Creativity and Self-Esteem

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.
Author Unknown

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh

One more week and I will be done with school for this semester! So today only a couple of quotes. Often what separates the published writers from the unpublished is a healthy dose of self-esteem. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? In the next two months on my break from school I will be sending out my work again, something I took a break from the last year while I concentrated on craft and discovering my voice. One of my favorite books on self-esteem for writers and positive affirmations is Eric Maisel’s Write Mind Positive Affirmations: 299 Things Writers Should Never Say Themselves ( What They Should Say Instead)

Are you your own worst enemy? How would the next six months look if you started each day with a positive statement instead of the hundreds of negative ones that play in your head every day? Now get back to work!

The Writing Nag

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4 Replies to “Creativity and Self-Esteem”

  1. This books sounds really interesting and one that I would probably buy. I have experienced different bouts of self-esteem issues, especially as a writer. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Recently, I was reflecting on something sort of parallel to this, but I think it applies.
    A few years ago, a friend got pregnant by a guy who turned out to be a pimp and car thief (he stole her car, for one).
    I held her in my arms after she told me, weeping. And she said, "How could I be so stupid!?!"
    I said, "You wouldn't say that about a friend in this situation, would you?"
    We would never say about someone we truly cared about, "How could she be so stupid?" So why are we so hard on ourselves? We have to be good friends to ourselves, first and foremost. Be as understanding, patient and gentle as we would be to someone we love.
    Now, I just need to remember that myself!

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