Giles Newman

“It's Okay to Screw Up” (Overcoming Creative Anxiety)

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As an artist or maker your creative mind is the most powerful tool you have. Regardless of what you create, what medium you work with and what physical tools you use, the creative mind is rarely settled and almost never inactive. For the most part this restlessness is a positive thing. Your mind occupies itself consuming and transforming inspiration into ideas, visualising processes and the artwork that will emerge. Occasionally however, the creative mind backfires or stalls. Instead of pushing out the steady stream of ideas, it turns in and starts to question itself; ‘is that a good idea?’, ‘am I skilled enough to create that?’, ‘what if it doesn’t work?’, ‘what if I fail?’, ‘what if they don’t like it?’, ‘am I actually an artist?’.

Say goodbye to productivity and hello to creative anxiety.