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Being a Breaker instead of a Maker?

I'm curious if there's any information about people who have trouble with creating something wholly new but instead seems much better at modifying or creating by assembling parts of things they already know. [more inside]
posted by Socinus on May 27, 2016 - 19 answers

What are some ways to get inspired to write music again?

From the 90s to the early 00s (roughly my teens and twenties), I was a prolific composer and producer of music of all sorts of genres. Eventually I started doing it for my day job and all my creativity went away. Now it's 10 years later, and I haven't really done anything in about 10 years, and I'm getting desperate. [more inside]
posted by basehead on May 12, 2016 - 21 answers

I love to make stuff. Why should I bother making stuff?

Help me make sense of why I continue to make stuff. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Apr 30, 2016 - 28 answers

putting classical music chops to good use in different types of music?

I find it hard to be creative with music [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Apr 22, 2016 - 10 answers

Less Fallout 4, More Hobbies (Teen Edition)

I work with a 17 year old boy who's smart, inquisitive and really bored. The kid needs some hobby ideas; things that keep his brain busy and ideally where he creates something. Ideally, this needs to be a hobby or craft that he can do indoors on his own consistently, the materials are at hand, it requires some focus, creativity and thinking skills, something he can start and stop at his leisure and he can do it alone. Think Legos but for a young man. So, not martial arts or scouting or geocaching or volunteering or getting a job or robotics. [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes on Apr 16, 2016 - 49 answers

Finding one's muse

What are some of the best strategies - and best practices - for rousing one's creativity? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jan 11, 2016 - 9 answers

How to furnish a room to enhance creativity, specifically songwriting?

My wife is a singer-songwriter who typically composes and rehearses in our bedroom. The room is a decent size, with a bed, love seat, small desk and bay window. [more inside]
posted by hick57 on Jan 3, 2016 - 7 answers

How do I find creative collaboration?

I have a lot of creative interests and hobbies, and I love to collaborate with others, both virtually and in-person. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find people who are interested in collaborating and willing to follow through (perhaps the bigger problem). I feel like there must be communities, online or otherwise, that help facilitate collaboration, but I don’t know where to go. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 15, 2015 - 10 answers

What public figure has a great office in the New York area?

What public creative person (defined pretty broadly, but hopefully at least somewhat famous) has a really cool office in the NYC area? We're looking for someone with a rich, interesting-looking space, interesting tools and great stories. Examples might be say, magazine writer Gay Talese, who works in his townhouse in Manhattan surrounded by memorabilia from all his past stories, or the honchos at Pixar who have special secret hideaways and whatnot. (Definitely looking for personal workspaces, not big companies with fancy buildings and foosball tables.)
posted by YoungAmerican on Oct 13, 2015 - 14 answers

Rewarding Leisure

I want to spend my evenings/weekends making, rather than consuming. Help me plan to do that. I’m looking for examples of activity that is creative, enjoyable and of some value to others. [more inside]
posted by ferdydurke on Aug 9, 2015 - 30 answers

Where can I find a list of monthly internet challenges?

Nanowrimo, Inktober, One Book July...where can I find a list of such challenges so that I don't miss them next time? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jul 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Part-time jobs for creative people

I'm looking for part-time jobs that I might not have heard of or know exist. I am sensitive to the environment I work in and I want to work with people who have other creative pursuits and have a part time job to make ends meet (or alone is fine too). [more inside]
posted by ninjablob on Jul 27, 2015 - 13 answers

How do I become more creative, especially in technical work?

I'm entering what is probably my last year of college, and as I look towards my career plans, I'm worried that I'm not creative enough to do what I want to do. How do I fix this? Special snowflake details follow. [more inside]
posted by sqrtofpi on Jul 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Right-brained hobbies for chronic fatigue?

Two and a half months ago, I came down with what is apparently chronic fatigue syndrome (I know that you need six months before an official diagnosis, but the signs are all there, unfortunately). I am a researcher struggling to work part-time, and even reading for pleasure has become difficult. The fatigue seems to be primarily triggered by sustained and/or intense mental effort or concentration. [more inside]
posted by amyshmamy on Jun 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me name my new creative venture!

