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How To Handle Creative Disasters

How To Handle Creative Disasters

Eric Maisel

9. Get feedback

In certain circumstances it may pay to have a second set of eyes take a look at the supposed “disaster” and give you feedback on what he or she sees. This may be especially true when you yourself aren’t sure if the painting in front of you is or isn’t a disaster and if there is someone in your life whose opinion and judgment you respect. Use feedback wisely, circumspectly and only occasionally — if it is the right moment for feedback, seek it out.

10. Honor the process

Once you deeply understand the realities of the creative process you will know in your bones that “disasters” are to be expected. Only a naïve romantic thinks that everything he tries will turn out beautifully. In fact, the more ambitious your efforts the greater the likelihood that you will stretch yourself to your limits and sometimes exceed your grasp. Honor the creative process by embracing the idea that “disasters” come with the territory — we do not love them, but they shouldn’t surprise us or derail us.

Featured Author: Eric Maisel
ERIC MAISEL, PHD, is the author of more than 30 books and is widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach. He trains creativity coaches nationally and internationally and provides core trainings for the Creativity Coaching Association. His books include Coaching the Artist Within, Fearless Creating, The Van Gogh Blues, and many others. His websites include www.ericmaisel.com and www.brainstormthebook.com and he can be reached at ericmaisel@hotmail.com.

Please contact Dr. Maisel if you would like to train as a creativity coach or a meaning coach, if you would like to receive individual coaching, or if you have a question for this column.


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