4 Inspiring Thoughts to Keep Creativity Alive

Painter Pablo Picasso said, “The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.”

Poet Sylvia Plath believed, “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Artist Andy Warhol has one of the most famous quotes about being a creative person: “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.

No matter which quote above speaks to you the most, the hard truth is: even the all-time greats struggle with the actual act of creating!

Sure, the excitement of having ideas at first – and even jotting notes down about them – is an encouraging feeling.

But let’s face it: that next step, taking your idea and turning it into a reality, is not a pretty process.

So if even artistic geniuses struggle with making their work, what hope is there for most of us?

Here are 4 tips from true makers on the art of getting started.

  • “[Do]the work no matter how good or bad [it] seems on a particular day. This is an important distinction…It’s not about the worth of the work; it’s about the working.”

–Journalist Danelle Morton and Salon columnist Cary Tennis, authors of FINISHING SCHOOL

  • “Anything can be an allegory, an adventure or a small enticing part of the big picture. Nothing is too insignificant to be turned into beauty…!”

Memoirist (and original “groupie”) Pamela Des Barres, author of LET IT BLEED

  • “…never give up. Talent doesn’t separate successful people from unsuccessful people, but lack of tenacity can.”

–Designer and artist Meera Lee Patel, author of START WHERE YOU ARE

  • Sometimes the dumbest mistakes or crappiest drawings or the half-finished thing that you impulsively post ends up being exactly the right thing. If you never let go of anything for fear of it not being perfect, nobody will ever see anything.”

–Designer and artist Adam J. Kurtz, author of PICK ME UP and 1 PAGE AT A TIME

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