Use The Talents You Possess


I’m having a hard time getting my drawing homework done. I can blame it on a busy life — making the time is tough right now — but I know it’s because I find it so hard to do. I have to overcome a huge amount of inertia just to sit down with my sketch pad at all. I know that inertia is mostly fear of failure. I’m afraid that I’m wasting my time because I am not as good at this as I want to be. The irony is that in order to get better at drawing, I need to be willing to draw badly.

My inspiration for today is this quote:

Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best.  —Henry van Dyke

It gives me permission to draw poorly, and I need that right now.

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  1. I can get over that inertia bump if I set a timer.. This way I know I am allowing myself to stop when it goes off.. Even 5 minutes per day sees results. Save your drawings and compare after a month of just the 5 minute drawing. You may be surprised. Good luck.


    1. I’ve realized that nearly all procrastination is fear-based: I am afraid of making a mistake, or complete failure, or looking like a fool or… you name it! I have the same fight with writing that I do with drawing, but I’ve made much more progress and developed the discipline to write anyway. I guess I need to apply the same techniques to drawing.


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