Creativity takes up space. Any kind of self-expression does.
It doesn't happen tucked in a drawer.
It doesn't happen neatly and tidily and without a few surprises.
Loosen up. Get unbounded. Open your courage and go.
Make that first mark a bold, intentional mark and start from there. When you find yourself working timidly, faintly -- hoping for invisibility in the case of imperfection -- decide to let your self-expression be evident and obvious.
Even if it's a little rough. Even if it doesn't measure up to the vision you imagined you'd execute so effortlessly.
Stumble through sentences and bravely try on words that may not fit right.
Paint layers of shapeless ambiguity and discover the language of your details after.
Claim the space. Occupy it.
Let the editing and second drafts and third drafts follow, but only after your flag is firmly planted.
Hear me say these words out loud: