I've been watching/listening to Shaelin's videos for over a year now, usually while working on animation/matchmoving tasks at work. She's a college student who posts insights on her own creative process, along with writing tips that have helped me as I started working more seriously on my own stories.
Though she talks specifically about the Authortube community, there are equally relevant insights in this video that apply to the art world and the world of artistic advice.
So cozy up, grab a tea, put this video on while you work, and then read on below!
Some valuable insights I drew from Shaelin's video:
Shaelin also describes how young creators can get overwhelmed by the high volume of advice/tutorials/guides on the internet that declare the best way to do things. I remember being in this place, where I couldn't decide which books to buy, which tutorials to watch, what I needed to consume to be better.
This mindset led to a subsequent problem. I believed that once I consumed enough of this advice, I'd be '"""ready"""" to make the perfect project. I would plan, and plan, and plan like the planner I am. I would figure out locations and situations and not allowing myself any room for organic change along the way through the process of drafting. I truly believe that just sitting down and writing would have lessened my anxiety and helped me learn more.
Towards the end of her video, Shaelin urges young writers to start writing. "The only thing that can prepare you for [writing your book] is just doing it." What a great sentiment! I'll be carrying it with me during this week as I draft and plug away on my own projects.
P.S. I highly recommend giving Shaelin a follow on Youtube. She is articulate, honest, heartfelt, and genuinely wants to help others succeed in the stories they make.