Episode 18 Are you someone who's always looking for tools to help your creative process? I know I am! I do my best to continue developing my creative toolbox as I grow as an artist. One of the things I've recently been working on, as I've started writing more consistently, is developing a theoretical model of what the creative process looks like. This has helped me approach my songwriting with new eyes. It has also given me a more solid foundation for my conversations with my students who are looking for a deeper understanding of what goes into creating art. In this episode we wrap up our multi-episode discussion of that theoretical model, which I refer to as "The Parachute Model." The concept is simple: using a skydive jump as a metaphorical lens through which to view the creative process. Like any good metaphor, the imagery allows you to elucidate some new parts of your subject that may not easily seem apparent. I wanted to have something that would scale easy to both beginners and professionals having discussions about the creative process. The image of a skydiver precariously dangling beneath a parachute seemed an apt depiction of an artist in the midst of creating, so the metaphor stuck. In this episode we take the model through some pragmatic examples of how it can be used in the process of creating art. We use one of the songs I'm currently working on as an example of for discussing how the model can guide your artistic decision making. The Honest Songwriter Podcast is 15-20 minutes of regular, open conversation about songwriting, what it's like to be a songwriter, and how to keep improving at the craft of songwriting. New episodes every three weeks!