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When You Worry Your Creative Project Isn’t Unique or Even Good

You worry that your creative project isn’t unique or innovative. It isn’t particularly imaginative or artistic.

Others have done similar things. Others have said similar things.

You question whether your creative project is even that creative.

And so you wonder, is it even worth it? Should I keep at it? Should I keep going knowing I’m making mediocre, ordinary, commonplace things?

When these kinds of doubts and questions arise, consider first whether your project brings you meaning, fulfillment or satisfaction.

Does it inspire you? Does it bring you joy or make you smile? Does it fascinate you or satiate a deep need? Does it add to your life in other positive, valuable ways?

Are you having fun? Does it feel like play? Does it help you to reconnect to yourself?

If it does, keep going. Keep working. Because if it’s intrinsically, internally rewarding, then it is worth it. No doubt about it.

And consider refocusing on the truth.

What is the truth in this story? What is the truth in this image? What is the truth in this emotion? What is the truth you want to convey? What do you yearn to say?

Even if you’re writing fiction, there is, of course, truth there, too. Truth in the way a character feels an emotion. Truth in the way characters talk to each other. Truth in the way a character moves. Truth in tricky situations. Truth in complicated grief and loss. Truth in change and uncertainty.

Maybe your creative project isn’t one-of-a-kind. Maybe it’s been done before. A lot. Maybe it is mediocre and mundane.

And maybe it’s also beautiful in its vulnerability and accuracy. Maybe it’s also beautiful in its simplicity and humility. Maybe it’s also beautiful in reflecting something someone needed to see or hear.

And thank goodness you kept going. And thank goodness you trusted in yourself and in your heart.

Photo by Pratik Gupta on Unsplash.

When You Worry Your Creative Project Isn’t Unique or Even Good

Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Margarita is an associate editor at She writes about everything from taking compassionate care of yourself at any weight, shape, and size, to coping healthfully with difficult emotions. Her goal is to give readers practical, empowering tips to better their lives, and to remind you that whatever you're struggling with, you're never, ever alone.

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Tartakovsky, M. (2018). When You Worry Your Creative Project Isn’t Unique or Even Good. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 29, 2020, from


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