One of the greatest problems creative people have had, is that really good ideas don’t always receive the reception they deserve. You will always come up against the grouches who wouldn’t do it that way, or think your ideas stink! Never mind the critics. They are thoroughly capable of being completely wrong! Do you think the authors of great novels were told any differently? Can you imagine what some people would have said to Suzanne Collins when she told them her idea for The Hunger Games?
Here are suggestions on handling criticism.
- Learn how to handle it, as some of it is useful. You can’t see your blind spots or where you need to grow, others can and an honest and well meant piece of criticism can be valuable.
- Stubbornness and being fiercely protective of your work can come from fear and low self esteem (self doubts). Work on overcoming this.
- “All creative work is a constant process of learning.” That process will involve mistakes, and sometimes others will pick up the mistakes you haven’t noticed. It’s up to you whether to see that as being good or bad.
This old post is an excerpt from Cate’s e-book “Unleashing Your Creative Spirit” which has just been officially released. If you have an interest in enhancing your creative potential, the e-book will be of inspiration to you.
Unleashing Your Creative Spirit was written to help you turn your dreams into reality! It explores the process and practical aspects of creativity; and has been written for artists, writers, musicians, dancers, gardeners, cooks, craft lovers: anyone trying to tap into their creative potential. It looks at the mental processing behind creativity; philosophies that drive how we think about and assess our creative worth; creative character traits; historical role models; an extensive bibliography and web link list plus more. The content is practical, not just analytical. It will give you ideas on how to move forward in your creative life.
- Capturing the Muse
- Quieting the Internal Censor
- Building A Creative Space
- Working With Failure
- Finding Direction
- Techniques To Use
The abridged ebook is available now on Amazon Kindle. The full illustrated e-course version with additional resources and exercises is only available from me, as e-book formats cannot handle it. You can order it directly from http://www.virtual-desk.com.au/trainer.html. Please scroll down the the course list and the select the buy button.
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