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My name is John Fanning, and I believe everyone is creative. I'm grateful to be able to share insights I've gleaned about the Walls that lead us away from creativity and the Doors which inspire us towards creativity. Later, I'll have conversations about creative practice and inspiration with many of the writers, artists and creators I met at the retreat I founded in the south of France, and here in the Portland, Maine area. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and please subscribe, rate and review the podcast if you enjoy it, so others can find out about it. CREATE.

Create with John Fanning podcast John Fanning

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My name is John Fanning, and I believe everyone is creative. I'm grateful to be able to share insights I've gleaned about the Walls that lead us away from creativity and the Doors which inspire us towards creativity. Later, I'll have conversations about creative practice and inspiration with many of the writers, artists and creators I met at the retreat I founded in the south of France, and here in the Portland, Maine area. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts, and please subscribe, rate and review the podcast if you enjoy it, so others can find out about it. CREATE.

    1: Introduction to Create and Creativity

    1: Introduction to Create and Creativity

    Creation and creativity is not owned by artists and writers.



    Yes, not everyone is an artist, but everyone is a creator. A surgeon uses his hands just as deftly as an artist does on her painting and palette. Creation’s for everyone. We all create in different ways, but knowing you are creative is empowering, if you embrace it. In this intro John talks about what the podcast is about and why he started it. Create.



    To support the podcast visit: https://www.patreon.com/johnfanning and sign up for the price of a pint every month. In return, you will gain full access to future series and episodes - interviews with writers, artists, filmmakers, as well as all manner of other creators John has met in the Portland area and from his 20 years of meeting creators as the founder of La Muse in southern France.



    For updates on future episodes and live shows follow: www.instagram.com/johnfanning_, or https://twitter.com/fanning_j, or visit: johnfanning.me or email the show directly on john@johnfanning.me.



    Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Create with John Fanning podcast is clearly and accurately provided. Thank you.

    • 30 min
    2: Creativity and What is a Creator?

    2: Creativity and What is a Creator?

    Creation and creativity are one of the most significant forces on this planet.



    We are all creative beings. We are all creators. If we bring this into our lives we make this planet a better place. Trust this. When you start to live a creative life it has an effect on you and all those around you. It brings joy, the joy of living, of being alive, of being in appreciation of what surrounds us, inspires us. Become a creator. Open the door towards creativity. Create.



    To support the podcast visit: https://www.patreon.com/johnfanning and sign up for the price of a pint every month. In return, you will gain full access to future series and episodes - interviews with writers, artists, filmmakers, as well as all manner of other creators John has met in the Portland area and from his 20 years of meeting creators as the founder of La Muse in southern France.



    For updates on future episodes and live shows follow: www.instagram.com/johnfanning_, or https://twitter.com/fanning_j, or visit: johnfanning.me or email the show directly on john@johnfanning.me.



    Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Create with John Fanning podcast is clearly and accurately provided. Thank you.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    3. Walls and Creativity

    3. Walls and Creativity

    Walls are a powerful metaphor what leads us away from Imagination and creativity.



    Artists, writers, actors, inventors, academics, are no different from every one else. We’re all different, but we all have one thing in common: Walls. All creators suffer. At times they can’t create. They make mistakes. They have off days. Walls. What do they do? They accept they’re having an off day, what someone once called an inspiring dry patch, and keep working anyway. They know the off day is a wall, and that it will eventually disappear. And the wall of walls? Fear. We all have it. It’s insidious. I have it. I’ve known many very successful creators. They have it too. Their fears are the same as mine, as yours.



    To support the podcast visit: https://www.patreon.com/johnfanning and sign up for the price of a pint every month. In return, you will gain full access to future series and episodes - interviews with writers, artists, filmmakers, as well as all manner of other creators John has met in the Portland area and from his 20 years of meeting creators as the founder of La Muse in southern France.



    For updates on future episodes and live shows follow: www.instagram.com/johnfanning_, or https://twitter.com/fanning_j, or visit: johnfanning.me or email the show directly on john@johnfanning.me.



    Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Create with John Fanning podcast is clearly and accurately provided. Thank you.

    • 29 min
    4: Family, Friends and Villains

    4: Family, Friends and Villains

    Villains, and even family and friends can be Walls away from the Imagination and creativity.



