Every so often I’ll realise that I’ve not been spending much time (if any) doing the creative things that I enjoy and that give me some perspective in my daily life. Taking photos and drawing get me noticing the things around me that I might not otherwise see. They help me to slow down and appreciate the little things that are all around me.
There are lots of reasons that I take a break from drawing or photographing stuff but one thing I try to stay conscious of is fear. It’s really easy to become paralysed by fear so that you just stop creating and then getting back into being creative becomes a real struggle.
10 Ways to Give in to Fear
- Listen to the person or people who criticise what you do or how you do it – start wondering if they are right.
- Decide that what you create will be disappointing.
- Worry that what you create isn’t (or won’t be) original and that it’s all been done before.
- Spend too long looking at what others are doing – start to compare yourself to them and decide that you will never be as good.
- Ignore/ forget any praise or positive feedback you’ve had, even if it far outweighs the negative.
- Over think your creative projects – never get beyond the planning stage.
- Decide you have nothing worthwhile to add.
- Feel embarrassed or that people will laugh at you.
- Find distractions – put off doing the creative things you enjoy, i.e. procrastinate.
- Agree with your inner critic when it suggests you are being frivolous or self-indulgent.
In what other ways does fear take over and stop you from being creative? How do you overcome it to get yourself back on track?