12 Most Inspirational Messages for Creatives

12 Most Inspirational Messages for Creatives

Everybody has a bad day and could use inspirational messages from time to time.
It’s what we do with those bad days that determines how successful we are. Some of us let bad days get to us and even discourage us from continuing. It’s just too hard, we think and turn to something easier — if a little boring. Anything would be easier than toiling for days, weeks, months, and years on our art only to have it received with lukewarm appreciation, ridicule, or even rejection.
That’s why writers, artists, and others who create must arm themselves with inspirational messages to see them through the tough times, bad days, and midnight freak-out sessions. Inspiration is the fuel that powers us. But it’s not just about flowery words. It’s about words that present strong, emotionally charged messages to help us face the rejection, tough times, and uncertainty of our work.
Fill up on these:

1. “No” gets you closer to yes

Nobody likes hearing no, but when you are a creative person who must get people to buy what you produce, hearing no means you are doing the one thing a creative person has to do: Get out there and sell your stuff! If you never hear no, then chances are, the only people who have seen your work are your mom and your cat. Put yourself out there and get through the nos so you can get to that yes.

2. You don’t have to be great to get started

I heard this from a motivational speaker and share it with writers on my blog. “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to be great.” Stop hanging back, putting off getting serious about your work. It’s OK if your work isn’t all that great. You’ve got to start somewhere. So do. Start. Now. And if you keep working at it and working at it, you will get better. I promise.

3. You are more than you think you are

Creative people often think of themselves in only one way: As an artist, a writer, a singer. But get this: You are more than that. You are also a businessperson. Creating your art is what you do. Selling it is what lets you keep doing it and eat too. So realize that you are more than your art. Might be a little bit of a scary thought, at first, but really, it’s kind of liberating, too, don’t you think?

4. You are enough

You don’t need to try to imitate or pretend to be someone else. You are enough, just as you are. If you feel you have to fake it too much to get into someone else’s space, then chances are, that’s not the space for you. Be you.

5. But there is a better version of you

While you as a person are worthy just the way you are, you as the businessperson must take advantage of the information, knowledge, and opportunities to get better. Never be so set in your ways that you refuse to see how you can improve.

6. This too shall pass

You’ll have a bad day, and it’ll feel pretty miserable. The project that you’ve been working on for so long won’t get the response you were hoping for. Somebody will say something funky to kill your mood. A deal you were counting on won’t come through. But just as those setbacks happened, they won’t last. Every bad thing you are going through will pass away. You’ve just got to hang in there and keep trying until it does. And know that …

7. It’s rarely as bad as it seems

A rejection, embarrassing goof, or really tough time won’t feel good while you are in the midst of it, but you will survive. And out of that bad thing, something good can emerge. Hard to believe, but true.

8. Their journey only looks easy

Nobody who chooses to make a living based on creativity has it easy. Someone else’s journey only looks easy because you’re not in the midst of it. So there is no need to envy the artist across town whose every touch seems to turn to gold. They probably still have their drama, anxieties, and rough spots to work on. They may even envy you. Imagine. That’s something, huh?

9. Overnight actually means years and years

There is no overnight success. You’ve got to put your time into making it. That’s good news because it lets you know you can’t get discouraged if it’s taking you longer to get there than you thought. Even a teen sensation may have been working their butt off since the rest of us were learning how to write our names. So yeah. Your journey will take time. Everybody’s does.

10. It’s ok to produce art for money

No need to have an either-or view on your art and money. They can happily coexist. Some art you produce because of the money. Some, you produce because of the love. There are lots of times when you can do both.

11. Just because it’s never been done doesn’t mean it can’t be done

Every first had to start in someone’s imagination. If you have an idea you believe in and it makes sense to you, keep at it. You will run into some naysayers, but everyone isn’t supposed to see your vision. Look for a way to make your idea better, bring it to market, and find others who share your passion.

12. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt said this, and it’s a fitting reminder. You’ll have to fight for your dream, sweat for your dream, and occasionally, even cry for your dream. But you just hang in there. Your dream only stands a shot if you believe in its beauty and potential.

Inspiration is an important part of any creative career. These messages can take you through any down you face. Read them regularly to keep positive and pull them out when you’ve hit a rough patch.

I’d love to hear what works for you. What is your favorite inspirational message? Share in the comments.

Featured image courtesy of Creative Commons.


Monica Carter Tagore


Monica Carter Tagore is the author or ghostwriter of more than 30 books. She has been running a writing business for ten years. She shares inspiration, advice, and information to help writers build better businesses at Writer’s Living, Writer’s Living.

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Christine Houser
Christine Houser

This is my favorite 12-Most ever, and I'm a pretty devoted fan.
#1 is 'worth the price' of the entire list.
Thanks for the inspiration!
Christine Houser at flashmemoirs.com


I really appreciate #2, #6 and #11. Work ethic, perseverance, and thinking beyond "the known" can take you a long way.



This was beautifully thought out. Really nice tight bullet of inspiration!