The following is an excerpt from the introduction to my upcoming book, Creative Confidence: How to Bypass Self-Doubt and Complete Your Best Work. I wrote it because, after years of research into the creative process, I still saw a need for a book with a proven, easy-to-follow, systematic approach to busting creative obstacles and making awesome stuff. It’ll be available from Amazon on Aug. 1st, 2017.
Introduction: The Thing You Want to Make
There’s a thing you want to make. It’s beautiful. It touches people. It makes life hurt a little less. It illuminates something, both for you and for your audience. It makes the world a smidgen better. From the deepest place inside you, this thing calls out for you to make it.
You tell yourself you’ll do it later, or tomorrow, or the day after that, but underneath those thoughts is something darker: a suspicion that, although you’ll never be happy unless you make what’s calling you to make it, you’ll never be able to do it justice.
Instead of making something you love, something that makes a difference, you’re afraid you’ll make a giant turd that’ll reveal you, once and for all, as what you believe in the swampiest parts of your brain you might actually be: a shit factory.
Maybe your self-confidence problem isn’t quite as severe as that, but mine was.
For the better part of a decade, I floundered, longing to write, convinced I couldn’t. It took years of studying the creative process and practising what I’d learned, but eventually, I came to terms with the work I had to do: my health and happiness depended on it. Now, I’m writing fiction, non-fiction, and a blog. I have more ideas than I can use.
I still sometimes have doubts about my creative abilities, but they no longer stop me from making things, and the more things I make, the more confident I get.
I’m not unique. The world is full of artists whose art is fermenting inside them, driving them slowly insane instead of enriching the planet, only because they lack creative confidence.
Steven Pressfield had it right when he wrote, “If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends) ‘Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?’ Chances are you are.”
The desire to make art is your signal from the universe that doing so is an important part of your soul’s journey on this Earth, and if you ignore it, you’ll never be fulfilled.
Desire is your permission slip.
The current of creativity runs through all of us; we just have to learn how to tap into it. This book will show you how.
Featured image: “Blurry heart made from book pages over red background,” by vladsogodel, Adobe Stock
If you’d like to read the rest of the intro and first chapter, you can subscribe for free to my “no spam” email list, and I’ll send you a PDF preview. Once a month or so, you’ll get a short message with fresh creativity tips. I’ll also let you know when the full book is released.