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You want to create something.
You've got an idea rattling around that big, beautiful brain of yours. True, it's not a fully formed one, but still, it's there.
Or, you know, maybe it isn't. Perhaps you have no clue what you want to do or where to begin.
But either way, you've just got this feeling in the pit of your stomach --
a desire to create, to make, to start something new.
Soooo what's stopping you?
I recently asked this very same question to my community on Twitter as well as to some folks on my email list. Here's what they had to say:
I feel like a fraud who has no right to think my work will be interesting.
Whatever I want to create, it's already been done before.
I'm not a creative person.
I've started projects in the past, but I've never finished them.
OOOO GIRL. I can relate.
Stuck is exactly what I felt like a few years ago. I was stuck in a job I hated, stuck not knowing what to do next, stuck feeling like my five-year-old self would be totally livid if she found out what Future Christy was up to.
But even at my lowest, I never doubted the fact that I was creative (and by the way, I don't think you should either). The problem was that I had absolutely zero idea how to channel my creative energy. It was a feeling not unlike holding in a really big sneeze for, like, two years (i.e. it sucked).
But now my life is quite a bit different.
I'm doing the thing I love. I make something, for better or for worse, every single day. One might even say I'm creatively fulfilled.
So how did I get from stuck to unstuck?
Simple. I did the damn thing.
Just kidding. Not simple. Actually really really hard.
After a lot of trial and error, I finally started becoming the kind of person who finishes the projects she begins. I started taking myself seriously as a writer. I wrote articles and focused more on growing my blog. I started developing creative systems and communities to hold me accountable to my work.
But none of this came naturally. In fact, it felt like the most backwards thing in the world.
And it was especially problematic in the beginning. I felt like every resource I got my hands on was something along the lines of "How To Write" or "How To Make Money Blogging." And while these things were certainly helpful in their own way, they didn't solve my particular problem at the time.
I needed something like "How To Make The Critical Voices In Your Head Stop Saying Such Crappy Things To You" or "How To Start A Successful Blog When You'd Rather Make A Sandwich" or "How To Move Pen So Words Happen Maybe."
I needed something to motivate me to even begin the creative process, and then I needed that same thing to hold my hand and not let go until I was absolutely sure I could stand on my own two feet.
And maybe that's what you need too.
Maybe you need actionable, not theoretical, instruction for how to see a project from start to finish. Maybe you need to develop some sort of creative track record, a record of evidence that indicates that you are a capable human being. More than anything, maybe you need a way to move past your fears, your stuckness, your rut in order to start building a new creative story.
And that's why I think you're going to like what I've got planned. I'm creating something just for you. It's called...
Do The Damn Thing is a course designed to help you pick a creative endeavor
-- one you'll love so much that you actually decide to stick with it.
I'm going to squeeze out every bit of knowledge I have on the subject of creativity right into your exasperated brain. And I mean EVERY. BIT. OF. KNOWLEDGE. I showed the course syllabus to my husband the other day, and he said, "Whoa. This is everything you know." And he's right. It's legitimately everything I know.
But it's exactly the sort of thing I wish I had when I was first starting out, which is why I'm totally fine emptying out my brain for a little bit. I want to help you release that creative sneeze you've been holding in for years. I want you to get past whatever it is you need to get past so that you can make something great.
Because here's a thing I firmly believe: it's not cool to keep your creative gifts locked away in your dungeon-of-a-brain. The world really does need what you have to offer. So, you know, there's something in this for me too. I want you to succeed so that I can enjoy whatever it is that you make. I'm selfish like that.
That said, if any of this is starting to conjure up some praise hands emojis in your brain, if you're ready to be a part of something that will help you get unstuck, here's the deal --
Next week, I will be back with a full description of everything this course entails as well as options for enrollment. If you're jazzed about a program that provides tools for your creative success, and if you want to be the first to hear when that program goes live (plus receive a super special bonus offer), then sign up below:
Let's be confident in our creativity. Let's kick fear in the face. Let's do the damn thing.