How to Overcome Creative Struggle

Many people believe that everyone has the potential to create art. It’s up to us to decide if we take advantage of this ability. If we are creative enough to let our imaginations run wild and then want to share our work with others, there might be two major obstacles that prevent us from making a living out of our art: criticism and marketing.
Many will argue that artists are more introverted than others, and it is difficult to get their books, paintings, or photographs in the hands of people who want them. Marketing seems easy in the Age of the Internet, with so much information at our fingertips. After artists have exhausted all marketing referrals, read eBooks and subscribed to ezines and bought books on marketing, it is still a fact that we must sell something to survive. If we aren’t careful, dry spells where no one is interested in our work or if we struggle to get noticed can affect our creativity.
There isn’t a living person that has delved into a creative field that didn’t need to have thick enough skin to be mistaken for a rhinoceros. It takes so many steps to create something. From the initial idea to the final display, there are so many things that can be commented on by a critic, someone we know, or anyone else. Every expression or creation made through a chosen medium contains the essence and intent of the creator. It’s important to remember that “creation is not the creator”, and it is a labor of love or war from within.
A creative person can feel resentful if they don’t get sales, interest or are subject to harsh criticism. A writer/painter/chef might feel like a terrible artist or that marketing is beyond their capabilities.

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Struggle. Intention. Choice. You have the option to choose to continue with what brings you joy and create stories that help you understand the world and yourself. We may still struggle with “I don’t know how to market or run a business”, or “maybe my art is more dangerous than a feral catfight” but as long as we focus on that, we will see. Then, our art will cease, the creativity will dry up, and the muse will be a shriveled, unrecognizable piece.
Or we can continue with our intention to earn a living by writing/painting/cooking/dancing/composing. It is possible to let go of the struggle and continue believing that ALL creativity is worth it, regardless of our insecurities.
These steps will help creatives scale the mountain of marketing and criticism.
1) What can you do to respond to the call to create? (write, draw, dance, etc.)
2) List three areas where there is a struggle: knowledge, profits, name building marketing, materials, ideas technological advances, critiques
3) Pick one and pay attention to it. It could be the easiest to solve, or the most familiar.
4) What is the purpose of your life? 1) Make a living, learn new skills, work in a gallery, or bookstore.
5) List two things you could do (people to talk with, books to be read, etc.)
6) Establish a deadline (procrastination can be a terrible enemy, so maybe get the assistance of an accountability partner).

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