When fear ruins your creativity

I would like to pull out a few lines from a quote from one of my favourite books of all time – Big Magic.

“Dearest Fear : Creativity and I are about to go on a road trip together. I understand that you’ll be joining us because you always do….Apparently your job is to induce complete panic whenever I am about to do something interesting – There is plenty of room for all of us – But understand this : Creativity and I are the only ones who will be making any decisions along the way”.

This is an important idea, because fear kills more ideas than anything else ever has.

Your creativity could be expressed through art, doodling, music, photography, writing or even drama. As a creator, an artist or a writer, you will feel fear regarding your work and your creative process. Your fears could range from your fear of being judged, to the fear of being humiliated, the fear of not being “good enough”, the fear of failure and so on

It’s an idea Gilbert explores in her ted talk here:

There are ways to overcome fear and regain your creativity. There is a whole lot of advice online, but here are some that I hope resonates with you.

Treat your work like an experiment instead of a failed project

When you look at a project that you have failed, you need to step back and look at your definition of “failure”. It does not have to be a failed project. Instead it can be a failed experiment. This change in perspective makes a whole world of difference. Experiments give you scope for error. Experiments are meant to undergo trial and error. An experiment allows you to look what what part of the process failed, go back to the experiment, change the parameters and try again. Experiments give you space to try and fail without the pressure and commitment. Your paintings are an experiment, your writing is an experiment, your music is an experiment.

Create and then analyse (John Cage)

What John Cage is asking us to do is to stop being the artist and editor at the same time. These are two different jobs that need to be done individually. By editing and creating at the same time, you are preventing your idea from growing and developing. His advice is simple – First, to simply focus on creating. Finish creating. The edit. Then create some more. Then edit again till you get the version you want.

John Cage : https://cdn8.openculture.com/2018/07/19213327/cage-rules2.jpg

Have fun during the creative process

Your creative work and art is a reflection of your yourself and more importantly a reflection of your emotions. If you are scared, nervous, stressed or creating art simply for the sake of it – it will show in your work. The emotion you work with while writing or painting or engaging in a creative project will reach the audience. If an artist has fun or is passionate about their work, it shows in their creative process and eventually in their final product.

Have fun in your creative process.

Acknowledge your fears

Actually write down what you are afraid of. Look at this list and see which of these fears are actually rational and which of them fears are crazy or irrational.

  • Fear of being judged? People are usually busy with their own lives and don’t have the time to criticize your work.
  • Fear of not being good enough ? No one ever is in the start. It only comes through practice and patience.
  • Afraid that your work is not important enough? You won’t know until you try.

Do it anyway

Fear is going to be a part of your creative process, right from the very start. Might as well deal with it and get on with your work. The easiest way to get over your fear is to face it and deal with it. Anytime your fear comes up – store it away – and go ahead with your creative work.

An important and courageous piece of advice that comes to mind when I look at the fears related to my creative work is to “Feel the fear and do it anyway “ – Susan Jeffers

It’s a slightly harsh piece of advice – but I say go for it.

Go and look for ideas

Actively look for ideas and jot them down. Ideas don’t always necessarily come to you when you sit down to write or create, hence having a place to start from helps mitgate a few fears.

As part of your creative journey, you owe it to your creative process to actually go and look for ideas. This means making time in your week dedicating to looking for and pursing ideas. This means looking at places where you can find ideas. There are so many ways you can look for ideas – books, content online, taking long walks, listening to podcasts. How you get ideas is a personal process for you to go discover.

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Through the streets of Mumbai : Musings of a Mumbaikar

A moment of calm in between the daily bustle of Mumbai at the famous
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station
(Victoria Terminus)

A late night concert with loud music, the screaming crowd and a cheese-laden burrito.

The simplicity of symmetry. The architecture at CST simply makes you want to stop and stare
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus)

A freshly baked warm and scrumptious apple pie that could just melt in mouth
Leopold Cafe

Weighted with cheese
A streetside sandwich shop

If these pillars could talk, the stories they could tell
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)

Photographs Copyright of : Ishita Tenjerla

How to : Build a organization system for school or college.

College and school brings to mind images of loose sheets of papers, multiple notebooks, notes scribbled in the margins of a textbook, a flurry of assignments and club activities.

Note taking.Keeping track of deadlines. Following up on assignments. Finishing up project work and the list of academic and extracurricular activities goes on.

Staying organised will not only lower your stress levels, it will also allow you to set goals and aim for good grades across your semester.

How can you stay organised ? How do you make sure that everything gets done? Here is a list I’ve compiled for systems you can use too.

