Creative people, even if they have a hard time calling themselves “writers” or an “artists” in public, know that making their creative work is core to who they are and how they see the world. They may be harboring a big, ambitious idea for a project…and lie awake thinking about it, hating themselves for not doing more to make it real.
Being creative, but not knowing how to make the time and space for sustainable creative practice can make you feel like you’re floundering in the deep end. Anxiety over the complexity and enormousness of creative projects can be overwhelming, but it’s not a prerequisite for a creative life. There is a better way.
With Growing Gills: How to Find Creative Focus When You’re Drowning in Your Daily Life, readers pin down the specific obstacles that are preventing them from getting their work done, make clear-eyed choices about what they want to devote their attention to, and build a system that will get them across the finish line.
Growing Gills is a powerful, actionable book that takes readers from overwhelmed, anxious, and stuck, to consistent, clear, and in control of their creative lives.
Cartoonist, author, and educator Jessica Abel is the author of the graphic novel La Perdida (winner of the the 2002 “Best New Series” Harvey Award), Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars, as well as two collections of stories from her omnibus comic book Artbabe. She and her husband, the cartoonist Matt Madden, were series editors for The Best American Comics from 2007 to 2013. Together they’ve authored two textbooks about making comics, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics. Her book (and podcast), Out on the Wire, is about how the best radio producers in the world use story to keep us listening.
Jessica is the chair of the illustration program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Both within and without PAFA, Jessica helps creative people with big ideas to get past procrastination and anxiety, and get on with the business of making their potentially transcendent, game-changing creative work real in the world.
Jessica lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband and their two children.
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