Posts tagged creativity
Posts tagged creativity
Why wait for an idea to strike?
Nassim Taleb, Antifragile (via epiphany-rambler)
YES YOU SEE BECAUSE ANTIDEPRESSANTS MAGICALLY WIPE OUT YOUR ENTIRE CAPACITY FOR MELANCHOLY IN ONE FELL SWOOP LIKE YOU LITERALLY POP ONE PILL AND BOOM THERE’S A BIG SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND THEN YOU CAN NEVER WRITE POETRY AGAIN BECAUSE AS WE ALL KNOW IT’S ONLY POSSIBLE TO WRITE GOOD POETRY WHEN YOU’RE IN A FETAL POSITION DRY SOBBING AT ONE IN THE AFTERNOON AND WONDERING IF YOU’D HAVE THE EMOTIONAL ENERGY TO SHOOT YOURSELF IF YOU HAD A GUN GODDAM THOSE EVIL DOCTORS AND THEIR MEDICINE THEY RUINED LITERATURE FOREVER BECAUSE AS WE ALL KNOW LITERALLY NOBODY HAS EVER WRITTEN ANYTHING EVEN HALFWAY DECENT SINCE ANTIDEPRESSANTS CAME OUT ALSO FUCK THE POLIO VACCINE AND AIRPLANES FOR SOME REASON
"Everything with a soul would have been silenced"?? jfc
IN CASE ANYONE WAS WONDERING WHAT ACTUAL ROMANTICIZING LOOKS LIKE
And to romanticize mental illness and act like its the only way that ‘true creative genius’ can thrive, or to act like its what made people like poe and plath great, i think greatly disregards the amounts of creativity and imagination that they definitely had and the large amounts of hard work and time that they had to put in to produce their work, in addition to completely disregarding how they and other artists/people with mental illness feel and completely ignoring the real life ramifications of living with a mental illness.
That idea of the ‘brooding artist’ seriously needs to die because oh, you can only be a true soulful artist and creative genius if you’re depressed/melancholy/ill etc. all the time, and ‘everything with a soul’ thrives on people’s mental illness. What shit. What absolute shit.
Plus, for a lot of people, creativity and ability to think coherently enough to write at all completely stops when they are depressed. This myth that art springs from mental instability just adds to the guilt felt by people who are suffering through episodes of profound depression and aren’t even able to leave their beds, much less summon the energy to write a poem, and delays people dealing with mania or hallucinations from seeking assistance because it downplays the urgency of their situation.
I swear, people act like depression is some temporary sadness which can inspire poetry but it’s not.
I have to wonder if this is why people say that some of these pop musicians aren’t “artists” because their music was inspired by depressing thoughts.
Ummm, maybe if Sylvia Plath had taken Prozac she wouldn’t have FUCKING KILLED HERSELF and could have gone on writing poetry for years? Christ on a cracker.
This is such infuriating and fucking dangerous BULLSHIT. I have spent years pulling myself out of the control of this lie. I have seen friends DESTROY their lives because of the myth of the tortured artist. Some have rebuilt their lives, but some of my artist friends have never realized that this sort of romanticization is, at a fundamental level, UNTRUE. My friends who are artistically successful are not the ones who are at the bottom of a bottle every night. They are not the ones doing dangerous things with dangerous untreated illnesses. They are the ones in AA, the ones in treatment, the ones who at least know that this is a DANGEROUS FUCKING LIE. My untreated and unaddressed Bipolar Disorder does not make me broody and artistic. It makes me a DANGER TO MYSELF so do not try to sell me the lie that it does. Do not tell my friends that their artistic greatness is more important than their lives. And do not tell them that they cannot have one alongside the other. Because there you are wrong wrong wrong.
For what I found compelling, fascinating, terrifying, and familiar, the book Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison is a wonderful read for anyone interested in the topic.
Please, please, please stop spreading the dangerous lie that mental illness is a romantic and artistically necessary thing. People’s lives are at stake.
^^^ My dad, who’s a poet, was depressed for years and would struggle to write anything. A few weeks on anti-depressants and he’s writing sonnets on the reg.
Trust me, if you can’t even motivate yourself to answer your emails or make yourself lunch, you’re not going to be writing any epic poetry.
When I first went on Prozac I wrote like a fiend. I didn’t keep up that momentum, unfortunately, but my output was still much greater than it had been when I was depressed.
I ran a writing club in high school, and in the years since have become close with the advisor to the point that for a while, he was my de facto therapist. We’ve had long discussions about this myth, and it is one if the worst things that I think can be done to young artists. There’s such a stigma around mental health to begin with. We do not need to be building any more barriers between help and those who need it.
In 1879 Karl Benz was awarded a patent for an automobile engine first designed the year prior. That invention shaped much of what was to come. With the ability to now travel further and faster, the world changed.
1903, the Wright Brothers flew their Wright Flyer I successfully. That was…
“I’ll say it again: creativity is, today, something that involves all of us and impacts all of us equally.
