Building on your creativity after a long dry spell is a bit like rehabbing an injury. You are timid, and worried about possibly setting your progress back. So you make cautious steps, and try to focus on not causing a backslide. That leads to self doubt, and a reluctance to dive in with gusto. As I work back into regular writing and photography, it’s easy to start doubting my work. Is it good enough? Will people like it? Does it really matter?
I remind myself that this is about progress, not perfection. My art, both written and visual is mine. It’s not the property of others. Yes it’s best when shared, but if I don’t like it, there was no point in sharing it in the first place. Just focus on stepping forward. The audience will come.