By discovering what drives you and your art, you can tap into your deepest motivations and achieve your full creative potential, says writer and professor Meta Wagner.
What’s your creative type?
Do any of these sound familiar?
— You believe you have a great creative talent, but you think your dreams of pursuing it full-time are childish and impractical.
— You spent months on a creative project. Then, you couldn’t decide if it was brilliant or worthless so you. just. stopped.
— You’ve sold a drawing/song/podcast/story/web series, and you’ve got more under way. But even though you’re succeeding, you find yourself waking up at night, worrying about competitors.
If you can relate to one or more of these scenarios, welcome to the creative life. Any artist you’ve ever heard of has had something besides talent, dedication or luck behind them: Most of them knew why they created. When you know what drives you — and what encourages and discourages you — you’re better able to keep yourself on track and enlist friends and colleagues to rally you during dry times or tough times.
The five creative types here grew out of the extensive research and thinking I’ve done for the “Creativity in Context” seminar I teach at Emerson College. My students have responded enthusiastically, and I realized I’d tapped into something valuable for anyone creative.
Take the quiz, discover your type, and embrace a life fueled by your imagination and art.