e77 -- The tiger is Life of Pi is a good example. The young man has some fear of the animal, but also some strange comradery.
Paws -- I can relate to your example of wanting to do a creative project, and then anxiety fills you with doubt, and then you quit the thing.
I write novels myself. But as I sometimes deal with GAD, I'm getting better at ignoring the doubting voice. Instead, I try to get attuned to the
voice of the new book, the characters. I sketch things down, again the voice of the novel is what pulls me forward. And as the draft gets longer,
my confidence grows. I'm thinking to trying writing some short stories as trial balloons for novels.
I think every person dealing with anxiousness needs to have a magic tool kit, filled with tools to manage their stress. For me it's physical exercise,
buddhist chanting, focusing of my mission/calling in life, helping other people, some yoga, affirmations, deep breathing, mindfulness, ACT therapy, participating in in Meetup support groups, participating in online discussion boards like this and chat rooms, opening talking with friends, etc.