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How To Nurture Your Creativity

This week’s Dustinland comic is about nurturing your creativity. That means giving it love and helping it mature and develop. This is not about “making it.” It’s not about success or any of that. It’s about having something you enjoy, a creative form of expression, and figuring out how to give it the time and attention it deserves despite your busy life.

I know as well as most people do, that between work and family, once you have a few free minutes to yourself, it’s hard to use that time to be productive and artistic. Play music? Write? Draw? How about Netflix. But if you care—and a lot of people do—you have to try. That’s why I drew this week’s comic. It’s for all the people out there who have asked me how I do it. Week in, week out. 15 years. I draw comics. Why? I don’t even know anymore. It’s gotten to the point where it’s just part of my life. A part I couldn’t imagine leaving behind. You don’t have to be as devoted as I am, but if you enjoy photography, go take pictures. If you like to sew, go sew. It doesn’t have to be every day. But it has to become a routine. Otherwise all the distractions of modern life will eat away the few minutes of free time you have and one day you’ll wake up and the decades will have gone by and you’ll wonder why you stopped  _______.

Modern Manifold

This week’s Dustinland comic was inspired by a famous George Carlin routine. Of course mine isn’t anywhere nearly as well-conceived (he’s George Carlin) or as lengthy (it takes longer to draw things than to say them), it still was damn fun to write. It was actually pretty tricky to draw though. I didn’t want the art to take away from the words, but I had to make it interesting, otherwise it would just turn into some weird sort of poem blog post—well, basically it would have turned into a bad McSweeney’s entry.

As for the title, Carlin’s is called Modern Man. Manifold means:

: marked by diversity or variety

: many 
c: comprehending or uniting various features 
d: rightfully so-called for many reasons
I think that works.