So what comes next? If we’re all granted access to the same information, and we’re all capable of impacting countless lives with our ideas, and the rate at which we create things and solve problems continues to accelerate, what are we to do?
In my opinion: do more, and start now. You’ve got everything you need to do something amazing. Big or small, it’s all there in front of you and only crowding around you more and more.
So get started. We’re all waiting.”
1. Creativity is left brain vs right brain
The human brain works in a lot of mysterious ways, but we’re learning more about it every day.
Part of what we do know is that the brain is certainly split into various regions for dealing with different types of stimulus. Part of the split is…
We want to believe that creativity is regularly awe-inspiring. It’s not though.
As I was sitting in a bookstore the other day I noticed a woman commenting on a feature story of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. She was speaking to her friend when she said: “I’m amazed at how creative this…
5 Ways to be a Happier Creative
We all know the tortured artist schtick. To be honest, I can be a downer sometimes myself, but I think it would be terrible for us to all perpetuate the idea that being creative and miserable are mutually exclusive.
So here’s to being creative and actually enjoying it:
1. Refuse to See Your Entire Life Either as a Success or a Failure
The idea here is to never buy into the lie that your life is either successful or failing in terms of your creative output. Think of the most successful creative person you can, if you look closely you can see a series of successes and failures.
The best way for me to look at the creative life is as a series of projects which can be successful in some ways and fail in other ways. For instance, some projects are really successful in the development of your skill but not financially advantageous.
Also, don’t believe that there is some level of success where you have now “arrived” or attained a level of success which can never been denied to you, like being hailed a “creative genius” with endless financial gain, forever. I could tell you many examples of artists and musicians who seem like they have “arrived” with one project and then completely fail the next.
2. Make Something Everyday
Will Bryant says something like, “I make stuff because if I don’t I get sad”. A silly and profound statement. Last year I did a daily drawing project where I created a new character every weekday. I found this statement to ring very true.
This practice gave me a sense of creative productivity every single day, which is a serious morale booster. Even if you don’t show anyone, it can help you feel prolific and unlimited in your creative abilities, which in turn increases your confidence.
3. Be Authentic
This is huge. Many people have done amazing things in creativity and have received many rewards, successes and prizes for them. So there is a lot of incentive for YOU to be THEM. But the trick is knowing the truth: you CAN’T be them. Trying to be something you are not will make you feel like an old sock. You already know this, but I thought I’d remind you.
4. Know Your Purpose
Shooting aimlessly into the dark can feel like…shooting aimlessly into the dark. Your purpose doesn’t have to be mind meltingly important. I like the humble yet ambitious purpose the great Debbie Millman has taken upon herself to “try to make the supermarket more beautiful”.
Try to clarify what you want to achieve overall so that everything you do has a sense of purpose. Purpose equals meaning, and to most creatives I know, a sense of meaning is why they want to make art and why they DO NOT want to work in a factory.
5. Address and Defeat Your Fears
That dreadful fear is a bully that is killing your soul and it should be stood up to. Listen to it, don’t ignore it. Hear what it’s actually saying and then dismantle it. Talk to someone about it openly, if the fear is tied to reality, then face it and take it down with integrity. If it’s all lies, all smoke and mirrors then let it disappear in the cloud of smoke that it is. If you are doing super boring unadventurous work, you won’t have any fears at all…but who wants to do that?
Hope this makes you a bit happier today.
- Andy J. Miller
P.S. To tackle the piling up questions here on this tumblr I have started taking on 1 hour video creative coaching, for more info click here.
Thank you Andy ! I needed these reminders today.
This is on my office wall at work. :)
On a day in the late 1990s, Michael Nobbs was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
It’s this debilitating illness where he suffers from “severe fatigue, pain in his muscles and joins, disordered sleep, and more.” Despite his passion for art and drawing, the…
This is on my office wall at work
What’s the difference between creativity and innovation?
Creativity deals with original thought, asking “what comes next?” Innovation is about building on what already exists, focusing on ways to improve something already established.
Creatives are dreamers, innovators are builders.
I’m definitely both but, I think I lean more toward the creative side. I’m very much of the “if it’s not broken why fix it” mentality so I have a hard time improving on things that already exist.
CREATIVITY WITH FOOD BY HONG YI
Cartoonist Charles Schulz illustrated this comic panel some time ago, but the feeling it conveys – particularly to creators – is a rattling one even today.
Are you creating for the end product, or for the enjoyment of the process?
If you go to Google and enter a few words, you’ll instantly see what similar searches people around the world are entering. Here’s what happens if you enter “creativity” followed by a single word:
You can download a high-resolution PDF of this poster for printing or sharing too.
Starting is often the hardest part of pursuing an idea, particularly if you don’t know what to do next.
I experienced this struggle a few weeks ago while talking with a friend. She wanted to do something new and exciting with her life, but hadn’t the slightest clue on where to start.