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Creative Outlet for Intellectual

Here's the thing: I am a young adult who for the majority of his life has been intellectualising because he is fascinated by what he learns. However more and more I have been wishing I had a creative outlet, artistic or otherwise. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Jul 11, 2014 - 24 answers

[ l i m i n a l i t y ]

Which writers, artists, thinkers, etc explore the themes of liminality in their work? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 15, 2014 - 22 answers

Sex Visions (not an R&B album)

I'm looking for information about visions or visuals experienced during sex. Not anecdotes, but 1. rigorous scientific work that contextualizes who gets them and why, and 2. artists, writers, or poets who have used them as inspiration in any way. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Mar 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Anhedonia and creativity

I am a writer and visual artist, mostly a writer. I have been through a grueling bout with severe depression. Now the agonizing emotional pain is lessened, but I have been blank, apathetic, and anhedonic for a couple weeks. I started on Zoloft a couple days ago and also had my lithium increased, and I also recently started a prescription dose of vitamin D because my levels were low. I'm throwing all those things plus therapy, exercise,omega 3's, and light therapy at the problem, but there is little help right now. My big question has to do with the fact that I am seemingly unable to be creative right now. I try to write and nothing comes out,or it comes out awkward and flat. I've tried writing about the flatness,but even that trick doesn't work. The visual side hasn't fared much better. Does anyone have suggestions for how I can keep my creative side alive while I wait for all the treatments to help?
posted by mermaidcafe on Mar 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Major Depressive Disorder and Imaginative Fiction

I've been depressed for many years. It has sapped my creative powers. I've had enough. How can I live as a depressed person, but elevate above the limitations this has imposed on me in the past to escape into a writing practice that could create imaginative works of fiction? [more inside]
posted by samizdat on Feb 3, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me overcome analysis paralysis and be more process-based

I am a writer in several genres, a visual artist,and a photographer. Lately I've been suffering from a terrible case of "analysis paralysis" where I overthink everything and can't make even small decisions about something I'm creating. I have big problems with perfectionism, and I'm far more product-based than I'd like to be. My intuition seems quieter than usual; I'm sure not trusting myself is a major player right now. I'm working on this stuff in therapy, but I wanted to see if anyone here had suggestions as well for overcoming this block. I have found mindfulness meditation and Buddhist perspectives to be helpful and have been trying to incorporate more mindfulness around daily living tasks. I also like Present Perfect by Pavel Somov, a book about using mindfulness to combat perfectionism. But I would like suggestions on other reading or processes or things that might help me get past this. Things designed with creative types in mind would be especially helpful, but I'll take anything.
posted by mermaidcafe on Jan 10, 2014 - 4 answers

perfume dabblerey

For some time now I've had an on-off fascination with scent and perfume, particularly the artistic side of scent. How can I further explore this? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Oh the fun you'll have!

Magical video of festive people speaking lines in rhyme about life and fun? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Nov 25, 2013 - 2 answers

I want to forget about her, but she's famous now

I wish I could forget about the girl who broke my heart when I was a teenager, but it seems the world doesn't want to let me, because she's famous now, while I'm struggling. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2013 - 47 answers

I like to draw. I fear I suck. Thus, paralyzed.

Creative wibble: Feel like I could do some cool stuff but crippled by insecurity and thus don't sit down and DO IT. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2012 - 14 answers

Crossing over with art

House of Leaves and Haunted are works in two different mediums (book and album) by two different artists that deliberately accompany each other. What other examples of this are there? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 31, 2012 - 30 answers

discipline for on-schedule creativity

How do you set yourself up for maximum success when starting a creative project that requires consistent production? Or: I have to create multiple radio pieces a week! How do I best prepare myself to get out there and make them? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 10, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I move forward without holding him back?

How do I talk to my fiance about the imbalances in our relationship? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Mar 15, 2012 - 74 answers

How do I get people to really EXPERIENCE DnD?

How do I get people to really EXPERIENCE DnD? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Mar 10, 2012 - 20 answers

Looking for creative ideas for a vacation photo project

I'm taking a road trip through a really scenic area of the US and I want to go beyond boring vacation photos. My skill level is somewhere between taking snapshots at the family reunion and taking artsy photos of flowers and trees. I'm no Ansel Adams. I'm looking for cool projects to undertake, especially if they can later be incorporated into maps or timelines or video. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Aug 17, 2011 - 10 answers

How do you prioritize your creative projects?

Numerous creative projects, finite amount of time. How do you prioritize? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Jun 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Help, I'm a Platonist!

I am passionately in love with ideas, but I feel pretty tepid about real things. Can this be reversed? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Apr 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Therapy for artists (but not "art therapy")?

Global question: Is there a name for customized therapy for artists/writers to help them work through creative problems? Local question: Can anyone recommend a specific practitioner in the Seattle area who specializes in this, or who might otherwise be a good fit? [more inside]
posted by Robson on Jan 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Second Time's the Charm?

