"I Don't Have Any Good Ideas"

This amazing sculpture at the Di Rosa in Sonoma County is something like what my Inner Critic looks like

This amazing sculpture at the Di Rosa in Sonoma County is something like what my Inner Critic looks like

Are you plagued with the nagging worry when you art that you don’t have good ideas?

Just so you know: that’s your Inner Critic talking.

You know your Inner Critic, right? That voice in your head that pipes up when you’re creating, especially at the beginning of a new art journal page or a new art project?

(Did you ever notice it speaks to you in the second person?)

“You don’t know what you’re doing. Just stop now.”

“Don’t do that! You aren’t good with ______....you can’t _______.”

“Did you see so and so’s work? Now THAT is good.  You can’t do that.”

Etc., etc.

 

Well, the thought that you “don’t have good ideas” is just a fear that your Inner Critic is lobbing your way.

And like all those criticisms “you” throw at yourself, you might believe it’s true—but it’s a fear, not truth.

Big difference.

Give yourself some quiet time to just do one thing on the page…and then the next…and then the next…and you’ll see for yourself that you have plenty of ideas.

It’s just that, when you’re facing down a blank page or a have a “now what?” moment while creating—and you can’t immediately come up with a “good idea”—your Inner Critic starts screaming: “You don’t have any good ideas!” And then you panic…and then yeah, right then and there you don’t have any good ideas.

Big difference.

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If you have problems with negative self talk, I’ve written more about the Inner Critic here and here.