I have the urge to create, but I do not know what

James (@jameslarson13) 10 years, 10 months ago

I always get these urges to make something, create something beautiful and original that I would be proud of, but i rarely act on them because I am not always sure what I should create. I think one reason is that I am not sure what my natural talent and acquired skills would be best used for. I have thought about drawing, but I am a mediocre artist at best. Woodworking is something that I have always been interested in, and i have some experience with, but what to make out of it? (not to mention supplies are expensive) but hey i could always carve a stick or something right? Another thing i have thought about is writing short stories. Which I have done before.

Any way, the point is: I am looking for new ideas! What could I make??

July 12, 2011 at 7:42 am
Timmy (5) (@timmy) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

How about this: If any form of expression interests you, go with it!
Whether it’s one thing or a thousand things, try them all and find what brings you the most personal satisfaction.
So what if you’re only “mediocre at best”? If you enjoy drawing, by damn, DRAW! :D
I could go on forever. Just because something doesn’t come “naturally” or easily doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Just because you don’t feel “gifted”(AKA “born with it”) doesn’t mean you can’t become incredibly “TALENTED(AKA worked your ass off to excel)!”
I wish you the best and hope that you find what makes you feel happiest and most fulfilled. :)

Syn.Ther. (46) (@luna) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

It is known that creative people have a tendency not to be that interested in the end result of their “creation: however find most pleasure in the process of the creation, the actual creative process.
It can therefor be quite difficult to judge merely based on end result as Timmy also pointed out.

Trail and error is the way to go.

I myself enjoy writing,stories, or poetry, or… sketching, painting, but also metal working (panel beating) and making short remixes ( http://www.youtube.com/user/Letterstoluna?feature=mhee )

so try, fail, enjoy and try again… it is your bliss ;)


Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

I have a couple things to say to this. One, a quote, “Self doubt is the enemy of creativity.” And two, something I read that helped me think of creating in a more constructive way: Think of starting an art project less as a huge inspiration striking all at once, and more like an archaeologist slowly and carefully uncovering an ancient artifact.

Three, I read something else(I have source amnesia for where I find these things) that said that if you get an idea for something, you plant the seed in your mind for it. Live life as normal and if this idea tends to keep popping up or slowly evolving, run with it! If you forget it, you forget it.

I’ve been an artist my whole life and for the past couple years I have a mental block toward my creativity because I always want to draw or paint something “worthwhile” instead of the same old designs I always do. For that reason I barely ever pursue my passion. If i sit down to a canvas thinking that I’m going to make something great and original, those are the times I find it hardest to do so. If you can get past that mindset and think of it as an activity that you’re doing for fun for the simple reason that you want to, with no end result in mind, you can open the floodgates of your own creative mind! (Works for me anyway). :)

James (18) (@jameslarson13) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

thanks for everything, everyone. all very good points and i will do my best to take them to heart

SomethingWitty (5) (@mynameisjosh) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

@Syn.Ther, I am unfortunately both interested in the creative process and the end result… but that’s just because I’m an actor by trade.

Self-Doubt abounds! Idiocy surrounds! ^_^

Em (473) (@emily) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

James I swear I know how you feel!! You’ve got potential-but what can you do/where should you go with it? I’ll throw out some thoughts, they may or may not be what you were looking for.. or maybe it’ll spark you to think of something else..
You could make something of course, but what you are going to do with it will affect the heart put into it (maybe). The things I make now, if I have time, are either practical things I can use, or are gifts for other people-whether it be a collage or whatever. I used to love to draw, and wasn’t too shabby, but I don’t have the patience.. I erase over & over & then start cursing the pencil :) Once I drew a pencil sketch of a picture of my son and I when he was baby, we fell asleep with our faces right next to each other & I had his sucker in my mouth. I framed it & all..he loves it.. I’ve also been saving his clothes since he was a baby-favorite shirts or outfits- and I’m gonna make probably a quilt with them all someday—give it to him when he goes away to college or something..
Something else… I’m just recently starting to recognize.. is you can “create” experiences for other people–and I think that’s awesome & feels so good!! You might have a hobby you enjoy, you could invite some others & share it. Or there may be something you’ve always wanted to do.. so you could invite someone else to do it with you. Surprise parties for no good reason (you could come up with one if you feel the need) are such an awesome way to show someone you care about them.. Shaping an experience for someone, even yourself, IS creating…you just don’t have an “end product” to show off or judge… instead you have memories, laughs, pictures, strengthened relationships.. I love it :)

Syn.Ther. (46) (@luna) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

@SW there is nothing unfortunate about that, it just means you are still not done ;)

But are we ever really… ;)


EmmaJaneDoe (0) (@Emily-Deva-Jane-Lowery) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

I found this discussion by typing in my search bar, “what do I do when I want to create something?”… This was the first link I clicked on and I thank you for it. This site has a lot of exposure for me to help coltivate a more cognitive brain. I think it can help push the limits of my knowledge. 

I am here with the same question as you, however I have an answer for you as well. Through experience creating something is the equivalent to excersise, for me. I wan’t to do it, I really do, but I lack the ambition to get up and actually do it. However, when I do finally do the thing I wanna do I feel ecstatic after! The chemicals in my brains release all the good happy feelings and make me feel awesome. For me my struggle is just pushing myself to start. I get discouraged so easily even after I myself have proven TO MYSELF that I am capable of creating. All I can say to answer your question, is to sit down and start. You do not need a plan. Place creative materials in your work space and start f*cking around. See what happens. 

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