Our first December speaker is Western Living and Vancouver magazine executive editor and award winning writer, Stacey McLachlan

Outside of work, find Stacey performing sketch and improv throughout Vancouver and as part of farther-flung events like the Montreal Sketch Festival and New York’s Del Close Improv Marathon.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?

Creativity is experimentation: not just doing something the way it’s been done because that’s the way it’s been done. At work, that means thinking of new formats for storytelling or tearing up an editorial package and starting from scratch; in life, that means trying new things, meeting new people and rearranging your living room furniture as often as possible.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?

In conversation, bouncing ideas around without worrying about the realities of budgets or logistics. But also on a long walk home, or when you wake up in the middle of the night and fall back into a weird half-sleep—quiet transitional times where multi-tasking is not an option.

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

The only person stopping you from making things is you.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

David Sedaris. He’s so talented at scavenging things from his life and turning them into something new and thoughtful and funny.

What myths about creativity would you like to set straight?

People believe conditions have to be perfect in order to create. They think they have to quit their job to finally start that novel or have studio space to start painting, but I think it’s like a having a baby: you’re never really ever going to be 100-percent ready, so just do what you can with the here and now, or you may never have the stars align.

Where was the last place you travelled?

Lisbon in October. It was very delicious and I’m still having egg tart withdrawls.