From one student to another.

Let’s begin with Google Sheets. It is the one of the most profoundly simple yet powerful applications I use. It is useful for all your tracking and organising needs. Sheets is useful in keeping track of the various tasks you have for each subject.

  • Assignments
  • Projects
  • Lecture notes

Anytime you get assigned a piece of work, need to complete a task for a class or simply need to finish something before the deadline – you simply need to enter it into the sheet. It also allows you to see all your work in one place.

Here’s a free template to help you get started : (Note: Please make a copy)

If you prefer to have moveable cards to keep track of your work , here is a Notion template for you.

Day planners help make everything easier and more importantly prevent us from forgetting anything important that’s due for the day. Here is a notion day planner with Kanan boards to make your organisation process easier.

Through the streets of Mumbai ~ Sunkissed Sand

Beneath, the sand is soft and warm.
Sculpted by nature, it’s weathered the storm.
A passionate battle between calmness and rage,
A new chapter’s beginning;
don’t turn the last page.
I listen again to the whispering waves,

Music of nature calming and brave.
Its power unknown, its stillness untamed,
Mysterious and magical, a treasure earth claims.

All images are copyright of Ishita Tenjerla. They may not be used or reproduced.

Poem : Whispering Waves by Edel T. Copeland

Book haul 2022 ( & Come book shopping with me )

The sound of pages being turned. The smell of old books. Coming home to a bookshelf full of new books to escape into. Discovering new authors. Pulling out favourite quotes.

These are landmark moments in every reader’s journey. But our journey of diving into a book begins from the purchase of the book. We walk through aisles of books, browse through blurbs and look for our favourite authors. After a few minutes (or hours) we find a book that speaks to us.

Shopping for books at a second – hand book store


1. 4 hour work week

Genre :

  • Self Help
  • Personal Development

2. Twelve red herrings

Genre :

  • Short Story
  • Mystery

3. Deal Breaker

Genre :

  • Suspense
  • Mystery

4. Big Magic

Genre :

  • Self help

(creativity and inspiration)

5. Emma

Genre :

  • Romance
  • Novel of manners

6. Not a penny more, not a penny less

Genre :

  • Suspense
  • Finance

7. The Bear and the Nightingale

Genre :

  • Fantasy
  • Historical Fantasy

8. The Pale Horse

Genre :

  • Crime fiction

9. Mossad

Genre :

  • True crime
  • Real life references

10. The stars shine down

Genre :

  • Advernture
  • Romantic suspense

11. It ends with us

Genre :

  • Contemporay Romance
  • Mental Health references

12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Genre :

  • Crime fiction
  • Suspense

13. The Book Thief

Genre :

  • Historical fiction
  • Young adult

14. The power of your subconcious mind

Genre :

  • Self help

15. After the darkness

Genre :

  • Thriller
  • Romantic mystery

16. Atomic Habits

Genre :

  • Self help
  • Personal development

17. Holding up the universe

  • Young Adult
  • Mental Health awareness

18. One of us is lying

  • Mystery
  • Young Adult

All images of book covers belong to Amazon.in


A Canvas of Lies : Flash Fiction Short Story

A Canvas of Lies I would like to believe that I am a good judge of character and not easily deceived, but this was really  different, since my two close friends ended up stabbing me in the back.  Museums, paintings and culture were said to be things of the rich, the uber wealthy. It was…

Quotes from a book : Dance first, Think later.

Here are some quotes that grabbed my attention while flipping through the pages of this book.

The title is quite significant to the theme of the book
The title in itself is quite significant to the theme of the book
I love this one.

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Jeffery Archer : Short story books

Jeffery Archer has a knack for the art of storytelling and his books have been bestsellers for years.

One unique feature about his short story collections is the twist in the ending of a story. A reader does not know what Archer really means to tell us until the very end.

Today I’ll be looking at three of his short story books :

  • A Twist in the Tale
  • A Quiver full of Arrows
  • Twelve Red Herrings

All three of these books fall under the genre of fictional mystery.

Examples of this creative and genius writing are in the books – A Twist in the Tale and A Quiver full of Arrows. These books are a collection of 12 or more short stories by Jeffery Archer. None of the stories last more than a few pages but involve jolts of suspense and a web of deception. The stories are built to change the whole narrative in less than a few lines, at the very end.

Twelve Red Herrings was a disappointment compared to the other two. None of the short stories stood out or sparked any enthusiasm. They were very slow and did not have a strong storyline.

Out of the three books, A Twist in the Tale is a recommend.