After running a successful food/lifestyle blog for a year with a friend, I'm branching out to do my own thing. I'm having trouble pinning down a name and after thinking of nothing but names for the past week, my brain is mush. [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing on Apr 30, 2015 - 17 answers

What are the best activity books and coloring books for grown-ups?

Looking for anything fun, funny, beautiful, or creative. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Apr 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Cinderelly, Cinderelly

I like to write and I want to do it more, but I only seem to be able to get into the "zone" after around midnight. Is this something you've experienced? Can I rewire my brain? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Apr 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Destination Imagination: Worth the Effort?

Does DI have any proven benefit? I can't find anything on it except its own materials and parents/schools talking about how their kids did in it. I'm skeptical, I guess, that these sort of open-ended "creativity challenges" actually accomplish anything. I am still struggling to answer "what is the point of this?" [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Feb 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Being disciplined vs. not forcing it?

These days all the literature on creativity/productivity emphasizes routines and unromantic workmanlike discipline. Forget inspiration and "just do it!" But more often than not, when I put my butt in the chair to get down to business… Nothing. Happens. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 17, 2015 - 14 answers

Attaining fluency in creative mediums.

I have a lot of questions about the world! There are many different ways to explore those questions, but in order to explore them at a level that satisfies me, I have to investigate using mediums that I am fluent in. As of this moment, I don't think I am fluent in anything. Creatives of Metafilter, give me your thoughts and anecdata! [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Feb 12, 2015 - 4 answers

What are some good movies about a writer overcoming writer's block?

I'm looking for movies about a depressed/blocked writer who breaks through and regains his or her creative spark! (Preferably not through hokey means like hooking up with a manic pixie dream girl/boy.) Can also be any type of creative person, not necessarily a writer. Any suggestions appreciated!
posted by Enemy of Joy on Feb 5, 2015 - 23 answers

Everything reminds me of my shortcomings.

I've posted plenty about struggles with bipolar/anxiety/ptsd. This post definitely relates to those issues, but I am NOT seeking treatment advice here, as I've got that covered. Really, I just want help coping with some current symptoms (reframing things or new ways to just do things anyway) and hopefully figuring out how to at least do some of the things I ostensibly enjoy. More below the cut. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jan 31, 2015 - 3 answers

I know how to make electronic music. So how do I make electronic music?

I want to read, watch, or hear things that teach or discuss how to make electronic music. But from a creative or structural perspective, not a solely technical perspective. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jan 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Looking for short videos that are intrinsically about creativity

I'm looking to compile a collection of short, entertaining, inspiring, high-energy videos about creativity, the creative process, and innovation by their very nature. Classic showing, not telling. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on Nov 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Running on creative fumes

What do you do to rejuvenate your creative side? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Oct 6, 2014 - 12 answers

How to get over a creative lull?

For something like the past four or five months, I've been in what I can only describe as a creative lull. I work as a comedy writer and have been doing this for roughly two years, but for whatever reason, I am not producing material that I'm happy with any more. I'm looking for advice from people who have climbed out of something similar, or any insight into why this is happening. I realize the awesome irony of asking this question in a very serious, unfunny way. [more inside]
posted by arsgratia on Sep 15, 2014 - 5 answers

'Being' and creativity: does meditation dissolve imagination?

A lot of mindfulness meditation techniques focus on awareness of the present moment and stepping outside our personal narratives. My question is: does this process end up dissolving our perceptions of the past; and when one side steps the narrative, doesn't it make it harder to compose and imagine stories that exist outside of the present moment?
posted by wallawallasweet on Aug 10, 2014 - 11 answers

I'm productive only at night, but this clashes with my class schedule.

When I want to do work that involves writing, I find that I am most productive during the hours of around 11 PM to 6 AM, because it takes me all evening to wind down from the day and get into a mindset where I can focus on creative/writing work. My circadian rhythm will then be messed up for the next three days or so. This is incompatible with my class and work schedule as a medical student. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jul 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Indie Girls, Indie Boys, Indie Everyone

Are there versions of this book teaching kids to run a play/gallery/poetry slam/etc that are (a) non-gendered (b) geared towards adults? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 13, 2014 - 0 answers

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

Looking for books to nourish my 26yr old soul (Warning: v. picky)

Specifically books about the blossoming of The Self [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Apr 16, 2014 - 31 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

Books Wanted: Channeling Productive Psychological Destruction/Creation

What I'm looking for: something to read about destroying those idealizations I've built up over, really, a lifetime - and in turn, building up trust in myself and holding my own powers/creations as my own, instead of turning them over to groups with institutionalized power. Background: I need to break up with the city I live in, the large institution I have worked for for 10+ years, and deal with the fact that I idealize Academia in general and this one in particular and that it's let me down too many times - something akin to a crappy relationship or family, but those aren't the problems. [more inside]
posted by Weighted Companion Cube on Feb 17, 2014 - 3 answers

Creative ways to share love in the ICU

My friends just had the worst week of their lives and they are now separated from their 3yo son by a hospital and over a thousand miles. What are some ways he can show them love while they're apart? [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt on Feb 16, 2014 - 13 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

How can I feel the way I feel before my period all the time?

Like most women, I experience some mood variations throughout my cycle. Right before my period actually starts, I feel a burst of energy which makes me feel more creative and productive. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Jan 27, 2014 - 17 answers

Help me built an inspiration battery

Like a lot of people, I juggle creative pursuits with a day job. Annoyingly, my daily period of greatest creative motivation occurs early in the morning and overlaps with about the first four hours of my work day. How can I transfer that energy to the evening, when I have more time? Complication: I can't change my work or sleep schedules at all. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Jan 15, 2014 - 6 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

How do I name a thing?

I'm working on an app project and am having a really hard time doing the whole marketable memorable unique name thing. Any idea I have is absurd or taken. It's frustrating because I'm already working with a designer to bring the thing to life. It's a very visual, beautiful daily mood tracker. I might extend it to include a meditation guide. The idea is to be more tolerant and observant about your mood rather than rating how happy you are or aren't every day. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Nov 5, 2013 - 11 answers

Cool stuff for an "Innovation Starter Kit"

I'm looking for interesting things to add to what will amount to an Innovation Starter Kit for a small group of faculty who I'm trying to encourage to think a little differently about education. So far I'm thinking about things like Sugru, Chromecast, a Leap Motion Controller, maybe some light-sensitive paper... What else can I add? [more inside]
posted by madred on Sep 25, 2013 - 14 answers

How can I become more musically productive?

I have the desire to be a musician, and I have some pretty nice resources, but I can't stick to anything! Help? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast on Aug 31, 2013 - 9 answers

What are some creative organizations with no centralized leadership?

I was remembering this year-old post on the Valve company handbook and wondering if the Hive Mind new of any other companies -- particularly companies with some sort of creative output, whether for-profit or non-profit -- that work without a hierarchical structure? Good and bad examples welcome. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jul 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Gift ideas to celebrate creative thinking

My boss asked me to purchase gifts that celebrate "out-of-the-box" thinking. His suggestions were "a brass sculpture" or "a mousepad." I thought MeFi could do better. [more inside]
posted by MetalFingerz on Jul 26, 2013 - 34 answers

My #FOMO is acting up!

How can I gamify the tedious parts of my day? [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Jul 11, 2013 - 8 answers

What should I do with all this cardboard?

I've accidentally ordered 500 pieces of 13x13" cardboard. I can't return it. I'm a creative-project-doer. What should I do with all this cardboard? Make forts? Build giant airplanes? Do community projects where everyone gets to paint one? Construct furniture? What would you do with that much cardboard? Give me your awesome ideas!
posted by torietorie on Jun 12, 2013 - 30 answers

How to be more process-oriented and less goal-oriented?

I'm trying to train myself to find more joy in creative pursuits, and I think a key would be in becoming more about the process and less about "success." Any advice on how to rewire my brain to this end?
posted by malhouse on Jun 4, 2013 - 12 answers

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