“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” –Neil Gaiman
Some part of you may think that fairytales are useless make believe.
In Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere the hero loses his job, loses his fiancé and has to face a giant murderous animal. In the end he realized that he wanted neither his soul crushing job nor his uncaring ex-fiance. He defeated the beast and realized he was stronger and happier.
Dragons and beasts can materialize in many forms. Recently, a property of mine caught fire and burnt to a crisp. All I can do now is learn from the ordeal and start the re-construction process.
Fairytale lessons apply to art and photography in the same way. It will take you months of grinding away to master you craft. It will be hard. It will be challenging. You will want to quit. If you have what seems like an insurmountable problem or challenge, just break it down to small steps. Learn to solve it piece by piece. Do it slowly. You’ll face your own dragons and find ways to defeat them.