|Sometimes I'm Afraid,|
by Maribeth Boelts and Cheri Bladholm
2. Document successes. Last February I started keeping a journal of accomplishments toward my goal of a fulfilling art career. It's to-the-point, takes a minute or less to write, and gives me the sense of moving forward, even when my current project is a little stalled.
3. Analyze failures. If you fail, make a list of reasons why so you can focus on improving those things one at a time. I might start researching a way to improve one thing, but in my daily sketching, work to improve something different. I don't want too many doubts paralyzing me before I begin the next project.
|I Will Not Be Afraid,|
by Michelle Medlock Adams
and Jeremy Tugeau
5. Commit. Join a critique group. Enter a contest. Set some deadlines. When you commit, you force yourself to see it through. And yes, you might fail. See above. Learn. Move forward.
These steps can just as easily be applied to writing.
Next week I plan to share some advice on fighting fear from a writer's perspective.
Check my previous posts on this topic: Advice from illustrator Greg Pizzoli, designer Martin Glaser, and others.
Thanks to all who shared this information with other struggling artists. The sense of community gives me greater courage.