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Creative Gist: If You Could Go Back in Time to Change Anything in Your Previous Creative Works, Would You?

Different creatives have varied creative processes, but the reason they sometimes underdeliver despite their talents and skills is that they skip vital parts of their unique creative process that could have made all the difference in a finished piece.

On Creative Gist today, we ask our creatives a time-travel question; if you could go back in time to change anything in your previous creative works, would you?

Creative works


Writer, Artist and Entrepreneur

No, I don’t think I would change anything about my previous creative works. When I write my personal projects, I put in the best I can offer at that moment. So, that I have no room for regrets later.

Sophia Ufoma

Writer and Public Relations Professional

Regarding my writing, if I had the opportunity to go back in time, I would have created a website where I’d publish my blog posts.
Also, for my small business, I would have taken the leap and gone sooner into the hair business as I wanted to instead of holding back due to insufficient funds. I would have started small and focused on consistently improving my business and earnings. I would have also taken more professional courses on Public Relations during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.

Kufre Udombang


Yes, I will avoid overlooking and procrastinating on most of the things I need to do. And I would put more effort into acknowledging valuable people and the opinions they give about my works and ideas. I would pay more attention to details and not rush to finalise things.

Glory Aigbe

Sales Agent and Nail Technician

If I’d change anything about something I have done in the past regarding my work, it’ll be to continuously up my skills and learn more than I complained. That way, I’d have gone farther than my current level.

Benjamin Oboh

Graphics and Product Designer

Yeah, taking a look at my previous works, I’d have loved to change a lot of things. For example, when I first started designing, I was less creative. So yeah, I’d have loved to add more creativity to my final graphic designs. If I’d been creative with my use of shapes and colours, my designs would have come out better.


From our creatives’ stories, it’s obvious that procrastination, indecision, lack of preparation, and the fear of taking bigger chances with equally bigger rewards are some things that limit creatives from reaching the peak of their careers.

Sometimes though, you also need to be your own greatest critic and apply a magnifier to your creative work and refine it before sharing it with others. This way, you avoid regretting any part of your creative process or output.

Now, you know some things to do to avoid regrets in your creative journey, but we’ll still like to ask, if you could enter a time machine, would you change anything in your previous works? Let us know in the comment section!

PS. If you would like to contribute as a respondent in the future episodes of the Creative Gist, send us an email to [email protected] or reach us via WhatsApp +2348088809311

Deborah Alfred

Deborah Alfred is a content writer, UX writer, and copywriter. A published author, she is the founder and community leader of WriterPreneurs' World, a writing community of over 2000 people. She employs simple yet effective writing and storytelling techniques that draw and capture her audience. Her moniker, Insightful Parrot, is a testament to her ability to see minute details that are usually oblivious to others and can improve any situation.

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