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  1. Hello!

    It is not you who should evaluate your creativity and work, but those who are well versed in your field.

    And as for “you're not a pro yourself, and you're unlikely to become one”, I'll give you an example: the American writer Harper Lee published the novel in 1960 “To kill a Mockingbird.” The book became a bestseller, was included in the list of outstanding works of American literature, and so on.

    What is the result? For the rest of her life, the writer published 1 more novel, and even then less than a year before her death. And it's all about the fear of success (in my opinion).

    So self-doubt and fears are common even for talented authors.

    So don't give up on yourself. Believe in yourself and strive for success 🙂

    Good luck!

  2. None of the professionals were them without practice. To gain experience, you always need a pen test. Only hard work can make you a professional. The 10,000-hour formula is described in Gladwell's book Geniuses and Outsiders.�

    For me, the biography of Claude Monet is a vivid example of my desire to become an art professional. Having received recognition, he experienced the death of his loved ones, lost an eye, which changed his perception of color. However, this acquired defect, he learned to use to create his amazing works.�

    Recognition often comes after death. For example, Niko Pirosmani did not receive a proper vocation during his lifetime, and died in poverty. I spent my whole life improving myself, but I couldn't sell any of my work for a good reward. However, nowadays any museum in the world will consider it an honor to exhibit his paintings.

    There are a lot of such examples, only hard work and practice have helped many people of art to become great, to leave a memory of themselves for centuries.

  3. Tag “Writing”? Well, I'll start from that.

    How old was I when I started writing? Probably from the moment I learned to write. Before that, he chatted incessantly as soon as he learned to speak. Writing is basically a way of expressing yourself. Therefore, literature is the most isolated form of art. It's not focused on pop music. The popularity of certain authors is not comparable to the popularity of film directors, actors or artists. None of the writers seek popularity as such. To be recognized? Maybe. About the same way a speaker seeks recognition. He doesn't care how many people listen to him. Two, ten, a hundred, or thousands? Yes, even millions at once. The main thing is for this audience to nod. Or at least part of it. Some are happy to bet on it. It is important to speak out without causing indifference.

    I started writing consciously when I was 15. I think that's when a person starts reflecting who they are. He stops simply meaninglessly existing, begins to make sense of everything that is happening around him, fills his own existence with meaning, thus finds meaning in life and finally begins to live. I suppose it's only possible to live with meaning. This is what distinguishes life from existence.

    For example, rereading my texts from a fifteen-year-old makes me feel awkward. Because it is, as already mentioned in the question, unprofessional. Naive and stupid. Although I always look at my past texts objectively. That is, taking them as if they were written not by me, but by someone else. So, to my fifteen-year-old self, I would probably say something like:

    “What a fool you are. Grow up, baby, and then try to think.

    – You also need to be able to think. Go learn it.

    But rereading the texts of my twenty-year-old self, I no longer feel some kind of detachment. I have no idea what kind of idiot wrote this. On the contrary, I see the text that I like. Another thing is that I find the goals and conclusions in them that I strongly disagree with right now. But I would have debated with the author of such a text. Maybe even argued. But I wouldn't say he writes like an idiot.

    I don't think there is a fundamental difference between me being fifteen, twenty, and now. As we age, we only gain new knowledge. But basically, which consists of the subconscious, instincts, genes, upbringing and other things that are laid down in childhood, we do not change throughout our life, right up to a very old age. Our body may fail us, our knowledge may fail us, even our memory may fail us, but all this does not affect our foundation.

    Why do I treat my fifteen-year-old self as an idiot, and my twenty-year-old self as an equal? Everything is simple. I never believed in anything. I didn't believe in professionalism. I didn't believe in criticism from others. I didn't believe the words of my family, friends and loved ones. I believed only my own feelings.

    I also often disliked the text because it was illiterate, pompous, or stylistically unpleasant (which often happens when you try to parody someone). What made my text better? I just stopped chasing after abstract concepts in achieving the desired skill level. I just told myself that I wanted to write lyrics that would appeal to me first and foremost.

    So I like to reread myself. You feel like you're really changing. You don't notice it day in and day out. How the environment changes you. It's just that the main thing is not to give up what you like because of something that doesn't really exist. Professionalism? What is it anyway? In the last century, it was one thing, in the present it is another. Standards change from year to year. And now what? Adapt to them? I don't think. It's all nonsense.

  4. Take another motto as an affirmation. Who will see your work if you don't write? Not many people are able to engage in creativity with full dedication. We achieve professionalism. This is the main thing you need to know to become a professional.

    Paintings by artists that you want to look at again, poems that respond to the strings of the soul, literary works that you want to return to, films that make you cry and laugh – this is a manifestation of the professionalism of their creators.

    Just remember: professionals are not born – they grow up in them!

    Competence is necessary for growth, and it can only be obtained by improving in the chosen type of creativity. So create, write and publish! Demiurges and passionaries are necessary for this world.

  5. Of course it's worth it, I'll give you a few arguments.�

    1. Creativity does not have to be professional, because people are drawn to create emotions and the need to express them through creativity is a normal and very good phenomenon. For most creative people, a favorite hobby is sometimes the only thing that can cheer them up and prevent them from closing in on themselves because of life's problems.�

    2. No famous artist in the world was born with the gift of creating masterpieces. All of them have gone through thousands of mistakes, many years of honing their skills, tons of criticism, and great doubts about themselves and their business. Yes, even if we talk about much less well-known artists, for example, graduates of art universities. Or about those whose work you might be looking at on Instagram. Do you think they were all so talented from the very beginning, and they didn't have to draw a plaster head for the hundredth time to finally pass the academic exam?�

    3. There are no creators who can create equally well in all directions. One artist is good at painting, but he is still very inexperienced in graphics. One writer is good at prose, but he can't write poetry. So, if one thing is difficult, you can try something else.�

    As a result: do what you love and it doesn't matter if you are a pro or not. If you pay enough attention to your work, you won't even notice it becoming professional.

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