I’m a writer and editor from Massachusetts. I write a lot about the creative process (or, rather, my own creative process) as a writer, and the anxieties and fears that tend to get in the way of one’s work and art. Yes, I ramble at times. And yes, I enjoy rambling. If you want to receive these ramblings directly to your inbox, click here.
And here’s an interesting thing I’ve learned about fear over the years: when it comes to living a creative life, coming to grips with fear, anxiety, and self-doubt is inevitable. And guess what? Total shocker here, but succumbing to this all-too-common anxiety is the reason I’ve written several half-finished first drafts of novels, short stories, and poems, never bringing them to light or publishing them.
Personally? I’m tired of not doing anything about this, tired of believing every little self-doubt or fear-warning that comes up when I try to unleash something creative. But I’ve also learned (and continue to learn) that the solution is not necessarily to avoid these whispers or false warnings. Living fearless isn’t the goal – it’s moving forward in spite of fear, in spite of anxiety, in spite of self-doubt, hearing the false warnings but not believing them or obeying them. Laughing wildly in their faces as they scream at yours. Moving forward and listening to, and ultimately mastering, the wild nay-saying voices in the mind. That’s the key. And the way to do this? The only way? Face them.
A terrifying thought, I know. But it’s worth the effort. And I’m documenting the things I’ve found – and what I’m finding – to be helpful and inspirational resources along the creative path. For me, this comes in many forms, predominantly writing (and editing) fiction and nonfiction. In your case, the focus might be on a painting or song or house or whatever it is you want to do most with your life but are having trouble moving past the anxieties holding you back. I understand the struggles, and my hope is that through my own efforts of pushing forth, I can help relay the light I’ve found to help guide the way.
Matt B. Perkins is a writer and freelance editor from the Greater Boston area. A family dude and grateful dad, he’s been writing and editing professionally for more than a decade, but his love for stories dates back to his days a youngster running around the wooded suburbs of Boston. He’s also an avid reader and book lover, an INFP, and an increasingly devout fan of book and film trilogies. He is currently writing a new novel while working on several nonfiction projects.
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