Art & Creativity,  Creativity and discovery

Just do it

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” ~Andy Warhol

Artists are courageous people. When it comes to expressing creativity, fear is usually what stops other people in their tracks — not lack of talent. Fear of failure … Fear of being imperfect … Fear of appearing foolish … Fear of being misjudged.

As you start a brand-new year, you might be toying with the idea of starting a new creative project or trying a new hobby. If you can ignore the inner critics that discourage you, you’ll start to paint, knit, sculpt, write, play music, draw, or find other ways to make art. And it’s never too late.

Remember, too, that you don’t have to share your work with others right away. You don’t have to strut your stuff on Facebook or Instagram. Impress yourself before you worry about finding an audience. Maybe you’ve discovered this already? If not, quit worrying about what other people think — and just do it. ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.


  • Sheryl Kraft

    Yes! I am my worst critic, which many times stops me from trying harder with an artistic endeavor. But reminding myself that I am doing it for ME and that it’s never too late to try, helps get through the voices in my head. I learned this, too, from doing yoga, which encourages everyone to work at their level of comfort.

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