You know it as the voice that pops up every time you try to create something from scratch, learn a new skill, or reach outside your comfort zone. We all feel it, but we don’t really talk about it much. In the modern era it’s easy to project a positive image, and much harder to admit that things aren’t always as rosy as they seem. Those perfect Instagram photos and smiley Snapchats don’t tell the whole story.
Personally, my inner critic tells me that I do too many things to be great at any of them, that success means finding one path and sticking to it. That maybe at the ripe old age of 33 I’ve missed some sort of mythical success train that took off from Art Star Station. It’s easy to find examples of artists who have a clear style that they never deviate from, who don’t try to combine multiple platforms (like publishing an art subscription, painting murals, and creating studio drawings), and who have attained art world success at a young age.
In reality, I know that there are a million paths to success, and that being happy counts for a lot more than whatever external indicators I’m using to compare myself to other people. For every comparison, you can *always* find someone in a better – and worse – position than yourself. But boy is it easy to forget these simple truths! That’s why books like this are so important.
So take comfort in knowing that you’re in good company when self-doubt rears its ugly head, because Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk! As Danielle says:
“Every single one of us is born with an imagination, and a primal urge to make things – things like fire, and cities, and cakes, and books, and shoes, and vegetable gardens, and breakfast. There are a ridiculous number of ways to be creative, Look at you, for example. Whether you’re currently living a creative life or not, you want to.”
Is your internal monologue in need of a pep talk? Lucky for you we have one copy of Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk [And Other Truths About Being Creative], by Danielle Krysa with paintings by Martha Rich, to give away.
To enter, leave a comment below telling us how you get down with your creative self.
Do you draw, write, bake, dance, sing in the shower? Let us know!
Contest closes Nov. 23, 2016. We will pick a winner at random. Open to residents of Canada & the USA. Click here for full contest rules.
Update: CONGRATULATIONS to our giveaway winner Hannah Radner! Creative inspiration is on the way 🙂