Whether digital or paper, there’s something about white space that just fills me with hope.
Because in it, there is so much promise of what could be.
A drawing that takes your breath away.
A story that breaks your heart.
A photograph that makes you laugh until you cry.
A perspective that has the potential to change your life.
So I spend a lot of time thinking, getting ready. Smoothing the paper and sharpening my pencils. Scrolling through templates and selecting fonts.
In fact, I spend so much time preparing, that I often stagnate. Because I get terrified that I will ruin those pages with a creation that is less than perfect.
And so in typical form, as I prepared to launch this site, I could feel myself stalling. Making excuses to myself as to why it couldn’t possibly be ready. Thinking about buying myself more time.
Because I don’t want anything out there until it’s ready. Until I have the perfect design and layout. Until I’ve written the perfect ‘first article’ with the perfect ‘first picture’.
But if I did that, it might never happen.
So I’m just going to jump in. I’ll let the other stuff happen in time.
I’ve been learning about all the ways there are to overcome blocks and to help launch your creative endeavours.
Inspiration Boards. Prompt Cards. Warm-Up Exercises. Goal Setting. Check Lists. Public Commitments.
Some work better than others. Some work better in certain situations, or for certain mediums.
But there is only one approach I’ve found that works every time:
Pick up your materials, switch off your inner critic, and just get started.
It may not be perfect, but what’s the worst that could happen?
Oh no. I published that article with a typo. I *die*.
Well, actually, I won’t die. I might feel a little embarrassed. But I’ll learn from it. And I’ll do better next time.
And so it goes.
Dissatisfied with your drawing?
Paint over it.
Unhappy with your writing?
Don’t like your cooking?
Feed it to the dog.
But just start.
You can always make something better. But you can’t improve something that doesn’t exist