For most artists, the majority of our work is done on our own. It has to be that way. However prolific we become in our own creativity though, it can still feel a very isolated existence.
Do you sometimes stop to wonder not only whether anyone else will appreciate what you're creating, but if anyone actually even KNOWS you're creating at all?
In the wire- up world we live in today, creating all alone is less necessary than ever. Here are 3 steps to stop struggling in isolation as an artist:
- Explore some local creative groups and communities. Wherever you live, there will be some local groups or communities of artists. If you live in or near an eclectic and cultural town, the artistic community will be obvious. If you live somewhere more isolated, there will still be groups, you just have to look a little harder. Check out your local newspapers and libraries to find out what's going on. You could of course start your own group with some friends, like a book group that meets once a month, or a sewing club, or a writers community. There's more out there than you think, and more of a need for artists to form communities than most believe.
- Investigate online groups and communities. These days, there are more creativity sites and groups online than we could ever possibly visit in a lifetime, let alone join. Start by searching with one of the most popular search engines, and just entering phrases like "creative community" or "writers group" or whatever suits your particular need. Once you find a few, explore further, take part in discussions and forums, see what else is going on and what people recommend. Fellow artists will be happy to reveal the places that work for them, so don't be afraid to ask and explore.
- Realise that you can give as much as you get. One of the key bonuses we don't tend to realise when looking for a creative group is how much we can actually GIVE. If every member in a group was just a silent lurker and never contributed, the communities would simply fall apart. By encouraging others in their creativity, you get to experience rewarding feelings that YOU had a part in helping them create what they're creating. Also, the simple act of sharing your own creative work can be inspirational to others in ways you can't predict. Just seeing that you're showing up to create each day can be the turning point from someone going from creating nothing for months, to those first few steps on a return to creative form.
If you've never been a part of a creative community with a mutually respectful and encouraging outlook, you don't know what you're missing out on.
It can make a HUGE difference to how often, how easily and how fully you create. A little encouragement at the right times can transform your creativity, and the support you give can transform the creative lives of others.
And with this in mind, I'd like to invite you to http://www.CoachCreativeSpace.com, our thriving online creative community. There are groups and discussion forums on many different areas and creative media, as well as your own page and blog, and photo albums. Head over and check it out now: http://www.CoachCreativeSpace.com
From Creativity Coach Dan Goodwin