The Paradigm of Permission,
or You Are Allowed to Suck
You are allowed to suck.
You are allowed to write drivel.
You are allowed to write dog-awful poetry.
You are allowed to paint with your fingers.
You are allowed to draw random doodles in the margins of the novel you’re reading.
You are allowed to create something fit to line the bottom of the budgie cage.
You are allowed to chuck it out.
In fact, you are encouraged to suck.
You are allowed to suck because you have permission to create.
The permission to write; to draw; to paint; to film. Whatever you want to create.
When you have permission to write, or draw or paint or take photos, you do not need to fear.
Fear of failure often inhibits you from starting.
What if my drawing is bad?
What if my writing is awful?
What if no one likes it?
Here’s a new way of thinking.
It’s a new paradigm.
It’s a paradigm of permission.
- You have permission to try something new.
- You have permission to make mistakes. Allow for errors.
- You have permission to suck at it. And suck spectacularly.
Don’t worry if people tell you that you’re colouring outside the lines.
Don’t worry if people say that what you’re doing is wrong.
You don’t have to show anyone anything.
Permission To Suck Allows You to Experiment
Creativity is about experimenting and having fun with new ideas. For the month of February I took on the creative challenge to write a poem on a Post It note every day. You can see the results here: Post It Note Poetry.
I am not a poet; I write fiction. I gave myself permission to write Vogon poetry; to write badly. And I was willing to share it. (You don’t have to share with anyone if you don’t want to.)
But we gave ourselves permission to suck. None of us are regular poets so we revelled in our sucky efforts and experimentation.
Permission To Suck Allows You To Learn and Improve
When #postitnotepoetry started up, it gathered a small group of like minded individuals. We shared it via twitter, on our blogs and we clustered around a Facebook page and shared our daily scribbles of poetry. It was accepting and challenging and supportive. We asked for feedback; we critiqued when asked. We learned and improved because we didn’t care if our work sucked.
When you want to start a new creative endeavour, give yourself permission to suck.