[Creativity] Are You Too Serious With Your Art?

Here’s a short excerpt from The Passion Principles: 101 Ways to Express Your Creativity and Share It With the World …

3) Cultivate a sense of play

Take your creativity seriously, but do so with a sense of ease.

Many artists, writers, musicians, and performers — especially early in their development — work themselves into a paralyzing frenzy when creating.

For instance, do you ever …

  • Stare at a blank canvas, page, or stage and feel frozen?
  • Put too much pressure on yourself to create?
  • Feel defeated before you even start?
Relax. Creative expression should be fun, not stressful.

Allow yourself the freedom to experiment without judgment.

The fate of the world isn’t resting on your ability to craft the perfect sentence, lyric, melody, or punch line.

Life will go on if your first draft doesn’t win a Pulitzer, Grammy, or Tony Award.

Have fun. Be light. Cultivate a sense of play.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso

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