The importance of being a consistent creative

Creatives are addicted to the high of producing something out of their imagination. When we transform ideas into tangible designs, the struggle to make it happen isn’t a burden — it’s a challenge. Putting in the hours to create great results speaks to the passion and dedication we hold for that particular craft.

The quality of today’s outcome is superior to the one from eighteen months ago. Growth isn’t visible after two or three weeks. It takes months or years of sustained effort to improve. Although, the learning never stops.

Yeah, seldom burn out happens. Some welcome the pressure, some welcome the off days. Discover how you operate best by analyzing your routine and having a lengthy discussion with yourself about your objectives. 

Working on your skills on a consistent basis — seems like a constraint to many. I consider it a necessity to squash the excuses down and carve out time to improve my artistic endeavours. It’s discipline.

Yes, there are moments when I don’t look forward to it. I’m not a robot. Sometimes I’m not in the mood to letter or write or paint… Okay. I’m always in the mood to paint abstracts. Still, laziness creeps in once in a while. What’s my response? Sitting down and creating to the best of my abilities.

I believe that perfection is a mirage in the desert, it doesn’t exist. The continuous practice is more lucrative than obsessing over the smallest details for hours on end.

Often, procrastination is born out of the fear of not attaining the high standard you think you must reach. Therefore, you either postpone the entire project or get stuck in the vicious circle of overthinking somewhere along the way.

Don’t wait to share with the world until you “get better” at x, y, z. Put yourself out there. Maybe you’ll inspire others to begin their own journey and you’ll make friends by interacting with like-minded individuals.

If you dread being judged, keep in mind that those who write nasty comments — they’re projecting their own internal battles. Their words have nothing to do with you.

Besides, there are numerous supportive people online — sharing techniques or offering constructive feedback and spreading positive vibes your way.

Let’s address your inner critic — yeah, that pesky voice munching on your self-esteem. It gets extremely vocal when the final result isn’t the same with the one pictured in your head.

How do you quiet it down?

By accepting that whatever concept your mind conjures, it will inevitably evolve into something else in the real world. I used “evolve” because evolution is synonym with change which is inescapable. As a whole, we don’t like that. Well, I invite you to embrace change instead of fighting it for a couple of months.

Probably, you won’t shy away from experimenting a lot more once you set aside impatience, other people’s opinions, and negative self-talk.

If doubt overrides your will to create, then… think if you’re ready — when you’re old and grey — to regret the choice of quitting what brings you joy.

Start small. Block 10 out of the 1440 minutes available every day. After a while, it will become a habit. Begin with what you have or the cheapest materials you can buy. If daily seems daunting to you, then practice every other day.

Anyhow, move at your own pace, don’t search for loopholes. Trust the process and gradually your skills will improve. There are no shortcuts, only the work.

Love ya and take care!

Thank you very much for reading!

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 Words, images and art by Pia Florina Radulescu