The deeper questions you need to ask yourself to find your creative style

The deeper questions you need to ask yourself to find your creative style

Most of us creatives want to find our own style. Some make fun of us, call us special snowflakes and others say we all have a creative voice already. Still, forming your style is a big part of learning a craft.

Finding your style isn't about being so very special and unique. It's about communicating with the world in your own recognizable way that is based on who you are.

Do you have the confidence to create crap?

Do you have the confidence to create crap?

There are times when I know that I've created something that just isn't good. A blog post that is more words than meaning, a scene without any tension or a photo that has no composition at all. It's frustrating, when you're trying and failing to make something meaningful.

It happens that I share those frustrations with the world and sometimes kind-hearted people respond with

I don't think there are any bad creations. All that we create have value.

For the good days and the bad

For the good days and the bad

I feel invincible. Everything seems to go right. The muse loves me and I love the muse. My energy seems to never end. I walk around longing to create every day. 

I'm at the top of a wave in the stormy sea of creativity. Nothing can beat me up here. I let the feeling rage through me, because I know it won't last forever. We can't stay on top of the wave forever.

It's only a matter of time until it's time to go down again. 
Before I start feeling sluggish and doubtful. 

And down we go again. 

Don't believe you can make your creative dreams come true? Read this.

Don't believe you can make your creative dreams come true? Read this.

Some say you don't need confidence. 

In a way, you don't. You can be scared and do things anyway. But at the same time, if you don't believe you can make your dream come true, it's likely to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Even if you decide to try despite your lack of confidence, you're going to mess up for yourself along the way.

At least, that's what I did.

Why writing less may make you a more productive writer

Why writing less may make you a more productive writer

Since I started writing my novel a couple of years ago, I've written in many different ways.

I've attended NaNoWriMo and written 50 000 words in a month. 
I've written during my commute, with my laptop on my lap.
I've written in the early mornings before work. 
I've written in the dead of night.

Most of all though, I've written on weekends. During the day, when I'm rested and focused. That's when I can usually write pretty well.

Your worth as an artist is not tied to your ability to sell your art

Your worth as an artist is not tied to your ability to sell your art

A bit over a year ago, me painting anything was unthinkable. I was the typical writer, firmly convinced I lacked the ability to make anything that could come close to be called art. But I had proclaimed 2016 to be a year for facing my creative fears, so I ended up buying color and brushes anyway.

It didn't take long for me to realize that most of my inability was in my head, and in lack of practice. So during last year, I painted and in the name of facing my creative fears, I started selling what I barely dared to call my art.

When your creativity tells you to change, don't let your fear say no - featuring art by Taylor Lee

When your creativity tells you to change, don't let your fear say no - featuring art by Taylor Lee

Sometimes things happen that changes you.
Changes your creativity. 

It could be the simplest thing, propelling you in a new direction. A book, a dream, a new tool. A little push making you leap because you were ready to move on.

It could be that your life is shook to the very core by something life-changing. A sickness, a new life, a move. Your identity shifts and your creativity with it.

Or it could be that someone is forcing you to ask questions of your creativity that you haven't asked before. Questions making you question everything.

That's what happened to Taylor Lee. 

What is pulling you away from your fiercest creative dream?

What is pulling you away from your fiercest creative dream?

It was the beginning of the summer, and I was overwhelmed. For a while now, I've been searching for a clear direction in my creative life, for this blog, over and over again listing all the different things I'm working on. Blog, novel, book club, Etsy shop, photography. 

Structuring and scattering. Finding my focus and losing it again. 

I have tried to live my creative life with a big flaw. 
I have tried to do everything I want to do.

It may sound like living the dream, to do everything you want to do. But the reality is that it often interferes with your dreams, turning you into a stressed person half-assing many projects at once.

I don't know about you, but that's neither how I want to live nor create.

Five questions to ask yourself when you're feeling scattered and overwhelmed

Five questions to ask yourself when you're feeling scattered and overwhelmed

The creative life can be overwhelming. Being driven by inspiration, creativity and dreams, it's easy to want to do everything. We run hither and dither, creating all over the place. There are multiple projects, developing your craft, social media and all the things to figure out.

We end up feeling scattered, not sure how to choose between our inspiring ideas. Time is constantly running out but little gets finished.

Prescription to heal a creative share hangover

Prescription to heal a creative share hangover

It's unavoidable if you're a person who share your creativity with the world. You share something with certain hopes and those hopes get smashed down. There you are, being all brave and you get no credit for it.

Common symptoms include sharp embarrassment, diffuse pain a little here and there, overwhelming shame, distrust in your creativity, an urge to delete your work, strong longing to hide or run away and sudden lack of self-confidence. 

Let's have a look at the treatment!

Books can change your life (so I'm starting a book club)

Books can change your life (so I'm starting a book club)

If it wasn't for one book in particular, I might never have started this blog. 

Maybe I'd eventually started a blog, likely a different blog, but that book gave me the idea of doing a Fear Year. And so, I started to share the adventures of facing my creative fears last year. Which then lead me to understand how much my mindset had been holding me back and what a huge difference some good strategies can have on your creative life.

Finding the right idea

Finding the right idea

It can be hard, this time of year, if you're searching for "the one".

Everyone else seems so happy, so in love, and your life is suddenly kinda grey in comparison. You dream of bumping into it on the street, chuckling awkwardly and getting a cup of tea together. You look a little bit extra around you, wondering if it's out there... 

Whether you'll also find the idea that is right for you.