Hey Raúl! Well, to be perfectly accurate, HTS was an entire section of a book. I realized that GAD was more about optimizing creative productivity. While “getting started” is a component of that, I felt it needed to be a different book.
I’ve grown to think of my creative work with the metaphor of “cell division.” Organisms divide cells when they have the resources to.
All of my business is cell division: kadavy.net is the master cell. It has led to Design for Hackers and Love Your Work, which have led to Getting Art Done and Blog 2 BLING!. GAD divided off into HTS.
GAD may divide off into more cells, or it may stand by itself. That’s what I’m trying to figure out at this stage in the process.
Another helpful thought has been the idea of “conceptual” vs. “experimental” innovators. Economist David Galenson has identified these two types of innovators. (Here’s David Galenson on my podcast).
Conceptual innovators come up with an idea, then execute it. For experimental innovators, the ideas happen in the process of making. In fact, they might not even think of what they produce as “the work.” It’s just part of the process.
If I think of myself as an experimental innovator, my process starts to make sense. That gives me permission to keep producing with the confidence that “the work” will emerge from that process—just like The Heart to Start did.