Fear and the Creative Life

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert

Don’t roll your eyes, of course I was going to start with that quote.


Fear is the quickest way to quit. It gives us an easy way out, we’re scared, so we don’t have to do the thing. Sylvia Plath wrote “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” and what is self doubt? Fear. The fear that we’re not good enough.
Would it make you feel any better if I told you everyone who ever created anything has those same fears? You’re in good company believe me.

It’s universal, unless you are a raving narcissist, everyone questions their abilities but if you finish what you started and then go on to create something new, you win!
That’s the only way to get rid of the fear and continue to create. You must move though the fear, acknowledge it but then move on. Keep writing, painting, starting your new business, singing – whatever it is that you want to do, that thing that fuels your soul, just keep doing it.

This ties into confidence, the more you share your art the more confident you become. It becomes habit.
Don’t fear criticsm of your work. If you’re a creative you cannot live and die by someone else’s opinion of your art. You’ll never make anything if you too concerned with criticism. Don’t think of sharing your work as self promotion but self expression. I find that helps keep the imposter syndrome at bay.

Relax, take the pressure off yourself and make good art, make bad art, I don’t care! – just create!


Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto