of the time as a kid
6:35 Defining creativity: what is it?
7:00 Howard defines it as problem solving
9:30 Jeff Koons, artists
10:00 The impracticality of creativity, especially fine art
12:15 Creativity is seen as a “special class”
13:40 What Howard does creatively? And how
15:40 Howard’s creative process
18:50 John’s creative process
21:25 Sometimes the technology gets in the way
22:30 Why many of us struggle to create, yet many of us are creating (e.g. Instagram)
24:00 Embarrassment and how to get over it, or “push through it”
25:35 How do you push through?
29:00 The purpose of creating and sharing and the fear of putting yourself out there
30:35 Creativity is about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone
31:20 What is that one thing inside of you that is holding you back? And what’s the worst that could happen if you started creating?
33:00 We all have something that we want to do, but something inside of is holding us back
33:20 This is how you start
34:15 The importance of writing down your goals and desires
35:20 Thinking about death helps us live better. And what is failure, really?
37:00 Stephen King’s book on writing, On Writing (affiliate)
38:00 A writing course, 180 Prompt Challenge
39:00 A daily practice
40:30 John’s writing practice, from pain to pleasure
43:30 Howard’s writing
44:10 When do you create?
45:30 Closing thoughts from Howard: announce your aims and have accountability
47:00 Reach out to us if you need to talk to someone or need accountability
47:15 John’s closing thoughts
48:05 Blogger who started in her 70’s