Cheryl Melody Baskin, Author of "Shift of Heart."
I am in awe of creativity, and I love to encourage everyone to discover and affirm the creative being inside. Unleash it, open to it and believe that you have it! I also want to place this "warning label" near your heart: Do not allow yourself to be a harsh critic and judge of your work or allow anyone else to judge, re-form, change, prematurely advise or recreate your inspired idea. Nothing will destroy your creative spirit more quickly. Trust your instincts, your intuition, your creative whispers and seeds. Trust.
Your work does not need to be crafted in a cookie cutter manner. There isn't one right way. Enjoy the organic blossoming of your inspired wonderment.
Surround yourself with supportive people who are naturally encouraging and have the ability to listen or see with their hearts, not their minds. In fact, my feeling is that it is best not to share your initial creation at all.
The beginning is the sacred seed. Enjoy the sacredness of the initial ideas and don't be eager to offer it for reaction too quickly, and when you are ready to give it to the world, make sure it is with people who won't put insensitive negativity all over what you have just created.
Discern with whom you will allow your work to be seen or heard, and enjoy the fact that you just invented something that added just a little more spice and dimension to our beautiful world.
Remember, there is no set formula for creating anything. Often the scribble, the simple, the raw and vulnerable is more interesting and reaches the hearts of people more than the perfectly crafted.
Just create... without the critical judge... arms open wide. It is your birthright to express yourself and to feel safe enough to follow through on your inspired ideas. Don't worry about right, wrong and perfect. Just let it flow and respect everyone's process, especially your own.