Sharing your story

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!