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25 Jul 2017, 6:58 am

Would you describe yourself as a creative person? Do you often have a strong imagination and ideas coming to you?

There's a difference between artistic ability and creative ability.

I'd say I have an artistic ability when it comes to music and perhaps writing too. However, I lack creativity and it drives me nuts. Especially since I have this longing feeling to create things but I can't.

I wonder, do aspies/autistic people tend to be more or less creative than the average?



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25 Jul 2017, 7:23 am

I have more creativity than artistic abilities.


My creativity not only applies with the art/s and/of crafting, but also various academic and practical stuff that is outside of my lifelong special interest of crafting. It's more or less one of my ways of life. :lol:
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25 Jul 2017, 8:08 am

I write, I always have, so I suppose that counts as creative.
However I have also just taken up visual art journalling, and it's surprising how ... rusty, all that feels. How smothered that kind of faculty is just by everything. I am also reading "The Artist's Way" and getting some tips from that on being more creative in general. I figure it's like anything - you just have to exercise that side of yourself to get it working and awake.
I don't think it depends on autism. It's just an individual thing. Some people claim that autistics lack imagination, but I believe that really only relates to the observation of children in imaginative play. As usual, autistic adults are ignored. I know I never engaged in imaginative play, but it was because of the social and emotional component of it that I lacked, not the pure imagination.


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25 Jul 2017, 8:27 am

I want to write stories but I'm only good at describing things. I have no idea for an actual plot to come up with so far.



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25 Jul 2017, 8:39 am

Being very creative gave me a distinct advantage while working on my PhD research projects. Many of my fellow graduate students struggled with coming up with original research ideas and plans, but I did not. They wanted me to somehow "teach" them how to be creative at my level, but they lacked the natural instinct to do so.



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25 Jul 2017, 8:43 am

I have a creative mind when it comes to problem solving and composition.
That's about it, though.


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25 Jul 2017, 9:00 am

I like to write and do watercolor painting. I can't wait for the watercolor class to be offered again so I can sign up. I will do so through my local Recreation and Parks department at the earliest opportunity.



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25 Jul 2017, 9:03 am

I could be pretty creative at times. I write poetry. If I were able to paint, I think I might do as well as Dali LOL

I like the Absurd amid Beauty....or is it Beauty amid the Absurd? I don't like iconclastically ugly things. Or non-art as Art.



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25 Jul 2017, 10:02 am

EzraS wrote:
I want to write stories but I'm only good at describing things. I have no idea for an actual plot to come up with so far.


That's what I struggle with too



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25 Jul 2017, 10:05 am

My main weakness is dialogue.

You can be all Herman Melville all you want as far as description goes----but for one to write a true novel, one must have social dialogue.



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25 Jul 2017, 10:17 am

I'm very creative. Not only do I write short stories, I also write songs, most of which have a satirical edge to them. When it comes to composing the music however, I've always been pretty shitty there. I focus much more on a larger vision than on details, so the technical aspects of composition don't work for me.



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25 Jul 2017, 10:26 am

I guess I would call myself artistic, but not creative. I used to write a lot when I was younger, but I'd often get stuck, especially around dialogue or figuring out what would be exciting for the reader. (Maybe not the same as what I find exciting.)

Even though I am not very visual/spatial, I have very good color sense (detect small differences in two colors, find coordinating colors easily, etc) -- I love to paint, work with clay, and make wool sculptures. Any kind of craft with my hands is beloved, and I'm slowly learning to make digital work as well.

However, I would not call myself "creative" because I'm usually creating normal things, like animals or landscapes. Even when I branch into fantasy (which I love), it's still not really making things up -- I don't make my own creatures, I just make my own dragons or decide what a wizard will wear, but it's not my own "creation" if that makes sense. I didn't invent the wizard or dragon. Actually, I really struggle to come up with ideas without finding inspiration somewhere else first.



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25 Jul 2017, 11:51 am

Shakespeare didn't create his own plays, either, by and large--yet he was "creative" in how he adapted those plays.

Just like you can be "creative" in how you present your animals.



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25 Jul 2017, 12:58 pm

Yes, very creative.



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25 Jul 2017, 1:37 pm

CuriousButDepressed wrote:
I'm very creative. Not only do I write short stories, I also write songs, most of which have a satirical edge to them. When it comes to composing the music however, I've always been pretty shitty there. I focus much more on a larger vision than on details, so the technical aspects of composition don't work for me.


I wish I could write songs too! I've tried countless times but I'm never happy with the outcome. What's your process like? Do you just start writing the lyrics or do you find the melody first? I can't seem to combine the two and my lyrics are often cliche and boring to me.



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