Whether you’re a photographer, artist, musician, or jewelry maker, there is no doubt at some point you have struggled with either one or all three of the following problems creative people everywhere face. These problems are so boulderous and paralyzing, it may leave you wondering if you should just give up altogether! Don’t be that guy. If you find yourself struggling with any of these three hurdles that creatives face and on the brink of giving up, keep reading.
Problem #1: The Blank Page
The thing about creating is that often times you are creating something out of nothing. Unless you’re some superhero creative (Super CreateMan/Super CreateWoman?) that is always in a state of fiery inspiration and you just can’t stop your art form, you probably have a problem starting a project. Even if you are someone more like a graphic designer or someone that has an outline and you aren’t starting from scratch entirely, it can still be overwhelming to figure out where to start.
The Solution: Don’t Stop Creatin’
The best way not to “lose” it is to, well, use it. Your creative powers need to be flexed and on point at all times so regularly maintaining a journal or notebook of ideas will keep you engaged with current projects and may bring inspiration and light to any future or potential projects you get stuck in. In Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, she recommends something called Morning Pages which really is just a commitment to write every single morning for a set amount of time or pages about everything or nothing at all. It’s amazing the stuff that gets loosened up in your brain when you are regularly flushing stuff out. DO this. When you start every morning looking at a literal blank page, you will overcome this fear very quickly.
Problem #2: Paralyzing Perfectionism
If you’re going to put your name on something, you want it to be wonderful. You want the world to be in awe of your overwhelming genius and bow to your feet when you walk through the door. Yes, we will all be in gratitude for your presence because your painting, acting, music thing was so amazing we will never experience life the same way again. Except, the world never gets to see it because you’re stuck in your studio with a rock in the pit of your stomach saying: This isn’t good enough. Many times creatives become so afraid to show the world anything they’ve created because it has to be “just” right before they do.
The Solution: Peaches aren’t for everyone
Stop and ship. Shipping refers to the act of delivering work even if you think it isn’t ready. Shipping beats perfection every time. Perfectionism is not cute. It isn’t productive, it isn’t helpful, and it certainly doesn’t make your work any better. There, I said it. So stop doing it. Listen, even if you did perfect it, there’s going to be someone out there that doesn’t like it so stop trying to please everyone and worst of all, stop feeding your delusion that being perfect will make you happy. Being productive will make you happier so stop retracing your lines and show the world your art! “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” – Dita Von Teese
Problem #3: Lack of Exposure
Maybe you’ve got all your handmade goods ready for literal shipping, lots of precious gems and stones inventory ready to go, and need to start making sales but you just aren’t getting traffic to your site the way you want to and or the audience you’re attracting isn’t the dreamy free-spirited clientele that is understanding of the natural inconsistencies in stones resulting in many broken expectations and unsatisfied customers. You think you’re getting the message across on your site but something is missing.
The Solution: Hire a professional that has your vision in mind
Hiring a writer can free you from the confusing task of writing clear and creative product descriptions, accurately describing what your service is all about, or even sharing the vision of your fine art. Just be careful which writer you get. Some writers are more gifted in tactical technical writing which may fail on an audience that doesn’t identify with their tone. Quixotic Creative Services always keeps your audience in mind and can help with website content, blog entries (like this one!), social media posts, and more. You are an artist: make your art, don’t write about it. The world needs your creative talent, click on the Q? to find out more about how Quixotic Creative Services can help you.
Are you ready to get creating? Go out there, make some stuff, and let Quixotic Creative Services know when you’re ready to be written about!