[Young Joan]: A writer has to write.
[Elaine Mozell]: A writer has to be read, honey.
-The Wife (2017)
In the vast landscape of creativity and innovation, the commitment to putting your best work out into the world is both a personal journey and a contribution to the collective tapestry of human expression. Whether you’re an artist, writer, entrepreneur, or professional in any field, navigating this journey requires a blend of self-assurance, a discerning mindset, and an unwavering commitment to continuous growth.
Here, I share key principles that can guide you on the path to producing and putting your best work out into the world.
“The job of someone who’s creating is to create, not to be perfect.”
– Seth Godin, The Practice: Shipping Creative Work
- Writer’s Block is a myth: People who claim to have writer’s block often fear producing bad writing. The key is to embrace the process, write even badly, as eventually, some good material will emerge. The focus should be on creating, not achieving perfection.
- Discerning criticism is valuable: Not all criticism is equally useful. Ignore irrelevant opinions and negative reviews; they often reflect personal preferences rather than objective feedback. Constructive criticism from those skilled in offering valuable insights is what creators should seek.
- Trust yourself: Trust the inner voice that urges creativity and innovation. Acknowledge the existence of both the self that makes excuses and the one recognized as a genius. Trusting oneself is crucial, even if the inner voice isn’t always right, as it leads to authentic and meaningful creation.
- Genre is a tool, not a constraint: Genre provides a platform for ideas, helping audiences understand and engage with them. However, creators should not be confined by genre; instead, they should understand it and use it as a framework for effective communication.
- Embrace your uniqueness: Being peculiar, or unique, is a strength. The term “peculiar” implies private property, meaning only you can do it your way. To succeed, one must be idiosyncratic, understanding and respecting the genre but daring to change it and stand for something meaningful.
How To Commit To Putting Your Best Work Out Into The World
Embrace Your Uniqueness
Your uniqueness is your greatest asset. Instead of conforming to trends or mimicking others, embrace what sets you apart. Recognize that your perspective, experiences, and voice are invaluable contributions to the creative conversation.
The world craves authenticity, so be unapologetically yourself in your work.
Trust in your instincts and abilities.
Doubt can be a creative stifler, leading to hesitation and second-guessing. Understand that your intuition is a powerful guide. Trusting yourself allows you to take risks, experiment, and explore creative avenues that might lead to groundbreaking work.
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Criticism is an inherent part of any creative process. However, the key lies in discerning constructive feedback from mere opinion.
Not all criticisms are created equal, and it’s essential to filter through them, extracting valuable insights that can enhance your work. Use critiques as stepping stones for improvement, not stumbling blocks.
Bust the Myth of Writer’s Block
Writer’s block is often more a psychological barrier than a genuine creative void. Instead of viewing it as an insurmountable obstacle, consider it a natural ebb and flow in the creative process.
Explore different perspectives, take breaks, and, most importantly, allow yourself the freedom to create without judgment. Often, the act of starting is the key to overcoming any creative block.
Stay True to Your Vision
While external input is valuable, it’s crucial to maintain fidelity to your vision. External pressures may tempt you to conform, but staying true to your unique voice is what distinguishes your work.
Trust that your perspective is worth sharing and that authenticity resonates with audiences in profound ways.
Start with Quantity, Aim for Quality
Quantity can be the gateway to quality. Don’t be afraid to produce a substantial volume of work, especially in the early stages of your creative journey.
This iterative process allows you to refine your skills, experiment with different styles, and discover what truly resonates with your audience. As you progress, focus on elevating the quality of your output.
Never Stop Learning
The pursuit of excellence is a lifelong journey, and the quest for knowledge is at its core. Commit to continuous learning, whether through formal education, workshops, or self-directed exploration.
Embrace curiosity, stay informed about industry trends, and integrate newfound knowledge into your work. The most successful creators are perpetual students of their craft.
Putting your best work out into the world is not just a commitment; it’s a testament to your dedication to self-discovery, growth, and authentic expression.
The world is waiting for the distinctive mark only you can make.