Create from joy: Writer Phoebe Robinson on "You Can’t Touch My Hair"
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There’s a commonly held belief that great creative work comes from pain. But comedian and writer Phoebe Robinson says that this is a myth. Instead, Phoebe believes great creative work comes from a place of joy. As Phoebe shares her personal story of writing her debut essay collection, You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, she draws on the things that bring her the most joy in life, whether it’s her Peloton bike, or her obsession with the band U2. Her joy is what allows her to hone her unique creative voice, which she describes as having “a lot of pop culture references, but there's also some smarty smarty pants stuff that's going on.” Phoebe will inspire you to tap into what brings you joy, whatever it may be, and use it as fuel to create — and have fun doing it. Content Warning: This episode contains explicit language. Go to to download Spark & Fire's free creativity guide and access 100 activities designed to fuel your creative practice. Follow along (with transcript and photos) at Subscribe to the Spark & Fire weekly newsletter for images, stories and creative prompts: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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