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Aren’t You Afraid You’ll Run Out of Steam

November 16, 2011

© Jenny Rollo

Just dry up. Fizzle out. Come to a place where you lack all novelty and relevance?

I am afraid.

The thought has occurred to me more than once. It was especially prominent in my mind before going public with this blog.

It’s even more nerve racking to offer myself to you seriously, knowing how easy it is to stop. Take my brother’s encouragement recently for example:

My bro is onto something bigtime with his site MML. Proud of u man. (Just keep it up) RT @: How have all http://t.co/n1gFpjPX
@SmartStephen
Stephen

Underlying Fears

Creativity, in a sense, is based in faith. There is no guarantee of fresh insights tomorrow. Why not store up all today’s articles for distribution in the years to come?

I think the underlying fear though, deeper than simply the lack of content, is what the inability to create would (seem to) mean.

“Aren’t you afraid you run out of content?”

The question is really asking,

“Aren’t you afraid you fail at this?”

“Aren’t you afraid that you won’t be able to sustain this?”

“Aren’t you afraid that you’ll prove that you are not as creative as you think?”

Yes. Yes. Yes.

I am afraid that this will be a colossal waste of my time, and more proof of my own inadequacies. Can you relate?

What then are our options?

Abandon all effort in the fear that I will be like every blogger strewn out along the highway?

Will you stop painting  (Gabby), because it is possible that one day in the future you may not have an idea worth painting?

Will you stop singing because you fear one day there will be no words?

How do you answer these questions? How do you deal with these fears?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/marlon.pownall Marlon Zeru Pownall

    I had the same concerns when just starting out in two creative endeavors I pursue: 
    Graphic Design and Songwriting. Here is what I suggest: 1. CREATE (even if the work is not brilliant just do it, you can always work on it later or use it to track your growth) 2. LEARN (about the Art Form- the formal theories etc, people, read, have meaningful discussions, debate) 3. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH (Study other creative work..the good ones) 4. TAKE ON CHALLENGES (Do projects you have never done before, the scary stuff) 5. WORK WITH A TEAM (Collaborate, mingle with other creatives- there is wonderful energy and room for growth) 6. GO OUTSIDE (good clean crisp air does wonders , so is public transportation in Jamaica :)  travel in general)

    7. LIVE LIFE  (Don’t just watch other people live, enough with the celebrities: Televangelists included)

    Has this worked for me? Yes it has! I am still creating, still growing even reading this blog is helping my creative process. I am inspired to continue with my work.

  • http://maximizemylife.com Andrew

    Thanks for commenting Marlon. I love the the advice you have given as well. As someone who has seen you work, I value it even more. Keep it up bro.

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