    Projection and expectation is normal in every culture but it’s wrong-headed. Creation is about doing what you love. Being happy is about doing what you love, not what your family or friends love. Just because one person settled into a way of living in the world doesn’t mean they can subject their kids or friends to the same pressure. Create.



    To support the podcast visit: https://www.patreon.com/johnfanning and sign up for the price of a pint every month. In return, you will gain full access to future series and episodes - interviews with writers, artists, filmmakers, as well as all manner of other creators John has met in the Portland area and from his 20 years of meeting creators as the founder of La Muse in southern France.



    For updates on future episodes and live shows follow: www.instagram.com/johnfanning_, or https://twitter.com/fanning_j, or visit: johnfanning.me or email the show directly on john@johnfanning.me.



    Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Create with John Fanning podcast is clearly and accurately provided. Thank you.

    • 22 min
    5. Imagination and Creativity

    5. Imagination and Creativity

    Creativity can be a wall to the Imagination because the very word has been often co-opted for negative uses.



    We are creative when we imagine. When we imagine, inspiration comes. When we imagine we create. We use the imagination to create. We don’t use creativity to create. Creativity is objective, what we see someone doing, creating. And innovation is when we better it, both being things in the tangible world. The action of creating though, that’s imagining, new theories, characters, worlds. Creativity is imprisoned by reality, imagination is free, released from the unreal. Create by using the Imagination.



    To support the podcast visit: https://www.patreon.com/johnfanning and sign up for the price of a pint every month. In return, you will gain full access to future series and episodes - interviews with writers, artists, filmmakers, as well as all manner of other creators John has met in the Portland area and from his 20 years of meeting creators as the founder of La Muse in southern France.



    For updates on future episodes and live shows follow: www.instagram.com/johnfanning_, or https://twitter.com/fanning_j, or visit: johnfanning.me or email the show directly on john@johnfanning.me.



    Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Create with John Fanning podcast is clearly and accurately provided. Thank you.

    • 26 min
    6. School, Education, Imagination and Creativity

    6. School, Education, Imagination and Creativity

    School and education are very often major Walls away from the Imagination and creativity.



    People are educated to stay in the box. Society’s educational system is based on this broken model, that of the mathematical mind created during the utilitarian Industrial Revolution Dickens so wonderfully satirizes in his novels. Don’t let education or schooling be a Wall away from Imagination. For the most part education doesn’t teach you creative intelligence, how to create what you want to create. You want to educate yourself in what you want to create? Don’t give up. Learn by doing.



    To support the podcast visit: https://www.patreon.com/johnfanning and sign up for the price of a pint every month. In return, you will gain full access to future series and episodes - interviews with writers, artists, filmmakers, as well as all manner of other creators John has met in the Portland area and from his 20 years of meeting creators as the founder of La Muse in southern France.



    For updates on future episodes and live shows follow: www.instagram.com/johnfanning_, or https://twitter.com/fanning_j, or visit: johnfanning.me or email the show directly on john@johnfanning.me.



    Disclaimer: All materials contained within this podcast are copyright protected. Third party reuse and/or quotation in whole or in part is prohibited unless direct credit and/or hyperlink to the Create with John Fanning podcast is clearly and accurately provided. Thank you.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

ColleenHall ,

Episode 34

I am late to it but so glad I listened! Like having a flashback to La Muse and the wonderful conversations about life and creativity on the curvy roads from grocery shopping to La Muse. Thank you for doing this podcast- I am excited to go back and listen to all the earlier ones. You did inspire me to “Create!” I totally get the reality of life and needing to take a hiatus. As you so wisely put it - sometimes the creation is creating a home. I like to point to my wall of photos of my family when I feel like I haven’t created all that I intended or wanted to- ans know it has all been a creation. There are phases in life when things will open up more. Jeff and I are on the verge of an empty nest. To all things a season and all that! Good luck with the renovation - I know it will be grand! Give my best to Kerry and the family (including Homer of course)! Thank you for the words of inspiration!

Senqua ,

Great new podcast

Great insights, great format, great conversation. Not sure what else you need in a podcast.

LMikins ,

Wonderfully warm and inviting

A wonderfully warm and inviting feel, life a personal chat with the author. I like the quotes used for each intro. Leads well into each episode.

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