Your creative life, is a life dedicated to exploring emotions, memories, observations, images, sounds, ideas and anything else that 's important to you. Creative people make a career from these things.
Your story is why you find these things interesting. When we stop exploring things that interest us, we loose the very reason we started in the first place.
That gives the inner critic reason to question everything we try to do. They try to provide an alternative story. A story that tries to convince us that we don't know why we're doing what we are doing.
This is what an external critic does. They either don't know your story or their try to project their own stories onto you. A critic has a mental picture about what they expect you to conform to. Of course, it's impossible for you to match what they see in your work with their mental pictures. And so, they will criticise you for it.
This is important because you need to know that their comments are inspired by their own view or picture of the world and they're not necessarily about you.
As long as you know your story, and your audience knows it as well, you can ignore their unfair, un-constructive or negative criticism.
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Steve writes & coaches about Creative & Career Development
You can find Steve at: www.ineedtocreate.com