Overcoming Fear

Reframe. As creative people, fear of failure is one of the largest obstacles to making something. Not getting published, getting a bad review by an art critic, or simply having our piece turn out somehow less than our standards can all stand in our way. Success can seem like a distant goal. Stop. Time to reframe. Success is creating something. Failure is not creating something. Simple.

Rewrite. All those voices telling you that you’re not good enough? Time to tape over those messages. Through some white paint over that judgemental graffiti. Now pick up your paintbrush and write this: “Everything that is created enriches the world. My art/music/dance/poetry is a gift that needs to be shared.” Write it clearly and boldly. Then believe it.

Train up. Remember, creative processes are learning processes. You have to create to improve. Even your beginning work, the very first thing you make in a new medium, is valuable. Be patient and kind with yourself. And keep going.

Begin. Someone once shared with me a saying that has become my mantra: “You can edit bad writing, but you can’t edit no writing.” It is the same with all forms of art. In order to refine, you must first create. Make a plan. When, where, and for how long will you work on your creative project? Commit.

What has worked for you in overcoming your fear in order to create? Share in the comments!


About Melissa ra Karit

I'm a queer, poly, genderqueer Witch. I'm a sex-positive feminist, an activist, and a writer. I believe that when we attend to our individual good, we approach the world with good in our hearts and change the world for the better. Opinions expressed here are solely my personal opinions, and do not represent the views of any organization with which I am affiliated.
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