Goblins, ghouls and spilled glitter aren’t the only things we fear. The death-stare of a blank page can make any writer go numb.
So how do we unmask the fear of our own attempts at creativity?
First, it helps to put fear in its place. Here’s some perspective from one of my all-time favorite humans. >
Along that same train of thought, I’ve heard that “fear doesn’t actually stop death, it stops life.”
That’s a pretty powerful statement. And why would we want to do that to ourselves? Why would we stop ourselves from truly living and expressing the creativity that’s inside of us?
If we’re being totally honest, there’s probably a long list of reasons. And some of them might look like this:
- I could fail.
- My ideas could suck.
- People could think I’m stupid and have no original ideas.
- I could lose credibility as an artist or writer.
The key word in all of those scenarios is “could”. We don’t know for certain that any of this is true. For now, it’s all in our head.
So, isn’t it just as likely that our list could turn out like this:
- I could succeed.
- My idea could be awesome.
- People could think I’m super creative and full of original ideas.
- I could gain the confidence of those around me and have a giant fan club.
Yes. The pendulum could most definitely swing in that direction.
If we define fear for what it really is: False Evidence Appearing Real, then maybe we can muster the courage to face our creativity. Surrender ourselves to the process. Allow ourselves to take a chance and let go of the outcome. Even if a project or storyline doesn’t work out, we can choose to learn and live on.
Everything we experience becomes our experience.
So in honor of the upcoming holiday (Halloween), let’s make a pact to scare up some creativity this week.
Stare down that blank page and write like your life depends on it. Because maybe it does.
Courage and blessings to you,