#73: How Social Media Affects Creativity & Confidence with Helen Redfern

Today I’m chatting to Helen Redfern, a self-confessed unconfident writer, who is constantly pushing herself to become braver with her writing and creativity. As you can imagine, we dove right into the topic of creating confidence to share your creative work with the world, and the role social media plays in that (both positive and negative). We also spoke a lot about Instagram and some important realisations Helen had after taking a long break from showing up there (something I’ve been considering a lot for myself, too)

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Today I’m chatting to Helen Redfern, a self-confessed unconfident writer, who is constantly pushing herself to become braver with her writing and creativity. As you can imagine, we dove right into the topic of creating confidence to share your creative work with the world, and the role social media plays in that (both positive and negative). We also spoke a lot about Instagram and some important realisinations Helen had after taking a long break from showing up there (something I’ve been considering a lot for myself, too) Before we start, a bit more about Helen: she writes essays about confidence and creativity and is in the process of writing a book all about becoming a writer in the age of social media.

Helen now mentors writers and creatives with their own confidence issues by sharing what she has learned over the past decade. She loves helping them uncover their purpose and goals and realise their ambitions. Helen took a long Instagram break this year but has recently returned to share tales from her desk as well as posting pictures of her two bouncy labradors.

“Instead of having social media at the heart of everything I was doing, I put my writing at the heart of everything I was doing.” – Helen Redfern

Some of the things we talked about:

  • Helen’s journey to creative confidence (and what made the biggest difference)
  • The role of the online world & social media in encouraging creativity, but also taking away from it and helping you procrastinate on what you really want
  • The effect lockdown & going inwards had on Helen’s purpose
  • Helen’s decision to leave Instagram for several months, and what she has learned
  • Other options for marketing your business beyond social media
  • Helen’s journalling tip for anyone who resonates with this episode

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“What would life be like without being on Instagram? – Helen Redfern

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