Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a reliable source of inspiration?
You’re an artist, a maker, a designer, a crafter. A writer, a magic-maker, a hardcore radio journalist who’s interested in just-the-facts with a dash of human interest. What you do best is to create. What you rely on is hard work and inspiration.
Wait—did I just say inspiration? Isn’t inspiration for hacks? Wasn’t Edison was all about 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration?
Regardless, you probably know what I mean when I say that inspiration is the surge of electricity that flows through you when your creative process is going smoothly.
Inspiration is what causes the hours to fly by. (It’s 3 AM already?)
I raise my hand for inspiration because without it, we’re cogs cranking out stuff that doesn’t light us up and doesn’t speak eloquently to our greater body of work; worse yet, we stall because the well’s gone dry.
We require fuel to power our creativity. Where’s the Electricity? is your savvy guide to uncovering that fuel reliably. Delightedly.
Where’s the Electricity? is a powerful workbook and audio program designed to share with you my unique method of finding the power source behind your work: obsessions and themes.
And in case you’re concerned: no, this isn’t a linear, paint-by-numbers guide, because we both know that creativity doesn’t work that way.
What Where’s the Electricity? does do is to guide you through the process of uncovering your own obsessions and themes through a free-flow process.
“Whether you’re highly conscious of what subconscious forces fuel your creativity, or whether you’re simply curious, Esmé’s great little book will stir you up and then help you settle in to create.” —Abby Kerr, Creative Director, The Voice Bureau
“Thank you for creating this remarkable (and I feel, indispensable) resource. As an artist, I’ve always been haunted by the feeling that what I want to express never quite gets through, but after starting my own ‘electricity’ notebook, I feel like I finally understand the work that I’ve been trying to do. It’s helped me to articulate to myself what I want my work to address, and as a consequence has already started to drastically impact and transform the screenplay that I’m currently working on. Where’s the Electricity? is a resource that I feel I’ll be adding to for years to come, both as my work starts to concentrate more on what I really want to say, and as it evolves throughout time.” —Alison V.
The next time you’re stuck on a project, you’ll know where to turn: to your own unique obsessions and themes.
You’ll have pages and pages of information that inspire you, and only you.
That’s the amazing thing about obsessions and themes — they’re yours. And they’re completely original. Just like you. Just like the work that you make.
“I dabble in various forms of creative expression: painting, writing, collage, photography. I just go with whatever medium calls me to say what I want to say, but I want to create a body of work, not just individual pieces of randomness. But how? Then I found @esmewwang and her Where’s the Electricity? and Creative Legacy Check-In Workbooks. Ah-ha! Now, I think I’m onto something. I see a pattern… a path.” (@spiritartlife)
You’re a creative who:
- May or may not be comfortable with the term “creative,” but nevertheless utilizes creativity on a regular basis
- Consistently strives for artistic excellence
- Wants to build a body of work that you’re proud of
- Is comfortable with the intuitive way in which you work… but wouldn’t mind a reliable source of inspiration to turn to when the going gets stuck
- Doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution for artistic processes
- Is ready to step into a source of greater ease when it comes to your creative work
In the workbook, you’ll discover:
- Ways to think about your own creative legacy
- What obsessions and themes have to do with creative legacy
- The importance of obsessions and themes in fueling your work
- Concrete exercises and methods to find, and examples of, creative obsessions
- A guided visualization (with audio) to pinpoint what excites your muse
- An interview with award-winning poet and writer Jessica Piazza about how obsessions with phobias and philias informed her Balcones Prize-winning book, Interrobang
- The importance of uncovering your key thematic questions, and how to find them in your own work
- Concrete methods to find, and examples of, thematic questions
- How to move forward with your work once you’ve found your “electricity”
“So much fun to just sink into #wherestheelectricity. The binder I’ve created is now full of extra-special pages, and all of the leftover pieces are in the front pocket and I’m using them to make little notes and either glue them in with a glue stick or use washi tape. It’s a fun, colorful, deep adventure, and there’s a beautiful audio part to the course by @esmewwang and she has such a sweet, soft voice. It’s a wonderful addition and very soothing… In 61 years I’ve never taken a course that was so right, so perfect for me.” (@maitribellule)
“I loved it… It really was delightful. Every detail, from the beautiful design to the delicious audio, made it a great experience. I adored learning more about cultivating my creative obsessions through your gorgeous writing voice, especially in the Museum Visualization. Perhaps it’s because I’m a professional intuitive, but that exercise actually led to me to identify a few of my closely held obsessions that I couldn’t quite put my finger on before! For example: lineage is one of them. In the museum, I ended up in the antiquities section of the Louvre, and I noticed that even in [Elemental Astrology, my cornerstone product], it was all about tracing the lineage of astrology back to its earliest elements… Thanks for writing this gorgeous piece of work!” —Amelia Quint, The Midheaven
“Esmé’s distinct voice and intuition-centred approach let me dip into what makes me most myself, and has made it easier for me to access that — and my authentic voice. A beautiful, subtle creation.” —Kyla Roma, Kyla Roma Creative
“[The] Where’s the Electricity workbook and audio program is one of my favorite creative tools that I have ever purchased. I blew through it at a fast pace, greedily taking in everything at once and feeling high on inspiration. Then, I went through it again, slowly, carefully, and allowed it to gently pulse through me. Obsessions and themes are something that as a writer, I have always been aware of. I always come back to the same thing, I always want to write about the same theme, and there is something to be said for that. And Esmé’s unique approach on working through your obsessions and repeated themes really helps narrow down your focus and see where your true passions lie. I highly recommend this if you are a writer, creator, painter, actor, designer, etc. so that you can find where your electricity lies.” —Ashley McElyea
Is it time for you to find your own creative electricity?
Where’s the Electricity is $30. You’ll receive a .zip file containing a beautifully designed PDF and an .mp3 audio companion—please note that you’ll need a laptop or desktop computer to unzip the file, as mobile devices won’t be able to unzip the file themselves.
There is an affiliate program for people who are inspired by this work, and are interested in becoming an ambassador for it for others. For more information about becoming an affiliate for Where’s the Electricity?, click here.
Where’s the Electricity? is a sophisticatedly-simple, thought-provoking way to bring depth to your creative process. Put your phone on “do not disturb,” pour a cup of tea, and tap into your latent power — the obsessions and themes you pull from time after time. Self-awareness is a crucial component of creativity, and Esmé makes it easy (oh so easy!) for us to coax it to the surface. You’re gonna love this gem.
This workbook will heal and help anyone seeking kindling for their next creative fire.
– Leigh Stein, author of The Fallback Plan and Dispatch from the Future