The following is an excerpt from the introduction to my book, Creative Unblocking: Bypass Self-Doubt, Tap Your Genius, and Complete Your Best Work. I wrote it because, after years of research into the creative process, I saw a need for an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to busting creative obstacles and making awesome stuff.
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 something horrible that’ll reveal you, once and for all, as what you believe in the swampiest parts of your brain you might actually be: worthless.
Maybe your self-confidence problem isn’t as severe as that, but mine was, and 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. It doesn’t have to be that way.
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.
Author 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, and if you ignore it, you’ll never be fulfilled.
Desire is your permission slip.
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