36 episodes

Stumbling Toward Genius is your haven when it seems like a good idea to give up your creative dreams. Hosted by writing and creativity coach Cynthia Morris, this podcast features interviews with writers, artists, and entrepreneurs on how they overcame the obstacles in their creative process. Tune in for actionable inspiration to feel less alone and more empowered as you stumble toward your genius.

Stumbling Toward Genius Cynthia Morris

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Stumbling Toward Genius is your haven when it seems like a good idea to give up your creative dreams. Hosted by writing and creativity coach Cynthia Morris, this podcast features interviews with writers, artists, and entrepreneurs on how they overcame the obstacles in their creative process. Tune in for actionable inspiration to feel less alone and more empowered as you stumble toward your genius.

    Get past common obstacles when starting a project

    Get past common obstacles when starting a project

    Here’s how it often goes. We have an idea for a book. It can grow inside us for years. We love this idea and we cherish it. Our idea expands and morphs and gives us a sense of having something precious. But I believe our ideas have a shelf life. Our talents are not Twinkies with no expiration date. I also believe that making our ideas real is way more satisfying than holding onto them, cherishing the sense of possibility.
    In this episode, I’ll share some of the common pitfalls that keep us at the starting gate of a book or any other project. You’ll hear about the new book I am writing and how I am going through all these pitfalls even though this is my ninth book. And, I’ll give you strategies that help me and my clients get past the obstacles that we stumble over when we get started with a project.
    I’ll also share a confession about how I responded to one of my biggest creative wins. It’s not what I expected!
    Finally, you’ll hear how I am getting more reading into my days. This is important to me feeling like me and I am grateful I found this way to read more.

    • 32 min
    Community Building versus Empire Building with Pam Slim

    Community Building versus Empire Building with Pam Slim

    Pam Slim seeks to connect people as communities. She believes that through our work together, we can build the kind of world we want to inhabit. Her latest book, The Widest Net, shows business owners how to connect within communities instead of speaking from afar to audiences. In this episode, Pam shares what’s at the core of her work and how even though this book felt so right, it was a challenge to write.

    • 57 min
    Map Your Year with Your Creative Edge

    Map Your Year with Your Creative Edge

    What are your plans for your creativity next year? Perhaps you have a project in mind and can’t wait to get started. That’s me!
    Or maybe you don’t know what you want to work on. There are possible projects. Your friends have clear goals. But you don’t know what you want to do.
    In this episode of Stumbling Toward Genius, I will share a perspective on how to focus your creative time so you feel satisfied and on track no matter what happens. It’s not goal-setting. It’s both broad and specific, and I think you’ll love it.

    • 11 min
    Art at the Center of Life After All These Years

    Art at the Center of Life After All These Years

    As a kid, Sean McMullin couldn’t stop drawing and making things. But an episode at a new school shut his artist down. Tune in to hear how Sean brought his artist back to life, and how he makes art a central part of his days.

    • 50 min
    Doing an Annual Review Can Change Your Year

    Doing an Annual Review Can Change Your Year

    At the end of the year, it’s tempting to just dive into planning for the next year. But if we don’t pause to reflect on the year we had, we rob ourselves of much of the empowerment and joy we earned through our actions. For creatives especially, doing an annual review process can give us the confidence and courage to brave new things. In this solo episode, Cynthia shares why it’s so important to reflect. She also shares some of the major challenges she experienced, some creative wins, including one of the biggest creative projects of her life.

    • 31 min
    Falling in Love with Poetry with Mark McGuinness

    Falling in Love with Poetry with Mark McGuinness

    Voice is one of the most important elements of writing. Somehow, even though our voice is right there within us all the time, it’s oddly elusive when it comes to expressing ourselves. Mark McGuinness, the host of the podcast A Mouthful of Air, shares some surprising perspectives on how poetry helps us access not only voice but other essentials for writers.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Heather Far ,

Uplifting and practical - both!

She embodies, and oozes even, with engaged creativity. I can’t help but feel my own inspirations come to life when I listen to her solo episode sharings, as well as her interviews with fellow travelers on their various creative and heartfelt paths.
Her podcasts are so inspiring and yet at the same time there are insights and tips that I can directly apply to increase my creative experiences,large and small; so practical and everyday-ish even. Listening feels like time spent with friends of the heart. Great resource- she is creating a tribe of all sorts of life-artists in a natural and passionate (and compassionate!) way. Thank you Cynthia!

swiftandbloom ,

My New Favorite Writing Podcast

After originally hearing Cynthia Morris interviewed on "The Creative Writer's Toolbelt," I knew I wanted to hear more. So glad she has created her own podcast! Each episode I've heard is a wellspring of authentic encouragement. I especially appreciate her humor, anecdotes, and groundedness. She shares many unique and actionable tips that have been helpful to me. Thanks, Cynthia!

Vanderhoof ,

Cynthia is high on the inspiration scale!

I am addicted to Cynthia’s show Stumbling Toward Genius. I knew it would be great just from the title. She is wonderful to listen to as an individual and an interviewer. I am an artist not a writer, but that doesn’t matter, because Cynthia delivers creatively in all aspects. I lover her intuitive and problem solving nature; helping the creative figure out their own journey, as she travels through hers.

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