Women Who Create / Rachel Shorer
This week we meet Rachel Shorer once upon a time she was a teacher, but then followed her passion to travel the world and pursue creativity. What an inspiration!
Tell us a little about your background...
When I was 29 I ran away from a sensible career as a teacher to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a writer. I wrote the first draft of a novel, started teaching creative writing classes to pay the rent, cheated on my novel with poetry and accidentally ended up with an hour long poetry show: 10 Mistakes Every Girl Makes in Her Twenties. I’ve been awarded a busary to travel to Denmark to research my novel, got Arts Council funding to develop the poetry show, and performed it in the Hove Grown festival and Brighton Fringe. Through writing, I’ve realised I have a fiercely independent streak, and don’t want to do things the conventional way, which has led me to where I am now, planning to tour my show to groups of women in their living rooms.
Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focussed and happy?
I spend the first 30 minutes to an hour of each day doing journal writing, inspired by The Artist’s Way. Also, I use a fountain pen to write with because I like the scratchy feel as you write. A pretty notebook reminds me to keep a sense of fun and play in my writing.
What two things can't you live without?
Pen and notebook (Can I count that as one please?) and nature - I’m 10 minutes walk from the sea at the moment: perfect.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
I’m curious by nature - something, like a story, a behaviour, a trend in popular culture, will snag my interest and then I pursue it until I feel like I understand it.
What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?
I think creativity is fundamentally play, and play is how we grow. So creativity is a disruptive, mischievous energy, but that is absolutely necessary in order for new things to come into being. Play with a serious purpose.
If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?
I’d love to find a paper-engineer to collaborate with on a pop-up poetry collection - why should that kind of fun be only for kids?!
Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?
My smartphone: I’m listening to music on it constantly.
What is the best thing about running your *business/blog/working for yourself?
I don’t really like to do as I’m told, so I absolutely love being my own boss and being able to do things exactly how I want to do them.
And what is or has been the most challenging?
My biggest challenge has been developing the self confidence to be able to do what I do. It’s an ongoing process.
What is your proudest creative moment in the journey so far?
It’s the moment just after I’d done my first run of performances of 10 Mistakes. I’d had a full house, I could see from women’s responses that the show was resonating with them, and I’d made actual money from writing.
What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?
There’s phrase which keeps coming up when I’m journalling… I don’t think I’m the only woman who struggles with having faith in her own abilities, so maybe some of you need to hear this too:
Keep going. You’re doing better than you think you are.
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