EP 168: CREATIVE WORK: A RADICAL ACT OF SELF-LOVE & ACCEPTANCE WITH MADELEINE RYAN
In this episode I interview Madeleine Ryan, Australian author of A Room Called Earth. After having been an actor, being diagnosed with autism and moving to the country, Madeleine is now working on a screen adaptation of her book. In this interview, Madeleine talks about creative work as a radical act, and a transformative practice -- why moments of discomfort are powerful opportunities for the intuitive, creative process. She talks about the importance of being honest with yourself and breaking the rules. She reflects on creativity as a way to develop tenderness with discomfort & how ease can point out our greatest contribution to the world. She offers heartfelt non-advice recommendations for those wanting to write a book, and speaks of writing as a practice of radical self-acceptance.
How getting off the birth control pill opened up her wild creativity
How her entire novel takes place over 24 hours & demonstrates the richness of life
Why the autistic experience may be a totally different way of communication
Using creativity to dissolve me vs. them extremes & invite universal understanding
Unconditional honesty: peeling away doubts, delusions, self-deceptions in the creative process
Discovering habitual patterns of your mind & the necessity of tenderness
Letting go of our inner moral assessor and perfection police
How social media is a very rigid template of expression & how to break that up
Her non-advice recommendations for writing a book
Discomfort as one of the most valuable times during the creative process
How you evolve as your work evolves & vice versa
MORE ABOUT MADELEINE:
Madeleine is an Australian writer, director and author. Her articles and essays have appeared in SBS, The Daily Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, Vice, Bustle, Lenny Letter, and the New York Times, and she is currently working on the screen adaptation of A Room Called Earth. Madeleine lives in rural Victoria.