When we are creating something new we often forget that the failures along the way are as important as the final success. Valuing your creativity in all of its forms is so important. It helps you to keep going when the process is hard and it can help you to negotiate higher fees for your work.
In this podcast I talk through ways of valuing your own creativity and how you can use this to explain to new clients and customers the creative process. This can then help you negotiate higher fees for your work. If you don’t value the creative process yourself, how is anyone else going to value you it and pay you for it?
As creatives we often forget to build reflection time into our work. Because being creative is instinctive to us, we forget how much brain power and energy it takes each day to create.
Listen to the podcast and let me know in the comments below how you value your own creativity.
There are tips below on how you can value your own creativity….
There are ways that you can help bring back your creativity if you are struggling with writer’s block, or a project isn’t going as planned. I’ve suffered with writer’s block myself in the past, and although it can feel like torture at the time, there is a way to battle on through to the other side. I have listed some ways to do this below.
Bringing back your creativity
- Look at everything that you do in a day– not only related to your creative work. Think about how you view the world, how you people watch or take snaps on your phone to share on Instagram. All of these things build into your creative output. We are looking creativity at the world 24/7.
- Take yourself on a creative date. We need to top up or creative juices otherwise we are running on empty and can experience burn out. Don’t only go to look at exhibitions or films that relate to your own industry. Challenge yourself to look at other creative projects like graffiti, or pottery- something that you would never think of doing. By looking side ways at creative work, it can help you to challenge your own creative output.
- Be kind to yourself. You can’t be making work continually for every hour of the day. Your creative eye is always working, so you need to be kind to yourself. Sometimes the creative output needs a moment of reflection to allow you to keep on making work. What you don’t want to experience is burnout- as it is hard to come back from that.
- Push on through. If you really can’t beat the writer’s block or the blank canvas then in the words of Neil Gaiman “Make good art”. Only by breaking the blank page or canvas can you push through to the master piece. You need to fail along the way to make great work.