Especially when you have a lot of them, and they need tocome out in a healthy way.
There are many different facets to the creative arts: dance,music, theatre, fiction , doodling in your sketchbook while listening to sadmusic while rain beats heavily against your bedroom window and tears blot thepage…
Whichever area is your platform of choice for turning those feels into art, this advice applies. You can add in the specifics.
It doesn’t have to be“good”
Forget about technique. Forget about quality. You’re making something real here, and it’s more important to bring that core of meaning from inside you, out into the world. Try not to get too bogged down in the details until you’ve got those feelings staring back at you.
It doesn’t have to befor anyone else
Sometimes we hold back because we’re worried about what someone else – parents, friends, teachers, crushes – will think if we let our true selves pour out onto the page, stage or tune. Forget about that. Tell yourself you can hide or destroy your art once its finished. Go raw and get it all out.
It doesn’t have to beembarrassing
But, if it’s authentic, it probably will be. Own it! Remember, nobody else has to see it. Or, if they do, you don’t have to explain what it means.
It doesn’t have to befinished
There’s a reason we do repeated drafts – we’re polishingthat raw material into something shinier. Even if you’re striving to make thisthing good, and you’re planning to share it with an audience, it doesn’t haveto come out perfect the first try. Expressing your feelings in an artisticformat can be a messy, imprecise process. Don’t be afraid to try again andagain, experimenting and improving as you go.
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