Your Creative Voice

When you think about creative voice, what comes to mind?

Do you think about how your favorite filmmaker has a style you get plunged into from the opening credits?

Or how that one restaurant you love always manages the exact right flourish?

Or maybe you think of Yayoi Kusama's polka dots, Ansel Adams's landscapes, or Adele's soaring vocal prowess.

These are all examples of voice that we can feel and experience as soon as we call them to mind. But how well do you know your own creative voice?

When you think of your own work, do themes come to mind? Do you feel familiar with what you love and why? What motivates you, what fascinates you, and what drives you forward creatively?

Knowing ourselves deeply is key, both to creative confidence and motivation. When we're connected to who we are creatively, creating flows more easily and feels fun, invigorating, and intrinsically motivated in whole new ways.

Knowing and owning ourselves roots us in our work in unshakable ways. To get a deeper sense of who you are creatively, try journaling around some of the following questions. You can choose any that call to you, and see what comes of them.

1. Own who you are

What are your values, creatively?

What past projects are you proud of?

What has shaped you as a creator?

Where do you see yourself going next creatively?

2. Lean into what you love

What are the influences that have shaped your creative work?

How do they show up in the work you do now?

What patterns do you notice in your work over time?

What have been your obsessions or fascinations, creatively?

3. Embrace your curiosity

What are you curious about these days?