create for the sake.
A few months ago, I stumbled across a blog post by Positive Writer that piqued my interest. It was talking about the tendency to create for fame or success. Working on your first book or your fifth that no one seems to know about (if only it had made the New York Times Bestseller list)? Painting gorgeous nature scenes or sketching moody characters that aren't selling? Maybe you're a film maker, but you can't quite get your short off the ground. Or you're an aspiring chef, but the road there looks rough.
Just because someone 'makes it' and you don't doesn't mean that you're not working hard enough or that your work isn't good. Who knows how long it took them to get there. The point of doing what you love shouldn't be for success or fame. It should be simply because you love it.
Create just because you want to, for the way it makes you feel. Take the pressure off yourself, and let your projects be what you want them to be—not what you think others want them to be. Forget thinking that your work isn't as good as someone else's. Or that your imagination isn't as wild. Who cares if it is or isn't? And who could actually know that for a fact anyway?
Celebrate your work and the work of others. There's room for everyone in this wide world, and appreciation builds relationships and expands horizons. It's hard, but once you can let go of others' opinions and just make what you want to make, you'll feed your inner creative even more. You'll love your work more, too, and feel like it's part of you.
Isn't that the point? To get what's inside your unique self out through your favorite skill set? Self expression is good for the soul. You can't keep it all in. Use what's inside to make something beautiful.