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Jonathan
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I read something a while ago on “how to accept compliments” or something to that effect. The temptation to say “oh, no, it’s not very good, it’s nothing” is, as I understand it, to be resisted, using a simple “thank you” in its place. Doing this has, for me, changed the way I see myself a little, from impostor playing at “being artistic” to someone creating work of value.

The IS still makes a reappearance every now and again though. It often seems there is all this other gumpf that must go along with being creative – dressing a certain way, living in a particular postal area, and so on – and that if I’m not doing any or all those things, I’m somehow a fraud. It’s pretty silly but there it is.