Disclaimers on art. I've spoken of it before. I've often found a strong urge to justify my work, to explain why I'm sharing, and to point out all the flaws in the piece and why I don't like it.
But what good does that serve?
A couple weeks ago, I began to follow a rigid schedule. I'll probably write about this experience sometime soon, but one of the things I've realized through following this schedule is that I need to make time to be a beginner again.
And so, that's what I'm doing.
Do you struggle to validate your art? Do you struggle to give weight or value to the work you create? Do you struggle to justify the time you spend creating?
There will be days you don’t like what you create. Create anyway.
There will be pieces that are frustrating as you try to fit them together. Adjust. Reevaluate. And know when to walk away.
I'm not who I used to be.
I don't create the way I used to create.
This past month and a half I've taken some time away from social media, and away from compositing, to ground myself in my everyday life, focus on my writing, and to reflect on my creative journey, process, and where I'd like to take it next.
On Monday, I finished the first draft of Chasing Creativity, a book about the creative process and how to live a fulfilling creative life. It's the fourth book I've finished to this point, but the first non-fiction.
I shared this in my Instagram stories a while ago, but several others related and messaged me, so I thought I'd share it in a post too.
Almost every time I share something new on social media, I lose followers.