5 Things I Learned About Creativity in 2021

1. Whatever your creative outlet is (writing, drawing, baking, music, etc.) it absolutely can be made better with a lot of practice. That is to say, you don’t need to wait for “a wave of motivation” to come until you pick up your craft. You’ll just be as good as you practice. 

2. Creativity should be taken just as seriously as going to the gym for a biweekly workout. I believe that actively trying to improve your writing, your dancing, your UX design skills, works wonders if you’re trying to take your creativity seriously. 

3. Thinking about what you want to be doing comes nowhere close to actually doing it. Thinking about pursuing writing is not the same as trying it, failing it, trying it again, and eventually succeeding at it. This is what many people refer to as the “creative process”. You have to go through the process in order to find what works and doesn’t work for you. If you don’t go through the process, you never change.

4. Trying to think up a reason to have an original idea is pointless. 99.99% of ideas are already taken by another designer or artist in the world, so everything you do is just a remake of what you’ve seen or experienced. This is supposed to be a freeing thought. Chasing originality is a waste of time. Make something helpful instead. 

5. You no longer have to live the life of a starving artist. Thousands of artists before you have made a more than decent living from their art this past year alone. The biggest thing stopping you from pursuing your creativity is fear.

That concludes my list of things I learned about creativity in 2021. If you’re facing challenges in your creative career, I hope this was useful to you. Cheers to the rest of your December.

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