The hardest about creativity for me is sharing what I create. It is easy to share a scientific finding or a new book, but the act of creating art is so personal that it is difficult for me to open up what I make for others to see and judge. Art is deeply intimate; it is basically the depths of your soul revealed in tangible matter, whether it be through the medium of a painting or poem. I wonder if art is really art if it hasn’t been shared yet. I completely understand why writers often use(d) pen names.
Oftentimes the fear of sharing stops me from creating in the first place. Sylvia Plath said it best when she stated ,”The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” This rings true for me again and again. It is necessary to remind myself to just WRITE, and disregard any doubt or fears of failure or incompetence in my mind.
I still struggle with sharing what I create but I try to remind myself that there is no right or wrong in creativity. There are critics that critique even the best musicians, painters, filmmakers, and writers, but their opinion holds no weight to the person that enjoys these people’s creations.