I know for a fact that my creative hindrances mainly stem from fear. But not the typical fears of failing and looking like an idiot in front of other people. In all honesty, I think it’s the exact opposite; the fear of success is what freezes up my creativity.
When you first think of “making it” as a writer or in any creative vocation, you picture being admired and respected by others for your work. But there can also be pressure: the pressure to keep up the success and do even better next time and all the other times after it.
That’s what author Elizabeth Gilbert faced after publishing her novel Eat, Pray, Love. Gilbert describes in her Ted Talk below how she had to make sure her creativity “survived it’s own success” when she sat down to write her next book. Check it out!