Part of the excitement (and difficulty) about being creative is that what you are creating has never existed before. Even if you make something from existing elements, it’s still a new perspective or “mash up”. An original music composition is made up of notes that have been played millions of times before, but never in the way you formulated them. Paint has been area for ages, but never in the way you blend them on a canvas.
So when you start to write, act, compose, draw – whatever – it’s like stepping out off the cliff. And the next step is determined by what’s riding on your creation. If you have a book publisher hounding you because of a looming deadline, and your income is dependent on the sale of your writing, the fall could be devastating. If you’re just creating with no plans to even show anyone once it’s complete, the fall is insignificant.
So here’s my suggestion: forget what’s riding on your creative piece. Just forget it. If you get jazzed by the prospect that what you are creating could and probably will change the world, go ahead pretend that’s the case. If you get paralyzed by that thought, pretend you’re just doing it for the sheer fun of it. The point is to do your best work because in the process you'll grow and change for the better. If you’re lucky, you might even change other people’s lives for the better.
An excerpt from Seth Godin’s book Insubordinate:
Artists do things that have never been done before. They dig deep to create passion. Through it all, the market seeks out, recognizes, and embraces artists, people we can’t live without.
Some pictures represent places you want to be in. This is one of them for me. Located in Sugarcreek, OH.