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What's Your Creative Type?: Harness the Power of Your Artistic Personality

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  34 reviews
The greatest creators in human history--from Mozart to Meryl Streep, Jackson Pollock to Jay-Z--don't just have talent--they also understand their motivations for pursuing art. What's Your Creative Type? helps artists do the same in a fun and witty way. Stepping away from the hyper-focus on how people create, What's Your Creative Type? instead explores why. By identifying y ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Seal Press
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Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author, Meta Wagner, is brilliant with this topic!. An early read showed a great balance between meaningful academia, total fun, and extraordinary tools for self examination.
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in what sparks the human drive to create
I love anything to do with how the human mind works, and What's Your Creative Type presented another dimension I hadn't previously thought about. What motivates artists of all kinds? It's all in this book, presented in an engaging and useful way. Wagner did her research, too. It's well-organized within each of the five creative types, with examples from famous creators and tips on how you can leverage the strengths of your own particular brand of creativity. I'm an artisan, but I also read about ...more
Matt Ferm
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not your typical creative type. I am a business person who specializes in IT and technology. The title of the book interested me because people always say "oh, you business types are't creative." I am sick and tired of hearing that so I wanted to see how I stack up relative to examples in the book. In reading through, it turns out I am a "Game Changer" and that is 100% accurate. It became obvious creative people share the same characteristics whether painting, composing music, writing softw ...more
Camille DeAngelis
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Here's the blurb I gave this delightful book:
Every artist must figure out exactly what drives them to create before they can make the impact they were born to make. Meta Wagner's book proves that self discovery can be a real pleasure: lively yet insightful, practical and compassionate, it's a must-read for creatives of all ages.

(Full disclosure: I have become friends with the author, and we have done a bookstore event together, but this was all after I gave her book this endorsement.)
Kayla Mary
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
my favorite Emerson professor wrote a book, and it's insightful and funny and i highly recommend it. also i'm a flight attendant type ...more
Alicen Martinez
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I tell people all the time “everybody is an artist” and they respond with “I can only do stick figures, nothing as amazing as your art” I feel offended and want to reiterate that ANYONE CAN DRAW I tell them whether it be a circle, a stick figure, a square then they are artists! They will tell me that they take pictures, knit, decorate etc. I have to tell them that it is art, they are artists in their own way and that know how creative they really are. This books is for anybody who feels they are ...more
Karen Floyd
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
An entertaining look at what the author considers the five types of creative people - A-Lister, Artisan, Game Changer, Sensitive Soul, and Activist. The categories are rather narrow, and I suspect most of us would be found in more than one of the categories. Each type gets a chapter with definitions, quizzes, ideas and advice, and famous examples. This skims the surface of its subject, but is an interesting read.
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you're like me, you read everything you can get your hands on to help you continue with (or begin!) your current artistic endeavor...I was so glad when I learned of this book because I've always known there was something underlying my drive to create but I didn't know what it was. I love this idea that determining what that thing is could be the key to getting out of my own way and completing my project. Pages into this book I knew it was going to help me. I really appreciate Wagner's writing ...more
Gillian Victoria
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What's my creative type? It's a secret, but I highly recommend you read this book to find out yours. I find it difficult to keep focus so when I picked up this book - I was relieved to find that it was an easy read but more importantly ENGAGING!! nonetheless - I was very focused and finished quite quickly. Meta Wagner writes with such easiness you feel like you are talking with a friend. Her writing captivates you. It is witty, smart and personable. Not just for the artistic types - but for ever ...more
Diane Hester
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Seeing the various creative types identified and explained in such clear terms was fascinating and inspiring.
As a writer, my favorite take-away line was: "Address the issues that mean the most to you and about which you have the most to say." Great stuff!
Cindy Richard
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved that this book focuses on "why" we create so we know how to keep going when the going gets tough. A quick informative read that creatives are sure to love. ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Intrigued by the title, I decided to buy this. I'll keep it, but on the whole, it was a bit thin, and the writing style is geared toward beginners and the college students Wagner teaches, so that was annoying. Much of the advice was repetitive, when it came to sidebars trying to pinpoint specific fears of each "type", and the "Identify Your Variety" sidebars seemed completely unhelpful. (If you're a writer, and stuck, "Motivate Your Writing" by Kelner is better.) On the plus side, I like Wagner' ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I enjoyed reading this book for a few reasons. One, it was an interesting way to think about the different ways in which artists are motivated. So frequently we assume that artists create because that's their inclination without wondering about the additional motivations behind it. But this was a really interesting way of breaking down those additional motivations. I also enjoyed trying to identify my own motivations within these types. At a quick glance, I would have told you I was A-Lister - s ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So enjoyed this book. It creates a new genre. There's nothing like it out there.

I read it to ponder my own creativity and the reward was far beyond that. It helped me look inward and understand that I am a game changer and what that means. That was fun to consider what motivates me and what rewards mean most.

It also helped me look at others who write, produce, think differently, act, paint, design --- never before thought about how many ways there are to be creative. I came away realizing each
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a curious read though I must say none of the types reflected my motives for immersing myself into art. I found the types too specific.
I don't really consider myself an artist but when I ask myself why, why I'm surrounding myself with art all the time, the answer that comes is to escape, which wasn't reflected in any of the types.
I want to be transported to another time, another place, another world. Somewhere pure, beautiful and sublime, full of wonder and depth of feeling.
I want to explo
Joséphine (Word Revel)
Initial thoughts: Pretty interesting book. Sections were very well organised and straightforward. A little more basic than I had expected but the ideas and advice are presented in a manner that's very easy to grasp. As always, with typification comes fleeting generalisation, which the author did address as either those who fully fit a creative type or those who have such creative tendencies. Not a lot was said about mixed creative types, though, which would've mad this book a whole lot more info ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
Read this pretty quickly and was amazed at how perfectly I matched up with type 2 and how clearly I could see some of my friends in the other categories. I didn't even realize artists could be categorized until reading this book. It gives insight into artist personalities and how to overcome some of the drawbacks with having any of the listed types. ...more
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-printed, 2020
3.5 Stars - A light reading on some types of creativity and some real examples on how each types can bring impact in two ways : to the one who possesses the creativity and to the society. Looking on how the writer draws the narrative, I think this book is meant for college students and anyone who is looking for some quick encouragement in order to be or keep on being creative.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honestly I just couldn’t put this book down. Insightful, simple with great inspirational ideas and real life stories of real creative people. It doesn’t pigeon people into categories but shows you how each other creative types think. A wonderful book to determine why you create.
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A simple and light read, but not particularly enlightening or deep.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Lays out 5 types of creative people. It's very "Are you _, _, and _? Then here's a bunch of assumptions they make about you. ...more
An agglomeration of tips from several well-known career and self-help books.
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
I started off very interested in this but I could physically feel my interest wane halfway through the second chapter. It just wasn’t bringing anything particularly new to the table.
Hannah Bagnall
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: default
Definitely helped identify my type, easy and fun to read. Wish there had been a bit more hands-on like "Try this craft" ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Almost as if a contemporary, well-read art historian was teaching a personality psychology class creating five different types on a subject often overlooked and under-utilized. I can't help but think that Meta has touched on a way to finally classify the creative right brain in everyone and everything they do, not just the artist; a truck driver that creates beautiful drives for intense love of his family (Sensitive Soul), a hacker who creates code to induce political change (Activist), a statis ...more
Heidi Aspesberger
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting read that help you think about creativity in a new way.
Lisa Cool
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Filled with inspiring quotes, insightful analysis and a new way to understand WHY you create and how make your artistic personality work for you, What's Your Creative Type? is fundamentally a voyage of self-discovery for everyone with creative leanings, from aspiring authors to experienced pros. Meta Wagner, a professor at Boston University and Emerson College, as well as a contributor to the Boston Globe and other publications, analyzes an astonishing diverse cast of luminary creators. For exam ...more
Hussain Ahmed
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good read indeed. I would really appreciate the effort of the writer.
Linda Epach
Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: won
What's Your Creative Type? by Meta Wagner offers quizzes to determine which of the five creative types you are and then divides it down further into subtypes. The book then offers practical suggestions for how to nurture the positive and reduce the negative tendencies of your type to make the most of your creative talents. It also offers several examples of famous people that fall into each of the types. I found the book interesting, but I found myself scanning through it, until I read the type ...more
Delia Cabe
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My copy arrived today & am already sucked in by this lively ^ thoughtful book. This fun read is filled with anecdotes from artists, writers, comedians, actors, poets & with pop culture references: from Whitman to Rothko and Didion to Amy Schumer. Picture your BFF encouraging you to find & then own your creative self. This book is also perfect for gifting. I plan to gift it on Mother's Day, Graduation Day and others. ...more
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Meta Wagner is the author of What's Your Creative Type?: Harness the Power of Your Artistic Personality (Seal Press). She is a contributor to Boston Globe opinion pages, was a columnist for PopMatters, and has written on pop culture and creativity for Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Salon, and Wall Street Journal custom studios. She is also a TedxBU 2017 speaker.

When she's not writing, Meta is

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