Why it’s so important to find your own version of doing the work

Why it’s so important to find your own version of doing the work

As creatives, there has always been someone who came before us. Someone who can tell us the right way of doing things, people to glance at as you set out to do your own creative work.

That is all and well, we need guidance when we’re learning. But if we follow others’ methods too closely, it can lead us astray, to something you might not like doing at all.

Ideas that scare the pants off of me and how I approach them

Ideas that scare the pants off of me and how I approach them

My creative life began in 2016 with a year long challenge: to face my creative fears. If you think that means I’m now fearless, I’ll have to disappoint you. But my fears have changed, and there are new things that scare me now.

In in the end of 2018 when I looked back on the year and set my intention for 2019, one thing stood out to me. There were again ideas I never got around to doing, and just like before it was because they scared me.

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.

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.

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 I learned from one year of facing my creative fears

What I learned from one year of facing my creative fears

The idea of facing my creative fears during 2016 came out of the realization that I would never create unless I dealt with the reason I wasn't creating: fear.

When I set out on my Fear Year, I didn't have a list of fears and I didn't plan my year. I trusted that fear would show me the way forward, and it did.

This is what happened, and what I learned from it.