Creativity Killers: Fear, Part 2

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creativeThis is the fourth creativity post in a series by guest contributor, Patricia Ryan. Here is Part 1 of Fear as a creativity killer, if you missed it.

Fear is a BIG thing. Even when you think you’re ready to face down that generic universal Fear Of The New, you’re going to have more fears come up about the particular project you want to work on. It’ll be too big, or too bold, or look ugly, or no one will like it. These are rational fears, because disappointments (aka: learning experiences) happen eventually to everyone who creates anything. Don’t let them make you stop—but don’t ignore them, either. Address each one to your own satisfaction, and keep moving forward. This stage of questioning is a normal part of the creative process.

Here are some tips to get through it:

Tip #1 – Start small

The more projects you do, the quicker your skills will build and the sooner you’ll get used to what it feels like to follow your creative impulses. You’ll be building your confidence and trust as you learn both what not to do, and how to get results you like. Plus, small experiments gone wrong are much easier to recycle than big ones.

Tip #2 – Set a budget and stick to it

You can always make a more expensive version later, if you tap into something you really love. Besides, scrounging for the pieces of a project at garage sales and thrift stores is a definite creativity stimulus.

Tip #3 – Don’t be afraid to explore

Save the more permanent projects until you’ve explored the ideas with color samples, sketches, or photo-montages that will give you a chance to live with your ideas for a bit, before you commit to a full-size, expensive, hard-to-change result.

Next time: Creativity Killers: Critics

©2013 by Patricia M. Ryan, a multi-media artist in Beavercreek, OR, and the author of “First Aid For Your Menopause Emotions”. You can see her art at



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