Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.

Creative Confidence

Most of us had the same experience, the one that crushed our creative confidence. For me, it happened after I had been drawing horses for weeks. I was terribly horse-crazy, and, after all this practice, I considered myself a bit of an expert. My mother, always supportive and interested in her children’s activities, asked me to show her what I was drawing. Upon inspection of my labors of the last twenty minutes, a horse head “en profile,” my mother told me it was a nice-looking dog.

I was crushed. Devastated.

To this day, I have never drawn again seriously. I do not hold this against my mother. She is a wonderful person and would be horrified to know how this small act transformed my view of myself. I’m so thankful that this blow to my creative ego landed squarely on the drawing side and missed the storytelling side. Otherwise, I would not be doing what I love today – writing.

David Kelley, founder of IDEO, spoke at a TED convention about how to build your creative confidence. I continue to be inspired by this video and how we can regain confidence in ourselves and our creative capabilities.

People are naturally creative. We should never let fear stop us from realizing our vision for our creations and for ourselves.

2 comments on “Creative Confidence

  1. Lanceolot
    March 2, 2013

    I love TED. There are so many fascinating people who not only think, but live entirely outside the box.

    • tracycembor
      March 4, 2013

      I try to watch one TED talk per day, but usually it turns out to be more. These people inspire me to do greater things than I could have ever imagined before I discovered them.

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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