What’s Your Creative Type?

Today I gave a presentation at FITC Toronto 2012 about creativity. I promised I would post this diagram about how to discover your basic creative type. These are not meant as scientific labels, but as a starting point for understanding your own creative strengths and weaknesses so that you can create a toolkit to help you create more, better, and different. I’m working on an ebook to describe everything in detail, but feel free to try the test yourself and let me know how it plays out for you:

You START at Action, take the Action Test, and then choose the strong path (+) or the weak path (–) depending on your answers.

Action Test (yellow diamond)

Action is about getting things done. It is about practicing a craft and building experience. It is about having a routine, and cranking shit out. If you are strong in action, then when you see great creative work, you immediately start creating something. The important thing about your creative work is that you are doing it. You never have trouble getting started, and always have a project on the go. You usually finish what you start, and make many versions of your work before you are satisfied.

Answer yes or no to the following questions.

Do you…

  1. Have a hard time getting things started?
  2. Suffer from writer’s block, or often feel distracted and doubtful?
  3. Have difficulty finishing a project because you procrastinate too much?
  4. Hate practicing?
  5. Have lots of ideas, but precious little to show for them?
  • If you answered YES to three or more of these questions, you have an action weakness. Follow the (–) sign.
  • If you answered NO to most of these questions and only got one or two YESes then you have action strength in your creative approach. Follow the (+) sign.

Connection Test (blue diamond)

Connection is about making associations, about understanding details, about seeing the big picture. It is about storytelling, about connecting the dots. If you are strong in connection, then when you see great creative work you ponder its intrinsic meaning. The important thing about your creative work is that that it resonates with other people. You do a lot of research, you find it easy to empathize with others, and are intrigued by the many ways different cultures, races, and religions approach solutions to problems. You are never happy with a project until it ‘feels’ just right.

Answer yes or no to the following questions.

Do you…

  1. Loathe the thought of research, and avoid details?
  2. Have little patience for new ideas or cultural experiences?
  3. Have difficulty telling stories?
  4. Have a hard time seeing the big picture, of understanding the relevance of what you do?
  5. Rarely imagine yourself as someone else (in someone else’s shoes)?
  • If you answered YES to three or more of these questions, you have a connection weakness. Follow the (–) sign.
  • If you answered NO to most of these questions and only got one or two YESes then you have connection strength. Follow the (+) sign.

Deviation Test

Deviation is about experimenting enough to find your own expressive voice. If you are strong in deviation, then when you see great creative work you imagine how you would have done it differently. The most important thing about your creative work is that nobody has ever done it before. You like to experiment with a variety of options, and thrive on change. You wear ‘strange’ like a badge of honour, and if people knew all of your ideas, they would probably lock you up.

Answer yes or no to the following questions.

Do you…

  1. Have difficulty expressing yourself, finding your own voice?
  2. Avoid trying new things?
  3. Have a hard time coming up with completely new ideas?
  4. Not know how to imagine things from new perspectives?
  5. Fear the unknown and stick to what you know (do you always order the same thing at a restaurant)?
  • If you answered YES to three or more of these questions, you have a deviation weakness. Follow the (–) sign.
  • If you answered NO to most of these questions and only got one or two YESes then you have deviation strength. Follow the (+) sign.

Congratulations! You should now know your creative type.

Want to know more? I’m currently writing a book about the elements of creativity, the create types, and specific creative toolkits to help you create more, better, different. You can do one of two things:

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2 thoughts on “What’s Your Creative Type?”

  1. nice article – but typo under the deviation strength section.

    these paragraphs still refer to “connection”

    > If you answered YES to three or more of these questions, you have a connection weakness. Follow the (–) sign.
    If you answered NO to most of these questions and only got one or two YESes then you have connection strength. Follow the (+) sign.

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