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Dancing with your fear

I think about art every day. What I’ve learned is this: art is counter-intuitive. The good stuff looks and feels effortless. It’s whole and solid as a shiny metal ingot. It’s as if there were no other possible way the work could have been formed. And yet, the process of creating art is painful. It’s riddled with doubt and fear.

What matters is butting heads with your fear and pressing forward. No artist who has been in the trenches will tell you different. It doesn’t matter how good you get – the fear never goes away.

The fear never goes away.

In the words of Seth Godin, you just learn to dance with it.

Everyone should commit themselves to blogging seven days a week, Godin says. There should be at least one thing you’re willing to state publicly every day.

Sounds easy. And then you sit down to type. And the fears creep in. Why would anyone care what I have to say? Hasn’t this been written about a thousand times before?

All those petty questions. All those fears. You either dance with them or they win.

Fredrick Marion

Fredrick Marion

I like books that refuse to let you sleep at night. I like coffee, talking animals and hearing from readers. Sign up for my email newsletter, and I'll send my latest blog posts to your inbox!

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