Sharing your story in your own way isn't easy. It takes time, committment and a lot of introspection to do, but with love and time, it could change everything.
Decide why you want to tell your story. Is it to help yourself cope? To help others? To tell a great narrative?
What's your medium? Art, photography, sculpture, dance, music (or a combination) can be as powerful as words.
Work on building the skills you need to succeed. Find a mentor and practice, practice practice!
Learn more about your medium and what you like about it. Look at work you admire and figure out why you love it.
Reward your creativity. Even if a piece falls flat, be proud of exploring your boundaries and trying something new.
What motivated you? Positive reinforcement is most effective, so get rewards rather than issue punishments.
Try to figure out when your peak hours for creativity are and use them to your advantage.
Build up your self-confidence. Look for a positive group to share your work with.
Don't compare yourself to others. Learn how the more prolific or technically skilled do it, rather than be jealous.
Believe in yourself. As soon as you give in to doubt and self-doubt, you'll be in trouble.
Give yourself room to grow and discover. Go to art galleries or open mics whenever possible.
Surround yourself with people who support you. You'll find (or create) a vibrant community of artists to connect with.
Be open to sharing your work. Putting yourself out there is hard, but is a huge area for growth.
Make sure you have balance in your life. That means making time for your art but not being consumed by it.
Discover your process. Do you like to research before you create or dive right in? There's no right or wrong way.
Make a creative space in your life. Clean it up and make sure you have everything you need at your fingertips.
Give yourself time to think on your project. Rest up and let your unconscious mind make new connections.
Are you a visual artist and poet? Try combining your passions in a new and unique way.
Find someone who's great at promoting themselves and ask them how they do it. Everyone starts somewhere.
Look for art in new places. Be critical and challenge your pre-conceived conventions about what is and isn't art.
Think through multiple ways to tell your story. Which is best (or which combination is best)?
Try taking new approaches in your work. If you normally create very complex things, try to keep things simple.
Value your creative time. Make time for it and don't co-opt it for your mundane daily tasks.
Create goals that work for you. If your life is busy, acknowledge that you won't have the time that others might have.
Explore interesting literary devices (metaphors, illusions, etc.) and use them in new forms and mediums.
Internal motivation is key. If you don't want to do it, you won't. Don't rely on others to force you to complete things.
Find ways to be creative in everyday life. Decorate your desk, write interesting emails and share your story in pieces.
Don't be afraid to recreate things at first. Practice through mimicry is a great way to learn.
Tell your story even if 'it's been done before'. Your perspective is unique and valuable.
Share your works with others. We'd love to share your stories of getting help and coping on mindyourmind.ca!