Many would-be creators remain consumers because they fear criticism. Perhaps they created something, thinking they’d be encouraged for their work, and they were, but then they read something or heard something critical and felt they were being treated unfairly and were scared back into consumer-mode, sitting on the sidelines.
All creators get criticized. There are many people who cannot create, but wanting glory, they will use creators and their criticisms of creators to get into the spotlight. I’m not talking about helpful criticism, teacher to student criticism, I’m talking about the modern fare of criticism floating around on the internet, the equivalent of a Jr. High slam book.
This is going to bother you at first, but you must move through it to a higher evolution of the creative life if you are going to become a great creator.
Here are some things to remember:
1. Only creators get criticized.
2. All creators get criticized.
3. The best way to answer your critics is to succeed. Keep working. Work harder.
When you find yourself having genuine, fond feelings for your critics, because without them you would not have been driven to succeed as much as you have, you have become a better creator.