JuliaCameronFilter: Have you done The Artist's Way program multiple times, and if so, what was the cumulative effect? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Jan 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me find a hobby!

I am looking for a creative hobby. I get home from work, maybe go to the gym, cook, and then am free for about 3 hours. I want to do something creative or with my hands, but that doesn't take too much intense skill or learning. I already knit, but sort of knitted myself out and want something else. I used to make jewelry which was really fun, and something along those lines could work. Any ideas?
posted by tessalations999 on Dec 6, 2010 - 18 answers

Too Artistically Blocked to Even Come Up with a Good Title

Help me release my creativity. I can't draw when I want to! [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Nov 5, 2010 - 22 answers

Latitude vs. pongitude

How does a design worker suss out how much creative latitude they've got while working? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Aug 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Completion blues...

I just finished a big creative project...now what? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Jul 8, 2010 - 8 answers

Australia Travel TV...but different

What are some unusual, creative, off-beat things to do/experience in Australia that would make for good and interesting travel-documentary TV? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Art-ernatives

I've always enjoyed cartooning and writing, and tried majoring in graphic design - which sucked all the fun out of it. I wouldn't say I have an undying passion for it, but I have some talent for it, so what other ways can I put it to use? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Mar 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Help with collage.

What is the key to getting good collage materials from scanned pictures? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Feb 25, 2010 - 2 answers

I made it so it must be good.

Looking for a word/phrase that describes when someone thinks an artistic work they created is marketable/likable, yet is something they wouldn't care for if it was created by someone else. [more inside]
posted by yorick on Sep 25, 2009 - 20 answers

Art project with/for/about my newborn son

What long-term art project should I do with/for/about my newborn son? [more inside]
posted by sandor on May 27, 2009 - 16 answers

creativity, cognition and the book

I'm working on my PhD in artists' books at the moment. Recently, pursuing aspects of creativity from a cognition-and-creativity viewpoint has become interesting to me. I need a toehold on the science, here. [more inside]
posted by aesop on Mar 3, 2009 - 5 answers

How does your creativity work?

How does your creativity work? [more inside]
posted by archagon on Feb 8, 2009 - 30 answers

The ideas are all around, floating away...

I feel the need to be creative, but can't figure out what sort of outlet is the best to get my ideas out. How do I figure out what sort of creativity I have? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 17, 2008 - 14 answers

A Certain Kind of Beauty

I'm trying to cultivate a certain kind of beauty in life - something exemplified by the likes of Dumbo feather, pass it on and Keri Smith's blog. Where else can I find such beauty? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 12, 2008 - 4 answers

Creating an Artistic Persona

followup to this question: how does one create and develop a persona? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Breaking into Performance Art

How do I get into performance art? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 28, 2008 - 15 answers

Art for Beginners?

Advice for the non-artist about trying art? [more inside]
posted by farishta on Mar 13, 2008 - 27 answers

Fall down seven times, get up eight.

I'm looking for really terrible creative works made by well-regarded artists. For example, Picasso's secret crappy drawings, or John Coltrane playing out of tune. I welcome examples from all creative pursuits from all eras: literature, music, art, dance, theatre, film, architecture, graphic design, etc. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 4, 2008 - 41 answers

I have no original ideas! Help!

I need to recultivate my artsy hobbies, most specifically my writing and drawing. The problem is that I can't seem to initiate anything - I have no new ideas, nothing to work on. I'd also like to grow as a writer, but I'm my own worst critic and stop before I start (fear of failure and whatnot) - I'd like to hone my skills but I'm petrified of, well, sucking. [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia on Feb 27, 2008 - 22 answers

How to deal with artistic overload?

Advice or sources for dealing with inspirational overload? [more inside]
posted by farishta on Feb 26, 2008 - 8 answers

We're just a million little gods making rainstorms...

LostPassionAndCreativityFilter: How does one rekindle one's skill in the zany, lateral, eccentric, imaginative, radical, random, funny, artistic, and kind? [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you on Jun 20, 2007 - 21 answers

Salon activities for Non-poets and dreamers

We're holding a salon tomorrow (in the artsy sense of the word), and are looking for good activities to suggest for those who might not be blatantly artistic. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Apr 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Love and Creativity

Inspired by this Mefi post: Do you know of any other creative declarations of love? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 11, 2006 - 16 answers

Single Entity Seeks Creative Consultation

I'm looking for suggestions which will help me develop a more disciplined attitude toward my creative endeavors. [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on Oct 31, 2006 - 12 answers

Holy Crap Art, Batman!

My boss has a presentation-via-artwork to make at a managers meeting early next week and has delegated this to me. She's vetoed my first three ideas and I'm stumped. Someone help me! [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Oct 8, 2006 - 26 answers

Creative works by people with OCD?

I am looking for creative works by people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. [more inside]
posted by Marit on Apr 10, 2006 - 16 answers

Artistic Inspiration

What inspires you to create things? [more, inside] [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Nov 14, 2004 - 20 answers

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