So you’re not the best writer. You’re not the best artist. In fact, you’re not an artist. At all. You’re not even the most creative person. In fact, you’re barely creative. Which you assume means you shouldn’t create. Or you do create but you’re often drenched in self-doubts, which makes creating a whole lot less pleasant, fun and enjoyable.

But you are highly qualified to do one thing—and this one thing is vital for creativity. It’s essential. And no matter your training, talents, achievements, background or history, you possess it.

As artist and author Danny Gregory writes in the excellent Art  Before Breakfast-The Workbook: How (and why) to develop a creative habit no matter how busy you are: “But I am supremely qualified to do at least one thing. Here’s my superpower: I’m the best person to write what I think. I’m the best person to draw the world through my eyes. I’m the best person to express my point of view, my experiences, my mistakes, my shortcomings, my strengths.”

And so are you.

Gregory further notes, “When I compare myself with others and what they make, when I think, ‘Oh, I could never do that!’ it’s easy to forget my superpower. And if I do, I won’t express myself. And if I don’t express myself, no one else will. And if they were to try, they wouldn’t be able to do it as well as I could. We all have unique ways of seeing the world. And we all have the vantage point from which to share them. The world will be a lot poorer if we don’t.”

For instance, these prompts can help you explore your unique vantage point, your unique lens:

  • When I first wake up, I see …
  • The biggest lesson I learned last year was …
  • An issue that’s been bothering me lately …
  • This is what I dreamed last night …
  • This is what I want to hear every morning …
  • What I really want someone who’s struggling to know is …
  • What I learned about myself today is …
  • This is what I think about almost every night …
  • Today, the sky looks like …
  • My childhood smelled of …
  • This one picture would represent how I see the world …
  • This one picture would represent how I see myself …
  • I am fed by …
  • The signs that I’m upset are …
  • When I feel lost, I usually find my way through …
  • When I look at a flower, I think …
  • Right now I’m thinking …
  • Right now I’m feeling …

So whenever you think you shouldn’t start a creative project, because you’re not the best [fill in the blank], return to Gregory’s reminder. Return to his wise words. Remember that how you experience the world, how you understand it, how you use your senses, how you react to different situations, the lessons you’ve learned, the struggles you have, are all things you can channel into your writing, your work, your art.

How can you channel your superpower into your next or current project?

Photo by Elijah Hail.