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How To Handle Creative Disasters

How To Handle Creative Disasters

Eric Maisel

5. Reframe it as a learning experience

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It is genuinely the case that we learn best from our “mistakes and messes” if, and only if, we can find the courage to look our creative project in the eye and see what worked and what didn’t work. If you make this brave effort, then this creative project, no matter how poorly it turned out, becomes a real learning experience and maybe one of your most profound ones. It is not a mere mental tactic or a play-on-words to reframe disasters as learning experiences — they are exactly that, if you treat them that way.

6. Salvage the good parts

A given creative project may “fail” in its totality but still contain many “good bits” that can be salvaged. For instance the imagery you chose for your painting may still appeal to you if only you had executed it differently or better. Look at your creative project with fresh eyes, maybe after a weekend away from it, and focus on what can be saved rather than on what must be discarded.

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