“The blank space can be humbling. But I’ve faced it my whole professional life. It’s my job. It’s also my calling.” Choreographer Twyla Tharp talks about the challenges of this “blank space” or “blank page” experience that most artists have to face in her book “The Creative Habit”: “My dancers expect me to deliver because […]
anxiety and creativity
“I don’t do anything anymore that feels safe. If it doesn’t scare the crap out of you, then you’re not doing the right thing.” I’ve always liked that comment by Sandra Bullock – but the quality and intensity of fear, which we refer to as anxiety, can both motivate and disrupt creative expression. In his […]
Writing was “just a battle of self-consciousness.” In a PBS NewsHour episode, Tom Hanks spoke with Jeffrey Brown about writing his first book – a “collection of 17 short stories, mostly about people seeking connections of one kind or another.” Tom Hanks: Once I could get involved in the individual stories, then [my eyes] sort […]
Creating may often include anxiety and other sorts of fear. We need to develop courage and learn how to deal with these feelings to be more fully creative.
“Art work is ordinary work, but it takes courage to embrace that work.”
That is a qu…
“I would burst from all of the emotion inside.”
How do you work with your strong emotions? Creative people experience a wide range and depth of intense emotions, and use that wealth of feeling to create artwork and performances.
The idea of…