Beating the four fears that block creative people

Fear can block our creativity or turn our creative practice mediocre. So what makes some artists 'fearless'?
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Courtney Sina Meredith unpacks what it means to create fearlessly. Photography credit: Jane Ussher via

We are all born creative, so the question is not how do we learn to be more creative, but how do we diminish the fears that are holding us back and and rediscover our creativity.

David Kelley, author of Creative Confidence and founder of design company IDEO, identifies four fears that block creativity: fear of the first step, fear of the messy unknown, fear of being judged, and fear of losing control.

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Madeleine Dore
About the Author
Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator