Best books about creativity according to redditors

We found 2,488 Reddit comments discussing the best books about creativity. We ranked the 461 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Creativity:

u/youmeanwhatnow · 366 pointsr/pics

I started drawing when I was 25 you can do it too if you try! Most people can only draw stick people if the only drawing they ever did was in grade school. You’ll find at first that you draw like a grade schooler, because well, that’s the last time you drew. You just pick up wher you left off. I find that is what discourages people from continuing. It’s to be expected though. You can practice your way up in no time. I know you’re not exactly asking, but thought I’d throw it out there for anyone who feels the same and feels like they can’t draw. You’ll catch up quicker than someone who’s really a child but it’ll take some work and some practice obviously! Just don’t give up because you draw like a child... to be fair you pretty much are drawing like a child at first. I recommend picking up a couple book and checking a couple YouTube channels!

Edit: r/ArtFundamentals is helpful used to be known as drawabox. First book I picked up was Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I’ve picked up many many more since then!

u/onewordpoet · 79 pointsr/Art

I personally think the opposite. Photo realism is not "advanced". Painting impressionistically is not beginner either. What you need for impressionist painting comes off the back of photorealism. Copying a photo does not make you advanced. Infusing a photo with emotion and meaning makes you advanced. This painting is just that. And I love it. I am honestly tired seeing a photorealistic drawing and then clicking the comments just to see "Wow! I thought it was a photo" over and over again. Not to knock it, but this sort of work takes a different kind of skill. You need a handle (hah) on your brushwork and how you react to what you see. Difficult as fuck. Im still learning how to do this myself.

Learning "how to see" is definitely the cornerstone in becoming a better artist, though. That I agree with. Don't equate impressionism with not being able to do this. In my opinion they do it the best. I recommend anyone learning to pick up "drawing on the right side of the brain". Thats what personally helped me with getting things right. I used to draw photorealistic but I felt that it was an empty sort of exercise. Where do you go from there? Here. You go here. You express yourself.

Love the painting

u/TallAmericano · 77 pointsr/casualiama

On behalf of Chuck Klosterman...

  1. Let us assume you met a rudimentary magician. Let us assume he can do five simple tricks--he can pull a rabbit out of his hat, he can make a coin disappear, he can turn the ace of spades into the Joker card, and two others in a similar vein. These are his only tricks and he can't learn anymore; he can only do these five. HOWEVER, it turns out he's doing these five tricks with real magic. It's not an illusion; he can actually conjure the bunny out of the ether and he can move the coin through space. He's legitimately magical, but extremely limited in scope and influence. Would this person be more impressive than Albert Einstein?

  2. Let us assume a fully grown, completely healthy Clydesdale horse has his hooves shackled to the ground while his head is held in place with thick rope. He is conscious and standing upright, but completely immobile. And let us assume that--for some reason--every political prisoner on earth (as cited by Amnesty International) will be released from captivity if you can kick this horse to death in less than twenty minutes. You are allowed to wear steel-toed boots. Would you attempt to do this?

  3. Let us assume there are two boxes on a table. In one box, there is a relatively normal turtle; in the other, Adolf Hitler's skull. You have to select one of these items for your home. If you select the turtle, you can't give it away and you have to keep it alive for two years; if either of these parameters are not met, you will be fined $999 by the state. If you select Hitler's skull, you are required to display it in a semi-prominent location in your living room for the same amount of time, although you will be paid a stipend of $120 per month for doing so. Display of the skull must be apolitical. Which option do you select?

  4. You meet your soul mate. However, there is a catch: Every three years, someone will break both of your soul mate's collarbones with a Crescent wrench, and there is only one way you can stop this from happening: You must swallow a pill that will make every song you hear--for the rest of your life--sound as if it's being performed by the band Alice in Chains. When you hear Credence Clearwater Revival on the radio, it will sound (to your ears) like it’s being played by Alice in Chains. If you see Radiohead live, every one of their tunes will sound like it’s being covered by Alice in Chains. When you hear a commercial jingle on TV, it will sound like Alice in Chains; if you sing to yourself in the shower, your voice will sound like deceased Alice vocalist Layne Staley performing a Capella (but it will only sound this way to you). Would you swallow the pill?

  5. At long last, someone invents "the dream VCR." This machine allows you to tape an entire evening's worth of your own dreams, which you can then watch at your leisure. However, the inventor of the dream VCR will only allow you to use this device of you agree to a strange caveat: When you watch your dreams, you must do so with your family and your closest friends in the same room. They get to watch your dreams along with you. And if you don't agree to this, you can't use the dream VCR. Would you still do this?

  6. Defying all expectation, a group of Scottish marine biologists capture a live Loch Ness Monster. In an almost unbelievable coincidence, a bear hunter in the Pacific Northwest shoots a Sasquatch in the thigh, thereby allowing zoologists to take the furry monster into captivity. These events happen on the same afternoon. That evening, the president announces he may have thyroid cancer and will undergo a biopsy later that week. You are the front page editor of The New York Times: What do you play as the biggest story?

  7. You meet the perfect person. Romantically, this person is ideal: You find them physically attractive, intellectually stimulating, consistently funny, and deeply compassionate. However, they have one quirk: This individual is obsessed with Jim Henson's gothic puppet fantasy The Dark Crystal. Beyond watching it on DVD at least once a month, he/she peppers casual conversation with Dark Crystal references, uses Dark Crystal analogies to explain everyday events, and occasionally likes to talk intensely about the film's "deeper philosophy." Would this be enough to stop you from marrying this individual?

  8. A novel titled Interior Mirror is released to mammoth commercial success (despite middling reviews). However, a curious social trend emerges: Though no one can prove a direct scientific link, it appears that almost 30 percent of the people who read this book immediately become homosexual. Many of these newfound homosexuals credit the book for helping them reach this conclusion about their orientation, despite the fact that Interior Mirror is ostensibly a crime novel with no homoerotic content (and was written by a straight man). Would this phenomenon increase (or decrease) the likelihood of you reading this book?

  9. You are watching a movie in a crowded theater. Though the plot is mediocre, you find yourself dazzled by the special effects. But with twenty minutes left in the film, you are struck with an undeniable feeling of doom: You are suddenly certain your mother has just died. There is no logical reason for this to be true, but you are certain of it. You are overtaken with the irrational metaphysical sense that--somewhere--your mom has just perished. But this is only an intuitive, amorphous feeling; there is no evidence for this, and your mother has not been ill. Would you immediately exit the theater, or would you finish watching the movie?

  10. You meet a wizard. The wizard tells you he can make you more attractive if you pay him money. When you ask how this process works, the wizard points to a random person on the street. You look at this random stranger. The wizard says, "I will now make them a dollar more attractive." He waves his magic wand. Ostensibly, this person does not change at all; as far as you can tell, nothing is different. But--somehow--this person is suddenly a little more appealing. The tangible difference is invisible to the naked eye, but you can't deny that this person is vaguely sexier. This wizard has a weird rule, though--you can only pay him once. You can't keep giving him money until you're satisfied. You can only pay him one lump sum up front. How much cash do you give the wizard?

  11. For reasons that cannot be explained, cats can suddenly read at a twelfth-grade level. They can't talk and they can't write, but they can read silently and understand the text. Many cats love this new skill, because they now have something to do all day while they lay around the house; however, a few cats become depressed, because reading forces them to realize the limitations of their existence (not to mention the utter frustration of being unable to express themselves). This being the case, do you think the average cat would enjoy Garfield, or would cats find this cartoon to be an insulting caricature?

  12. You have a brain tumor. Though there is no discomfort at the moment, this tumor would unquestionably kill you in six months. However, your life can (and will) be saved by an operation; the only downside is that there will be a brutal incision to your frontal lobe. After the surgery, you will be significantly less intelligent. You will still be a fully functioning adult, but you will be less logical, you will have a terrible memory, and you will have little ability to understand complex concepts or difficult ideas. The surgery is in two weeks. How do you spend the next fourteen days?

  13. You have won a prize. The prize has two options, and you can choose either (but not both). The first option is a year in Europe with a monthly stipend of $2,000. The second option is ten minutes on the moon. Which option do you select?

  14. Your best friend is taking a nap on the floor of your living room. Suddenly, you are faced with a bizarre existential problem: This friend is going to die unless you kick them (as hard as you can) in the rib cage. If you don’t kick them while they slumber, they will never wake up. However, you can never explain this to your friend; if you later inform them that you did this to save their life, they will also die from that. So you have to kick a sleeping friend in the ribs, and you can’t tell them why. Since you cannot tell your friend the truth, what excuse will you fabricate to explain this (seemingly inexplicable) attack?

  15. For whatever the reason, two unauthorized movies are made about your life. The first is an independently released documentary, primarily comprised of interviews with people who know you and bootleg footage from your actual life. Critics are describing the documentary as “brutally honest and relentlessly fair.” Meanwhile, Columbia Tri-Star has produced a big-budget biopic of your life, casting major Hollywood stars as you and all your acquaintances; though the movie is based on actual events, screenwriters have taken some liberties with the facts. Critics are split on the artistic merits of this fictionalized account, but audiences love it. Which film would you be most interested in seeing?

    Edit: For those wondering, these questions are a subset of Chuck Klosterman's Hypertheticals. I'd have included more but Reddit only allows 10,000 characters per reply.
u/cranky12 · 76 pointsr/Art

I am by no means an expert artist so take this with a grain of salt but i can give you my advice:

it sounds obvious (and to be honest, pretty disappointing) but you just need to draw as much as possible, set aside an hour a day to just draw.

A good place is to start is to draw still-lifes with basic shapes at varying distances: something like this. this will let you start to develop an eye for lighting and how shapes and shadows interact. Search up how to properly shade if you're unsure.

while you're drawing these, start studying 1 and 2 point perspective: this slide makes it simple to understand and is pretty comprehensive. perspective is an essential tool which you'll need to understand.

keep drawing these basic shapes everyday, then start upgrading into more abstract shapes, things like wine glasses other shapes.
Maybe you can read Drawing on the right side of the brain?
It's probably one of the most highly regarded guide to drawing which really helped me to understand certain processes and logic behind drawing.

SIDE NOTE: Drawing from your brain memory/imagination is an incredibly difficult thing to do and not every artist is great at it. Use references and stills from life or books or the internet to develop your skill.

One of the greatest difficulties you will face is drawing what is there rather than what you think you see.

PM me if you ever need help with something.

u/dboyer87 · 69 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

If you dug this video I would suggest reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. I manage artists for a living and tell all my artists to read this book twice a year. Resistance is very very real and you can overcome. Don't wait for inspiration or motivation. If an artist tells me they only wait for inspiration, then I don't work with them.

u/[deleted] · 59 pointsr/GetMotivated

Congratulations: you've found one of the limits of the English language, but it actually makes perfect sense when you realize that you're using the same word for two separate concepts.

You're afraid of failure in that (presumably) you are afraid that you personally will be inadequate (or create something inadequate, which means that you derive your self-worth from the quality of your work. Don't do that, jackass.), and as such, you postpone the work so that you never have to find out whether or not you are "good enough". People make mistakes (all of the fucking time), so there's no reason to value yourself this way.

The "failure" that you are maximizing your chances for is not the same short-term failure, but a much more permanent and related to your aspirations.

"Doing poor work." vs "Not reaching your goals."

Disclaimer: I'm probably projecting. Maybe you're scared shitless of being an Assistant Manager at Best Buy forever. I am, too, but I'm much more overwhelmed by the thought of doing "inferior" work.

EDIT: I've been working all day, but stay tuned for an update on this tonight.

EDIT 2: I'm getting some recognition right here, and that's not quite right. I pretty much just paraphrased the first couple dozen pages of the book The Now Habit by Dr. Neil Fiore. While I won't say that it will change your life, because only you can do that with work and motivation, it will help you identify why you feel unmotivated and why you procrastinate, and it gives you plenty of practical tools to beat these self-destructive tendencies. I was skeptical at first because after you identify why you procrastinate it becomes an instruction manual instead of a "philosophy of motivation" book, but I was able to use these tools to change my life in a great way.

Personally, I used The Now Habit,, a webnanny extension for Google, and a few other accountability methods to "fix" my problems, but they ended up working. I still use all of these things, but I find that on days where I do disregard them I am still able to be productive, behaving as I would on any other day. I can NOT recommend a book any more than this one, but again, it won't change you if you aren't making an active effort to change yourself. I don't think that any one resource can change you, instead you change who you are using several of them. I used to think that people who keep their work space full of motivational quotes and posters were somewhat pathetic, but now I realize that these are some of the wisest people there are. They know what keeps them working hard and they surround themselves with it.

EDIT 3: You shouldn't derive your worth from the quality of your work because it's impossible to qualify and quantify your work. Is your job the only thing worth considering here? Your hobbies and side projects? What about your ability to inspire? How about how good of a role model you are? If your logic is simply anything that you contribute to society fits into the category of "things that determine your self-worth" then it's stupid to even think about what you're "worth" because of the limitless contributions that you make without realizing. A bystander might have watched you throw away some litter today and been inspired to eventually create a method of turning pollution into weather balloon fuel. You only see the tip of the iceberg. If I were putting together a team for a project, I'd much rather have the idiot who will work his hardest than the "unmotivated genius". Such geniuses are carry nearly no "value" if you're looking at work as the arbiter of value.

This doesn't even touch on the fact that there's no reason to have self-worth. Implying that you are worth X implies that others are worth W and Y. It's narcissistic to think that you're better than someone, even if you think that there are way more people that are better than you. In all reality, no one is "worth" more than anyone, and you shouldn't think that way. This train of thought has no reward and plenty of punishment. If you must value yourself and others, value based on effort applied on quality and improvement, not on the quality itself. "Not being perfect proves that you are perfectly human."

Sorry if there's shitty grammar, poorly explained thoughts, or ideas that aren't fully fleshed-out. It's been a long day and I'm way too tired, but I really wanted to give a little more to the people who were responding. Mostly, the recommendation of The Now Habit.

u/Pal_Smurch · 52 pointsr/Damnthatsinteresting

Because you're not using that organ to its fullest extent. Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards can drastically improve your artwork in an amazingly short time. You can find copies of this book for free online, and it's well worth it. It teaches you how to draw what you see, rather than what your left brain tells you an object should look like. There are exercises that teach you to not draw an object, but rather the space around the object, freeing you to not draw a caricature of the object.

u/heregoes_something · 48 pointsr/Art

Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain is a classic with some great exercises. Have fun!

u/Renuo · 46 pointsr/pics

Hey man, you might enjoy looking up this book:

As somebody else who has resolved himself to learn how to draw, that book took me from shitty stick-figures to a Clint Eastwood sketch that still instills gushing feelings of inner pride from myself. All within days mind you.

u/Kalsed · 39 pointsr/brasil

Falar Top ajuda tanto quanto falar "ta uma merda" ou "foda-se". Mas aumenta o ego. Obviamente a pessoa que desenhou focou o tempo em sombras e luzes e detalhes, mas ta bem obio que quem desenhou não tem noção de anatomia, estrutura, proporção ou muita pratica. E isso é ok. Depende do que você procura. Se é um hobby, "só um desenho", ta bem legal. E muito bom que você passou 3 horas nele, mostra que você realmente gosta de desenhar.

Se você quer melhorar de verdade. Primeira coisa é aprender estrutura básica. Proporção, blocagem, anatomia etc. Entender um olho sempre vai fazer com que você possa desenhar olhos mais rápido, mais realistas e ai sim manipular ele para o tipo de olho que você quer. Seu desenho está muito 2D, mesmo com as sombras. tente entender que o olho é uma esfera dentro do cranio e envolta por pele. Não se preocupe tanto com sombras e luzes no começo, tenta primeiro fazer o olho funcionar.

Isso se da por vários motivos. Um deles é que você está desenhando o olho como um simbolo olho, o que vocÊ lembra como que seria um olho. Muito melhor tentar ignorar essa memória e praticar a observação, pelo menos até você entender. Tem um luvro chamado "desenhando com o lado direito do cerebro" Recomendo bastante para entender isso.
Cílios longos, lápis mais escuro... Isso são detalhes. Não são eles que deixam seu desenho bom. O básico que deixa. Proko é um mestre. Ignora as luzes, as sombras. Foca na estrutura.

Dito isso, pense agora no... Desenho. Um olho sendo só um olho não diz muito. Se foi um estudo, desenhe menor, desenhe mais. Um estudo não precisa de um olho renderizado. Ao menos que esse seja o foco do estudo. Um estudo precisa de 5 folhas, lotadas de olhos de vários angulos, alguns com contexto, olhos de diversas etinias, diversos formatos, com os 2 olhos muitas vezes (simetria é sempre bom de estudar). Se for um desenho finalizado, sempre pense num contexto, esse olho está no vazio? Numa pedra? num rosto? Numa pessoa desenhando um olho num papel? Desenhe esse contexto. Velocidade vem com o tempo, não se preocupa.

Espero que minha crítica, apesar de um pouco mais pesada tenha sido útil. Todo mundo que desenha já passou por essa parte. Se eu te falar "ta legal", você vai ficar feliz, mas vai cometer os mesmos erros pelo próximos 50 desenhos de 3 horas.

u/gfyp · 35 pointsr/cscareerquestions

In my experience, the more experienced you are, the more an interview focuses on things like prior projects, architecture, teams, culture, etc. I just completed a job hunt where I interviewed with several major east/west-coast tech companies, and none of them asked LeetCode-style questions. I did get programming questions and take-home exercises, but they were practical ones (e.g., discussing a real-world problem the company has) or, surprisingly, lightweight bozo screens (e.g., traversing a tree and printing values).

But it really depends upon the company. My understanding is that Google's interviews still consist of multiple rounds of LeetCode-style questions, though I've also heard that's changing.

I've been involved in hiring at several companies now, and I think LeetCode-style interviews are on their way out. The more nimble a company is, the less-likely it is to ask you the traditional LeetCode-style whiteboarding question. It's the slower companies that are entrenched in their cargo-culted interview processes that still ask LeetCode-style questions, including some Big 4s and Unicorns. But that will change. No one asks "How would you move Mt. Fuji?" anymore. I imagine companies will continue asking programming questions, but I expect them to become more practical, typically covering the sort of problem you might encounter if given an offer.

u/kevinstreet1 · 31 pointsr/Nootropics

Intellectuals in earlier times were walking a lot more than most people do today. In the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, the author describes the routines of a bunch of writers, artists and scientists (mostly from the 20th century) - and over and over they mention going on walks as a way to get exercise and clear the mind.

u/wonderful72pike · 31 pointsr/starterpacks

It does, but you don't need to know all of that to draw from a still photo of a face. Instead of drawing a skull, muscles, skin, you break the picture down into shapes and lines and draw those instead. You don't need to know any of the anatomy because all the visual information you need to draw it is already there without any knowledge of how it works.

It's possible to go from not knowing how to draw to being able to draw a pretty good face in just a week if you can learn to do this, there are several books that teach it. This is the one most people will recommend you. From there you just practice getting more accurate and learn how to actually do it (physical techniques to shade, how to blend, etc.).

He's being a dick about it but what /u/curdledS8 is saying is 100% accurate -- knowing how to draw from a still photo really well doesn't mean shit if you don't know how to draw form, how perspective works, etc.. It's not that impressive if you think about it this way.

u/jus_richards · 31 pointsr/IWantToLearn


Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

These two resources will pretty much do you for a while. The book is like learning the abc's for drawing. It'll run through everything a beginner needs to know. The sub-reddit will allow you to post your drawings and then get critique for them: really helpful tool.

For drawing kit all you'll need is a pencil or a pencil set and some paper. Don't go nuts with buying too much 'cause you never know if you'll like it enough to keep going.

u/Brudaks · 28 pointsr/GetMotivated

It's generally accepted that CBT or, to a lesser (but self-manageable) extent, mindfulness meditation are things that are known to work for such problems.

For certain causes of stress, books like or might be helpful, but YMMW; it helps some but for many (most?) people reading self-help books aren't sufficient to do anything and actual activities (CBT, meditation or possibly others) have a larger chance to help.

u/BearZeBubus · 28 pointsr/learntodraw

Most people do not suck at drawing because they do not know the technique, but because they do not know how to see. What you want to do is train your eyes and I recommend the book "Drawing with the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. EDIT: Here is the Amazon link and I just noticed there is a 4th edition! If I needed another I would get this to check it out but I am sure she added a lot of good things. The author studied the human brain to have a better understand of how drawing works so I am sure she added new techniques and things from current studies.

Try to look for it at a local library, I am guessing you are either Australian or English so I am not sure if they will have the book but you can drop about 20$ and then some for shipping from Amazon.

About styles: you develop it over time. I am not really talking about manga style, but your own flavor of doing things. I recommend trying out the manga style, but I do not recommend making that your main form of learning. That is bad, because (1) you are copying another stylized piece of work (you want to draw from nature or non-photoshopped photographs) and (2) you most likely will be learning mistakes and it is really hard to fix mistakes. I read some manga and Kubo and Oda are two artists I love and if you look at their beginning work, it is almost flat out horrible to where they are now. There are small nuances to other people's work and you want to be careful what you copy. The only thing you can copy are the masters (Da Vinci, other Renaissance masters). Here is a website describing what Da Vinci did for practice which I recommend everyone to check out, but if you are a very beginner, I recommend checking out the book I recommended first. Practice, practice, practice. Try to draw something once a day, even if it is just a stick figure.

(3) Drawing from imagination is very, very, hard. In the beginning a lot of your manga/cartoon/stylized work will look so stiff and maybe not so fun to look at. That will be because of basics and experience. Life drawing will be what corrects this. Look into that after you got the basics. Backgrounds and landscapes are usually another set of classes/studies so check those out after as well.

Other than that, those are my tips. I want to be clear to you, and any other beginner, that I beat myself up when looking at my earlier and current drawings. Drawing can be a challenge because you need to know when to look past your mistakes and look at the tiny improvements. This is a sentiment shared with a lot of artists so do not think you are alone. Do not give up. If it is becoming stressful it is so great to take a step back, work on another project, or just take a week off. I find this to be the challenging part of drawing.

Any other questions? I will try to answer to the best of my abilities.

u/kapone3047 · 25 pointsr/Anxiety

Procrastination is more often than not, the result of anxiety.

Check out The Now Habit, I pirated (and later bought) it thinking it was a productivity and habit building book, and was then pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be largely about how anxiety keeps us from getting things done, and gives very clear strategies to manage it.

This would easily be in my top 5 (if not top 3) books on anxiety.

u/btown_brony · 25 pointsr/anime

That said... as our MC is very much aware, the most damaging thing to the production would be for (a) the team to lose confidence in the director, and (b) the director to lose confidence in himself. So she finds a way forward that does enable him, but in a manageable manner. She turns what would be a negative conflict into a positive experience, one that gives the entire team more confidence going forward.

I'm the cofounder and software developer for a small startup myself. Do I cringe when my nontechnical cofounders try to change our requirements? Sure, but if it's for the best, you reschedule and replan and make it work if it's at all possible. And if it's not possible, you can't be negative off the bat - you have to still "enable" while trying to shape the conversation towards a mutual understanding of what a good compromise would be. Thus, snacks and positive monologues!

I'm reading Creativity, Inc. now, a management book by the CEO of Pixar, and it's astounding how much effort the Pixar leadership put into building a culture of creativity. If Shirobako's production company was Pixar, a senior level of leadership would done what the MC did, re-invigorating the team in the face of a dip of confidence in the director - they actually have a "Braintrust" that systematically makes sure these types of meetings happen early in the production cycle. But it's absolutely something that any employee can learn from. If you're interested in mitigating these types of management situations, I'd highly encourage you to read the book.

u/RedRedRoad · 24 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Comprehensive List of Books Relating to Music Production and Creative Growth

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On Composition:

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Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies - Dennis DeSantis
Amazon Link
This is a fantastic book. Each page has a general idea on boosting creativity, workflow, and designing sounds and tracks.

Music Theory for Computer Musicians - Michael Hewitt
Amazon Link
Really easy to digest book on music theory, as it applies to your DAW. Each DAW is used in the examples, so it is not limited to a specific program. Highly recommend this for someone starting out with theory to improve their productions.

Secrets of Dance Music Production - David Felton
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This book I recently picked up and so far it's been quite good. It goes over all the different elements of what make's dance music, and get's quite detailed. More geared towards the beginner, but it was engaging nonetheless. It is the best 'EDM specific' production book I have read.

Ocean of Sound - David Troop
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Very well written and interesting book on ambient music. Not only does David go over the technical side and history of ambiance and musical atmospheres, he speaks very poetically about creating these soundscapes and how they relate to our interpersonal emotions.


On Audio Engineering:

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Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio - Mike Senior
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In my opinion, this is the best mixing reference book for both beginners and intermediate producers. Very in-depth book that covers everything from how to set-up for accurate listening to the purpose of each mixing and mastering plug-in. Highly recommended.

Zen and the Art of Mixing - Mixerman
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Very interesting read in that it deals with the why's more than the how's. Mixerman, a professional audio engineer, goes in detail to talk about the mix engineer's mindset, how to approach projects, and how to make critical mixing decisions. Really fun read.

The Mixing Engineer's Handbook - Bobby Owinski
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This is a fantastic companion book to keep around. Not only does Owinski go into great technical detail, he includes interviews from various audio engineers that I personally found very helpful and inspiring.


On the Industry:

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All You Need to Know About the Music Business - Donald S. Passman
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This book is simply a must read for anyone hoping to make a professional career out of music, anyone wanting to start their own record label, or anyone interested in how the industry works. It's a very informative book for any level of producer, and is kept up-to-date with the frequent revisions. Buy it.

Rick Rubin: In the Studio - Jake Brown
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Very interesting read that is a semi-biographical book on Rick Rubin. It is not so personal as it is talking about his life, experiences, and processes. It does get quite technical when referring to the recording process, but there are better books for technical info. This is a fun read on one of the most successful producers in history.

Behind the Glass - Howard Massey
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A collection of interviews from a diverse range of musicians who speak about creativity, workflows, and experiences in the music industry. Really light, easy to digest book.


On Creativity:

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The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
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This is a must-read, in my opinion, for any creative individual. It is a very philosophical book on dealing with our own mental battles as an artist, and how to overcome them. Definitely pick this one up, all of you.

This is Your Brain on Music - Daniel S. Levitin
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A book written by a neurologist on the psychology of music and what makes us attached to it. It's a fairly scientific book but it is a very rewarding read with some great ideas.


On Personal Growth and Development:

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How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
Amazon Link
Although this seems like an odd book for a music producer, personally I think this is one of the most influential books I've ever read. Knowing how to be personable, effectively network, and form relationships is extremely important in our industry. Whether it be meeting and talking to labels, meeting other artists, or getting through to A&amp;R, this book helps with all these areas and I suggest this book to all of you.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey
Amazon Link
Similar to the recommendation above, although not directly linked to music, I assure you reading this book will change your views on life. It is a very engaging and practical book, and gets you in the right mindset to be successful in your life and music career. Trust me on this one and give it a read.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Amazon Link
You know the feeling when you're really in the groove of jamming out and all worries tend to slip away for those moments? That is the 'Optimal Experience' according to the author. This book will teach you about that experience, and how to encourage and find it in your work. This is a very challenging, immersive, and enlightening read, which deals with the bigger picture and finding happiness in your work and life. Very inspiring book that puts you in a good mindset when you're doing creative work.

The Art of Work - Jeff Goins
Amazon Link
A very fascinating book that looks at taking your passion (music in our case) and making the most of it. It guides you on how to be successful and turn your passion into your career. Some very interesting sections touching on dealing with failure, disappointment, and criticism, yet listening to your intuition and following your passion. Inspiring and uplifting book to say the least.


Happy reading!

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u/LittleElephantMuSan · 23 pointsr/notliketheothergirls

They actually make a whole line of them for adults now! Go to a Barnes and Noble and check out the journal section and the self-help section and sometimes the spirituality section. They are everywhere! They became a thing again when self awareness and mindfulness started becoming a “thing”.

Some examples for anyone that’s into that sorta thing (I personally love them 😅)


Do a Thing A Day

u/Salanmander · 22 pointsr/Unexpected

I used to think that too, but don't give up on yourself! I would certainly believe that art comes easier to some people than others, but you can learn to draw better. I recommend the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, which has really excellent exercises aimed at people who have always considered themselves bad at art, interspersed with pop neuroscience that you should mostly ignore.

I've thought of myself as incapable of drawing well, and went through it a few years ago. This is me drawing without a reference beforehand, this is me drawing my own hand beforehand, and this is me drawing my own hand after a couple months of practice.

u/nyxmori · 21 pointsr/learnart

IMO, the best way to start drawing is with a pad of unlined paper and mechanical pencil.

But if you want software: GIMP is free (yay), Photoshop is the well-known standard (and these videos are good), PaintToolSai feels more natural to draw with, and I just started using Mischief (which has a natural drawing feel, infinite canvas, and vector-based). My recommendation is Sai, since it's cheap, easy, and fun to use.

To learn how to draw people, start working through the Loomis books, beginning with Fun with a Pencil. A classic for learning how to 'see' like an artist is Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. And when you start to feel frustrated with your work, turn to Art &amp; Fear and Daring Greatly.

Let me know if you have any questions, and good luck with your art journey :)

u/GentlemenPreferButts · 20 pointsr/getdisciplined

I recently read Daily Rituals, about the work habits of successful artists, writers, etc. There were folks in there like mathematician Paul Erdos, who lived out of a suitcase and only worked or slept (meals were work time).

But a significant number kept a steady schedule and averaged maybe 6 or 7 hours of work. It was more about maximizing focus and efficiency than squeezing every last second out of the day.

u/BeanBone · 17 pointsr/funny
u/hobbitspice · 17 pointsr/LifeAfterNarcissism

We are two peas in a pod here.

Much like what you've described, I too have also chosen the hardest route possible, while trying to maintain some semblance of my own personality. No matter what, there's a plaguing feeling that I need to feel hardship in order to feel accomplished.

I wanted to be a photographer for my entire young adult life. For years, I spent time out in a park nearby our home, with a course catalog to an art school where I would later be accepted. Only a week before I was supposed to attend, my NMom drove so hard into me with guilt and anxiety about my chosen profession, that I caved and went into the traditional academia. I later graduated on a path to law school, but dodged that bullet and am now headfirst into a creative career. Still, I'm not exactly where I want to be with it.

I just said to my partner today, in the midst of a grief-crying, that I feel as though I've left myself behind a long time ago. I've taken on positions that make me, purposely, anxious and frustrated because that's the only emotion that makes me feel like I've made any progress. In my family, if there is no struggle, there is no achievement.

Recently, I've been working through a book called "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron ( If you aren't an artistic type, don't worry – this book transcends the techniques of art and really drills down into some of the core feelings behind childhood guilt, shaming, gaslighting, and how to begin treating yourself with unconditional love.

It sounds nuts, but her voice throughout this book resembles the type of mother that I always wanted. One who supports me in my creativity, and nourishes my thinking instead of sabotages it.

Although I'm far from recovery, it has REALLY helped me gain a new perspective on who I am, what I enjoy, and that pain is not a prerequisite to happiness. That said, I'm having a terrible day today, so know that settling into your true self for the first time in your life will come in stops and starts.

Let me know if you end up buying the book. I would love to cheer you on as you go!

u/5pointed · 17 pointsr/AskWomen

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is a book that teaches drawing as a skill rather than a talent, and gives tips like drawing upside down (which changes your perspective, thus how you draw something), etc. If I remember correctly, there are some remarkable examples of before and after drawings people did who didn't identify as naturally talented.

u/QuestionAxer · 17 pointsr/pokemon

if anyone's actually serious about learning how to draw by reading a book about it, I can highly recommend Drawing on the Right Side of the brain by Betty Edwards.

It's the only book that actually teaches you how to develop the perception to draw what you see and I can say that it's helped me. You are guaranteed results because you do a before-and-after portrait drawing to compare how much you have improved.

u/zundervain · 16 pointsr/drawing

The best resource I have found for learning how to draw/ progress in your skills is the book "drawing on the right side of the brain" here is an amazon link to the BOOK
But it's very easy to find this book online for free as well.
Other resources were weren't actually drawing books, but more of anatomy books. They are really helpful to teach you proportions, and shows you how the body is built up from bones to muscles, to skin etc...
I would avoid those "how to draw ___" books. They only teach you how to draw that one specific thing and its hard to transition that into drawing your own thing. The book I linked above does a good job of teaching you how to "see" what your drawing. So when you are drawing an eye, or an ear, it teaches you how to break down the subject into shapes and lines. A couple angled lines and squiggles are a lot easier to understand and draw than a full image of an eye/ ear.

u/broncobluster · 16 pointsr/TrueFilm

Making Movies by Sydney Lumet might work for you. He spends a chapter on each of th films he directed and talks a lot about his role as the director in each phase of the movie making process.

u/havefaiiithinme · 15 pointsr/vaporents

I love it. I can't help you, but I love it.

I used to work on lucid dreaming intensively, about 6 months in after all my techniques &amp; known lucid dream producing practices I was able to achieve a state of lucidity while asleep each night. I believe in you friend!

Do you have a dream journal? They can help you begin recognizing your dream patterns.

Other than that I also highly recommend using the hand/face method. In dreams you have more or less than 5 fingers. While in a dream if you look at your hand and notice you have more/less than 5 fingers you can sometimes bring yourself lucid but it takes practice to not wake up immediately from noticing/excitement. Another thing is we don't dream faces, our subconscious fills them from the personalities our brains are thinking of, try and look at the faces (or lack-thereof) of the people in your dreams to remind yourself you're dreaming.

I'm working I tried to make the tips coherent as possible, sorry for any errors there may be.

There are a few books on lucid dreaming I highly recommend, I'll get you the names once I'm home.

It's something you have to keep at every night, but it's so worth the time it takes to achieve. Thanks for this post, I'm going to start getting back into it. Once you can reach lucidity while dreaming you get to live two lives and it's so rewardingly beautiful &amp; fun. If you have any questions feel free to ask :)

Edit: Book #1 &amp; Book #2 / Book #3

Those three books are all great ones for lucid dreaming, I only used the first two (Stephen LaBerge, very smart guy) initially but I added the third book to my repertoire later on and I highly recommend it as well. They're all pretty cheap on Amazon!

u/gtcom · 15 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Get Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (not a referral link).

Follow all of the exercises. It takes a lot of the mysticism out of drawing and makes it a skill you can pick up, practice and become better at.

u/Eye_Enough_Pea · 14 pointsr/infp

I read somewhere that the reason that most adults draw like eleven-year-olds is that we are very self-critical during that age, and just stop drawing. Which means no practice and therefore no skill improvement.

If you really want to learn, there's a book which claims that anyone can learn to draw at least decently using their method.

(Sorry for imposing if you're not actually interested in drawing, I just thought I should mention it)

u/blissevolution · 14 pointsr/suggestmeabook

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brenè Brown. Addresses shame, vulnerability, and love.

Here is her TED Talk

u/incnc · 14 pointsr/Filmmakers

Do NOT go into debt for film school.

If it is payed for, then sure, it should be a lot of fun. But your reel already surpasses 95% of what I see from students who have already graduated film school.

If you are taking out money to go to film school.... dont. Student loan payments are one of the biggest obstacles when trying to launch a freelance career. Also, a film degree doesnt mean dick to most people in this industry. Unless you want to have a 9-5 at a studio or something. And thats stupid.

Use the money to:

  1. live for a year without having to take a job and start working for free on any set you can get on. This type of education far exceeds anything you will glean at a film school. By the end of the year you should have been


  2. use the money to make a low-budget feature. Your photography is already strong, now go buy:;amp;sr=&amp;amp;qid=

    Absorb. Read again. Then write and shoot your own movies. It will cost less than film school, it will be MORE fun than listening to failed film makers telling you how to make movies, and it could potentially launch your career.

    Also, if you are ever in New Orleans, PM me and I will buy you a beer.
u/hiquest · 14 pointsr/vim

Actually, thank you sir, this is that exact type of feedback I was looking for! Thanks for really reading carefully and walking through the book.

As for to the critic, it's quite straightforward, but I don't see any rudeness.

Clearly the book is more like a pure idea now, there is a long way to go (and I'm clearly settled to walk the walk). I always keep in mind the Pixar movies that are absolute crap at the beginning (according to and have to walk through multiple sometimes painful transformations until they finally become the masterpieces they are.

I also have to say, that I need to keep my audience in mind. If I wanted to be pedantic I could just as well print out the :help manual. What I want instead is to create something pragmatic and practical, lite and simple, something people outside of the Vim community could grasp and be productive.

The idea is get more people familiar with Vim, so that they can then go deeper after that, maybe join the /r/vim/ and learn from people like you ;)

Anyway, thanks again for the fantastic feedback!

u/Etteril · 14 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Keep a dream journal. When you wake up, don't get up, don't brush your teeth, don't get dressed. Lie there for a minute and take the time to recall your dream. Then jot it down. In time, you'll get used to it your dreams will come to you more easily.

EDIT: source, personal experience and this guy.

u/oneupmushrooms · 13 pointsr/askscience

Can't believe no one posted this. Drawing on the Right side of the brain. Purchase this book. I never finished it, but you would be amazed at the progress you can make. Drawing is all about forgetting what you are actually drawing; you need to break down what you see in reality into various shapes, lines, shades, spaces, etc. Try taking a simple drawing and copy it while it is upside down. You will be surprised at how much better it will look than if you did it right side up.

edit: unneeded capitalization

u/IxD · 12 pointsr/getdisciplined

“Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do.

Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.

Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That's why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there'd be no Resistance.”

From War of Art by Steven Pressfield

u/richielaw · 12 pointsr/interestingasfuck

Source post (sorry for putting it up so late!):

This info was drawn from the work of Mason Curry who published this book about the daily rituals of how artists work.

It was then extrapolated into this infographic by Info We Trust.

u/AlSweigart · 12 pointsr/learnprogramming

I assume any such test is bullshit.

Seriously, I thought the fad of "why are manhole covers round?" had already (thankfully) passed.

But I'd expect cute little logic puzzles or riddles to be on it. There's a book called How Would You Move Mount Fuji that covers a lot of these sorts of questions.

u/Cobblest0ne · 12 pointsr/LucidDreaming

All about Lucid Dreams. How to, sǝɔuǝıɹǝdxǝ, etc.

Please take discussions of the paranormal such as astral projection someplace else. Binaural beats are also inappropriate. Let's keep this in the realm of science.

Welcome to r/LucidDreaming! Please check out the sidebar and Wiki before posting.


  • Quickstart Guide for Beginners - Know this stuff before you post!

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • An excellent Podcast by TheLucidSage



  • 0. Be nice to everyone!

  • 1. All posts must be related to Lucid Dreaming!
    • 1a. No posts regarding just the paranormal. There's /r/astralprojection (among others) for that.
    • 1b. No posts just about dreams. There's /r/dreams and /r/thisdreamihad

  • 2. No advertising!


    Related Subreddits

  • The everything about dreaming multireddit!

  • Teaching Kids to Lucid Dream

  • Lucid Dreaming Memes

  • SleepParalysis

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  • Dreams


    Some good ןɐıɹoʇnʇ links

  • Finger Induced Lucid Dreaming This appears to be the biggest improvement in lucid dreaming techniques in a long time. Be sure to give it a try.

  • Dream Views A good fairly comprehensive guide. There's also a great message board and an online dream journal.

  • LD4all A message board, it's got solid information and good community.

  • Mastering the Art of Lucid Dreaming A nice straightforward, step-by-step tutorial.

  • All Day Awareness is a great approach. Also check out [Lucid Living] ( They are both effort intensive, but pay back in lucid dreams and more awareness in life.

  • This FAQ was produced by the Lucidity Institute. It's not pretty, but is based on solid science.

    For when you are ready to obsess

  • Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming is THE book on Lucid Dreaming. "A Course in Lucid Dreaming" is the most thorough lucid dream training tutorial with lots of charts for you to keep track of your progress. (No link right now.)


    Lucid Dreaming Acronyms

    LD - Lucid Dreaming - Being aware that you are dreaming while in a dream.

    RC - Reality Check - A test to establish whether you are in a dream or waking life, actively done during the day in hopes that the habit will continue within dreams.

    DC - Dream Character - Any personality you encounter other than yourself...well, occasionally it can also be yourself.

    WBTB-Wake Back To Bed - Waking up for 20-30 minutes, then going back to bed increases the chances of lucid dreaming. Use that time to read about lucid dreaming or plan your dreams, and make your intention solid. Can be combined with other techniques.

    MILD - Mnemonically Induced Lucid Dream - In short, MILD is telling yourself as you are in bed ready to sleep that you are going to become lucid when you dream, then visualizing yourself in a dream becoming lucid. Repeat until you fall asleep.

    WILD - Wake-Induced Lucid Dream - A technique in which you maintain consciousness while your body falls asleep. Not for the squeamish.

    FILD - Finger-Induced Lucid Dream - A technique using subtle finger movements as you fall asleep.

    SSILD - Sense-Induced Lucid Dream - A technique where you use awareness of your various senses as you cycle through them while falling asleep.

    False Awakening - False Awakening is in essence just dreaming that you woke up, only to usually immediately after either actually wake or have another dream of waking up from the previous dreams. Those can often happen multiple times in sequence. It can be a bit jarring but also fun. If those happen often use it to do a reality check every time you wake up (or think you do).

    SP - Sleep Paralysis - A natural, safe part of the process of falling asleep which causes you to be unable to move your body. The paralysis process happens to you every time you go to sleep. When you WILD and experience SP, you are conscious while it happens. Sometimes you may be visited by the dream transition buddies--relax and enjoy the show until you can interact with your environment. Attempting to induce SP is NOT required to achieve lucidity.

u/m4rauder · 12 pointsr/askscience

Beyond value or pleasure-seeking, one further root cause of procrastination behavior is caused by fear and pain-avoidance as described in "The Now Habit" by Fiore:

For example, a difficult task that seems ambiguous or daunting to begin might cause one to avoid starting altogether for fear of moving in the wrong direction (and fear of failure).

u/Redz0ne · 12 pointsr/gamedev

I'm going to give you some advice... Advice that every aspiring artist needs to hear.

For the first while you're going to suck at it. But if you keep at it, never accept defeat and keep pushing yourself you'll start getting good at it.

And art isn't a talent that comes naturally to some and not at all to others... Like any skill it can be learned and you can train yourself. So, if you face anyone getting up in your face about how you should stop or whatever, just tell them to eat a bag of dicks and shut the fuck up. (besides, it's not like they came out of their mother's womb with a full set of copics and a tablet... They had to learn just like everyone else.)

I don't know if this is really what you wanted to hear since it seems you are hoping more for concrete examples to learn from... But it's all I can really offer that hasn't been said yet.

So, good on you for wanting to expand your skills and best wishes!

EDIT: If you decide that you want to pursue this a little deeper than for a couple projects then I'm going to suggest that you look for and pick up a copy of "Drawing on the right side of the brain." ( Amazon Link to book. I am not affiliated, it's just the first amazon result I found. ) It's a phenomenal book that will really give you the tools you'll need to become an artist that a lot of those "how to draw" books don't cover. Things like learning how to actually see what it is you're drawing, how to draw what you see (and not what you think "ought to be there.") and how to actually understand on a deeper level the process involved in drawing/sketching/etc. which should really give you a leg-up in your pursuit.

u/Ozyman666 · 12 pointsr/pics

I found this book to be especially helpful in overcoming the tendency to draw what you think you see.

u/TweaktheReaper · 11 pointsr/IWantToLearn


As an artist, I will tell you what all of my art teachers failed to ever tell me, and hopefully help kick-start you into drawing.

First of all, as /u/Im_A_Nidiot said, draw anything and everything and draw constantly. It's hard to train your fingers to do what your brain wants them to, so just like exercising to become a body builder, you have to draw constantly. Whether it's someone you passed by on the street wearing a funny hat that you want to capture, or something you just dreamed up, always draw. If you can, draw for at least an hour every day. For detailed pictures that's an easy task, but if you have a busy life and can't just sit down and devote time to it, then sketch every time something comes to mind. 10 gestures or sketches a day will be much more helpful in developing the skill than just one or two occasionally.

Secondly, a big thing my art teachers wanted us to do but never explained why, was drawing still life or from life. Figure drawing, inanimate object drawing, drawing your own feet from your own perspective, it's all incredibly important. Why, you might ask? Because it builds a library in your head of what things look like. If you have a pile of stuffed animals, and you say draw one each day as realistically as you possibly can, then after a month suddenly you'll know exactly what that stuffed giraffe looks like and how to draw it in various positions, even ones you haven't drawn before. Same if you have a pet cat or dog and you draw it every day in various positions- you'll be able to draw a cat or dog from your imagination without much issue. So even if it seems trivial, draw from life! An exercise I would do is I would divide my work space in half, and draw the boring realistic object in one side, and then draw the same thing on the other side but with added "weirdness" from my imagination. If it was a pill bottle on one side, it would have an octopus coming out of it on the other. That helps keep it interesting and helps you expand your mental library.

And finally, once you start building your finger skills and your mental library, as /u/jus_richards already mentioned, I highly HIGHLY recommend buying Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. The entire purpose of this book is to train you to "turn off" your left brain, because it interferes with right brain activity which is what you use when you create art. Being an extremely analytical person, my left brain was always giving me fits whenever I would draw. Now I know how to quiet it down so I can draw, and it has done wonders for my work. If you are serious about wanting to learn how to draw, definitely invest in this book and do all the exercises.

u/Koala_Blues · 11 pointsr/DecidingToBeBetter

&gt; I'm really sensitive, I think by nature, but also by the virtue of learning how to monitor my dad's mood so I could avoid getting my ass kicked.

Being able to "read the room" is common with people who have lived through extended abuse. It can be a blessing and a curse to say the least.

Therapy will be the most thorough way of processing the traumas you went through. It gives you the opportunity to feel the feels, acknowledge what you lived through, and find peace within yourself. I personally have done cognitive therapy and EMDR and that has helped me a TON.

I think if we don't deal with our traumas than we tend to find people we initially think are different than our abusers, but they end up possessing the same qualities of other abusers. It's hard to know what to look for when abuse is all, or a lot of, we know. It is super shitty. I will let you know that I've been able to find genuine individuals that are good human beings. They are out there, sometimes we just don't know what we are looking for.

I'd also recommend the book The Gift of Imperfection by Brené Brown. She is a shame researcher who looks into why some people are authentic, and others aren't. To get a flavor of the book watch her TED Talk, the way she talks about vulnerability is powerful.

u/polymonic · 11 pointsr/Songwriting

Some suggestions:

  • Spend some time working on instrumentals
  • Try writing a piece where it's okay to have 2 lines
  • Give Object Writing a try
  • Check out Writing Better Lyrics
  • Work through The Artist's Way
  • Continually make shitty writing every day. Occasionally something amazing will happen.
u/queenpersephone · 11 pointsr/GetMotivated

You'll notice that this is not a usual "to do" list in a few ways:

u/slupo · 11 pointsr/Screenwriting

This is normal. I always wonder about people who "love" to write. So don't beat yourself up over it.

I'd try reading these two books:

Good luck!

u/bugeats · 10 pointsr/synthesizers

A lot of people here are talking about finishing the work they've started. This has always been a challenge for me. However, I recently did finish a full length album that I'm really proud of. It was a fucking battle every day, but it's done!. This book helped me a lot:

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Highly recommended. Us synth nerds seem to have a particular problem with this kinda thing.

u/M_WilsonArt · 10 pointsr/learnart

Nice platitudes won't help you or answer your question. There's no way internet strangers can answer this for you. No one can.

I can't tell you why but I can tell you that all your points are common mistakes in reasoning that are highly effective to sabotaging yourself.

You mythically define an "artist" and at the same time determine that you don't fit your own fake definition. The only definition of an artist I know is: someone who doesn't quit; the pain of not making art outweighs the pain of making mistakes.

You mythically equal art making with happy joy inspiring feelings. You determine you don't have happy joy inspiring feelings so you mythically rationalize you aren't an artist. Truth is - art making is work; people are lazy and look for excuses to not work.

You should read: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

u/Metal-Phoenix · 10 pointsr/learnart

I used to be an art zero, had the worst stick figures on the planet and I've had several shows in galleries. I knew someone who's hands permanently shook but was a kick ass painter and you'd wonder if other people were safe when she used an x-acto knife..

You need three things:

  1. A mentor who can give you tips. That or youtube.

  2. Practice. My god, the practice. I went through an art degree... oil painting? 1 painting a week... for 16 weeks. For two semesters (32 weeks total). Shoot a roll of film and develop it a week for 3 semesters (48 weeks). Drawing, 2 semesters, 3 drawings a week. Lots of practice.

  3. Critique. I cannot emphasize enough how important a good critique is for helping you grow as an artist. Start posting to /r/ArtCrit

    Additionally, your inner artist like a child. A child, to reach it's maximum potential, must always be challenged, must always play (that's a child's job), must be protected from the assholes of the world, and must not be given false, positive encouragement (they need to be told when they're not doing well enough... no trophies for the losers). You must practice. Don't ask your friends and family for art advice or critique. Ever. People who don't support you should not see your art. (Read The Artist's Way, Art &amp; Fear, and The Art Spirit)

    Ninja edit: Do not be afraid to use projectors and lightboxes until you get a firmer grasp on proportions and compositions.
u/kindall · 10 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

Edit to add:

u/peter_n · 10 pointsr/malefashionadvice
  1. Check out my answer here
  2. Read Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
  3. Get off Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr and start making stuff instead of constantly collecting images of cool stuff someone else made.
u/T-MACK · 9 pointsr/movies

Very sad. He wrote a terrific book called Making Movies that offers production insight on tribulations, confusion, and excitement on ordinary days in the film industry. One of the best books on filmmaking out there.

u/k4kuz0 · 9 pointsr/getdisciplined

From a great book I read called "The Now Habit", the author talks at length at one point about how procrastination is in large part a fear of failure. We're so scared of doing something poorly that we often put it off and don't do it at all. (there's more to it than that, but my main point is the next part):

In that sense, one of the scariest things about a large project, or assignment, is that we look at it as one huge CHUNK of shit to do. We think about "I need to finish this assignment" or "I should have completed my homework by now" and what not. This causes our mind to almost shut down and simply refuse to go on. You think about this multitude of SHIT you have to start, and you can't handle it, and thus procrastinate.

In order to avoid this from happening, a great thing to do can be to break everything you need to do down into small steps. The author of the book I mentioned writes at length about how one should always aim to "start" something, rather than to finish. If you say "I want to finish this essay today" you are giving yourself a huge expectation you may not be able to accomplish. Even if you have only the conclusion to do, you should "start" on your first sentence of that conclusion. Even if you have 2 sentences left to write, you "start" on that last sentence.

If you have a huge load of math assignments, a lot of reading and stuff to do, think less about "finishing" and more about "starting".

Saying to yourself "I will start this chapter" will sound a lot better and more reasonable to a pressured mind than. "I must finish this book today".

An amazon link to the book can be found here, if you decide you would like to read it:;amp;qid=1414962337&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=the+now+habit

I bashed this answer out quite fast, if there's anything you'd like to ask me, or to elaborate on, just say.

u/declancostello · 9 pointsr/GetMotivated

Personally, I find that I don't get things done because I'm scared of not doing them well.

I worry about what other people will think of my efforts and so I prefer to procrastinate, rather than actually make any progress.

&gt;The only way to get good at something is practise

Try starting a journal, even if it's only for a few days and record everything.

If you can identify what kind of feeling you were having when you avoided doing something, maybe you can change something to avoid that feeling.

It's a good idea to record every activity for a few days and even what you eat, just to see where your time goes and if there are patterns that trip you up.

  • if you go out to eat do you end up spending the day browsing shops and not doing anything?
  • if you're home alone in your pyjamas after noon does that mean you never get it together for the rest of the day?

    And don't ever be ashamed of not getting stuff done.
    Procrastination is a technique your brain uses to avoid stress.
    The problem is that avoiding problems almost never takes away the root source of the stress.

    So it keeps on coming around and you keep on using procrastination to avoid getting stuff done ( it's super effective!)

    I'd recommend the book "The Now Habit" by Neil Fiore.

    In particular it has a great analogy for getting things done.

    Imagine that your task is to walk along a wooden plank about 15cm wide. It's on your lawn and it's about 4 metres long.

    As long as you've got decent motor skills and are not drunk it should be no problem, we could all do it.

    What happens to you is when you want to walk on the plank you find that it's now between 2 buildings, 4 storeys up.

    The idea of walking across becomes terrifying, all you can imagine is falling to your doom.

    When people give you advice to "get yourself together" and "just do it" they're doing the equivalent of setting fire to the building you're in.
    They're hoping to force you out onto that plank so you can save yourself from burning.

    You might crawl out and even make it across with this approach but does it sound like a good way to reduce stress?

    Instead what you need is a safety net. A super strong net underneath the plank that means that whatever happens, you'll be safe.

    You can fall over and over again ( it might even be fun ) and just get back up and try again.

    In the real world you need small winnable challenges. Record every one of those wins.

  • washed the plates
  • opened word and typed title for paper due next week

    Create a book of win that will have tiny tiny victories. By the time you've added a few you'll find that your victories and goals achieved will get bigger and more frequent.
    Sometimes you'll screw up and fall back into bad habits

    As long as you keep starting, you'll eventually win.

    I've been reading advice like this for a decade and I still sometimes sit at home and cry because I didn't get anything done.

    The one piece of advice I recommend for everyone. everyone. is to get some exercise. The worst feeling I've ever had cannot outlast a single hour in the pool or a martial arts session.

    If you get up in the morning and don't know what to do, go for a walk.

    You might still not know what to do after your walk but you'll have a small achievement to write down in your journal for the day.

    Enjoy yourself :) Hope this helps a little, pm if you want to chat.
u/turbodonk3y · 9 pointsr/gifs

I recommend this book for people who want to learn to draw. I'm no artist, but I love drawing things. I'm about 1/3 a way through the book, and I'm already seeing my skills improve simply because I'm learning to draw correctly. Instead of drawing an object, draw lines that connect to other lines and are in relationship to other lines. Then, suddenly, you have a chip bag.

u/ccc0987654321 · 9 pointsr/funny

For enough gold you can always purchase an item like this to increase [Self-Confidence]. Also i hear that items from the Alcohol Merchant give temporary boost to the [Self-Confidnce] skill for select classes

u/_Bugsy_ · 9 pointsr/sex

Oh man, man, man. I've encountered so many, but it still surprises me when I run across someone who's going through exactly the same thing I went through. We always feel so alone, right? I lost my virginity at age 27. And not just my virginity, she was the first girl I slept with, cuddled, made out with, my first girlfriend, the whole deal. I wanted a girlfriend since before I was 8 years old, but I had a lot of issues that got in the way. I won't bore you with the details.

I can't offer any comfort except to say that I know exactly how you feel. I still deal with envy sometimes even now. I'll throw out the books that really put me on the right path, just in case you're looking for something to read. The Gifts of Imperfection, No More Mr. Nice Guy, and Models. Models is the best how-to guide to dating I've read. The other two were necessary to get me to a place where I could put those lessons into practice. Take care of yourself. Sex might seem like a huge deal, but you are really doing fine. Everyone figures out different things at different times.

u/Jess_than_three · 9 pointsr/asktransgender

No. No you are not. You are not pathetic. You are very seriously depressed, and that is not shameful; it is something that happens, and honestly something that happens to a lot of people. You are reaching out for help, and that isn't pathetic or bad or wrong - in fact, it's a difficult thing for a lot of people to do.

I sincerely doubt that you look the way you think you do. I think you probably are not ugly at all. But beyond that, there is no such thing as "too ugly to be alive". A person's worth is not predicated on their physical appearance.

That said, if you feel the need to get it, facial surgery is always a thing. It can take a while to save up for, but it's something to shoot for.

I know you think that the depression you're feeling will never end, but that's... well, that's the depression talking. All of the things that you're saying are very, very classic depression talk. I know it's cliché here, but are you seeing a therapist? Do you think you might be willing to try it, if not? Have you tried taking an anti-depressant - and do you think you might be willing to try it, if not; or if you have, do you think you might be willing to try a different one? I know that for some people the difference is like night and day - or so my girlfriend puts it, describing the way it is when she's off her anti-depressants vs. when she starts taking them again.

I know it's not a super-quick fix, but I can recommend some books that might be helpful:;amp;qid=1342046759&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=brene+brown+imperfection;amp;qid=1342046771&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=workbook+depression;amp;qid=1342046788&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=unstuck

I'm really sorry that things are so hard for you right now. But please, talk to somebody. You can get through this.

u/sarcastic_jerk · 9 pointsr/justwriterthings

I recommend this book - The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. This post reminds me of what Steve Pressfield refers to as resistance. If you were to follow his advice, I think he'd recommend taking on 'pro' habits and focusing on just one thing til it's done and viewing the drive to not complete it, in your case because another idea popped up, as resistance. And fuck resistance. Tell resistance to kick rocks and fuck on off while you put in work get your book done.

u/FairyButts · 9 pointsr/Showerthoughts

I'm still working on this, but my technique has definitely shown improvement. I clean for at least 5-15 mins a day. Small but it adds up.

Also, I don't get into self help books, but if you're a creative person or simply have a goal, I highly recommend [The War of Art by Steven Pressfield ](The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

u/Firrox · 8 pointsr/pics

I did the same just using Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and about 1 hour a night of practice.

u/hiigaran · 8 pointsr/getdisciplined

You are a procrastinator BECAUSE you are a perfectionist. Your perfectionism is misguided, you can use it as a justification to sit on your hands for long periods of time. When I was in college I would not do essays or programming projects because "I'm not sure how to do it right yet. I'll think about it more and figure it out before I start." A week later I had still done absolutely nothing.

Your procrastination is a mood repair strategy you deploy unconsciously and habitually in order to protect yourself from feeling bad about not doing your work.

My advice? Learn a little bit about Growth mindset, shame and self-compassion. You need to find a way to quiet your perfectionism first. By taking care of the perfectionism you give yourself room to practice and failure won't be as scary. At that point I would put money on the bet that your procrastination will virtually vanish.

Good books for reading to deal with that:

u/imsorryyourewrong · 8 pointsr/sex

That mole on your nose can be removed in a single visit to a dermatologist. The bump could be corrected with surgery down the road when you can afford it. A square-shaped face may be complemented with specific haircuts. But honestly, your attitude is garbage and needs to be corrected first. With all this negative self-talk ("Wah, I'm ugly; Wah, I'm unlovable"), you'd likely drive people away even if you were a 10. Read The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist, and decide on a proper haircut.

u/LenaLovegood · 8 pointsr/selfimprovement

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

An approachable, kick-in-the-ass type book whose advice is applicable for anything in life, art or not. I can't recommend this one enough for procrastinators and self-defeaters.

u/ovaryeyes · 8 pointsr/tipofmytongue
u/sadeadu2016 · 8 pointsr/Anxiety

Yes, this happens to me frequently!

Anxiety is a trigger of the "fight or flight" mechanism. The reason you lose productivity is that you feel anxious about whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. When you indulge in distractions instead, you indulge the need for "flight." You think, "I know I need to get started, but I don't know how. Rather than think about that and get stressed out, I'll get on Facebook instead so I don't get stressed out."

A great book for this is Steven Pressfield's The War of Art - Winning the Inner Creative Battle.

u/apcreddit · 8 pointsr/2meirl4meirl

This book has helped me so much with that.

Not everything is relatable but it is still very good.

u/bloodstreamcity · 8 pointsr/writing

If you like this I also recommend a book called Daily Rituals. Lots of writers included, plus other types of artists.

u/poopmagic · 8 pointsr/cscareerquestions

&gt;Do you find that the standard system of technical interviews (data structures &amp; algorithms) is an effective way of assessing candidates? Why or why not?

When I was an undergraduate, the dominant interview approach involved brainteasers like "why are manhole covers round?" Initially, these were reliable indicators of future success. But after every other company started copying Microsoft mindlessly and asking the same set of questions, the approach quickly became less effective. People optimized for interview performance with books like How Would You Move Mount Fuji? and How to Ace the Brainteaser Interview.

Brainteasers were mostly phased out after Google introduced the current approach involving data structures and algorithms. Initially, these were reliable indicators of future success. But after every other company started copying Google mindlessly and asking the same set of questions, the approach quickly became less effective. People optimized for interview performance with books like Cracking the Coding Interview and Elements of Programming Interviews.

There are certainly parallels between what happened then and what's happening now. The difference today is that people have taken things to another level with platforms like Pramp and bootcamps like Interview Kickstart. New businesses keep popping up that focus on cracking the current system, and I don't think that bodes well for its future.

But what can we do about it? The fact is that any interviewing process can be cracked once its format becomes popular and standardized. Let's say that some major company like Facebook introduces a new standard that involves candidates giving two-hour presentations about significant personal projects and then answering tough questions from a committee. You may be familiar with this format if you've ever applied for a research position. I actually think this would be great for 2-3 years until everyone starts doing it and Gayle Laakmann McDowell or whoever publishes "Cracking the Personal Project Presentation." And then a bunch of new businesses will pop up to sell you slide templates, professional reviews, etc.

In short, I'm not a big fan of the current system (EDIT: because it's been "cracked") but I honestly don't know of a better one (EDIT: that won't suffer the same fate).

u/SamsquamtchHunter · 8 pointsr/LucidDreaming

Heres my take. The TL:DR is this... BUY AND READ THIS BOOK. It is the bible of lucid dreaming, simply written, and easily explained by a scientist, the pioneer of lucid dreaming, a Stanford professor, he is basically THE MAN! But for reddit, here you go:

  1. Set a sleep schedule
    Go to bed and wake up at roughly the same time everynight, this is easy if you are employed or have kids etc, not so much for college students and partiers etc... Having a routine makes everything so much easier later, but is not a necessity...

  2. Build Dream Recall
    Wake up and write down your dreams, every morning, no matter what. Keep a pen and notebook next to your bed. Writing them down forces you to remember them. If you wake up at 330 am from a dream, write it down at 330 am, you will not remember it as well at 8 when you wake up. This serves multiple purposes I'll get into later, but most importantly, you could have a lucid dream, but if you don't remember it, you fail.

  3. Reality checks
    After you have a good amount of dreams written down (or voice recorded if thats your thing) Go back through them. Look for common occurances. For example, I often dream of my own home, but things are never right, there are extra rooms, things are arranged differently, you get it... Find things you often dream about, or things that keep occuring that should tip you off that your in a dream. Write these down and commit to doing a reality check every time they occur, for me, whenever I walk into my house, I check to make sure I'm dreaming. Usually just asking the question is enough to trigger lucidity, but not always. DO NOT BLOW THIS OFF. Don't ever answer a reality check with "of course I'm not dreaming" or you will in a dream state as well. I've made this mistake before, its pretty frustrating to wake up and recall that you said that while aboard a spaceship or something crazy... Google easy reality checks, like double checking digital clocks and rereading text (it changes in dreams, your brain is too busy to keep that stuff consistent)

    4)Setting yourself up for lucidity
    Now that you have a weeks or months of dreams journalized (results may vary) playing with your sleep schedule can be helpful, REM sleep (dream sleep) occurs in cycles of about 90 minutes. So 6 hours into your sleep you are entering a dream. Set your alarm for 6 hours or a bit after and get up, walk around, read about lucid dreaming, reread your dream journal, do some reality checks, focus your intentions on having a lucid dream, but in a positive, and not stressful way. Then go back to sleep half an hour or more later. You pick up in your sleep cycles and go straight into dreams, this makes it easy to become lucid, read up on WILD and MILD in Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming...

  4. Congrats, you did it, but probably screwed up.
    Tons of people will tell you their first lucid dream ended immediately, they became lucid, it was exciting, they woke up... It happens... Research stabilization techniques, two popular ones are spinning, and looking at your hands. Spinning my change your dream setting, but really who cares, you can change it back or do whatever later... Keep trying, don't get frustrated here you are SO CLOSE!

  5. Practice
    Not everyone can control dreams like a god their first few times, it takes practice. You have years and years of experience telling you people CANNOT fly, its hard to overcome. Do more reality checks in dreams, take it step by step... If you are lucid the hard part is done, just keep trying and you'll be a pro in no time!
u/EmpathyMonster · 8 pointsr/IAmA

Good luck with it, man. I've only had a handful of lucid dreams that lasted more than 10 seconds or so. They're a pretty amazing experience, and I imagine they could be useful if you could really develop your lucid dreaming skills, but it takes a pretty dedicated effort to get good at it.
This book is like the bible of lucid dreaming, and here's a pretty good forum that you can learn a lot from.

u/machuu · 8 pointsr/ADD

First of all, you need a plan. ADDers require a lot more structure than others, so you need a system of organizing tasks/time management that you think you can work with.

Second, medication. If you aren't diagnosed, see a psychiatrist and get diagnosed (make sure it's a psychiatrist, psychologists can't prescribe meds). If you are diagnosed, go see a doctor and talk about what meds are available. Medication will help you stick to the plan, and stay on task long enough to complete what you're working on.

Third, get a "Coach". This is a person who will keep you accountable. It can be a friend/co-worker/parent/spouse/whatever. Their job is to check in with you for a few minutes each day/two days/week and keep you on track. All they need to do is cover 4 topics, with the acronym H.O.P.E

H - Help, What do you need help with?
O - Obligations, What obligations do you have in the near future?
P - Plan, What is your plan to meet your obligations?
E - Encouragement, You're doing a good job!

I'd recommend some reading too.
Books that have really helped me are:
Driven to Distraction - Gives a thorough explanation of what ADD/ADHD is and isn't.
The Now Habit - Gives a really good plan to work through procrastination, but most importantly to deal with the guilt and anxiety that go along with it.
These are available in audiobook too. I find it easier to listen while driving/running/waiting in line/etc than to force myself to sit and read.

There are lots of resources to help, and your psychiatrist can answer a lot of your questions too.

Hope this helps :)

u/pickledseacat · 8 pointsr/gamedev

I really like Drawing on The Right Side of the Brain. Kind of unlocked my mind in how to approach drawing, it's helped me a lot.

u/mkaito · 7 pointsr/getdisciplined

The solution to your problems is quite simple: make a list of things that you need/want to do, then just fucking do it. Yep, there, I said it. I know it sounds harsh. But after years of reading, researching, and experimenting, I've found that precisely this is what it all boils down to: just. fucking. do. it. We end up building all kinds of mental scaffolds around the concept, with tricks and rewards and what not, but it all boils down to the same in the end.

Having a system in place to help you "just fucking doing it" can help tremendously, especially in the beginning. If you're willing to put in some time to work through them, I recommend The Now Habit, and Getting Things Done. Each of these books presents a different approach to productivity. You don't have to implement either system verbatim. Learn from them, try out things that sound interesting, and over time, build your own system.

Building and sticking to your system is a habit you will have to build. If that kind of thing is hard and/or interesting for you, please read The Power of Habit.

Don't just read them once and put them away. Read them, then take notes, then go over them again, and refer back to them every time you find something is lacking in your system. Don't read them cover to cover. They're quite long, and drag their feet through some sections. Skim them, check the index, and read through what sounds interesting, then go back and fill in the gaps if necessary.

u/test_1234567890 · 7 pointsr/learnHentaiDrawing




The links above should set you on a good start. Do the lessons from drawabox, do the lessons from drawing on the right side of the brain. Unless you have a physical disability preventing you from picking up a pen, I promise you can learn. I will not lie to you and tell you it is easy, it is not. But learning the fundamentals will aid you greatly in getting better. There is no doubt in my mind it can be straight up tedious at times, and frustrating as all hell, but it is worth it.


The trick? Actually doing the lessons as they are told to you and not skipping around.


You can do it my dude, best of luck and happy lewding!

u/mantrap2 · 7 pointsr/IWantToLearn

I took a drawing class at a community college. Cost me $35 plus pencils and paper supplies. It gave instruction and a reason to spent the time and focus on learning. I'd recommend that as the primary strategy.

A big part of learning to draw is to learn "to see". Most people don't actually see what they look at but instead they let their brains tell them what their brain/memory presumes they are looking at, abstractly.

This is where/why you get amateurish child-like drawing that look horrible initially - your brain "knows (better)" superficially and overrides what's actually hitting your eyes. Then you draw this abstraction and it's always wrong and unrealistic looking. So you have to "unlearn" this way of seeing things to learn to draw.

There are a lot of books on this subject:

These books can be helpful and are often used in drawing classes but the first thing is to start drawing.

One other hint I've learned: the #1 and #2 parts of the face you MUST get right (and in fact you can do only these two parts and create a recognizable portrait - of a Western person for a Western audience) are the shape and details of the eyes, and of the nose/mouth. It's different if you are in Asia (asian models) - then it's the outline of the head/hair and nose/mouth.

u/FryingPansexual · 7 pointsr/learnart

It's a good start. Obviously you're unpracticed, but drawing is a very learnable skill and you've got everything required to learn it.

I'd recommend getting your hands on a copy of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. It'll get you past a lot of the common mental blocks that people who are new to serious drawing struggle with and you're right at the skill level where it'll be most beneficial. If you work your way through that, you'll be astonished at what you're capable of within a few weeks.

The neuroscience it talks about has largely been debunked, but the exercises and basic concepts are still spot on.

u/Sat-AM · 7 pointsr/furry

Traditional materials are the best place to start. Don't worry about anything fancier than pencil/charcoal and paper until you've got the basics down.

What you need to do first is study the Principles of Design and the Elements of Design. These are the first things students are taught before they can move on. Usually, they are taught alongside Drawing 101, where students become familiar with these elements in practice, drawing mostly contour drawings of still lives. You should also be learning about linear perspective. You should be focusing on how to break objects down into simple forms, like cylinders and cubes and cones and spheres. Learn to draw with your arm and not your wrist; you can do this more easily by drawing on large paper (18"x24" or bigger).

Once you've got those basics learned, you can move on to learning about drawing with value. Charcoal and a kneaded eraser work best here, I think. Start doing still lives of single objects, like eggs or fruit, small geometric forms like cubes and the like, and focus on how light moves around these objects. One thing our professor had us do is to wipe our drawings down with a chamois frequently. It keeps you from getting focused on your drawing, but gives you a vague guideline to continue from. It makes drawing more about process than product, which is ultimately your goal if you're learning; to understand the process of seeing and drawing.

Once you've got the concept of the process and how value works, start increasing the complexity of your still lives. See how large you can make them. Get some big boxes and chairs and stuff and set them up in the middle of your room and draw that. Then start drawing the room you're in. Now, go outside and draw the buildings outside. You might notice that they're like a larger version of the boxes you were just drawing!

If you can, take some classes at your local community college. They'll really help you along learning these basics. If that's not available, most schools base their teaching methods on Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Pick it, and the accompanying workbook up, and you'll be well on your way.

You should also look at Andrew Loomis' books to help study most of these principles. George Bridgman is another godsend for learning to draw, as well as Burne Hogarth and Louise Gordon.

You should always be studying things from life to keep your skills sharp. Always remember that reference photos aren't cheating. You'll find that more often than not, they're a necessity.

I also heavily recommend you check out CtrlPaint's videos. They're focused on becoming a digital artist, but have a section devoted to traditional work and its importance in digital work. He also goes over the basics quite well and provides links to outside resources, as well as homework assignments for every video. Check it out, watch a video a day, and do an assignment with it, and you'll be putting yourself on the fast track.

One thing about drawing is that it's going to take a lot of patience. It takes a long time to develop your skills. Don't get discouraged! Learn to handle criticism, both good and bad. Critiques are your friend and whether you agree with them or not, they'll help you grow. Never ever rely on the excuse "It's my style!" because more often than not, if you have to use that line, it's a mistake you don't want to fix, not a stylistic decision. I've seen many people with great potential fail out of the art program I was in simply because they couldn't handle criticism.

u/sockeplast · 7 pointsr/Design

The thing with the creative design process is that it is in many ways different from what you've been learning previously. Not just new, but essentially different. Actually, it utilises another brain process than the one you're used to.

People who just learns the tools and language of design, but not the way of thinking, usually ends up with creating stuff that lacks harmony.

Programming is creative; it requires logical thinking, problem solving, efficiency. These are typical left-side logical skills in your brain. Therefore, you are probably really good at using your left logical brain right now.

However, things like shape and form, composition, proportions, and the whole gestalt are not things that the left logical brain likes to handle. These are the skills of the right creative brain half. This brain half is hardly ever used by engineers, programmers, physicists, or linguists.

A book that takes you through the process of developing your right creative brain half is this one:

u/RenderEngine · 7 pointsr/LucidDreaming

All about Lucid Dreams. How to, sǝɔuǝıɹǝdxǝ, etc.

Please take discussions of the paranormal such as astral projection someplace else. Binaural beats are also inappropriate. Let's keep this in the realm of science.

Welcome to r/LucidDreaming! Please check out the sidebar and Wiki before posting.


  • Quickstart Guide for Beginners - Know this stuff before you post!

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • An excellent Podcast by TheLucidSage



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  • 1. All posts must be related to Lucid Dreaming!
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    Some good ןɐıɹoʇnʇ links

  • Finger Induced Lucid Dreaming This appears to be the biggest improvement in lucid dreaming techniques in a long time. Be sure to give it a try.

  • Dream Views A good fairly comprehensive guide. There's also a great message board and an online dream journal.

  • LD4all A message board, it's got solid information and good community.

  • All Day Awareness is a great approach. it is effort intensive, but pay back in lucid dreams and more awareness in life.

  • This FAQ was produced by the Lucidity Institute. It's not pretty, but is based on solid science.

    For when you are ready to obsess

  • Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming is THE book on Lucid Dreaming. "A Course in Lucid Dreaming" is the most thorough lucid dream training tutorial with lots of charts for you to keep track of your progress. (No link right now.)


    Lucid Dreaming Acronyms

    LD - Lucid Dreaming - Being aware that you are dreaming while in a dream.

    RC - Reality Check - A test to establish whether you are in a dream or waking life, actively done during the day in hopes that the habit will continue within dreams.

    DC - Dream Character - Any personality you encounter other than yourself...well, occasionally it can also be yourself.

    WBTB-Wake Back To Bed - Waking up for 20-30 minutes, then going back to bed increases the chances of lucid dreaming. Use that time to read about lucid dreaming or plan your dreams, and make your intention solid. Can be combined with other techniques.

    MILD - Mnemonically Induced Lucid Dream - In short, MILD is telling yourself as you are in bed ready to sleep that you are going to become lucid when you dream, then visualizing yourself in a dream becoming lucid. Repeat until you fall asleep.

    WILD - Wake-Induced Lucid Dream - A technique in which you maintain consciousness while your body falls asleep. Not for the squeamish.

    FILD - Finger-Induced Lucid Dream - A technique using subtle finger movements as you fall asleep.

    SSILD - Sense-Induced Lucid Dream - A technique where you use awareness of your various senses as you cycle through them while falling asleep.

    False Awakening - False Awakening is in essence just dreaming that you woke up, only to usually immediately after either actually wake or have another dream of waking up from the previous dreams. Those can often happen multiple times in sequence. It can be a bit jarring but also fun. If those happen often use it to do a reality check every time you wake up (or think you do).

    SP - Sleep Paralysis - A natural, safe part of the process of falling asleep which causes you to be unable to move your body. The paralysis process happens to you every time you go to sleep. When you WILD and experience SP, you are conscious while it happens. Sometimes you may be visited by the dream transition buddies--relax and enjoy the show until you can interact with your environment. Attempting to induce SP is NOT required to achieve lucidity.

u/Justalittleconfusing · 7 pointsr/TrueReddit

I read a good book on the subject "touched with fire" by Dr. Kay Jameson;amp;robot_redir=1

It explored the link between creative output and manic episodes.

u/Squidiculus · 7 pointsr/confidence

Well, step one is to stop talking about yourself like that. I don't care if you think you're a "fucking pussy" or a "moron", don't say it to or about yourself. All it does is make anyone you say it to feel awkward, which reinforces it in your own mind. Of course it's never as easy as it sounds, so if you catch yourself berating yourself, try to take your mind off of it by doing something small to improve (for example, if you feel like you're not creative, get a piece of paper and doodle something. It doesn't even have to be good)

Confidence requires you to remember that you are valuable. Unfortunately, being 17 means feeling awkward and uncomfortable in your own skin sometimes, but that's ok. You just need to keep doing things you enjoy, even if you think you're not good at it, because that's the only way to get better. Even if you feel like a copycat (every creative person feels like that at some point. this book might also help)

You're going to look back at your teenage years and cringe no matter what. It's better to embrace it than to try and be perfect.

u/eyelights · 7 pointsr/VideoEditing

I believe this is the premise of the short, but great read by Austin Kleon : "Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative"

u/Harkonnen · 7 pointsr/france

J'ai appris à 38 ans, alors que j'étais incapable de tracer une ligne droite.
J'ai utilisé 2 ressources principales : Reddit (/r/ArtFundamentals , /r/learntodraw) et ce livre, considéré comme le meilleur pour l'apprentissage

u/earfullofcorn · 7 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

I don't know you or your experience, but this book has been helpful to me as a leader. She talks about how shame is something we should avoid. Instead, being clear with expectations and consequences if those expectations are not met is a better approach. I think the whole point is communication. We shame when we assume someone should know better. The other way, we explain to them how they should act and punish when that is not communication without emotion is key. This is all wayyyy easier said than done. And this is completely unsolicited. So please, know I have the best intentions and Namaste!

u/pollyannapusher · 7 pointsr/stopdrinking

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown (a former addict and/or alcoholic....not really sure which).

She writes about The 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living:

  1. Cultivate Authenticity – Let go of what people think about you

  2. Cultivate Self-Compassion – Let go of perfectionism

  3. Cultivate a Resilient Spirit – Let go of numbing and powerlessness

  4. Cultivate Gratitude and Joy – Let go of scarcity

  5. Cultivate Intuition and Trusting Faith – Let go of the need for certainty

  6. Cultivate Creativity – Let go of comparison

  7. Cultivate Play and Rest – Let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth

  8. Cultivate Calm and Stillness – Let go of anxiety as a lifestyle

  9. Cultivate Meaningful Work – Let go of self-doubt and “supposed to”

  10. Cultivate Laughter, Song, and Dance – Let go of being cool and “always in control”

    Excellent sober living guide!
u/heyyogagirl · 7 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

This is a bit tangential, but I have some awesome reading recommendations for you and any other perfectionists reading right now.

u/DoUHearThePeopleSing · 7 pointsr/productivity

Are you sure you're not mistaking hours worked for productivity?

The most productive people I know aren't necessarily the ones that work the most, but the ones who work the smartest.

Some of them learn to delegate, giving them leverage. At even 5 hours worked a day they are ten times more effective than someone younger who works 14 hours. Most CEOs I know are like this. Also, many creatives I know now handle the whole creative teams now.

Some of them work in bursts - yeah, there is no life beyond work, but they work on a project basis, for a few months, and then take a month off. Or for a few years, and take a year off. A friend of mine sold her company for $10M recently, spent a year travelling, and now she's launching a new one, again, planning to work 3-4 years doing crazy hours until she sells the new thing.

Some people mix family and business. Me &amp; my gf are like this. We work during the day, and for fun we do networking, conferences, and stuff. At home we talk about what inspires us - which usually is work related, and our since our closest friends work in similar occupations, even a Sunday brunch is an opportunity for inspiration etc. When one of us goes for an international trip, the other one often tags along, doing their work remotely.

Some other people I know do a few projects of different kinds at the same time. E.g. a friend I know writes books, does projects for corporate clients, and is a judge at a race track on the weekends. Another friend, at 33yo, is a world-known pro-gamer, wins programming competitions for money, builds stuff for a startup, and tries to launch an indie game.

Finally, I believe that in any creative profession, you absolutely need time to relax and get inspired. That's when the best ideas come from after all! If you're exhausted every day after work, then you most likely have suboptimal performance.

There is this story about a super-programmer, who spent 3 hours a day playing Quake on company time. When a newbie reported him to the boss, the boss berated the newbie: "I hope you didn't interrupt him - that's his way of getting thoughts organised."

Playing Quake might not be your thing, but perhaps if you do quick Headspace, or yoga breaks during the workday - on company time! - you'll discover that not only you get better ideas after that, but also end the day with some energy left in you?

There's also this nice book I found some time ago:

It's mostly about artists, but perhaps you'll find some inspiration there. There's also the book by Covey about the 7 habits.

tl;dr; productivity ≠ number of hours worked. also, if you have no energy after work, then perhaps you should work less, so you can be productive in your spare time as well

u/ProdigalD · 7 pointsr/LucidDreaming

Okay, I'm digging deep to feel sympathy, sister, because you have a brain a lot of us (for example: me!) would kill for. And you find it annoying.

But I see that your suffering is real. And I have some advice that I truly believe will help you.

I don't know how to change your brain into a non-lucid dreaming model. But experience, including suffering, is all about how you frame it. So instead of trying to make lucid dreaming go away, I suggest that you turn this negative experience into a positive one by changing what lucid dreaming means to you.

Read this book to learn how to control your lucid dreams and use them to have adventures and explore creativity:

Read this book to turn lucid dreaming into a spiritual experience that deepens meditation:;amp;psc=1&amp;amp;refRID=SWEFST6G5DJKYNVB6DDT

Good luck.

u/salliek76 · 6 pointsr/politics

I think this is it:

It's got the other variations in the "Customers also viewed" links.

u/wockyman · 6 pointsr/occult

What speaks to one may not speak to another, but here's what I personally treasure.

Postmodern Magic - I don't 100% agree with Dunn, but his is the clearest explanation of the nature and mechanisms of magic that I've come across. There are lots of practical exercises to try, with good attention to detail.

The Neverending Story - No, really. Ende understands the power of narrative and the nature of will. The symbolism about and within Auryn is not just a stylized ouroboros.

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming - Just like Postmodern Magic, this is full of practical exercises, along with case studies and theoretical underpinnings. It can get a little dry and repetitive near the end, but it's a great resource in general.

u/Beckawk · 6 pointsr/GraphicDesign

A few things I do, from taking a course at uni on idea generation:

  • Keep a sketchbook or journal, or a combination of both.

  • Pick something and make as many connections to other things as you can, it may sound lame, but mind mapping is actually really helpful in pinning down what you're thinking about.

  • Explore! If you have a car, drive around, get lost, park somewhere interesting and walk around. Walk, ride, travel, explore. I do a lot of exploring and honestly, just seeing something new and refreshing away from my desk is quite inspiring.

  • Take photos of things. This ties into the previous one, take photos of everything! Draw things from those photos, edit them, chop them up, stick them back together.

  • Collect objects that you find interesting. I went to the beach a few weeks ago, I collected a handful of shells and rocks with interesting colours and textures. I have a pinecone I picked up a few months ago too, I like to look at it or touch it. It's amazing how much of an effect engaging your senses can have on your ideas.

  • Engage in other hobbies. I play video games a lot and I've got a bunch of ideas floating around now for fan art I want to make.

  • Keep images and text you find that you enjoy. I follow some subreddits on here that are good for finding that sort of thing, like r/designporn r/adporn r/abandonedporn r/wallpapers r/drawing etc. I also follow a few websites in a feed reader called Feedly which lets me save things and suggests new feeds related to what I already look at. One of my favourites is which I discovered through my reader. There's some great stuff in there including architecture.

    My sister bought me this for my birthday one year and it gives some interesting ways to think outside the box and get you to be creative.
u/alextyrian · 6 pointsr/rupaulsdragrace

I agree with all of this. I have type 1 Bipolar disorder, and I one of the consequences of that is that I have to make sure that I don't drink caffeine or alcohol or do drugs to self medicate, but I'm very often tempted because of my moods.

A lot of bipolar people drink when they're too up and use uppers when they're too down (classically bipolar people like cocaine, but Sharon has said before that she's used a lot of meth). It can be really easy to become dependent because you can feel more even when you're self medicating, but you won't be even when you're not because your brain chemistry just doesn't allow that.

I recommend this book:

u/LowerAd4 · 6 pointsr/copywriting

Learning from someone better and plagiarism are two different things. And I don't think Ogilvy meant he copied word for word from Bob Sage.

He meant copying as in style. If you're copying to learn and understand how to write successful ads then go for it. You ultimately have to find your own voice, but you have to learn a process first.

Plagiarism is just copying word for word what someone has said without doing your own research.

But, it's okay to learn and copy styles from other advertisers, artists, comedians, etc. Gary Bencivenga talks about people copying John Caples, "When Doctors Have Headaches, What Do They Do?" It's in his marketing bullets #7.

In the end, your voice will probably be a mixture of many styles or an extension of what others have already created.

I haven't read this book yet, but check out Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. Here's a TED Talk laying out the idea of the book.

“Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” -Picasso

Also, what's the purpose of having a swipe file if you aren't going to use ideas from it?

u/trousaway · 6 pointsr/worldbuildingclass

(Hell yes Runaways shout-out! The first comic series I ever collected in issues and still so very dear to my heart.)

Another rad lecture! I especially liked the idea that a character should have 7-10 sources minimum and half of them from outside the genre.

I don't think I have any questions for now but I did want to link Austin Kleon's essay (the first point) on copying the good way, which I think connects really nicely with your topic in the lecture! (Relatedly, I 100% recommend his book Steal Like an Artist (non-affiliate Amazon link). It's short and full of really great, grounding advice for creatives, especially budding ones.)

Looking forward to seeing everyone's characters!

u/Connguy · 6 pointsr/EngineeringStudents

Don't try to read any fundamental physics/engineering textbooks, they'll just bore you and you won't learn anything without also doing stuff like you would in a lab or for homework.

Instead read some books that inspire or entertain you. You won't have time or energy to read what you want once school starts. Here's some options:

u/PM_ME_BOOBPIX · 6 pointsr/writing

It's not you it's The Reistance aka your reptilian brain.

Read this book it will explain everything, and how to get over it.

u/artearth · 6 pointsr/Screenwriting

I came here to say this too. A friend who has written and published two memoirs keeps a notebook just for new ideas, If something occurs to her, out comes that notebook, then back it goes so she can get back on track.

And is there something else going on? The new story is always shiny, uncomplicated, not bogged down by the actual effort of making it happen. Being deep into the details of the second act is just not as sexy as fleshing out a new character or problem.

So part of the answer is just to do the work. Check out The War of Art or Do the Work by Steven Pressfield - two books that seriously pulled me out of depression and got me busting ass on my projects again.

u/Corbags · 6 pointsr/gamedev

Pencil to digital is just a matter of practice. If you have a few extra dollars, I'd also grab Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. That'll teach you how to draw. To learn what to draw, i.e. be more creative, get The Keys to Drawing with Imagination. Transferring to digital is just a matter of learning how to use photoshop and a scanner or a drawing tablet.

I apologise, those are Canadian links, but the books are also available in the US.

u/m15t3r · 6 pointsr/ipad

Well this isn't an overnight method but in all seriousness, this book is amazing. You work through the lessons and you will learn to see things differently, allowing you to capture, in a drawing, an accurate representation of what you see. I loved it.

u/nodinc · 6 pointsr/AskReddit

This was recommended to me, and I'm just starting it myself. So far, really does make you believe that this is something a non-artist like myself could accomplish.

u/DaedricChariots · 6 pointsr/gamedev

Alternative approach would be learning to draw. Contrary to common belief, it is actually a learnable skill. You won't be making Mona Lisa in a few months, because as with everything it takes practice, but you can shrink your restrictions and get a better understanding of what you can and cannot do.

I would recommend books and youtube video series for learning, few examples: (used to be all free, now might require free account or a paid sub I don't know)

If you follow the first book along, I can speak from personal experience that not only you will get a better understanding, but you will also actually learn to draw (this is coming from a guy that barely could draw stick people). You just need to stick to it and follow it to the letter.

u/Sunergy · 6 pointsr/learnart

This seems like the perfect place to get started, and having the kind of confidence that it takes to be able to ask for help when you need it is exactly the kind of thing you need to be successful with drawing. I've been on my own drawing journey for about six months now, from a starting place quite similar to where you were, and although I still have a long way to go I'll do my best to share what I've been able to find out along the way.

Drawing is much like learning any other skill, like math or a sport, and as such the best favour you can do yourself is to know how you learn things best and to focus on that. Always try to go for several different methods, since variety will help your learning process from getting monotonous, and remember that any type of instruction will be better than no instruction, even if it's not your first choice.

Also, drawing on a tablet is hard. The disconnect between pen and screen as well as the small surface and lack of completely accurate touch feedback can make it a difficult way to begin making art. It's fun and you should certainly keep it up, but I found it was much easier to learn the basics with a good old pencil and a cheap sketchbook, and then apply what I learn to my tablet paintings afterwards. Sketchbooks also have the great benefit of being portable, and going around and drawing things that you can actually see in front of you is essential to learning to draw well.

Books did wonders to help me. Check you local library to see if you can find some on the cheap. Try to avoid books that only deal with drawing on specific thing, like "How to draw cars" and such, since these are often far to specific and narrow in scope, when what you really need is a solid drawing foundation. Probably the highest recommended one for beginners is Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. It covers all the basics and is geared to the complete beginner, and unlike a lot of art books that focus primarily on techniques it also talks a lot about the thought process behind drawings. Judging by your work, I think it would be the most help to you of anything, as your major problem seems to be that you are relying on "symbols" that represent what you are wanting to draw rather than direct observation, which is extremely common and was my major problem too. You can also find videos of her teaching the lessons from her book on Youtube, but I'd still recommend the book, as it allows you a better view of the examples, lets you double check the instructions and makes it so you can work at your own pace.

Taking a class can be invaluable, since you have someone with experience right there to put you on the right track. Many colleges and community centers offer art programs in evenings or weekends (and during summer break, since you seem to be a student) where you could get started. Asking at a local art supply store might help to put you on the right track there. My work schedule prevents me from taking classes on any regular basis, but I'm always on the lookout for short intensive and drop-in meetups that do fit in.

For web based ressources that deal specifically with digital painting, nothing beats Ctrl+Paint. You don't need to bother with the videos that require you to pay for now, there is a great deal of free tutorials that will help you get started.

After you learn the basics, it all comes down to practice and choosing what you want to focus on at any given time. More advanced books and classes can focus on different mediums or subjects, and the fun part is often exploring and experimenting on your own. The trick is to think big, avoid restraining yourself, laugh off every mistake and try again and practice, practice, practice.

u/nosejapones · 6 pointsr/ImaginaryMindscapes

So, I don't know whether you'll consider this good news or bad news, but the path to illustrating anything well mostly involves developing your artistic skills in general, and not one specific type of illustration. For example, you don't learn how to paint landscapes so much as you learn to paint in general, and then do a lot of landscapes.

Example: Randall Munroe, of xkcd fame. xkcd is very simplistic art (stick figures, for the most part), yet it looks better that most people's attempts at stick people. Why? Because he's an actual artist (by hobby, not by profession, although it's basically his profession now), not just some guy who decided to draw stick figures. Stuff like this is what he was working on back in his high school years, and he's clearly had many years of practice since then. His stick figures look better than the average person's because he draws them with attention to the details of human anatomy and proportions.

Okay, so what's the path? The boring answer: practice, practice, practice. If you really are willing to "put in the 10 years," then you already have the right mentality. But you probably want a little more guidance than that.

Step 1: Start thinking about art in the right way. You think you want to draw from your imagination, but what you really want to draw is reality that doesn't exist. What do I mean by that? Drawing "from imagination" isn't much different than drawing from life; it's just strictly harder. When you draw from life, you see something with your eyes and then copy it onto your paper. When you draw from imagination, you have to see it with your mind's eye and then copy it onto your paper. This means that your imagination has to come up with the details you'd normally see in the world, all on its own! That's very hard. (This is true even for stylized drawing, which I'll get to in a bit.)

So how do you learn to do that? Well, your brain can't come up with realistic details without knowing what realistic details look like. So, every artist needs to start by drawing from life. There's no way to get around it. BUT, there's a catch! If you don't have any artistic inclination right now, you probably don't really know "how" to draw from life! Eventually, you'll "get it," but for now you could use some guidance. So, you need someone to teach you. Assuming you don't have any private art tutor friends, you should get a book. The standard recommendation for new artists is Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, which, despite its title, is not a book about pop psychology and is a book about learning to draw "the right way" from the ground up. What is "the right way"? Basically, it's forcing yourself to draw exactly what you see without thinking about it at all. You need to learn to shut off the part of your brain that tries to draw things the way "they should look" and instead draw them the way "they do look." The book will teach you all about this.

Step 2: Developing your basic skill set. Assuming you picked up the book I just recommended, you're going to want to start reading it and doing the exercises. I recommend spending the first week of your artistic journey just blindly following what the book tells you to do. Do one exercise per day for the first 5-7 exercises, and read the material in between your practice. Do practice 5-6 days a week for at least 30 minutes each day (preferably longer, but we all have lives). Don't burn yourself out by spending an entire Saturday blowing through half the book. If you're having fun with your drawing, do some light doodles on the side, but don't undertake more than one major project per day. Spend your doodling time just playing with the pencil (or pen), drawing shapes, experimenting with holding the pencil in different ways, etc. Just have fun. Not only will this keep your brain fresh for the major projects, but it's learning in its own right because you're developing comfort and flexibility with your instrument.

Step 3: Embark on your own projects. If you've worked through the first 5-7 exercises of that book, then you probably "get it" a little more than you did before; enough to start drawing anything and everything that catches your fancy. At this point, you don't need to keep following the book. Feel free to only come back to it when you need ideas or inspiration.

Copy, copy, copy. Like a picture you see online? Copy it. Your version won't be as good, but it doesn't matter, because it's all practice. However, try to make at least 50% of your drawings from real life (as in, 3D objects that you see with your physical eyes), and not pictures you see in books or on the internet. Why? Because drawing from a picture is easier than drawing from life. Pictures are, by definition, "flattened" for you, so you don't have to interpret what you're seeing as much. You need to be able to visualize and interpret objects in 3D, so you need to draw from life.

Step 4: Challenge yourself. Although your art skill will have undoubtedly improved by this point, you're still super far from your goal. This is usually where people settle in to only drawing things that they can draw kinda-sorta well, like simple objects, or copies of cartoons without any shading. This is a huge mistake! You have so much to learn and you know it, so don't stunt your growth now. If you're not sure what to practice next, I recommend drawing human beings. Why? Because there's not a single artist on the entire planet that couldn't benefit from being able to draw people; it's basically a necessary skill. It's also difficult, and forces you to move out of your comfort zone. But it's also a highly desirable skill, and once your humans start looking, well, human, you're going to feel super proud of yourself.

How do you practice figure drawing? Well, if you can find real people to pose for you naked, then go with that. But, your friends and family probably aren't going to be comfortable with that. If you feel up to it, try to find a figure drawing class (check local community colleges). But, if all else fails, find pictures of naked people online (really not that hard).

Regardless of whether you decide to pursue anatomy at this point, there are two huge skills you should start working on about now: foreshortening and shading. This shit's super hard, and you're going to suck for a super long time at it. If you don't know what foreshortening is, it's basically the fact that objects warp themselves into optical illusions when you're not looking at them at right-angles. Your brain processes this seamlessly, but as a non-artist you've never thought about this before, so you're going to be terrible at drawing objects from all kinds of angles. Shading is exactly what you think, but there's no "secret" to it; not only is seeing light and shadow (in an artistic way) hard in its own right, but just getting the shadow to look right on the damn paper is a skill unto itself. NO MATTER HOW LONG YOU SUCK AT THESE THINGS, DO NOT BECOME DISCOURAGED. This is the death valley of art. Every single artist just needs to hammer away at this stuff until they start to become better at it, little by little. When you first start drawing, you usually make surprisingly quick progress. But this stuff? SLOWWWWW. Just do it and do it and do it, over and over and over. You will improve, very slowly, until you're actually kind of okay at it. Do not give up. Do not get frustrated. Block all emotion out of your head about this stuff, because you will not feel anything positive about your skills in this department for a long time.

Step 5: You're an Artist! It turns out there's no "endgame" for art. Every artist thinks they suck until they die, but around this time you'll start realizing that you can kinda-sorta draw almost anything. From this point forward, draw the things you want to draw, and go out of your way to practice the things you know (deep down) you need extra work on. Improvement at this point is measured in years, not months, but if you stick with it, you will become "a good artist" by the end of your 10-year timeline. Of course, at that point, you'll still realize there are infinite ways to improve, and you'll realize you're going to be working on this until you die. But congrats, that just means you're an artist.



Q: All you talk about is pencil drawing here. What about painting??

A: Drawing with a writing instrument on paper is where you should start because it's super cheap, super flexible (you can do it anywhere), and super productive (the line is a fundamental artistic unit). You should start experimenting with alternative artistic instruments (marker, chalk, feathers dipped in lamb blood, whatever) near the end of Step 3. At the start of Step 4, feel free to start transitioning to other mediums, like painting (digital of physical). Painting is about "form" more than about "line," but you'll need the fundamentals you developed in steps 1-3 to paint anyway.

Q: What about cartoons/manga/anime/comic books/Tim Burton/Picasso? Those aren't realistic! When can I start doing stylized drawings from my imagination?

A: No matter how abstract or stylized something is, it always has roots in reality. That's why you need to never stop drawing/painting/etc. from real life and real photos. However, you can start experimenting with these fields in Step 3. Do not let them make up more than half of your time practicing, though.

u/dysp_ · 6 pointsr/learnart

Everyone starts off not knowing how to draw (with some very rare exceptions). It is definitely something that can be learned. For example, Van Gogh started learning art when he was about 27.

You should check out Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. It's more than just step-by-steps and tutorials. It goes into detail about how to learn to draw and how your brain perceives and processes imagery. Once you do get started, keep at it! ...and marvel at the new super power you've acquired! :D

u/JohnCthulhu · 6 pointsr/comics

I can't really add anything to this conversation seeing as Maxwell Lord left such an excellent and thorough critique. However, one thing I will add is that you should definitely go out and pick up these two books:

  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain -- this is one of the most important books I have ever read, as it teaches you how to view the world around you with an artist's eye. That may sound pretentious, but it had a hugely positive effect on me and my approach to art when I picked it up some years back.

  • Understanding Comics -- Every comic artist, no matter how new or seasoned they are, absolutely needs to have this book in their collection. If you are even thinking of becoming a comic artist, read this book.

    I would also recommend that you get the superb art instructional books by Andrew Loomis. Unfortunately, a lot of these are long out of print but - thankfully - you can download some free, digital versions here.
u/IronWoobie · 6 pointsr/Stoicism

Have you done the exercises in drawing on the right side of the brain? Stuff like blind contour drawing helps with those skill significantly, and seeing the atrocious craziness you get from it will help disconnect your "inner critique".

Another trick is to draw like you were a kid. I doubt that you were forcing it so much when you were a child, just do it the same way again.

Finally, have explicit process goals of doing 100 drawings or drawings in a few seconds. That'll help your mind focus on what you can control.

u/Consuelanator · 6 pointsr/getdisciplined

If this resonates with anyone, I HIGHLY recommend Stephen Pressfield's The War of Art (for anyone who has something they want to accomplish, not just artists). Trust me, best $10 bucks I've ever spent.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

u/kentzler · 5 pointsr/IWantToLearn

1 month ago I thought it was impossible for me to draw something "nice". Now, even though I'm no DaVinci, I have improved my drawing skill. How, you ask? Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain book.

You don't need any prior experience, and just by dedicating 30 min/ 1 hour a day will improve your drawing skills dramatically.

Good luck!

u/zsnesw · 5 pointsr/sketches

drawing on the right side of the brain. It's a fantastic reference, and I guarantee you can find a cheap copy or borrow it from your library.

u/kevodoom · 5 pointsr/drawing

I would absolutely recommend beginning by reading Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, and doing the exercises. I'd follow it up with The Natural Way to Draw, again, doing the exercises.

1836to1846 has the right idea about focusing on shapes, not ideas, and drawing upside-down while you're first training your verbal mind to get out of the way and let you draw what you see, rather than the symbols you think you see. Drawing on the Right Side is exactly about that - teaching you that you can draw, and teaching you how to get out of your own way. After that, Nicolaides' book will teach you how to practice effectively.

Practice is absolutely the key, but getting some grounding in what to practice and how to practice effectively will allow you to get more out of it faster.

u/Am_draw · 5 pointsr/learnart

Your friend is sort of right about the pen. It can help do away with the "chicken scratch" method of drawing by forcing you to be more confident with your lines but you should stick with pencil for now.

I'm mostly self-taught as well (although I learned a bit from Watts Atelier until it got to be too expensive) and the sheer amount of information out there can be really overwhelming. I mean, there's so many things to learn: perspective, line weight, figure drawing, portraiture, landscape, etc.

What definitely helped me is realizing that I'm never going to stop improving as an artist. That means that I'm going to have my entire life to hone my skills. Even if you have to unlearn a lot of bad habits, you've still got plenty of time to practice slowly, deliberately and mindfully.

If you understand that you've got your whole life to get better, it's easier to formulate a strategy to get better. You've got to think about this in the long term. That means taking a month to work solely on anatomy, another month to work only on perspective, another month to work on tone and values, while always revisiting the skills that you've already cultivated.

For example, I've laid out my artistic goals 3 months in advance. That means that for the next 3 months, I'm only focusing on anatomy and gesture/figure drawing. My daily schedule this week looks like this:


1, 2, 5 and 10 minute gesture/figure drawings

study/copy hands from Bridgeman's Constructive Anatomy book

draw 50 hands

spend about 10-15 minutes drawing hands from memory and comparing them to the references I was using earlier

work on something fun

If I have extra time, I'll work on some more anatomy studies but it depends on how busy I am with work/life. After this week is up, I'll move on to arms, then the core, then legs, head, etc, following the same setup I've made. Maybe the next 3 months, I'll move on to perspective drawing but I haven't thought that far ahead yet.

If you're confused about where to start, just pick something that you're the weakest at and start drawing that. It's a grind and you're going to be producing hundreds, if not thousands of drawings but that's the way to get better.

Like I said, if you start thinking in the long term, it gets less overwhelming. I'm gonna link some resources that really helped me out.


Perspective Made Easy

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Fun With a Pencil Actually, anything by Loomis.

How to Draw Kind of a technical book but goes into really great detail about perspective

Youtube Channels

Watts Atelier Highly recommended. Watch his figure drawing videos. Also, if you can spare the cash, join his online school. It's fantastic and very structured course in drawing. Definitely look into this if you have trouble deciding what to learn next.

Proko This guy has great intro videos for figure drawing. I think he learned at Watts Atelier as well.

New Masters Academy They have a ton of great videos about everything. Definitely look into Glen Vilppu's figure drawing series. He's the god of figure drawing.

Alphonso Dunn Really great pen and ink tutorials

Sorry if I overwhelmed you (ironic, considering your original post) but I just wanted to share some stuff that's really helped me develop a schedule and get better. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to help you a fellow art student out.

TLDR: You have plenty of time in your life to get better, so make a schedule and stick to it.

u/TequillaShotz · 5 pointsr/woahdude

Don't believe it.

Anyone can learn to draw. You first need to learn how to see.

Start with

u/Greyyguy · 5 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Drawing on the Right side of the Brain is a very impressive educational resource:

I can't draw well, but this book is helping me get better. I need to spend more time with it and practice more, but it definitely showed me that I could do it.

u/picnicsinthesky · 5 pointsr/AskWomen

This is an awesome question, and good for you for identifying what you need and reaching out to others. For me, it is so validating and encouraging to hear that I am not the only one struggling with my sense of self-esteem and self-worth, and I hope that you also feel less alone by reading the answers in this thread.

A year ago, my low self-esteem was debilitating.I couldn't work, I was living in state of fear that the people I loved would stop loving me, and I spent a lot of time being disgusted with myself. Today, I am slowly and deliberately learning to love myself more everyday, and I am seeing positive results in my life as a result of my efforts. For instance, my relationships are healthier, I feel anxious less frequently, I feel more competent in my work and hobbies, and I am more willing to take risks. Here are a few practical things that I have worked for me so far:

  • Therapy. The first day I walked into my therapist's office, I told her I had anxiety issues. Within 15 minutes of listening to me, she was telling me to go buy a book on self esteem for our next session. Reading that book was like reading a record of my inner life; I couldn't believe how accurate it was. My therapist worked through the book with me and helped me reflect on my thought patterns. I can't afford therapy anymore, but the dozen or so sessions that I went to made a huge difference to me.
  • Journalling. The process of writing down my thoughts forces me to turn them into logical sentences. This is important for me because a lot of the time, my internal narrative is illogical and not fully formed. Putting those thoughts down on paper helps me look at my thinking more objectively and wholistically. I also do things like make lists of things that I am good at, my positive traits, my accomplishments, etc. Making these lists gives me ammo when I feel bombarded by negative thoughts.
  • Asking my friends for help. During a particularly low time, I asked my closest friends to write me a letter about why they liked me, ways I inspire them, etc. I read these letters regularly, which means that I remember their words when I feel low.
  • Learning about Psychology. Learning about how my brain works, both physiologically and psychologically, has helped me look at my self-esteem more scientifically.
  • Practice. This is the most important thing. Just like any skill, you've got to put in the time if you want to see results. This doesn't happen overnight. Whatever you do to help you love yourself and think more realistically (yoga, journalling, meditating, relaxation, reading, exercise, etc), do it regularly. Behaviours leading to unhealthy self-esteem are habits, and you've got to work to override those habits. The best way is to train your brain when you feel good so that you are stronger for when you feel low.

    Be patient with yourself, and take the time to find things that help you individually. Building new, awesome life-long habits takes a lot of work. The progress can feel really slow--I know it sure does for me. However, it's totally doable and lots of people have made this happen for themselves. You can do it! Here are some resources that have helped me so far:

    Breaking the Chain of Low Self Esteem. The book I read in therapy.

    The Upward Spiral. For learning about how your brain works. Highly recommend.

    You are a Badass. Quirky encouragement.

    The Gifts of Imperfection. Lots of practical advice in here.

    Excel at Life While this site is ugly and disorganized, the content is quality.

    The Power of Vulnerability TED talk by Brene Brown

    The Healing Power of Self Compassion A podcast about the science of self-compassion.

    Thanks for reading my giant post-- I'm really passionate about self esteem :) And as a general call-out: I don't know many other people who struggle with self esteem and self compassion, so if anybody wants message back and forth and talk about it, I'd love that :)
u/anxietymakesmedumber · 5 pointsr/sex

Hey, you have nothing to be humiliated about. She should be ashamed because she raped you. You are not at fault for what happened.

I believe you. Please please please go find a therapist and work through this trauma. You don’t have to live with this by yourself.

Reading the book “The gifts of imperfections” by Brené Brown helped me to get past the guilt and shame after my sexual assault. I had done karate for years, but when the moment came I was too drunk and asleep to be able to do anything about it. I felt so guilty for not “trying harder” to get away. Now I know I did the best I could, and my body choose to freeze because it thought it would survive the best that way.

u/GetGoodBeBetter · 5 pointsr/Mindfulness

Hey dudes.

This one helped me tons with the concept of vulnerability. It's important to immerse yourself in that fear, be mindful, and then grow.

u/yaiSh3va · 5 pointsr/BPD

The Gifts of Imperfection helped me understand a lot of my self-worth issues.

&gt; I do yoga, workout, try to be healthy and no matter what I just feel unworthy of love.

You're trying to tackle the problem from the outside. The way I know to tackle it starts on the inside, sitting with and leaning into your negative self-perception and challenging it kindly. As I understand it, this "unloveable" thought has a lot more to do with how we view ourselves than how we are. Imagine how you'd feel if you completely accepted yourself as you are right now, everything about yourself, flaws and all, no need to change or achieve anything, all completely accepted as it is now in this moment (put aside the idea of how hard / impossible that is, just imagine you could already). Feels really good, right? That's something we can work on and get better at, for sure.

u/jamesd33n · 5 pointsr/DigitalPainting

I have no fear you'll find the videos that suit you best. We generally are resourceful enough when the need calls for it. Best of luck to you on that front.

The most difficult thing I found is the same most difficult thing every person of every new venture finds: sticking with it. I didn't. I started getting used to it, started getting good at it, and then I froze 12 hours (not consecutive) into a fantastic painting and stopped. I still have the file unfinished on my external. Do not make my mistake. I regret it. BUT... I'm making up for lost time and have since restarted learning to use it and my programs again. So, trust me, Pastanro, I'm right there with you.

Consistency! If you practice one thing, practice it hard! Do it for a month, not a day. Nail it into the ground so it will be a useful step to stand on for the next part of your journey. And no cheating! Start from the bottom again. It will not be wasted practice. If you're a master of anatomy, spend time practicing what you've already mastered and it will help you acclimate to this new tool that much easier. Don't take off learning things you don't know just quite yet. Ease into it. Be proud of the starting work you do. In 5 years, you'll look back and be even more proud of it.

The rest - the workflow - is more or less up to you to decide. Which program you enjoy (I use ArtRage; the tools and canvases have actual texture and aren't as stale as a soft round "brush"), which brushes you use (if in a Photoshop-esque program, try playing with the jitter settings, I hear that helps give it more life), to how you hold it (ideally in such a manner that makes using the buttons on the stylus more useful), to how you paint (I don't paint portions of the drawing at a time, I paint full layers: sketch, rough paint, final paint, etc), which keyboard shortcuts you assign to the tablets buttons... these are all things you'll discover for yourself as you evolve with your tool, as it becomes an extension of you.

I also recommend accountability. Setting up a conceptart sketchbook or a deviantart profile (I prefer this) serves as a means of "showing up for work." If you can build an audience or a few friendships, they'll notice when you're being lazy. This makes the process a little less "I'm roaming around in the dark alone"-ish. It also feels fantastic to know you have fans, especially when they stick around and prove they're keeping an eye on you.

None of this is technical advice per se, but that's because I firmly believe the biggest challenge is mental. You're battling far bigger demons at the soul level when you set out to learn something new and follow a dream. Fanning those flames inside you is more important than what you're forging. So if you listen to only one piece of advice I have to give, get a copy of this book:

If you put yourself out there somewhere on the net, send me a link. I'd like to follow along.

u/fight_collector · 5 pointsr/Stoicism

"Some men only begin to live when it is time for them to leave off living." This is the danger of procrastination: wait long enough and you run out of time.

I don't have an analysis for you. Instead, I have a book recommendation: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. I read this back in September of 2013 and have been writing more than ever. Great motivator and offers you great advice for overcoming Resistance.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

u/mrpunaway · 5 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

Awesome! You should start posting there! I enjoyed the read.

Have you ever heard of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield? I highly recommend it.

u/tobitobiguacamole · 5 pointsr/financialindependence

In order of impact:

1 - The War of Art -;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1549035419&amp;amp;sr=1-3&amp;amp;keywords=war+of+art

The most important book I've ever read. If you are pursuing any creative endeavor, I would say this is required reading. It's a super quick read, with every page or two covering a quick idea or example. I read it a bit of it every day before starting work on my music. It's like my bible.

2 - Atlas Shrugged -;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1549035527&amp;amp;sr=1-1&amp;amp;keywords=atlas+shrugged

Taught me the value of hard work. Gave me the confidence that if I put the work in, I could achieve great things.

3 - How I found Freedom in an Unfree World -

Even if you don't agree with all of it, it definitely helps put some new ideas out there that can change how you view things.

u/screenwriter101 · 5 pointsr/Screenwriting

You absolutely must read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. I went through the same type of self-sabotage thinking and this book really helped me to take that negative voice and use it to my advantage.

Here are just two quotes from the book:
&gt; If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.

&gt; Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.

Keep at it!

u/letsbeB · 5 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

It seems like your problem could have two facets.

The first (maybe) is that your being too literal in your listening, and that's tough because you're clearly emotionally tied to that music. Try listening for principles, not specific figures. Don't listen to melodies, listen to phrase length in relation to harmony, rhythm, structure, and how that varies from song to song. Don't listen to solos, listen to where the solo comes from, what musical material is the solo being based on and how that functions within the context of the harmony, rhythm, song-as-a-whole, etc. Don't listen to drum patterns, listen to how a particular pattern supports a particular melody, hook, etc. The human brain is incredibly good at picking up on and replicating patterns. If you listen for melodies, solos, beats, etc. that's what you'll replicate and your music will sound much like that of which you're listening. But if you listen for relationships, functions, principles, you will not only be armed with a deeper understanding of how a music you love and respond to works on a fundamental level, but you will be able to apply those principles to your own music and grow as an artist.

Second, if you're throwing away ideas that sound both too much and not enough like your intentions, that's not not a musical problem, but a mental one. That sounds like Resistance. And Resistance is the biggest obstacle to any creative endeavor you will ever face. It it cunning - note the impossible double standard it has forced you into. Resistance doesn't want you to grow, doesn't want you to better yourself. It feeds off of you "rage quitting." I cannot take credit for the term or definitions. That honor goes to Steven Pressfield. His book The War of Art is one of the best I've ever read. It's saved my ass many times. It's a sort of cheesy title but in terms of impact on my life, it's this one and maybe one or two others. I'm sure I sound like some zealot missionary but read some of the comments. And if you can't afford the 10.29+shipping, PM me and I'll mail you my copy (as long as you send it back eventually). I've been where you're at and it fucking sucks.

u/UniversalOrbit · 5 pointsr/ADHD

"The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield.

It's more directed at creative professionals but deals with the same resistance problem.

u/ManicMonk · 5 pointsr/infp


I did something similar a few times, following a hunch and throwing away the work of years.

There are many aspects to this I guess, but the thing which might be the most interesting right now would be: Why don't you want to finish this?

What's below the surface, what is lingering beyond the surface of wanting / not wanting something?

Would crashing and burning the whole thing now make it easier to reorient? Do you feel like you're going in a direction you are not sure you can manage to be in?

Do you feel like you'd like to have some time for yourself to figure it all out?

I think that if you can finish it in any way now you should try to. For your parents and for your future self. You can be proud that you finished something big, even if you didn't feel like it in the end. Which is a thing to be very much proud of I think.

I am often times taking the path of least resistance, but I know it and I am kind of concerned that I might be a quitter... at least some part of me feels like that. You could nip that in the bud now! :)

Also, be mindful of "Resistance" rearing its ugly head and trying hard to keep you from finishing, being its strongest when you almost reached the mountain top.

There is a great book called "The War Of Art":;amp;qid=1421863874&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=the+war+of+art&amp;amp;pebp=1421863877374&amp;amp;peasin=1936891026 - which I feel is amazing.

Amazingly written, amazingly concise, to the point and giving you lots of examples to identify the snake that is resistance.

And it can give you the strength to power through it too, I think.

I don't have it here right now unfortunately, or I'd quote you the passages related to Resistance becoming stronger the closer you get to your goal.

So know, Resistance is real, cunning and strong, and is a force always coming at you right from the point you know you need to go in your life. So it is naturally strongest and will try to keep you from finishing when you're so close.

Doubts? Resistance.
Feeling unwell? Sit down and do the work. It's Resistance trying to keep you from working.
Relationship troubles? Resistance.
Too early? Too late? Resistance.

So, while Resistance tries to make it hard to reach your goal, it is at the same time the perfect compass: Just face into the direction of the biggest resistance, and you're going exactly where you're supposed to be going. You'll be at the mountain top faster when you're going towards the mountain, no?

And, at the end, some more compassionate advice again:

Maybe, if you're afraid that you are about to hit the last nail into your own coffin which is the rest of your life now by finishing this degree - if you feel like you're not sure if you are ready to start your career in the field you're currently in - maybe make a deal with yourself: If you finish this degree now, you'll give yourself some time to do nothing or reorient yourself and maybe find something else if you feel like it after all of this.

Maybe get some support in this direction, maybe you can talk with your parents or a friend or your partner about it - tell them how you're feeling and that you are gonna power through and finish this degree, but aren't not sure if you're entirely on the right track yet and that you're gonna allow yourself some rest and / or reorientation after your degree.

Maybe make a plan on what you'd like to do after your degree instead of immediately joining the workforce? And if, after your degree, you should find yourself suddenly full of motivation to start a career in you field, that'd be a nice surprise too, don't you think? :)


Best wishes, time to do the laundry, i'm procrastinating on that one for days now! That's probably why i'm wrote this too! I'm off to do it now, I promise! :)

u/houdoken · 5 pointsr/programming

On creativity peaks, etc. That varies from person to person. A good source to get an idea of the variety of working habits/rituals of (arguably) productive people can be found here:
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

Title is a bit misleading, there're more than just artist's accounts in there. Great read--really opened my eyes to the idea that society's imposed time schedule may not work for everyone. Also seeing the breadth of variety in approaches gave me a lot of things to try out myself in an effort to optimize my own creative/productive cycles and daily routines.

u/PraetorianXVIII · 5 pointsr/GetMotivated

I saved it on my desktop, so no. Google search reveals this book

u/SloanStrife · 5 pointsr/CGPGrey

I've always thought Hypertheticals could be interesting podcast fodder.

u/inm808 · 5 pointsr/cscareerquestions

maybe they worked at microsoft and got in like the mid80s?

although then the process was arguably worse lol. "How would you move mt fuji?"


then again. for that id guess OP would just say something equally terrible. "you dont need to prepare for those, you either have the intelligence or you dont" or something that shows massive survivorship bias for luckily answering one of those super vague questions correctly 30 years ago

a techincal process which everyone can spend time preparing for is GOOD. for everybody

u/dasblog · 5 pointsr/AskReddit
  • Most people that have never heard of lucid dreaming, and are taught what it is, have a lucid dream that night.

  • The best way to lucid dream is to become more conscious of your surroundings in real life. If you teach yourself to always be looking around you and wondering "am I dreaming? Is this a dream?" eventually you will start to ask those questions while dreaming, allowing you to notice you're dreaming.

  • A big help are reality checks. When you're awake and you're wondering if you're dreaming, you can do a reality check. One good reality check is holding your nose and trying to breath in through it. If you're awake you'll be unable to breathe in, if you're asleep you'll still be able to breathe even though you've held your nose. As in the previous point though, you have to keep doing these reality checks in real life, until they're so imprinted into your routine (and subconscious) that you'll do them in a dream too.

  • Are you dreaming right now? Possibly. But here's another reality check for you. Read this paragraph again, is it any different? In dreams you can't read the same piece of writing twice, it changes.

  • Once you realise you're in a dream, don't stop and think. You'll wake up. Dreams are narratives that you follow through forward momentum. If the narrative stops, then you stop dreaming. One tip is when you realise you're dreaming, start running (or spin around really quickly) and this keeps the dream going. For reals.

  • Lucid dreaming is different for different people. Personally I can't suddenly create a number of lesbians in front of me, because to do this I have to stop and concentrate, which breaks the narrative and makes me wake up. Instead I've learnt to use expectations to create something. For example, I may expect something to happen if I run around the corner. So I run around the corner and there it is. So I can't create lesbians, but I can expect them to be somewhere, and when I get there, they're already there. Hard to explain really.

  • If you want more information on lucid dreaming, the best book to read is anything by Stephen LaBerge, who is considered a lucid dream expert. This one in particular is good: Exploring The World of Lucid Dreaming

  • If you want a great, easy to read book about the different stages of human consciousness and cool things our mind can do, then I suggest reading The Head Trip which contains a huge chapter on lucid dreaming.
u/yousirareajackass · 5 pointsr/mylittlepony

Second time in two days I get to pitch this book. It is fantastic.

u/Strel-chan · 5 pointsr/LucidDreaming

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge

I haven't personally read it (yet), but it has an excellent reputation among the lucid dreaming community. It's basically THE book for those interested in lucid dreaming.

u/Boogidy · 5 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I just sent this to my dear friend's little boy for his birthday. He'll be 5, and I think it'll be something super fun for the family to do together :D I hope he likes it!

u/InOranAsElsewhere · 5 pointsr/TumblrInAction

Clinical psych grad student here. While the phrasing on all of these is less than stellar, there are some ways to quantify similar claims. The wording on this is very poor, but hey, it's tumblr, not a psychological review. One book for the bipolar disorder claims (and that disorder is one of my main areas of study), would be Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Tempermant. If you want, I could dig up sources for the other claims.

While I will say the methodology and retrospective analyses/diagnosis are not entirely safe, some ways they've used to quantify these are:

  • Noble Laureates in poetry hospitalized for mania, depression, or both.

  • Number of artists of all forms with bipolar disorder in their family tree (bipolar does seem to have a strong hereditary component)

  • Behavior indicative of bipolar disorder in various creative figures

    Obviously, this methodology isn't the best, but I believe some additional studies have been done, and the data do indicate at least some level of correlation. While correlation isn't causation, it seems unlikely that creative endeavors would lead to bipolar system.

    That being said, I still feel this romanticizes mental illness a little too much. While silver linings are good, mental illnesses are not super powers. I've struggled with mental health problems for years, and while I don't think I would just wish them away as the experiences made me the person I am today, I don't think we should glorify this and go from "Hey, at least there's an upside" to "This is a superpower."
u/duttymong · 5 pointsr/IndustrialDesign

A few things off the top of my head:

Creative Confidence By Tom and David Kelly (IDEO) - In fact, anything by these guys as IDEO are a great resource for design thinking.

Wacom Pen and Touch S Perfectly adequate starter tablet for sketching on a laptop.

Sketchbook Pro to go with it

Product Sketches - Great book with sketches of everyday things from Ideation to presentation quality.

Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design - Really good book covering the basics of industrial processes to manufacture objects.

Copic Multiliner set - maybe with some stationary. I fucking love stationary. Could combine this with a Moleskin or Field Notes notebook

Steal Like an Artist - cute, short book with a great message about how its not what you steal but how you steal it.

Kor 'Hydration Vessel' - I've had one for like 3 years.

u/unknown_knowns_lis · 5 pointsr/lifeisstrange

Re: the whole "ideas aren't affected" thing, I think it's a somewhat misguided screed for originality. There's a weird idea among some creatives that all of their ideas must be original homunculi and come out of their brains fully-formed with only a little bit of tending until they reach their utmost state. I see it a lot with musicians and writers who don't want to be seen as obviously inspired by or "stealing" from other artists, though I personally think "stealing" is an important part of creativity.

But inspiration can come from anywhere from any reason. There shouldn't be any shame in saying another artist inspires you, and I can't think of any greater compliment an artist could receive than to think that their work inspired such action in someone else.

u/Huizie · 5 pointsr/infp

Have you heard of the book "The War of Art"? I've been reading a few pages a day to motivate myself and help overcome my fears.

u/wellinkedbox · 5 pointsr/Journaling

I think the only way that your life can change is if you identify at least one thing that need changing. Yes, other possibilities for change can happen beyond that but you have to have a jumping off point. Otherwise you're just standing in a dark room screaming CHANGE MY LIFE. It's not really going to work.

Book I would recommend:
The Artist's Way

u/cyanocobalamin · 5 pointsr/AskMenOver30

Learn how for yourself, read these two books.

  1. How To Get Control Of Your Time And Your Life

  2. The Now Habit

    You will learn how to manage your time and your emotions in regards to time management( really life management ).
u/chargeorge · 5 pointsr/programming

I mentioned this in another comment, but I suggest this book,

While not perfect, the authors strategies worked for me when nothing else seemed to. After falling into a major anxiety and depression spiral I finally feel better work after employing about half of the ideas in this book.

u/quarnster2 · 5 pointsr/Art

Have you read Betty Edwards' Drawing on the right side of the brain? I personally went through a similar before and after transformation as these student pictures show.

u/milesofmike · 5 pointsr/tall

Me too! But I started reading Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and went from this to this in three drawings. Completely changed the way I thought about drawing things!

Edit: Bonus drawing from when I was three.

u/Zepp_BR · 5 pointsr/brasil

Vamos lá. Minha experiência com desenho:

  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, da Betty Edwards.

    Tentei, cheguei até um pouco antes da metade. Me frustrei e desisti.
    Motivo da frustração: Grande parte do livro é a moça te falando "agora você deve estar satisfeito com o que fez, olha o que meus melhores alunos fizeram para você comparar". BITCH EU NÃO ESTAVA SATISFEITO OK?!

    Depois de anos, revisitei meus desenhos e pensei "Olha, até que ficaram legais sim, pqp".

  • Já testei o /r/ArtFundamentals (Drawabox).

    Extremamente massante e arranca a tapa toda a maravilha de desenhar algo. Fiz durante uns 3 meses, não cheguei nem na lição 3 (depois de formas livres). Mas foi o que mais me manteve disciplinado, e a qualidade de alguns dos meus traços (até na escrita) melhorou um pouco.

  • Ctrl+Paint:

    Testei muito pouco a parte de desenho "clássico", mas o cara desenha bem. Minha crítica é que logo na primeira aula ele já recomenda comprar um lápis que não é lá muito comum.

  • Drawing for the Utter and Absolute Beginner, da Claire Garcia.

    É interessante, as primeiras lições são uma mistura das lições do Drawing on the Right Side e do ArtFundamentals. Não consegui avançar mais por falta de tempo, mas pelo que eu folheei o livro, é o que mais mostra técnicas diferentes (e por isso, aumenta o custo de materiais).

  • Curso presencial:

    Fiz um uma vez um tempo atrás. Não suportei mais de 3 aulas porque o professor era péssimo.

    Dito isso, vou de acordo com o /u/crazy_student, vá com o Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (se concentre só nas técnicas).
    Recomendo também o ..For the Utter and Absolute Beginner. O livro se baseia nas mesmas técnicas da Betty Edwards no começo, tendo em vista o desenho observacional (na vida real), então um complementa o outro.

  • Bonus: Eu tenho também o You Can Draw in 30 days. Dá pra brincar de perder o medo de produzir algo.


    Eu sei que existem outros autores, livros e conteúdos. Sempre existiu e sempre existirão, mas foram esses que eu corri atrás.
u/cdcyclist · 5 pointsr/booksuggestions

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition

u/SuperConductiveRabbi · 5 pointsr/ArtCrit

Pick up introductory drawing books. I whole-heatedly recommend starting with one and only one source: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain:

As you start you'll need to learn some fundamentals: draw what you see, not what you think you see; don't draw in symbols; learn about value, line, and shading; learn about constructing volumes that look like they inhabit three dimensions; learn about proportion; make a habit of practicing every day; perhaps more importantly, learn how to take and give artistic criticism.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain will teach you to do all these things and is certainly enough to get you started. Do not proceed with trying to draw in a stylized manner, you'll simply learn bad habits. You can proceed to style after you've made some headway into drawing realistic forms and figures.

u/bdust · 4 pointsr/somethingimade

Hey, you. Please, please read The Artist's Way. It changed my life. I will even send you one of my extra copies, if you don't have the money to spare.

u/kinkade · 4 pointsr/getdisciplined

Look, everyone is right that it's easy to fall into the trap of procrastinating by trying to learn how not to procrastinate but the truth is that it can also be helpful to learn some practical techniques.

I would suggest The Now Habit by Neil Fiore

u/sciencewarrior · 4 pointsr/ADHD

One thing I learned reading The Now Habit, that may apply to your situation, is that our internal dialogue is crucial. When you tell yourself you have to prep for the next D&amp;D session because you'll otherwise disappoint the players, you create resistance. It's like an external force trying to push you, and your own emotional self pushes back. You drag your heels. You procrastinate.

If instead you turn the situation around and tell yourself that you want to prep because that will lead to a few hours of doing something that you really like, then the force comes from inside. It doesn't meet resistance. You can even become so absorbed that the act of prepping itself becomes pleasurable.

Now, one of the traits of ADHD is that it makes it harder to envision that desirable future. Harder, but not impossible. You can exercise this deliberately, like an underdeveloped muscle. I am working with a behavioral coach to help me with this, but you can find resources to do it on your own if you prefer. Either way, I definitely recomend that book I mentioned, even if it isn't specific to ADHD.

u/eli5taway · 4 pointsr/getdisciplined

Go read The Now Habit by Fiore.
Come back when you've finished it.

It's going to tell you why you're procrastinating.

u/Jallenbah · 4 pointsr/redditgetsdrawn

Can I recommend "Drawing on the right side of the brain" by Betty Edwards? The neurological stuff is a bit washy but the overall concepts and teaching to draw what you see are the most valuable thing I have found for general drawing skills.;amp;qid=1406140554&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=drawing+on+the+right+side+of+the+brain

It will take you a long way in a short space of time.

u/jrodtothemax · 4 pointsr/GraphicDesign

Are you a reader? Check out Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I know it may seem silly, reading a book about drawing, but the approach they take is that really a "lack of drawing skill" is an issue with perception. Something else you can work through are the Loomis books. There are .pdfs of them to be found here. I've just been reading and plugging away at the examples in the books, picking up tips and tricks along the way.

SUBREDDITS: Even if it's just to see someone else's work and be inspired, pick up techniques. /r/drawing is great to see a lot of pencil stuff. Also, they have a whole sidebar of resources. /r/redditgetsdrawn may be one of the best modded and fun subreddits there are. You get to see so many different styles, and now they just launched /r/watchredditgetsdrawn for time-lapse videos of some process. Most of these are digital paintings, but you still pick up tips and tricks. But on RGB, all skill levels are welcome, there is no down vote button, and people are very positive and willing to critique. Plus, you get a some interesting things to attempt to draw, generally people, but some of the submissions are fun. I actually created an "art" multi reddit that contains:/r/doodles, /r/drawing, /r/drawings, /r/Illustration, /r/learnart, /r/redditgetsdrawn, /r/SketchDaily, /r/Sketching, /r/watchredditgetsdrawn. Don't be afraid to put your stuff out there. Eyes on something with tips and helpful critique will go a long way.

And lastly, break yourself of this notion that drawing is a magical skill or talent that some people possess and others don't. Very few people are able to free draw something straight from memory, and if they do, they likely practiced that form many times before they could do it. Practice, practice, practice and have fun. Don't be afraid to use trace paper to fix a first version, don't be afraid to experiment. Watch any drawing video you can and look at as many drawings as you can.

I recently started about a month ago of wanting to learn how to draw and have found the above super helpful. The amount of improvement I've seen in just a few weeks from a lot of the above is so encouraging. My trade is motion design, and I can't wait to see how learning a new technique or skill will shape the way my work comes out. Don't get discouraged, it will feel hard at times, and it will feel like work. Make a habit of sketching or drawing something daily, even if it's just an artists mannequin. With pencil, realize almost as much erasing goes into a drawing as lead does.

Enjoy the journey.

u/My-Name-Is_Nobody · 4 pointsr/drawing

I'm not far from your age, and while I've been drawing off and on almost my whole life I've only recently been getting serious about improving. I'll share some things that have helped me.

One book I'd recommend you buy above all others is Drawing on the Right side of the Brain - Betty Edwards. It's good even if you have never drawn before. Cartoons are a stylization of a person, so its good to study and draw people. If money is a factor, Andrew Loomis ebooks are free. Fun With a Pencil in particular has stuff thats good for cartoons.

Communities such as here and /r/LearnArt are good to get critique and to get help if you can't see where you are going wrong. If you are dry for ideas there is also /r/SketchDaily and /r/DailyDraw.

Youtube is an awesome resource. Proko did a good series on the Loomis method for drawing a head and its features. Will Terrell is one i found recently that's fun to watch, does a lot of cartoon/caricature and comic stuff.

The only way to improve is to practice. Get you a sketchbook and a some pencils. Don't worry about making every page a masterpeice. Beat that thing up, doodle, draw whatever in it. If you mess up, just flip to the next page. Draw draw draw! Things that catch your eye, old comic super heroes, Bugs Bunny, anything really. Draw as often as you can, I'd say an hour a day if that's possible with job and family. If not, just whenever you got some time. If time and money allow, take a class if you can.

Don't be afraid to use references. The mind can't remember every detail about everything. Even masters use them.

u/mechtonia · 4 pointsr/DIY

Definitely skip 2D CAD. 2D CAD is just a way of automating drawing by hand.

Go with 3D. With 3D you actually build the part virtually and catch all the interferences, check fits, evaluate clearances, etc. I don't know about SketchUp but all of the commercial packages can generate 2D drawings from the 3D models automatically.

Also, regarding artistic skills, get the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". Even if you just spend a tiny bit of time working through a few of the chapters it will radically improve your ability to draw what you see/imagine. The book is geared towards artistic drawing but I am an engineer and the book helped my sketching/drawing skills tremendously See this comment

Also, if you aren't already familiar with the basics of drafting I highly recommend the book "Freehand Sketching for Computer-Aided Design and Engineering Graphics".

TL;DR: skip 2D (AutoCAD, DraftSight) go with 3D (SketchUp, Inventor) get some books

u/bahabrett · 4 pointsr/Art

if you're interested in taking some time to read a book and maybe buying a few art supplies. "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" a book by Betty Edwards is pretty amazing for improving your drawing technique by leaps and bounds(from personal experiance). You can find it on Amazon.Link

u/super_cute_nihilist · 4 pointsr/learnart

If you're just starting out, I would suggest 2 things. First, go through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. It will get you going quickly.

Second, learn to critique your work. You can't fix what you don't know is wrong. It's a simple, but not easy thing to do. Every time you do something, when you're done look at it and honestly answer 3 questions, how do you feel about the piece overall, what do you like, and what could you improve on. The most common mistake I see people make is to make excuses for things they don't like. If you can see it and it bothers you, it will bother someone else.

There are a number of other things that you can do to help, but starting with a good foundation and a comfort with self critique will get you far.

u/Undersized · 4 pointsr/learnart

Last year I hated drawing realistic, until I read the book Drawing on the right side of the brain. (You can easily find the PDF online)
With simple drawing exercises you can really improve the way you see things and then draw them. I think it helped a lot of people at different stages of their art.
When I tried it there was a self portrait you draw at the beginning and the same at the end and you can see a real progress. Try it on, invest some time and show us the difference.

u/fishboob · 4 pointsr/portugal

Só precisas de uma coisa. Este livro: Drawing with the Right Side of the Brain

Lê umas críticas e vais perceber.

u/Professor_Lavahot · 4 pointsr/AskReddit

HYPERtheticals. Bring it on, u/shoppingbot! I got this for my girlfriend at some Christmas, is fun on road trips.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 4 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Non-mobile: This.

^That's ^why ^I'm ^here, ^I ^don't ^judge ^you. ^PM ^/u/xl0 ^if ^I'm ^causing ^any ^trouble. ^WUT?

u/thatkiddonny · 4 pointsr/LucidDreaming

Doing more RC's isn't going to help that much. They are mostly to use to reaffirm you are dreaming after you have realized you are dreaming. In fact I haven't done an RC in a dream. I've also read that asking dream characters if you are dreaming is unreliable, though I'm sure its a person to person thing.

Though, make sure you make them at regular intervals and not at random. I set an hourly alarm on my phone to just buzz and let me know.

And everyone has a hard time in their infancy of actual lucid dreams. It really just takes practice.

Something I started doing was, what I believe is called, Lucid Living. Its where you take time out of your day and just realize reality. Realize you can realize. Take in as many details as you can. I was having a hard time having my first LD, but after I started this I had my first 3 in the next week or two, but sadly school started and I haven't had the time for Lucid Dreaming.

Another thing that helps is read something about lucid dreaming before bed. Get into the mind set. Pick up Stephen LaBerge's book Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, lots of helpful and basic stuff in there.

If you need to know anything else you can PM me, I spent a good chunk of my summer basically researching this stuff.

u/duffstoic · 4 pointsr/streamentry

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming got me lucid in a couple weeks of the simplest exercises back when I was experimenting with this stuff years ago.

Later I discovered 3 elements to lucid dreams:

  1. Sensory clarity. The dream becomes hyper-real, like VR in all 5 senses, ultra HD vividness.
  2. Awareness of dreaming. You know you are in a dream.
  3. Control of dream content. You can make things appear and disappear, or change the scene altogether.

    When I've been lucid, I usually don't have all 3 fully. Often I'll have sensory clarity and awareness but lack full control of dream content, or I'll have awareness and control but not full sensory clarity. Having all three is quite the trip.
u/DOOOOOOOOOOM · 4 pointsr/LucidDreaming

So unfortunately it seems most of the initial research I did into certain techniques on this subreddit was before I had made an account, so I don't have any of them saved. :(

A few links though, in case you haven't checked them out yet...
From the sidebar:

  • Quickstart Guide

  • FAQ

    Probably worth investigating all those other sidebar links, I haven't done so myself yet, but they look promising. :)

    GREAT Wikibooks article on LD induction techniques:

  • LD on Wikibooks

    Awesome Book:

  • Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming (8 bucks from Amazon, definitely worth the purchase. Good to have something to read about LDs when not at a computer.)

    There were several times in my two experiences where the dream began to fade. If I hadn't done these things the dreams would have ended far before they got really interesting:

  • Dream starting to fade away? Look at your hands, rub them together, touch your face with them. When I looked at my hands in the tale above, there were a dozen little thumbprint-swirlies spinning on each palm. Helped stabilize the fading dream.
  • Spinning also kept one of my dreams going. I've read you shouldn't spin frantically like a madman or anything, but a few twirls definitely kept my first LD going, somehow. :)
  • Reality checks: since I wear a digital watch (technically an iPod Nano on a wristband, but it has a watch too), checking my wrist for the time is extremely natural. I check it many times a day while awake, and in most cases digital displays just don't work right in dreams (though I've heard of exceptions.) If the time is changing crazily every time you look at it, or has nonsensical times displayed as mentioned above, you're probably dreaming.
  • If you wake up and remember you were having an awesome dream, don't open your eyes and don't move your body at all. Imagine with all your might that you're still there, wherever you were. Hold onto the image, don't think with words, and you may fall back into it. It helped me above, and has helped me get back into several non-lucid dreams I was enjoying in the past.

    General tips from personal experience:

  • Avoid cannabis if you can. For me and many others, it inhibits dream recall. Having a LD is no good if you don't remember it. Vividly remembering dreams and the occasional epic LD is worth the tradeoff, IMO.
  • DREAM JOURNAL. Most important thing ever. The entire second LD I posted up there would have been lost had I not suddenly remembered the dream while taking a piss this morning, and I quickly dashed into my room to grab it and write down all I could. Not only does merely having one next to your pillow with a pen ready seem to increase dream recall, but can help when you're retelling your adventures. My initial write-up for all this felt a little off, so I went back and read it and noticed I had omitted some important things I didn't remember, though I had written it all down mere hours before. Also, don't get lazy with the dream journal. There's been a few mornings where I woke up and remembered a dream, but I groggily thought "meh, I'll write it down later" before turning over to snooze for a bit. When I got up ten minutes later, all memory of the dream was gone.
  • I have noticed that I remember dreams much more often if I've been reading about dreams/LDing the day/night before going to bed, and remembering more dreams means a higher chance of remembering the lucid ones.
  • Wish I had the old reddit links, but alas. I'd say keep an eye on this subreddit, check every submission for more tips from folks more skilled this than I am. (Only 2 so far!) Read other people's stories and see what worked for them.

    It took me a couple months to have the experience after I REALLY started researching it, so I'm sure it's only a matter of time for you if you keep at it, friend. :) Dream on!
u/jodraws · 4 pointsr/IDAP

The proportions are perfect. Probably because it was traced, but the drawing lacks soul. The contrasts are off. The line quality is poor. All in all it probably still took you a long time and the practice will pay off down the road.

I suggest paying more attention to the subtle changes to the contour of your subject. A great drawing or painting also has good contrast transitions aka shading. Pay very close attention to the transitions from light to dark... especially subtle transitions.

Keep practicing my friend. This painting was only a stepping stone.

A great book that helped me a bit is Drawing with the right side of your brain.. Give it a read over and then get back to drawing. :]

u/roman553 · 4 pointsr/learnart

Don't be intimidated by the tough to draw parts. Try drawing the contours of the ear, and the fine details in the eyes and face. The worst thing that can happen is you'll see the mistakes, and gradually learn how to do it better next time. If you want to improve , just keep practicing and check out some books like Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. It has some outdated psuedo-science to it, but the exercises can really help you learn some of the basic skills essential for portraits, and you've already finished step 1 of the book the self portrait.

u/chadw1701c · 4 pointsr/ArtFundamentals

This is the book we used in High School way back when. Others have also told me to get it when I asked about getting back into drawing.

I am sure others in here will have way more experience with this stuff than me though.

u/SailorDione · 4 pointsr/Illustration

If you don't mind giving you tips from my experience after 20+ years drawing, i'll bullet list it and you're welcome to add-on or change anything. I'll give you my own tl;dr at the end.

  1. purchase this book:;amp;qid=1376710571&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=drawing+with+the+right+side+of+the+brain

  2. purchase the workbook:

  3. Purchase a 100 page sketchbook and draw 4 things per page front and back.

  4. Use real humans and reference pictures of animals to practice drawing anatomy

  5. Once you go digital, get or somehow download, Paint Tool SAI

  6. Play around with it, but honestly, find as many tutorials with it and keep working with it.

  7. When drawing digitally, make sure you zoom out periodically to make sure your proportions are matching up

  8. since you have photoshop, paint tool sai will work with it since it can save .psd files

  9. tablets are amazing, I personally have a widescreen format wacom tablet

  10. practice every day, as much as you can and however time will allow you, just practice, but more importantly, draw from life. Real life stuff will lend to your own personal style and you can develop it from there.

    My TL;DR

    I've spent my whole life drawing. I'm 30 now and my mom says when I was 3 I picked up a crayon and drew a witch and it looked like a witch. Ever since then, my family only ever bought my art supplies for birthday and christmas. I spent my younger years thinking i'd animate for Disney, then I discovered comic books. I eyeballed the characters and drew them over and over till I could draw them from memory. Eventually I was making my own.

    I was slatted to attend an art college out of high school, but money and family fell through and I was left, literally, heartbroken. Feeling as if I wasn't good enough, I spent the next 3 years working and not doing any art at all. Eventually I couldn't put it off any longer and I decided to start up again. Still drawing based on other artists, my style developed very slowly. I had the usual artist anger of feeling stagnant and then eventually getting over the hump.

    I've dabbled with online webcomics, i've made tattoos for folks, and i've done some character designs, but it wasn't until last year that I decided that I should take my love of character concept design and try and put it to use. I googled "good video game schools" after having a bad run in with art institute, and found a place here in Washington called Digipen.

    I was accepted and part of my summer assignment was to purchase the book "Drawing with the Right side of the brain". Honestly, i'd never been much for reading books to further my art, but considering I had to do this for my summer assignment, I did. I've been doing exactly as they instructed me, and after practicing with the portions of the head and etc, I immediately noticed a difference.

    the right side is a sketch I did the night before. The left side is one I did the next day. I was floored by the improvement. I know my style isn't what some like, but for me I felt 100x better with my progress and that was just a single night.

    Working with this book has been so inspiring to me and so amazing.

    I will say that I too had started out with pen and paper and hesitantly moved to digital, but paint tool sai makes it so easy to sketch, line and color all in the same place. Tablets make it that much more joyful and I feel like i'm unlimited in my creativity when I work digitally.

    I hope some of this helps, and I hope you find your groove :)
u/dorky2 · 4 pointsr/IDAP

My best advice to you is to practice drawing from life, a lot. There are also a couple of books I recommend, Anatomy for the Artist and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Anyone who wants to make a graphic novel, regardless of their chosen style, should put in lots and lots of hours of drawing nude models in dynamic poses. Find an artists co-op in your area that meets regularly with life models and practice, practice, practice.

u/doofus62 · 4 pointsr/drawing

Try the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Highly recommended. I got it out of my local library.

u/CapOnFoam · 4 pointsr/AdultDepression

You never know what those people in the photos are struggling with. Some may be depressed themselves. Maybe completely unhappy in their marriages or jobs but feeling unable to do anything about it. Etc etc. You just never know.


Have you watched or read anythin by Brene Brown? She has spent her whole CAREER studying and writing about shame. When I went through my SECOND divorce (sigh) and felt like a complete failure (and my family shaming me didn't help any), she was my lifeline. I read three of her books and watched her TED talks several times.


These two books changed my life:

Who you are is important. You are important.

u/nineran · 4 pointsr/suggestmeabook

It would be helpful if you could figure out why you're being indecisive. There are books for every reason that you could come up with.

Are you indecisive because of:

  • Fear of missing out? Try mindfulness (I have no book recommendation for this, sorry!)
  • Fear of making a mistake? Being Wrong, by Kathryn Schulz
  • Crippled by outside/social forces? Try stoicism. The Daily Stoic (website) or Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
  • Finding motivation to do anything at all? Is this depression? Is this a lack of things around you and in your life that you actually like? Get help or otherwise get to know yourself deeply.
  • Avoidant behaviors spilling across life zones for some other reason, such as possibly trauma? Get professional help-- that's a deeper problem than finding motivation. I personally found Brene Brown useful with this situation.

    I think the key is to just start somewhere. And the good news is, you've started here :) Best of luck!
u/Sparky0457 · 4 pointsr/AskAPriest

This may be controversial but if you read between the lines of most of the biographies of the saints mystics you’ll see that many or most suffered from mental illness.

I’ve always thought of this as someone referring to St. Paul was talking about in 2 Cor. 12:7-10

&gt; a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

The bigger our cross the bigger our graces to be holy.

It’s good to let your sisters talents and virtues inspire you but don’t let that tempt you to imitate her... vices (I don’t mean to be judgmental)

Beyond that Id suggest reading The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

It is a powerful read and I use its wisdom constantly in my ministry

u/shnooqichoons · 4 pointsr/Christianity

I really recommend The Gifts of Imperfection

u/nickprince · 4 pointsr/bestof

Have you read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield? If not, check out the reviews, and then buy it.

u/iamwritingabook2 · 4 pointsr/writing

No tricks per se, otherwise forcing yourself will be short lived and will produce low quality results. Having said that, this is what I did / do:

  1. Read "The War on Art" you'll understand why it's so hard to start doing something that you want to badly (TL;DR: it's your lizard brain / the resistance. Still read the book)

  2. Your brain works better in the morning, we all know that. And there are soooo many things we need to do distractions, well.. writing is your job, and you get paid with those distractions. Wake up and don't do anything until you have written some (you can quantify yourself what this some is, 250 words? 500? 2,500??) not even brushing your teeth, and surely not breakfast (that's the pay for writing). Questionable about bodily functions, it all depends how well you perform under pressure (jk). YMMV

  3. Develop better habits, starting from #2 above.

    Quotas seem to work, you can have a words quota, or time quota, or a combo.

    What I have seen working is a quotas, you determined how many words/time a unit of writing is, let's say 500 words or 30 minutes; and how many units is your minimum per day. You take it from there.

    Here's the real trick you have just read my thing and you're not going to like it at all. Great! You and I are not the same. Pull it apart, be the brutal editor of my work, make it so that it works, pretend you're doing it not for you but for a friend who asked you for help. Then... follow your own advice, but for the sake of the Muses and the Gods of writing, keep #1.

u/crustinXbeiber · 4 pointsr/occult

&gt;My stalemate, my plateau was a lack of vision. I hope I can gather from that infinite well, too


Inspiration comes best to those who don't wait for it. Read this book, The War of Art asap, it helped me a lot.


Kind of a digression but there's some fairly subtle occult themes, nothing that would scare off mainstream folks, but he invokes the muses, talks about ritualizing your creative time to more easily move into a creative mindset, and personifies creative resistance as a sort of demon to be overcome. It's been a while since I read it but from memory I think there's even some bits in there about working with your daimon or higher genius. I highly recommended it.

u/triumphmeetsdisaster · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Read (or stream on Audible) the War Of Art by Steven Pressfield. It will change your life. You’re giving into resistance. Something inside of you is afraid and stalling, keeping you from actually doing. I feel its pull as well. It’s also what convinces me to watch Netflix instead of writing music. Stop losing the war.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Edit: spelling

u/theotherverses · 4 pointsr/edmproduction

Hey there - this struggle happens to all of us at some point to a certain degree. One thing I do when I'm in that space is to try to not accomplish anything, just open up the DAW, find a sound I like and play with it. It often leads to some really great ideas, and reminds me that I got into music because it's fun and feels good. Sometimes I'll do a YouTube search, find a tutorial on something I don't know how to do, and work along with it. It get's me back in learning mode. Beginner's mind.

Also, Brian Eno's "Oblique Strategies" are helpful. They seem to be hard to find. I got a deck of them, but can't remember where. But there is also a free app you can pick up.

And lastly, I'll recommend this book to all, even if you don't have writer's block. It's an inspirational little book applicable for all artists, regardless of medium. Stephen Pressfield's "War of Art";amp;qid=1425426738&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=war+of+art

u/mike_vad · 4 pointsr/DecidingToBeBetter

I love your post. Your thoughts on "the resistance" made me think of this book. I highly recommend it. It's a pretty quick read:

u/ART-DUDE · 4 pointsr/ArtistLounge

It's one of those things where you ask 10 people and you get 20 different answers. is a good start, so is . Or - if you have a different opinion - start from where you want.

The journey is long, with dead ends, false starts, backups, traffic jams... but learn to love the process, that is the secret of art or anything else in life.

If you want easy and linear process, try this. You can't go wrong.

If you were to ask me:



STEP 3: by the time you've done 1 and 2 above, you'll know what you want to do next.

u/CharlesWiltgen · 4 pointsr/laravel

Yes. FWIW, it's a reasonably common thing for creators to feel. A couple book recommendations:

u/drink_your_tea · 4 pointsr/EOOD

no, no, /u/MattDemers really did mean "War of Art"! The title's obviously a play on Sun Tzu's work, but War of Art has to do with overcoming internal creative hurdles and the like. Here's the link to the Amazon page.

I haven't read it myself yet, but I saw it on a suggestion thread on a different subreddit a while back so it made its way onto my "look into" list.

u/dubbl_bubbl · 4 pointsr/technology

This book by Stephen LaBerge is supposedly one of the best books about learning to self induce lucid dreams.

u/Psyagan · 4 pointsr/LucidDreaming

Sorry, I hope I didn't come across hostile. I didn't really like that book but that may just be because I've been spoilt by reading so many better books, it's probably quite interesting to someone who's not heard all this stuff before.

Yes jargon is a bit of a curse. Someone started a thread asking something similar earlier but they deleted it, so I'll just copy and paste my suggestions here...

There's no one-best-guide but there's a lot of trash.
IMHO you probably want to get about 2/3 books to get a balanced learning.

I'd recommend these:

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming?

Are You Dreaming? Exploring lucid dreams, a comprehensive guide

Advanced Lucid Dreaming: the power of supplements

The Conscious Exploration of Dreaming;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1381059873&amp;amp;sr=1-1&amp;amp;keywords=conscious+exploration+of+dreaming

First two are must reads, third is useful if you're interested in supplements, fourth is less of a guide but has some useful info. The author Ryan Hurd does some good e-books too.

A lot of the other books out there are really dumbed down or get all wishy-washy and paranormal. Oh and don't bother with "learn to lucid dream in 30 days" or most of the other cheap e-books as you'll only end up wasting your money.

u/suaveitguy · 4 pointsr/Filmmakers

It is a tough industry in many ways, and built around some very specific cities. One decision you should make is what exactly you want to do in film. If you want to be an artist and create your own films, you don't necessarily need to go to film school or even work your way up in the industry. There is lots of cheap gear available. Chances are you have more than enough film making gear right now in your phone and PC, more than you could have dreamed of affording 20+ years ago- when film was film.

So if you want to work in the industry, it will mean 'paying your dues' and might mean never getting to make a film on your own - schools, training programs, etc... are a good idea. You might be poor for awhile, you might have a job so busy and high pressure that at the end of the day more film work (even on your own dream projects) might be the last thing you are interested in doing. Another approach is to come up with a solid day job outside of the industry so that you can pursue your own creative pursuits on the side until such time as they pay off. If you have to count on film making to pay the bills, you would be very fortunate to direct corporate videos and cooking shows and stuff you might not really feel. You will be so close to your dream, but so far away at the same time and that can be frustrating - depending on your goals. If you want to make films on your own terms, you can and should start right away. Don't feel bad if the first 5 or 10 of them are terrible. You are working the bugs out. Read Lumet, a bit of Mamet, and some Rodriguez. Watch a lot of Making of docs on Youtube.


Robert Rodriguez wrote El Mariachi with a bit of a brilliant approach. He listed all the interesting ('expensive') things he had access to through his friends (a pit bull, a bus) and incorporated those in his script so it looked a little more big budget. If you write a helicopter landing on a bridge, you would have to pay for it. If your grandma has access to a tennis court and your uncle has a dirt bike - write that instead, and you could pull it off for free. Don't get caught up buying gear, use what you have. You don't need to use lacking gear as an excuse for not making something, and don't need to use buying gear as a replacement for being creative. I have seen that a lot in film, photography, and music. You could hypothetically make a great film for free as a flip book on a pad of paper, and if you do you could show that to people that would help pay for more gear if you need it. Anyway, ramble ramble - free advice is usually worth what you pay for it. Good luck!

u/monday_thru_thursday · 4 pointsr/TrueFilm

Sidney Lumet's book, Making Movies, covers most of the spectrum and is simply a great read.

As for other books, they are generally more technical. For screenwriting, there's McKee's Story; for editing, there's Reisz and Millar's Technique of Film Editing; for cinematography, there's Blain Brown's Cinematography Theory and Practice. And Lumet's book would complete this tetralogy, being a book essentially about directing.

u/jwc1138 · 4 pointsr/Filmmakers

Here are a list of my favorite behind the scenes:

Hearts of Darkness (The Making of Apocalypse Now)

American Movie

Full Tilt Boogie (The Making of From Dusk 'til Dawn)

And the BEST book tha I've found (and buddy, I have a lot of 'em) is Making Movies, by Sidney Lumet. This takes you through every step of the movie making process by a master filmmmaker. I cannot recommend this book enough if you really want to know how hollywood movies are made.

u/nordik1 · 4 pointsr/edmproduction

Good article.

This is a good (and quick...&lt;1-2 hours) read to go along with #10:

u/Twitwi · 4 pointsr/gamedev

I was going to post a long comment, but looks like I am late for that party. So to keep it short, read Steal like an artist by Austin Kleon. Then go make something and fail miserably...
And then learn from that, and try again.

u/Olliebobs · 4 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. I've been gifted exactly 0 times
  2. I'd love this! or anything from my wishlist really...
  3. Omnomalicious: To be incredibly delicious. "That cookie was omnomalicious"
u/SparkyMcSparks_ · 4 pointsr/gamedesign

These books are more theoretical and about self growth as a well-rounded designer, if you want game theory others listed some great ones like Rules of Play and Book of Lenses. That said, here's my list:

  • Level Design For Games: Creating Compelling Game Experiences by Phil Co (Valve)

    It's more of a broad game design book since it talks about all the pipelines / processes of all departments coming together, with an emphasis on scripting / level design for crafting experiences. Portion of the book uses Unreal Engine 2 as a reference, but you can probably use UE4 or something else to follow along the actual game design lessons he's teaching and not have the take away be a technical tutorial.

  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull (Pixar)

    I cannot describe how invaluable this book is, if you're only to get one from the list it'd be this one. While it does covers Pixar's history as a frame of reference for a lot of stuff, it's also more importantly about their ideology for fostering creativity, productivity and work/ life balance -- all of which are important and can be applied to Game Design.

  • Peopleware by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister.

    I read this one after Gabe Newell recommended it one of his interviews and it was at a time in my career when I was working at a AAA studio struggling with the corporate forces that got in the way of creativity / productivity. It was one of those that changed me as a developer. It's more from a management point of view, but seriously applicable if you are collaborating with other people in game development, either on the same level as you or those who rely on your work to do theirs. Or if you are going to work at studio, AAA or indie, it's also an insightful book to evaluate whether the culture cultivated by management is in your best interest so that you have the tools to do your best work without burning out.

  • Rework by Jason Fried &amp; David Heinemeier Hansson (Basecamp / Ruby on Rails)

    This one is like Peopleware but not as exhaustive, it's an easier read since it's a compilation and edit of blog posts the authors wrote on their old website 37signals. It's more or less about getting stuff done and filtering out noise, simplifying things to make results better -- this one is relatable for planning game project milestones. A lot of it will sound like common sense that a lot of people may say they already know, but it's surprising how many don't actually practice it.
u/James72090 · 4 pointsr/JoeRogan

You can make it man! if you can bring or receive books i'd send you some good but quick read books since you'll have the time:

The Emperor's Handbook: A New Translation of The Meditations
Duncan is really good to listen to, if you want to dive in deep look for when he had ball cancer. Then out of respect you should meet Duncan's Mom parts 1 &amp; 2. Chris Ryan's 'Tangentially Speaking' can really get you though feeling lost by learning how to enjoy the experience.

If you feel you're a creative or ever wanted to start a business, i'd buy you The War of Art. But both those books really influenced me when I was younger by exposing me to new perspectives on everyday problems I faced.

u/Epicureanist · 4 pointsr/GetMotivated

Don't give up man. There's many ways to improve.

1.) My best advice, is find a good teacher that you like and feel comfortable around. Once you do you'll really begin to improve and like your sound.

2.) If you can't find a teacher there's plenty of online resources

3.) This is probably the best and hardest way to improve; it's very slow but the pay off is amazing. Transcribe everything. Start with the Beatles or CCR and transcribe simple chord songs and slowly (I mean after several months of doing this) move on to harder material.
This method is not recommended as it's hard, but it'll make you damn good.

Don't give up bro, I've played guitar for 5 years. I sucked for the first two, was mediocre the last 2 years and it's only recently that I've begun to get good. Just like anyone can learn algebra or learn to read anyone can play guitar.

Two Books to Recommend (On the Mental Aspect of Music):

Effortless Mastery - Liberating the Master Musician Within
by Kenny Werner. This book is simply awesome.

  • Download it here (It's a safe download, I uploaded it myself. Shhh!)

    Zen Guitar - Philip Sudo

    don't click me! :)

  • Even more awesome, it not only changed how I view music but also my life. This is personally better than Effortless Mastery, as what you read in the book not only affects your music mindset but spreads into your life. Buy It

    Two Final Tips

  1. Just get into the habit of practicing, even if it's only for 5mins everyday. Make sure it's at the same time.

  2. There's a cycle. Practice -&gt; Improvement -&gt; Motivation -&gt; Practice -&gt; Improvement - Motivation -&gt;

    Occasionally you'll hit walls or plateaus at which point, watch Crossroads or listen to Zeppelin and remind yourself why you started playing, then go and practice.
    (-&gt; = leads to)
u/NRMusicProject · 4 pointsr/Tuba

First of all, for technique/practice, consistency in the woodshed is key. My daily routine is very repetitive, to the point that it is incredibly boring. But the improvement is so amazing, that I'm still excited to do it every day. I also kill the monotony with something to occupy my mind, usually either a sitcom or reading material, once I had the routine down.

[This is my daily routine], which takes about 90 minutes if you go nonstop, at the tempos marked (which will take some time to work up).

Secondly, your performance anxiety should be addressed. My professor in college had a required course for the whole tuba/euphonium studio called "Performance Anxiety: Understanding and Coping."

I had some mild anxiety then, but the class helped. The class was almost 20 years ago, but here's the largest takeaways:

  • Perform as often as you can in front of an audience. If you have a weekly student recital class like larger schools of music do, sign up as often as you can prepare something. Start with easier solos, and work your way up.

  • Read these books, which were the required reading of the class:
    • Zen in the Art of Archery (Very short read, can be done in the same day)

      Two of the three texts are not music books, but are read by students of just about every single discipline and apply it to their area of study. They will take years to understand on new levels, but you should be able to get some immediate results and understanding of your situation.

      As I got older, I've found the best way to quiet those nerves is to overprepare for anything. My teachers used to say "an amatuer practices 'til he gets it right; a professional practices 'til he can't get it wrong." When I'm in a position where I know I cannot screw something up, I actually enjoy the performance, butterflies and all. And I've been in some very high stress situations, with fewer train wrecks each year. This takes some massive time management, but it definitely helps. I usually set a goal to be "performance ready" a few weeks out, so I can do some very picky polishing of the performance.

      This is a lot more than I thought I'd say on the matter, but there should be a lot here to help. Happy shedding!

      Edit: After perusing the other comments, it looks like you might have a difficult professor. Sounds like you should sit down and decide if he's helping or hindering your progress. To be candid, I never really think of a trombone player being very good for tuba students. Maybe some pedagogy, but there's enough differences in the two instruments to warrant a specialist at the collegiate level. Great euphonium players can teach tuba, just as my best teacher was a tuba player, but they both doubled strongly on the other instrument. Unless your professor can be considered a professional tuba player to some extent, you might need to find a different school to finish your education.
u/throwpillo · 4 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Not exactly what you asked for, but it'll change your life. 12-week process to dial you into to your creativity...

... and here's some ideas.

u/for_drugs_yo · 3 pointsr/researchchemicals;amp;qid=1506122659&amp;amp;sr=8-3&amp;amp;keywords=lucid+dreaming

Really informative book on Lucid Dreaming and a lot of the techniques apply to expanding consciousness and mindfulness that served me as a good starting point to exploring more into this and other topics.;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1506122938&amp;amp;sr=1-1&amp;amp;keywords=wheels+of+life

This was also another great book when I started looking into meditation and more mystical methodologies. It definitely is subjective but both are interesting reads!

Both are easily found online for free too.

u/Bobby_Bonsaimind · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

Despite the fact that you burned to death...are these nightmares of the "wow, that was scary and weird" or the "my whole body is shaking and I can't sleep anymore" kind? For the last one I'd go see a specialist (can get ugly, can be nothing, though). For the first kind you could try to deal with them, trying to remember them actively, writing them down after you wake up, reading through these notes, recognizing patterns and stuff. I've started reading a book about lucid dreaming some time ago which suggested these things to be easier able to recognize that you're dreaming and, after that, taking control of the dream. Also, if you feel like having some writing skills, you could turn them into (short) stories.

u/awareofnow · 3 pointsr/LifeProTips

I would recommend getting this book highly over just reading /r/LucidDreaming or tutorials. In fact the book strongly recommends getting to the point where you are journaling/remembering one dream a night and categorizing your dream signs before you even attempt any of the techniques to go lucid.

He states clearly if you do not practice your dream recall/journal then it will not only making doing the techniques difficult but even if you do manage to go lucid you probably won't remember when you wake up.

Meditation practice will also immensely help with your attention to detail and what is there.

u/CatLadyInTheMaking · 3 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Wreck This Journal?
Oddly enough, I just ordered one of these for myself!

u/Liebo · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade is a great read on the subject and details some massive flops (and successes) Goldman was involved with as a screenwriter. Goldman is a great writer and its a fun and easy read.

Making Movies by Sidney Lumet predictably focuses more on the director's side of film production and has a good amount of "what it's like."

u/Virreinatos · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

Touched by Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament is an amazing and scary book on the topic. The author argues that it is a legitimate question for us to ask what would be the price on society if we could cure this ills. One one hand the person may lead a less miserable life, on the other society would lose great works that never came to be.

On the appendix there's a very long list of famous artists and their suspected diagnosis, based on personal life, correspondence, third person anecdotes, and body of work. Suspected because many conditions were not discovered until after their deaths.

u/ddHulk · 3 pointsr/askphilosophy

&gt; Have read hundreds of books in the self help and eastern philosophy category, but these days they don't do anything for me.

It's very low quality literature.

Sounds like you would like Martha Nussbaum, she is a very well respected scholar and has written a lot on the Ancient philosophy (ethics mostly), including stoicism (somewhat critically) - in a manner that is also relevant for the person living today. I am thinking of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

&gt; Would like to read something that was written by people who were severely depressed or overcame tragedy.

Then you should probably look at autobiographies or empirical research into depression (1, 2, the author is a clinical psychologist). Philosophy is aiming at maximally objective, reason based interpretation and argument, not interpretation of the past ethical theories based on their personal feelings.

Edit: also, I haven't read this myself, however, it crossed my mind as something that might interest you.

u/labellevie48 · 3 pointsr/bipolar

Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament

u/theskyflashes · 3 pointsr/bipolar

Even though you're feeling like shit you're willing to reach out to others who can relate and I think that bodes really well for you feeling better. There are a lot of great comments here already and it's a testament to the fact that your post is very honest and relatable. The main point being it really sucks to be bipolar and I couldn't agree more. However, there are potentially good side effects.
There is a popular belief that bipolar people can be especially creative with the combo of mania and tremendous insight into the human condition. You may be interested to read the book [Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament] (
Go easy on yourself, you didn't ask to feel shitty on your birthday and the awful feeling will pass. :-)

u/graphitefingers · 3 pointsr/writing
u/h3bi · 3 pointsr/edmproduction

I would suggest reading Steal Like an Artist.

The main idea of the book suggests that originality comes from having so many different sources of inspiration that nobody can actually pinpoint where the specific influences were.

I wouldn't condemn copying necessarily. I originally work as a graphic &amp; web designer, and when I started out, I used to copy different styles because they inspired me and I thought it not only looked cool, but it worked functionally. Now after a few years I feel as though I'm starting to develop my own style from it and I'm refining specific elements in it to make it my own.

My belief is that the purpose of copying shouldn't be to sell or get signed. What it should mean is to take an idea that resonates with you and explore it, expand on it and put your own spin on it. I think the problem is when people put ego/popularity/sales before the integrity of their art, which unfortunately is what the music industry runs on in our society and is why we see so many similar sounding songs in EDM.

u/PM_ME_UR_FAVE_TUNE · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Yup, correct. Absolutely WONDERFUL book. I highly recommend purchasing it and reading through it every time you feel in a creative drought. It's a short read (hour or two) and immensely energizing creatively for me. Amazon link

u/Whatserface · 3 pointsr/learnart


The first and most important advice I can give you is to buy/rent the book "Steal Like an Artist". It's the best book for getting you into the mindset of just creating. Read it whenever you start doubting yourself. In fact I'm going to read it tomorrow since I've just reminded myself.

The biggest thing is to just relax! Ignore your sister and your mom, and just bear through the task of making yourself draw. Get a sketchbook. You know and I know that the first drawings will be bad, which is why you always allow yourself a warm up. Skip the first page, and just PLAY, EXPERIMENT, EXPLORE, whatever! It really doesn't matter what you do, because you're just basically telling your hand that it's okay to try.

So you mentioned you're more technical. That is a strength! You want to do fashion? Okay, so get a book on human anatomy and study it. Copy the figures, body parts, poses, bones, muscles, etc. Draw folds and wrinkles in cloths. Most of all just draw from observation. Go to cafes, libraries or public transit (wherever people are sitting still, distracted for long periods of time) and draw them, what they wear, their expressions. Get SO inspired that you can't help but record their moment. Make their moment YOURS.

The fact that you see this as a hobby is actually great, because you can use the art to relax instead of getting really agitated about it. One thing I did to get more confident about drawing in public was to get in touch with people on and find people that do sketching in public. I don't know if you live in a bigger city or in the country or what, but there are many groups out there that make it their mission to find fun locations to do some sketching. The choice to draw people, architecture, landscapes, or doodle is your choice. Getting together with your community can seem scary at first, but you get to meet a lot of people that have a common interest, whether they're in art school or see it as a hobby. You get to hear a lot of other perspectives and trade around sketchbooks. I know it sounds scary, but trust me, I was in a pretty similar situation as you, and this has really helped me not feel anxious about drawing in public and showing other people my work. You should also try to post on reddit when you want to, and just ask for areas to improve. Let me know if you're in Toronto, because there are a couple of groups I can let you in on.

By the way, a couple of years back, I moved to a different country and wasn't able to bring any of my art supplies with me. I didn't make art for two years, until I realized it was a fundamental component missing from my life. The things I mentioned above are some of the pieces of advice I could have used a few years back. I would advise you to be patient with yourself, draw as much as you can let yourself (to blow off steam or whatever), and read various books on subjects that you think will help you. Try to draw as many different things as possible (people, water, cloth, animals, etc.). Just don't tell yourself that you can't. Accept the drawings that don't make you proud as a step in a long, long process. One medium that I think helped me with confidence is the Micron pen, or felt tip pen. Using pen keeps you from second guessing. It's so permanent and the lines are expressive, so you learn to go with the flow. Alphonso Dunn has a great youtube channel with tons of videos on various subjects, all with micron pen. Look him up!

I hope some of this helps. Good luck!!

u/TheWolfAndRaven · 3 pointsr/Screenwriting

Stealing from one source is theft, stealing from a lot of sources is research.

For more reading on the subject - See Austin Kleon's book "Steal like an artist"

u/PartlyWriter · 3 pointsr/Screenwriting

I highly suggest reading the recent book by Pixar's Ed Catmull:

Lots of great stuff on the mindset of failure. Here's one great bit.

&gt; Candor could not be more crucial to our creative process. Why? Because early on, all of our movies suck…Pixar films are not good at first, and our job is to make them so—to go, as I say, “from suck to not-suck.”

&gt; Think about how easy it would be for a movie about talking toys to feel derivative, sappy, or overtly merchandise driven. Think about how off-putting a movie about rats preparing food could be, or how risky it must’ve seemed to start WALL-E with 39 dialogue-free minutes. We dare to attempt these stories, but we don’t get them right on the first pass. This is as it should be. Creativity has to start somewhere, and we are true believers in the power of bracing, candid feedback and the iterative process—reworking, reworking, and reworking again, until a flawed story finds its through line or a hollow character finds its soul.

You can read a fuller excerpt here:

Also check out this bit from Toy Story 3 &amp; Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Ardnt re: Pixar

&gt; I thought they must have some foolproof system, some big Pixar story machine, but they actually just make it up each time as they go along. Pete Docter’s [Pixar writer-director] analogy is ‘Everyone holds hands and jumps out of the airplane with the promise that they’ll build a parachute before they hit the ground.’

Here's more about their culture of failure (reading the book now)

&gt; Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil. They aren’t evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new (and, as such, should be seen as valuable; without them, we’d have no originality).

&gt; Left to their own devices, most people don’t want to fail. But Andrew Stanton isn’t most people. As I’ve mentioned, he’s known around Pixar for repeating the phrases “fail early and fail fast” and “be wrong as fast as you can.” He thinks of failure like learning to ride a bike; it isn’t conceivable that you would learn to do this without making mistakes— without toppling over a few times . “Get a bike that’s as low to the ground as you can find, put on elbow and knee pads so you’re not afraid of falling, and go,” he says. If you apply this mindset to everything new you attempt, you can begin to subvert the negative connotation associated with making mistakes. Says Andrew: “You wouldn’t say to somebody who is first learning to play the guitar, ‘You better think really hard about where you put your fingers on the guitar neck before you strum, because you only get to strum once, and that’s it. And if you get that wrong, we’re going to move on.’ That’s no way to learn, is it?”

u/WonderNotEnvy · 3 pointsr/writing

/u/hellxxfire - Absolutely agree! :)

/u/Acornriot - Thankfully for my shorter (essay style) pieces...I've got my process down.

As for far I've got:

  • Just write (keep a log of the idea,,,and each time I make changes) the image I see in my head...follow the characters as long as I could.
  • See the structure so far.
  • I use plot points and story arcs to get to the questions I need. For example....I broke down a couple of scenes from 'Grace Is Gone' and was able to come up with what I needed (What does the inciting incident help achieve? What could be a connection to the past? Once the protagonist thinks that there are two options...what's the hidden one?) to progress on a short story.
  • Write based on those prompts - for the short story I went long hand...when I do screenplays I just make notes and type (as formatting is better typed)
  • Update draft
  • Reread (If I typed up something from long hand, I see some gaps and plug them...also...I get some ideas and add them as I go. If I already was typing...I print it out and read it --- much better if I bring it with me and read it in between tasks...while I am out and about)
  • Review structure (if needed --- for particularly long things. Does it make sense?)
  • Submit/Publish (Thankfully I've recognised my 'perfectionistic tendencies' --- and no longer spend hanging on to a piece of work longer than I have to. Because it's quicker...not only to get the right's also quicker for it to find the right audience.)

    Now I realise the phrase ('trial and error') is not enough...because you'd be keen to want to know where to find 'things to trial' right?

    I've got these:

  • Write Your Screenplay (What I like about what Jacob does is he says why a story works....and how a story could be tweaked)
  • Creativity Inc --- Biggest takaway is treating a story similar to how an archaeologist would treat a discovery...the best version is just have to find it. :)
  • The Story Grid Podcast - Was quite interesting to 'listen in' to another writer going through the process. Even if my focus is more of screenwriting....I'm pretty sure there were a number of things that helped me get to some epiphanies. And thinking about it...I think it would be genre (sticking to it and understanding it)
  • The Q&amp;A with Jeff Goldsmith - My favourite episode was Eric Heisserer's one. This contributed in making me think of other avenues for my writing (which made me open to short stories).
  • The Blacklist's Script Breakdown - I'm pretty sure that this contributed to my idea of doing a 'Film to Script' exercise. My thought was: 'Why bother with the script when the best version is the one that's is out in the world?' (Well....I know now that sometimes the film doesn't live up to the script ---- that's okay...I'll just focus on the films I really enjoyed...because there may be instances that I may not be able to get a copy of the script to compare)

    My favourite writing action point? Only focus on the strategy that leads me forward. :) I may want to wade into Michael Tucker's analysis and keep taking notes...but that won't get me closer...and would likely result in me feeling by step. I only 'wade' when I'm stuck (that is...if my current process has resulted in a brick far....none yet!)

    Edit: Expanded the 'trial and error' phrase! :D
u/Dante451 · 3 pointsr/AnthemTheGame

God do I despise the mods of this subreddit. The reproduced below apparently is a duplicate post that is not permitted, presumably because it could be placed here instead:


BioWare what's your mailing address? I'd like to donate ten copies of Creativity Inc.

Link here to the amazon page for this book. Written by Ed Catmull, the head of Pixar from before it was even Pixar, Creativity Inc. is essentially a story about Pixar's history and how Ed and the other leaders of Pixar tried to first make a successful animated movie, and then maintain that success. It talks about how one movie they made required a lot of crunch and burned people out, and they resolved to never do it again, and haven't. It talks about growing a company where two different projects are worked on by different teams, and ensuring nobody feels like there is an A team or B team. It talks about making sure the driving force of a movie is the experience, not the technology or pleasing some shitty executive. It talks about giving responsibility and accountability to a single person who owns the project and makes decisions.

It basically talks about how Pixar tried to navigate every god damn pothole BioWare tripped on, and maybe if you read it when it came out in 2014 we wouldn't have this dumpster fire of a game.

u/jimjamriff · 3 pointsr/IWantToLearn

It's possible your local library has a copy of this book:;amp;pldnSite=1

What may pertain to your problem is his concept of Resistance.

u/PleasePeeOnMe123 · 3 pointsr/PlusSize

&gt;I'm horrid in the motivation department

I hear this almost every day of my life, and I have the same response: Motivation is like gasoline. It's high-octane, but it's not sustainable. Motivation is great for when you're starting to workout. You go to the gym for 4 days a week. You feel great, you've accomplished something. You're on the way to a healthier lifestyle. You're happy that you did it, but you didn't like doing it. You forced yourself to do it.

If you want to be physically fit -- not just lose weight -- you need dedication. I wake up at 5, I'm in the gym by 6 and I've done my workout by 8. This is my routine, It makes me happy to exercise. I like it. If I can't do it when I'm scheduled to, I know I won't feel good that day. I don't get that release; I know working out always makes me happy after I've done it. I don't want to deprive myself of future happiness. Dedication and routine are what makes you physically fit. Motivation gets you started.

You might benefit from this book.

u/CivVISpouse · 3 pointsr/piano

Effortless Mastery is a book on meditation for musicians that was recommended on a recent discussion forum thread along with some other books and techniques.

u/120_pages · 3 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Don't give up!

Go to a good teacher. Good music teachers can identify your weak spots, teach you more effective practice habits, and show you techniques that will raise your game.

It is likely that there are fundamental guitar skills that you never learned. The lack of those skills probably hold you back. Once you have strong fundamentals, learning to play songs is much easier.

Also, pick up this book which teaches a whole new way to think about musical improvement.

u/polynomials · 3 pointsr/Poetry

For getting over writer's block, I strongly suggest doing morning pages like in this book. (A lot of helpful stuff is in this book, I strongly recommend giving it a read, but if there's nothing else you take from this book, it should be this, I'd say)

Basically, buy yourself a little journal. Every morning, fill three pages in it by hand, it should take around a half hour to do. Doesn't matter what it is. Write literally anything that comes to mind no matter how pointless or foolish or self-concerned or nonsensical you think it is. The point here is just to fill 3 pages with whatever is in your mind. I have even heard of people who have on certain days simply filled all three pages with just cursing, like "FUCK YOU" over and over again. Sometimes that's just how you feel.

Then, and here is they key, do NOT read it. Don't throw it away, but don't read it, either. Part of the point is to write without judging whether what you have written is good or bad. Make sure you do it consistently. It works best when you keep to it every morning.

A lot of people will tell you that the best way to get over writer's block is to start writing something, anything. And, this exercise done consistently I think you'll find will clear your mind of the unhelpful thoughts cluttering up your mind, later for when you want to express yourself. I find myself thinking, "Oh I already thought about that," or "I'm tired of harping on that, I'd like to think about something else now." Or sometimes by needing to fill the three pages, it forces you to think about something preoccupying you in a new way, and you feel encouraged by your fresh perspective.

u/Dustin- · 3 pointsr/pics


Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - I hear it's an awesome book. Definitely on my wishlist.

Mark Crilley - Awesome dude, and just plain fun to watch. He doesn't really go into much detail on most of the stuff he does, but it's really cool to watch his workflow. Check out his videos on perspective drawing.

Proko - In my comment above. Does really nice figure drawing stuff.

Ctrl+Paint - Mainly for digital painting, which I'm trying to get into.

Draw with Jazza - Really good illustrator. Hard to follow sometimes, though.

I'm probably forgetting a lot, but resources are everywhere! Go find em!

u/jedale · 3 pointsr/datingoverthirty

I've spent a good chunk of my life single, and I agree. It's easy to fall into a comfortable rut.

One of the things I do is try on a new hobby every three months. The current one is drawing; I picked up a copy of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, the associated workbook, and some pencils and I'm working my way through the exercises. Even if I end up not sticking with it, I'll pick up a skill and--more importantly--I'm keeping my brain soft and open to new things.

I've got a long list of things I'd like to try but alas I'm a poor grad student who hasn't yet found work, so I'm kind of limited.

u/Jigsus · 3 pointsr/malelivingspace

Why does this keep happening to me?

Stalkers online and IRL everywhere.

I learned with this book

Take the time to do each and every exercise even if it feels trivial. And it's important not to be interrupted during the exercises.

u/Nefera · 3 pointsr/knitting

The next hobby I spend the most time on after knitting would be (pencil) drawing. It's a cheap hobby, won't take up space, and at least for me it's meditative in the sense that after a few minutes I get into a deeply concentrated state, where time flies and all other thoughts get blocked out - it's just shapes and shades.

I never thought I knew how to draw, or that I'd be good at it, so I got a book. I went through (an older version of) this book, and honestly - it's like learning to ride a bike. At some point it just clicks, and it's a whole new world after that. Drew this a few weeks ago (from a reference photo), and that's coming from someone that maybe knew how to draw stick figures before really deciding to learn how to draw. If I can draw something that makes me go "oh wow, I managed that", so can others.

u/Izick · 3 pointsr/pics

What are good starting points?

I just got a Surface Pro 4 a while ago and the pen that comes with it has really got me interested in drawing. It's something I've always wanted to do, but thought I never could do. With the Surface though, I could make as many mistakes as I want (and learn from them) without having to start from scratch or need fresh supplies constantly.

I'd absolutely love to draw or paint a portrait of someone, for starters, but the problem is I have absolutely no idea where to start. There's just so much out there to pick and choose from. Any ideas?

I've heard the book Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain is good, but there's just so many resources out there it's a little overwhelming.

u/Deadmause · 3 pointsr/ArtistLounge

I am by no means an expert, been drawing for six months definitely still a noob but this is the only book I've ever read and I highly recommend it.

It doesn't teach you how to draw, it teaches you how to see, and how to trigger the right side of your brain. Which is life changing and can be used to learn things like mediation, or yoga as it is such a great release.

When the right side of my brain is operating I get into this amazing zone where I can see life in a completely different way. It's hard to stay in this zone but when I'm in it time passes by unknowingly, the music I'm listening fads away and I'm completely grounded. In this zone I can see every facet of someone's face, and understand how lines bend, curve, and contract.

This is when my drawing comes to life, and I'm actually drawing what I am seeing. Unfortunately in the beginning and even now I can only stay in zone for short periods, but the more I practice the longer it stays and the easier it is to trigger.

I learn how to draw by trying to draw what I see then if I get stuck I look at everyone else's work to see how they saw it and compare the two.

For example that one chick who posted "I was told to post my mug here." The bridge of her nose was immensely hard to draw and also for me to understand what I was actually seeing there. If you go through you'll see some artists got it right while others changed the pose, or how it looked.

Or artectors post I saw it and just started drawing all those amazing shapes in the shadows of his face. I never finished it but I learned a tremendous amount from it. Like the top right curve of his check starts the curve down to the chin. Or the right side shadow at the end of the mouth not only curves up but outlines the cheek and the smile. Now I can see that in other drawings I can't really draw it yet but that will come with practice.

So for me I'm learning to see first then the technical part of actually putting that on paper will come after that. I hope this helps.

Also I feel obligated to say I just got out of a bubble bath, I'm in a robe and bette mildler song came on my mp3 player while writing this . So it might explain all the feels. Lol

Oh and here's my first drawing like six months ago of the wifey BOOM!


u/undead_carrot · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

The Gifts of Imperfecton by Brene Brown. She is a social worker and does research on shame. In the book she focuses on the importance of letting go of your expectations in exchange for happiness. I'm constantly recommending it to friends and rereading it myself. I love that her work is based in real tangible research, it makes it feel like something more than self-help

u/cookie-bird · 3 pointsr/raisedbynarcissists

You're awesome! I love this sub too it makes it feel like I'm not alone. Going through all these past things in order to heal yourself can get really lonely and exhausting sometimes. :) It makes it feel like there's light at the end of the tunnel.

Here's some stuff that really helped get started in recognizing my internalized shame and made me feel more hopeful about things, maybe some of it will be helpful to you too! :

on vulnerability

on shame

[and her book]
(;amp;qid=1457589080&amp;amp;sr=8-2&amp;amp;keywords=brene+brown+imperfect) that I just started reading, give it a shot if you like her TED talks.

u/irrational_skeptic · 3 pointsr/Therapylessons

&gt;your attitude leaves nothing left for you to enjoy

Spot on. I was miserable for years in college, and forced myself to be miserable. If I did something dumb, I'd punish myself by breaking something I liked or throwing something I valued away. I figured I deserved punishment for doing something wrong (does my extremely religious upbringing come through?) I'm finally getting past this. I found this book was pretty helpful.

I had another remark about this sub. I think its a great idea, but its kinda small, and I really don't want it to fizzle out. Do you think it could be posted to some of the mental health subreddits? Maybe /r/Anxiety, /r/depression, etc? This might get it some attention and help people hear advice that helps others.

u/pmackles · 3 pointsr/bjj

She has a great book btw. I mean... i heard from a friend... i'm not secretely the... sappy... emotional type... backing away slowly

u/HerrBertling · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Read "The gift of imperfection" by Brene Brown. Seriously. Read it. You are good enough. If there are things you like to improve: Do it. Get your ass up and do it. Love yourself (which will lead to improving yourself automatically because you care. And I don't mean masturbating. Flossing maybe, but not masturbating.), people will notice that. You will be more confident. You will be who you are. And soon enough, you will attract someone that will like you almost as much as you do.

Edit: I switched from mobile to laptop instead of going to sleep to also add this link, so you better read this:

u/violinplayer · 3 pointsr/violinist

Perfectionist? Comparing yourself to others? It's definitely worth considering a change in perspective. This is a great read for perfectionists.

It's not just that you'll be much happier if you're able to lower your expectations and play more for yourself.
You'll progress faster with a change in mindset.

u/c-student · 3 pointsr/edmproduction

&gt; Something about having a finished song vs 8 bar loop makes me anxious.

You're not alone. You might check out The War of Art. It's about overcoming the self-sabotage that many artists deal with.

u/taozero · 3 pointsr/Anxiety

Couple of things to try:

Check out Mini-habits to get you moving.

The other is to try to just focus on the process:

"When your goal is to pay attention to only what you are doing right now, as long as you are doing just that, you are reaching your goal in each and every moment" - Thomas M. Sterner from The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life

Lastly there is a great book by a writer on the battle to create and write called, The War of Art.

Just my two bitcoins - I hope it helps. Hang in there!

u/Vuddah · 3 pointsr/Psychonaut

For more details on a type of writing that helped me through the end of my first deep relationship, check out this book.

Personally, it really helped me organize my mind through a rough time.

u/neodiogenes · 3 pointsr/Art

"The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron is kind of a classic.

u/2tinypoodles · 3 pointsr/raisedbynarcissists

Hi there!

I am also an AoNM, and an aspiring novelist. I struggled with the same block about writing for a LONG time -- in fact, I've really only gotten past in in the last few months, but I am now almost 80k words into a novel which I have been trying to write for years, and expect to have a complete first draft within a few weeks.

I'm honestly a little embarrassed to be recommending this, but do you know what finally helped me get over the block? This book:

I will be the first one to tell you that it can be cheezy, and preachy, and that it places a much greater importance on God or a 'creative spiritual power' than I, as an atheist, was really comfortable with, but bear with me.

The basic tenants are that you keep a stream-of-consciousness diary every day, to get all the anxiety and stuff out of your way, and have an 'artist's date' each week, to get used to setting time aside for yourself regardless of what is going on. But it is full of essays about letting go of perfectionism and the overly critical voice in your head, of acknowledging the injuries other people have done to you in the past which make it impossible for you to create freely, and has lots of exercises to help you do that. It's hard to describe well, I feel, and I was extremely skeptical of it at first, but I can't ignore how very much it helped me once I really gave it a chance.

u/likebuttermilk · 3 pointsr/TrueReddit

I know for me growing up, I was constantly "not wanting to do something just because I [wasn't] interested." No amount of threatening, bribing, waiting, removing the opportunity was going to change that. It wasn't about the thing at all, it was about asserting power/control over my young life. I think especially as a "gifted" child this is especially psychically important.

As an adult, I've recently been reading The Now Habit and I was actually wondering how I would have received those ideas as a child (maybe especially personally funny to me since in elementary school I used to like reading any self-help/child-rearing books my parents had around the house anyway) or if you would be able to use the ideas to actually motivate an under-performing child.

It is sad to look back and wonder what you could have been done if you'd felt free to do it.

u/0hypothesis · 3 pointsr/INTP

I recommend two books for a start:

The Now Habit for dealing with Procrastination.

Getting Things Done to deal with time management.

Both books helped me as they both have useful strategies that I use every day.

u/PrinnySquad271 · 3 pointsr/getdisciplined

CHeck the book the Now Habit by Neil Fiore. I think he was the pioneer in driving this understanding of procrastination.

u/cathalmc · 3 pointsr/TrueReddit

This sounds like a really short summary of The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. It's very much in the vein of a standard American self-help book, but contains many enlightening observations about how and why we procrastinate, and practical tips for avoiding the behaviour without getting bogged down with guilt about all the time we waste.

u/redditacct · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

google for "unschedule" and

This guy allegedly helped PhD students at Berkeley (?) to be able to move forward when they got stuck working on their thesis.

Also use positive reinforcement behavioral training on yourself - if there are other things outside of your list that you like doing, then if you go to class and stay awake or stay of reddit and /. for a half day, treat yourself.

To save time on the "save the articles for later perusal" I use Opera, set reddit to open new stories in a new tab, then save the 25 or more tabs using the Opera File-&gt;sessions-&gt;"Save this Session" I number them consecutively and I am at 450 or so. I never go back to them either. But I don't waste time bookmarking or saving pages otherwise.

The hair thing sounds a bit worrisome if you are a dude.

u/movzx · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

This book is supposed to be great for overcoming procrastination.

My problem is that I procrastinate reading it. =/

u/kylerk · 3 pointsr/getdisciplined

That 32 hour number sounds really close to the amount of time that I feel best at.

As for how I track time, I've gone through lots of variants, the last being inspired by a really great book call "The Now Habit" and the system called the Unschedule.

It's basically just a table that represents your week, but most importantly you only schedule stuff you have to do like eat and sleep, and fun stuff. You then fill the empty remaining space with work as you do it.

In the books it's assumed that you do it on paper, I do it on my galaxy note phone with the stylus. I color code everything. Here is an example.

I would highly recommend the book and figure out your own ways to implement it. I like using my phone stylus because it is fast, always on me, and easy to edit.

u/hagbardgroup · 3 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Target 40 hours with the rest dedicated to exercise, non-work writing, non-work reading, and non-work socializing.

I've tried the other way, and this way helps me be more productive.

Keep in mind that how physically healthy and attractive that you look as outsized impacts on how people react to you in sales and business development situations. People who put in 'hero' 80 hour weeks months on end usually suffer badly in the health department. Few businesses can really be run by just one person. That's why you hire other people.

Good books on this:

  • E-Myth Revisted -- on how overwork causes most small businesses to fail

  • The Now Habit -- book by a psychologist about how to schedule off-time to decrease procrastination
u/justgoodenough · 3 pointsr/writing

Tl;dr: Yes, everything you are thinking is bullshit that your brain is coming up with to protect you from your fear of not being good at what you are doing.

Yes, anxiety is the root of a lot of procrastination. I also have anxiety about perfectionism and it's quite paralyzing. And quite common. People seem to be saying, "Just write something, who cares if it's bad or wrong? Just do it!" which is not actually super helpful. The problem with a lot of perfectionists is that they feel as though the quality of their work is a reflection of who they are as a person. If your work is bad, that means you are bad or stupid. It means every decision you made in life that got you to this point was wrong because you're terrible and you will never be good at anything and you have wasted your life by not doing something better. And everyone will see that you are stupid and terrible and they will hate you and pity you.

And that's pretty bad, so our brain decides that if we don't do any work at all, we will never have to really confront how terrible we truly are.

This is, unfortunately, wrong. Because if we do the work we will actually realize that we are not as terrible as we thought were are or that being bad doesn't have the dire consequences we thought it did.

You mentioned that you can't afford to do poorly because you'll get a bad grade. What you are doing is catastrophizing. You're saying, "if I write something for this class, it will end up bad, and I'll get a bad grade, and then I'll fail, and then my GPA will sink, and I'll never get a job, etc." Truthfully, the worst thing you could do for your grade is not write anything at all, so even something bad is better than nothing. Also, you are in a class. You don't have to be great at writing. If you were already great at it, you wouldn't need the class. It's okay to have room for improvement.

So I think we can all agree that the best course of action would be for you to write something. So how do you get over the procrastination hurdle?

  1. Stop telling yourself "I should write" and start saying, "I want to write." You do want to write, that's why you're here. That's why you're in that class. You want to learn how to write, so own up to the fact that this is a choice you had made and it's something you want. Literally say it out loud to yourself.

  2. Choose a time to do it and at that time, actually say out loud to yourself, "I get to work on my writing now." I know this sounds like kooky bullshit, but there is actually psychology behind this. When you say that you should do or you have to do something, the brain perceives it as a punishment and wants to avoid it. If you think of it as a positive choice or a want, then you are less likely to dread it.

  3. Consider breaking it into smaller chunks. I find that getting started is the hardest part, so for me, if I tell myself "I am just going to write one paragraph, and that's enough" once I am done with that, I am typically more excited about continuing. I do this with the gym too. I tell myself "I'm just going to walk there and exercise for 20 minutes and then come home" and by the time I'm there and going, staying longer doesn't feel like a huge hurdle.

    This book is good for helping understand procrastination. I don't do any of the exercises or things he suggests, but it helped me reframe some of my thinking about why I procrastinate.
u/whambamthankyoumam · 3 pointsr/LifeProTips

Try reading this book too - Now Habit. It is pretty good for procrastinators.

u/travistee · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

A few books have changed my life. Most directly these two:
The Now Habit and Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

On a personal level of how I view the world Man's Search for Meaning by Vikto Frankl and The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology have helped me to understand the people in the world around me.

Spiritually, Siddhartha and the Book of John in the New Testament have helped me to be a better human being.

u/FakeShark · 3 pointsr/IWantToLearn

If you're using chrome, download "Strict Pomodoro" and start using that. Do four chunks of 25 minute work then take a break. You click the timer and it'll start counting down those 25 minutes and lock out pages like facebook and reddit. There's also pomodroido if you have an android device.

At some point, read "the pomodoro technique" as Heykidcatch recommended.

Get on amazon and order a copy of The Now Habit (that's the UK site btw). I've read a couple of chapters and its very good.

For now though, focus on getting started. Clear your desk, think about what is the one thing you really need to do, get out what you need to do it and think about one place you could start. Now you're ready to hit that timer button and start working. Don't do anything but work until the 25 minutes are up.

Also, forget about reddit for now. Come back and check your post in a few hours when lots of people will have replied.

u/MrJangle · 3 pointsr/Watercolor

If you really can't draw at all, I'd strongly recommend learning how to draw with pencils before trying to paint. There are basic skills you need to pick up about how to get what you see down on the page, and if you're trying to do that along with all the added complication of learning how to use watercolours you'll just be making it really hard for yourself.

I can't recommend this book enough:

u/bidiot · 3 pointsr/atheism

You can't learn to draw by wishing.
Do it by setting a goal and start to learn. Spend a few bucks and start with :

This is a very efficient and science based approach on how to draw. It really works very well.
Within a few sessions you will be amazed at how much better you can draw.

Just do it! :)

u/ViviVon · 3 pointsr/IWantToLearn

This guy helped me a lot!
Drawing is one of those things that anyone can learn to do well, it's just a matter of practice and patience. But Duey's tutorials give a great run down of basic techniques to master, good tips most people starting out wouldn't think of and even gives a great list of essential materials and how to use them properly. I had been drawing for years without knowledge of all the right tools and blending with my fingers (a drawing sin as taught in school!) before I stumbled upon that site and found out that the oils on your hands are bad for the paper and to blend with tissues and blending stumps! Had always been artistic growing up but Duey honestly helped bring my work to a whole new level and made me appreciate the art form all the more. His free tutorials are definitely enough to become really good at drawing but if you want to refine or further advance your skills, he mentions a book on his site that he learnt a great deal from, which I ended up buying and definitely recommend. There's also another really good one here:
No matter what method or techniques works for you, the most important and also the most difficult thing is to just stick to it and keep drawing!

u/xNonec · 3 pointsr/learnart

This describes the premise of a left brain and right brain in layman's terms. For a whole book on the topic go read Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. It explains the idea of symbol drawing more in depth and provides a bunch of exercises to go with it. Some exercises require you to have a see-through pane (like glass). I've read that some people think it's okay to just skip them, but I did those too. You can work through the book in about a week of 2 hours each day and hugely improve your life drawing skills. You can see some before/after pictures here and I can attest you that the progress depicted is accurate.

Overall, I think that the author uses way too many words to describe the concepts presented, but there simply is no other book (I've heard of) that describes the same concepts.

u/TattooedPriest · 3 pointsr/drawing

Nice work! I love the texture of the hair.

If you want to get more realistic you'll need to start trying to draw what you see instead of what you think you see, if that makes any sense. For example, the eyes you drew are symbolic eyes, not really what eyes actually look like. They may resemble your eyes but they're missing the anatomical structures that make real eyes work.

I just picked up this book which covers pretty much exactly the problems you're having here: So far I really like it and I bet you'd find it helpful.

(And if you don't want to get more realistic please ignore me! You didn't say what you were going for so I was just guessing.)

u/IArtThereforeIAm · 3 pointsr/learnart

Good news for you:

  1. You're drawing

  2. You realize that you need improvements

  3. This book "Drawing with the Right side of the brain" is a self paced guided method to learn drawing by un-learning what we know that's not useful. The book is inexpensive, I am sure your local library has it, or you could buy it online, no need to get the latest edition, it's a classic, so even an old edition will do the trick.

  4. Keep at it.
u/Braffe · 3 pointsr/learnart

Then this book is made for you. Autor here focus on encouraging persons who thinks they can't draw and convince them that everyone can do it. Great book.

u/xxxxx420xxxxx · 3 pointsr/learnart

Old skool style book: Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

This book more than any other got me to get past the brain's symbols that were getting in the way of the drawing, to see what was actually in front of me.

u/G4mb13 · 3 pointsr/Art

Admittedly both artistically trained and not a parent, so I don't know if this is too out of left field. Though were I to have kids, and find out they have a thing for narrative art. I'd get this book and this book off the shelf and show it to them. I wish I had these books when I was just learning how to draw.

Don't force them to do any of the lessons out of it or anything. Just keep it as a reference book for them, if they choose to want to go beyond stick figures. These two books have pretty much all the information required to render objects and people correctly, and apply that towards the conventions of comics and narrative story telling.

As an aside though, drawing in particular is a trained skill. You could learn alongside your kid if you had the time/energy.

u/Varo · 3 pointsr/ArtistLounge

Classes will not curb your individuality.


A lot of people have this fear. The paintings you make in class will look academic. This means other trained artists will be able to tell they were created for learning purposes. Studies have a distinct look, but many studies are revered.


Ultimately, classes will get you closer to your true style. All humans have an innate way we draw. Drawing with The Right Side of the Brain goes into this well. I highly suggest picking it up. It is my opinion that formal training will get you through these predictable stepping stones quicker than teaching yourself. In this way you will achieve art with individuality faster than self taught artists. Teaching yourself is a viable option. It just takes a lot longer.


Step one to being a good painter is learning how to draw. Pick up a sketchbook. Draw what you see very often.

u/ARandomFur · 3 pointsr/furry

Check out a book called Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: You'll immediately improve as you learn things like not drawing from symbols and learning to draw what you see. Most people get stuck in the symbol drawing stage when they're in elementary school, which is why it's embarrassing to pick it back up as an adult. It'll look like a child's drawing until you learn WHY it looks that way, and learn the proper way to perceive things you're drawing. It's also extremely friendly and approachable for beginners.

u/BritishDiplomat · 3 pointsr/CasualConversation

I have seen "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" recommended a few times when this question has came up:

Essentially the book teaches you to draw 'what you see' and not what you know is there.

u/ilovehentai · 3 pointsr/expertinayear

You should check out the book "drawing with the right side of the brain", super critically acclaimed book that is great for learning

also, yes, anyone can draw well with enough practice;amp;qid=1457397330&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=drawing+with+the+right+side+of+the+brain

u/sceap · 3 pointsr/classicalmusic

Here's the same info in a different graphic. It comes from Mason Currey's relatively recent book Daily Rituals. Someone would have to check the book to see where he sourced the information.

On the one hand, his book a way to demystify "genius" (a concept I don't really believe in) by emphasizing the fact that all these geniuses actually worked their asses off to achieve what they did. On the other hand, it's another form of idolatry.

u/kwxt2 · 3 pointsr/disability

Some famous artists to check out:

Chuck Close is paralyzed and uses a powerchair.

Henri Matisse had stomach cancer and was mostly home and bed-bound for the time that he did his famous cutouts.

Here's a wikipedia article listing some other famous disabled artists.

If you move over to the classical music world, Violinist Itzhak Perlman had polio as a kid and now uses crutches and a scooter to get around, and plays seated.

Percussion megastar Evelyn Glennie has been profoundly deaf since age 12.

Ludwig van Beethoven was deaf when he wrote most of his late works, including the 9th symphony which has the famous "ode to joy" chorus

Moving over to writers Fyodor Dostoyevsky had epilepsy, Jorge Luis Borges lost his sight and was blind by his mid-50s.

In terms of learning disabilities and psychological disabilities there are too many to count (but I'm running out of steam so I'll let you google that one for yourself).

If you want to connect with contemporary disabled artists google "disabled artists community", "disabled artists collective", "disabled writers" and the like.

Carolyn Lazard's work jumps to mind as something that you might be interested in.

I'll also recommend you check out the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, edited and with text by Mason Curry. It has a lot of primary source material of different artists, writers, scientists, etc talking about their daily rituals. A significant number of them either work directly around an illness or there is one implied. It's an interesting read for those of us who need to work a little differently from the norm.

u/YrGunIsDggngIn2MyHip · 3 pointsr/getdisciplined

I'm really big on learning from others and also try to find the routines, habits, and tricks of those who I may be able to model myself after and have found a few helpful links like;

u/NorthsideBurrito · 3 pointsr/videos

Diaries? This is one of the reasons I've started journaling. I would highly recommend this Q&amp;A a day book. I only write about a sentence a day and it definitely helps jog my memory.

u/dino_snack · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

This is the only thing I know of that may be close to what you are looking for.

u/not_mad_just_upset · 3 pointsr/LucidDreaming

The first thing I would suggest is to slow down :)

Lucid dreaming is a fairly deep topic to just jump right into. A lot of people discover it and become super excited, but ultimately lose focus and stop trying altogether. The best thing you could do right now is start reading and taking in as much information as you possibly can in an organized manner.

I'd suggest visiting this site and completing the tutorial section. It explains one of the most common ways to achieve lucidity in a friendly, easy-to-read way. Buy or somehow "obtain" Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen Laberge. It's a bit "out there" at times, but maintains a down-to-Earth feel more often than not.

Try to recall at least two dreams a night, but it sounds like you've got that down already. On that website, you'll learn that it's important/helpful to go back and rewrite the end of your dreams to include a section where you realize you're dreaming and become lucid (for whatever reason.)

Practice reality checks, but don't just go:

&gt; Am I dreaming?

Do something along the lines of:

&gt; Am I dreaming? What have I done in the last half-hour? What did I do before that? What did I have for breakfast?

If you practice the latter enough you'll eventually do the same in a dream.

Read your dream journals or read other peoples' lucid dreams and use that as inspiration to keep up your reality checks.

And have fun! Don't be discouraged if it takes you a day, week, or month to have your first lucid dream; Stephen Laberge said some of his students have taken a while to really master the concept, so take your time.

u/Geckocalypse · 3 pointsr/waifuism

You have to focus on dream recollection, and after you can remember your dreams, you have to then start practicing lucidity. It actually isn't that difficult, it's more a matter of motivation and piecing things together at first then it is your actual memory. I already linked to the [lucid dreaming] (;amp;qid=1512078155&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=exploring+the+world+of+lucid+dreaming) book before, and when I did it, it only took me a day or two to actually start being able to recall them, although it was slowly remembering pieces. Someone mentioned Astral Projection, and I do believe personally it's a real thing, but more a a meditation or form of lucid dreaming, not the spiritual bullshit. Just keep at it, get a book if you have to, but it really is something anyone can do. I have actually had two lucid dreams that I can remember, but both of them didn't last long. One I was a hockey player, and as soon as I realized I was dreaming Someone threw me into the side glass of the arena, the air horn went off and I immediately woke up. And in the other one I was a dinosaur sleeping under a tree, realized I wasn't actually a dinosaur, and then went back to sleep in the dream. Point is, is that when you do actually figure out how to lucid dream, you will get kicked out of it unless you practice, or know how to prevent that.

u/z3niMAGiNE · 3 pointsr/happy

Read this book.

u/guaranic · 3 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

This answer is legit.

From Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, by Stephen LaBerge:

Also r/luciddreaming

u/WHISPER_ME_STEAMKEYS · 3 pointsr/LucidDreaming

All about Lucid Dreams. How to, sǝɔuǝıɹǝdxǝ, etc.

Please take discussions of the paranormal such as astral projection someplace else. Binaural beats are also inappropriate. Let's keep this in the realm of science.

Welcome to r/LucidDreaming! Please check out the sidebar and Wiki before posting.


  • Quickstart Guide for Beginners - Know this stuff before you post!

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    Some good ןɐıɹoʇnʇ links

  • Finger Induced Lucid Dreaming This appears to be the biggest improvement in lucid dreaming techniques in a long time. Be sure to give it a try.

  • Dream Views A good fairly comprehensive guide. There's also a great message board and an online dream journal.

  • LD4all A message board, it's got solid information and good community.

  • All Day Awareness is a great approach. it is effort intensive, but pay back in lucid dreams and more awareness in life.

  • This FAQ was produced by the Lucidity Institute. It's not pretty, but is based on solid science.

    For when you are ready to obsess

  • Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming is THE book on Lucid Dreaming. "A Course in Lucid Dreaming" is the most thorough lucid dream training tutorial with lots of charts for you to keep track of your progress. (No link right now.)


    Lucid Dreaming Acronyms

    LD - Lucid Dreaming - Being aware that you are dreaming while in a dream.

    RC - Reality Check - A test to establish whether you are in a dream or waking life, actively done during the day in hopes that the habit will continue within dreams.

    DC - Dream Character - Any personality you encounter other than yourself...well, occasionally it can also be yourself.

    WBTB-Wake Back To Bed - Waking up for 20-30 minutes, then going back to bed increases the chances of lucid dreaming. Use that time to read about lucid dreaming or plan your dreams, and make your intention solid. Can be combined with other techniques.

    MILD - Mnemonically Induced Lucid Dream - In short, MILD is telling yourself as you are in bed ready to sleep that you are going to become lucid when you dream, then visualizing yourself in a dream becoming lucid. Repeat until you fall asleep.

    WILD - Wake-Induced Lucid Dream - A technique in which you maintain consciousness while your body falls asleep. Not for the squeamish.

    FILD - Finger-Induced Lucid Dream - A technique using subtle finger movements as you fall asleep.

    SSILD - Sense-Induced Lucid Dream - A technique where you use awareness of your various senses as you cycle through them while falling asleep.

    False Awakening - False Awakening is in essence just dreaming that you woke up, only to usually immediately after either actually wake or have another dream of waking up from the previous dreams. Those can often happen multiple times in sequence. It can be a bit jarring but also fun. If those happen often use it to do a reality check every time you wake up (or think you do).

    SP - Sleep Paralysis - A natural, safe part of the process of falling asleep which causes you to be unable to move your body. The paralysis process happens to you every time you go to sleep. When you WILD and experience SP, you are conscious while it happens. Sometimes you may be visited by the dream transition buddies--relax and enjoy the show until you can interact with your environment. Attempting to induce SP is NOT required to achieve lucidity.

u/Sarcasma19 · 3 pointsr/LucidDreaming

This one is generally considered the best. I think it's exactly what you're looking for. I have it and it's helped me immensely.

u/LucidOneironaut · 3 pointsr/gadgets

Get this one instead, it is the definitive guide to Lucid Dreaming. Sorry, not available in ebook, and, no it's not mine.

u/ericxfresh · 3 pointsr/BettermentBookClub

off the top of my head:

Meditations, with The Inner Citadel as a reader

Letters from a Stoic

A Guide to the Good Life by Irvine

Do The Work by Pressfield as well as The War of Art by Pressfield

Managing Oneself by Ducker

Man's Search for Meaning by Frankl

What Predicts Divorce by Gottman

Nicomachean Ethics

Models by Manson seems to be popular on reddit

So Good They Can't Ignore You by Newport, as well

I'm currently reading Triumphs of Experience by Vaillant and find it insightful.

u/bluhEwanka · 3 pointsr/makinghiphop

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

u/ibuprofane · 3 pointsr/getdisciplined

Perhaps what you're feeling is what Steven Pressfield calls 'resistance' is his book "The War of Art". Resistance has a way of manifesting itself into a number of different forms that prevent you from getting your work done and from your description your anxiety might be part of that. I get that too, especially at the start of my projects and when I'm near finishing. The good news is that resistance can be beaten with the right mindset.

If you've never given it a read I highly recommend it; it should be standard reading for all creatives IMHO. Even for non-creatives it's probably the best anti-procrastination book I've ever read.

u/koosh12 · 3 pointsr/books

War on Art by Steven Pressfield
Its a very quick read and is inspirational at any stage of life. I try to read it once per year and it's my go-to book to bring on a plane.

u/c00ki3znkr34m · 3 pointsr/NoFap

" I will no longer procrastinate moving towards my dreams." Lol implying you're not NOW? Check out the book The War Of Art, trust me.


Amazing story, I relate. You take the blinders off, it gets scary. Boys run back to their crutch, Men begin walking toward a new life. Don't go back there bro. Mentor others on here, this is incredible. You're truly an inspiration!!

u/kirbyderwood · 3 pointsr/AskLosAngeles

Uhhh... are you sure you're looking at the right book? I don't recall any of that.

Regardless, the book has a pretty simple premise: If you want to be a professional writer, sit your rear end in a chair and write. The only way to get good enough to find work is to put in the work first.

There, I saved you 11 bucks.

u/speedy2686 · 3 pointsr/writing
u/Shpigford · 3 pointsr/Entrepreneur

You're overthinking this. All of those things you listed are excuses. They seem reasonable to you, but they're literally just false roadblocks.

There's only one thing you need do: start.

Don't think about the thousand things you think you're supposed to do or that you think you need, just start.

Also, go read The War of Art.

u/bassist · 2 pointsr/getdisciplined

You ever read The War of Art?

Or listened to Eric Thomas?

Or Jocko Willink?

u/Stubb · 2 pointsr/AskMenOver30

Have a read through The War of Art if you feel you need a kick in the ass.

u/etcomro · 2 pointsr/Songwriting

&gt; Brutally harsh is good.

I'll try to be gentle but keep in mind this is just one guy's opinion on the internet. I base a lot of my critiquing from what I've picked up in songwriting books by guys like Pat Pattison and Ralph Murphy.

I want you to know overall I like the feeling of what you're going for in this one.. but yeah, you're writing needs some work and here's how I think you stand to improve

  • Hook writing - I know, I know.. it's trite to say you need to write with a hook. But here's my case for it, the job of the songwriter is to keep the listener listening and one tool to do so is to set a hook in your pre-chorus and/or at the very least by the end of you chorus. Many times I'll start with the hook and write the chorus first, add some detail with the verse, then add a bridge for counterpoint or contrast.

  • Detail, detail, detail - Your verses essentially are saying nothing.Tthe reason why is that the narrator is telling how he feels. And Ralph Murphy said, in so many words, the listener doesn't care how the narrator feels. At least until the chorus. In your verses you should be putting in as much detail as you can. Every line should move the story your telling along.

  • Verse development - Another side of that is that your verses are telling a story. And their job is to give the listener something relatable and universal enough that they can imagine. All your favorite songs already do this. So before you write lyrics, think about and even write down a beginning, middle, and end development. A popular one is I, you, we or another is Aristotle's advice that the narrator must feel pain(traumatic even), fear (of something happening, and catharsis (a happy ending).

  • Chorus - your chorus should tie all of the detail in your verse together. This is the payoff and where the narrator can talk about thoughts, feelings, and ideas. I'm reading your chorus as :"See I'll sink/Under this ship/And I'll drown/If I don't find land" now that's an okay chorus. Except that none of your metaphor in the rest of the song have anything to do with sailing.

  • Rhyming - The rule of thumb is to keep the same rhyme scheme in your verses but change it up in your chorus. You've set up an XXXAABCCB rhyme scheme your first 'verse'. The first three line stanza has nothing to do with the rest of the song. Also, none of the lines in the chorus rhyme. That causes a lot of instability and when I'm in a chorus getting the big payoff I want to create at least some stability.

  • Rhythm of words - If you really want to dig into it, you could break the words up into iambs and trochees. An iamb is accented on the first syllable and a trochee on the second. Finding what you want then modify the lyrics to fit that rhythm will give your lyrics uniformity and a sing along quality. That's probably a bit advanced right now though any good rhyming dictionary should have a section on it

    You're going to get better the more you learn and the more you write. If you want to take it seriously you should be writing every single day. Again, I'm just a guy on the internet but I feel you would get a lot out of these resources:

    Writing Better Lyrics

    Ralph Murphy Lecture

    The War of Art
u/push_pop · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Check out The War Of Art.

Just start. No excuses. Inspiration is bullshit. Just to the work.

u/jacksclevername · 2 pointsr/advertising

I just bought Hey Whipple Squeeze This as a parting gift for our intern, and The War of Art for myself.

u/PM_ME_UR_PERSPECTIVE · 2 pointsr/GetMotivated
u/shickari · 2 pointsr/bjj

Judo Heart and Soul is my all time favorite book when it comes to the martial arts... Incredible read. It's geared towards Judo but applicable for all martial arts (especially BJJ since they're so close). Unfortunately its hard to find a cheap copy these days... keep your eyes out though, it's awesome.;amp;qid=1479199419&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=judo+heart+and+soul

The War of Art and Turning Pro by Stephen Pressfield are probably the two books that have had the greatest effect on my life, overall. They're not about martial arts per-se but the lessons within are HUGELY applicable for what we do... I'm constantly re-reading these books. They're short reads and each page is kind've it's own story or lesson so you can literally open the one of the books to a random page, read for a minute, and be inspired for your whole day... I can't recommend them enough. They changed my life. IMO Turning Pro is the more life-changing of the two books but you have to read War of Art to fully grasp the concepts he's discussing... War of Art is kind've the "pump you up to do great things" sorta book and Turning Pro is the one that hits you with reality and teaches about how you can actually achieve your goals.;amp;qid=1479199494&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=war+of+art;amp;pd_rd_i=1936891034&amp;amp;pd_rd_r=G102YZA1NVHWGXKPFCJ6&amp;amp;pd_rd_w=wotM4&amp;amp;pd_rd_wg=GFqOl&amp;amp;psc=1&amp;amp;refRID=G102YZA1NVHWGXKPFCJ6

A friend and Relson Gracie brown belt just recommended The Zen Way to Martial Arts to me... I ordered it the other day and can't wait for it to arrive.


u/Thooorin · 2 pointsr/Meditation

On a similar note I'd like to recommend The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield. It's a book where each chapter is at most a few pages, sometimes even a single page.

The entire premise is to define everything that holds you back from creative work/writing as resistance and then find ways to short-circuit it and overcome your blocks. Very highly recommended as a great pick-up and put-down type book to give you a jolt to get working!

u/Symbiotx · 2 pointsr/TheRedPill

You're experiencing resistance. You recognize your anger and disappointment for not following your excitement, but when you get to the reason it didn't work, you say, "I tried." You are the only one keeping you from accomplishment. You are accepting defeat.

If there's something you want to be doing, you have to do it. Every circumstance is not the same, every opportunity is not the same, so it's not that you missed out on your one chance. It's that you're missing out on a chance every moment you spend watching TV instead of writing that book. If you never try to accomplish anything, you never will. It can be hard to resist the thoughts that it didn't work, it won't work, it's too hard, but when you do, you'll recognize how awesome it feels.

If you're interested in reading a book that could help, check out The War of Art

Edit: Also, this brief story can help you see it from a different perspective: The Chained Elephant

u/BOOGY_DOG · 2 pointsr/StopGaming

&gt;Why can't i just do shit, it's so easy

Because it's easier to do the same shit you've been doing.

When you're feeling low and haven't had a taste of success, doing things that matter feels pointless, yet it's the only way to better your life as you say you want. I would suggest you read a few books, The War of Art and The Slight Edge that might nudge you in the right direction.

u/BloodedRogue · 2 pointsr/learnart

I actually just recently got these books, they may not necessarily be what you're looking for but these have been absolutely informative to me

p.s I checked these out of my local library but I'm hoping to purchase these soon.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Digital Painting Techniques

Make Great Art on your iPad

u/larsten_mcknight · 2 pointsr/architecture

Another book to check into - Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

u/entarodho · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition

u/huxtiblejones · 2 pointsr/NeedAHobby

You could take up drawing, it's extremely cheap and is a very good way to spend time by yourself. I find drawing to be meditative and rewarding, you have the satisfaction of making something yourself as well as learning to see the world differently.

All you need are a set of pencils, a decent sketchbook, a kneaded eraser, and some decent instruction. I'd recommend learning first from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and then moving on to figure drawing. Try Dynamic Figure Drawing or Bridgman's Life Drawing. You can also look up the work of Andrew Loomis for more instruction, which are available as free PDFs.

Later you can experiment using vine charcoal (which can be erased easily) to get the hang of a different instrument than a pencil. Try laying charcoal on its side and making big strokes. This is the first step towards painting. You could even try painting with black and white acrylic only which really isn't much different in terms of skills or cost. If you can get good at drawing I promise you can get good at painting. It just takes a bit of dedication.

u/Cromar · 2 pointsr/getdisciplined

&gt; Think of yourself as a human being with normal working body parts, the only difference is that you have what is essentially a rogue AI in your brain. It randomly runs junk code at random times of the day saying "hey now's a good time to look at porn". That code just somehow got implanted in you somewhere along the way, it didn't originate from you, and it is not an inherent part of you, at all.

Reminds me of The War of Art. Steven Pressfield personifies your rogue AI idea as "Resistance," a sort of anti-muse that acts like an invasive mental pest distracting you from your priorities.

u/KobeWithAccent · 2 pointsr/makinghiphop

&gt; But that's just stupid.

What is?

&gt;100% of our time isn't dedicated to music. You dont always have to be doing something that's pushing your music forward

Of course not and nobody is advocating for that. But we are talking about something that is holding you back whenever you ARE making music. Getting anxious, overly judgemental, restless and/or empty-minded are very common feelings when working on music, or at least for me.

One thing I would recommend to everybody is trying to get past those said feelings. Cope with them, acknowledge them and not focus on them too much. There is a great book that talks about this, War of Art (not Art of War). It focuses mostly on this overly-judgemental feeling, sometimes referred to as "Writers Block".

When I first started to make music I would get the "writers block" and feel annoyed by it. Nothing wrong with talking about it, but it doesn't solve much. And that's the point (I think) OP was trying to make, or at least I am trying to make.

u/jessebkrmusic · 2 pointsr/CreativeRoom

I feel you, I get creative blocks when I try to make music. I suggest looking into creative processes, they are meant to use in times like these and the more you study them the more you'll be able to find your own that works

Here is some examples I found online:

Ive also read some books on creativity I would suggest picking up some of them for yourself also.

Here's one I like:

u/OpiatedDreams · 2 pointsr/GetMotivated

Hey, I have a different life experience but similar in many aspects. As far as creativity goes, overcoming that fear and producing I found this book helpful. This author has a few views I roll my eyes at but it is helpful and motivating.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

u/csgojoe · 2 pointsr/writing

Read the War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Bascially you are experiencing resistance in the form of procrastination.
Fix a writing schedule and stick to it, Motivation or Not. Once the routine is set follow it religiously. Once your fingers are moving and the words start appearing on the page, motivation will follow.

u/Etaaannn · 2 pointsr/productivity

Books that really helped me make a change were The War of Art, GRIT, and The Kaizen Way. All linked below :)

And to be honest with you I was never a morning person either. It took me 3 weeks of going to sleep at 10 and waking up at 5 before I could finally do it and not want to kill myself haha. But it gets easier, and your days become a bit more manageable when you've got a headstart on the world. No matter what time you get up I always recommend getting right out of bed whenever possible.;amp;btkr=1;amp;btkr=1;amp;btkr=1

u/smithincanton · 2 pointsr/pics

The enjoyment should come from the drawing, not be a destination where you feel you fail if you don't get there. If you want to draw there is a really great book called The War of Art. One of the ideas in the book is that there are internal battles that keep you from getting where you want to be. One of mine is not wanting to waste paper/pencils/supplies and I have to over come that and "free" my guilt of that and be free to fail and keep drawing.

u/pier25 · 2 pointsr/escribir

El mejor consejo que leí para aprender a controlar el crítico interno fue en el libro The Artist's way.

La autora recomienda escribir todos los días algo que ella llama the morning pages, tres páginas de escritura libre acerca de cualquier cosa que te venga a la mente. Si no te viene nada a la mente simplemente llena 3 páginas con "no se me ocurre nada". No importa lo que hagas después con esas páginas. Las puedes quemar o tirar a la basura. Lo importante es acostumbrarse a escribir con seguridad.

Otro libro muy interesante relacionado con el arte se llama Art and Fear. Hay un pasaje que no tiene desperdicio relacionado con el crítico interno.

&gt; The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the "quantity" group: fifty pound of pots rated an "A", forty pounds a "B", and so on. Those being graded on "quality", however, needed to produce only one pot -- albeit a perfect one -- to get an "A". Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the "quantity" group was busily churning out piles of work - and learning from their mistakes -- the "quality" group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

u/julsey414 · 2 pointsr/getdisciplined

Seeing as you have a lot of good replies already I want to say first I've been there. And I also wand to recommend reading and following "the artists way". It's a great way to help get you to feel unstuck. The Artist's Way

u/resober · 2 pointsr/REDDITORSINRECOVERY

Let me know when you figure it out....I literally don't enjoy anything but reading, video games, sex, and playing with my son without chemicals. After years of abusing myself I barely enjoy those things a lot of the time and I'll spend hours psyching myself up to read a book or play a video game only to find out my time is up. And then 'I don't do anything.'

And I can't stay sober longer than a week. This isn't the only reason--a big reason is that drugs literally just are shoved in my hand due to my job. But if I actually enjoyed doing something, anything, I would be happier and it would be easier to just say no.

I think for now just go to meetings and don't be too hard on yourself, you come back gradually. That's what I'm doing and hoping for. Longer you're sober the closer you get to the person you used to be that liked all that stuff without any help. We've been running the other direction for a long time.

(p.s. check this out, it's helped me before

TL; DR: We're not going to enjoy stuff until we're sober for a while. Everything sucks in the beginning. Stick it out. You aren't alone.

u/beast-freak · 2 pointsr/BipolarReddit

I really like [The Artist's Way] ( by Julia Cameron. In essence it consists of a morning ritual of thirty minutes of free-form writing and also doing something for yourself every week (an artist's date)

Both Julia's parents were manic-depressives (in the bad old days) and she was an alcoholic and drug addict, married and divorced from a famous guy, and hospitalized with a nervous breakdown before cleaning herself up. The book grew out of her efforts to heal herself.

It didn't make me an artist but I liked the ritual and found it quite relaxing — it also made me realize how badly I treat myself, something I am still dealing with. I had thought I would go through my journals — perhaps on a weekly basis — and rewrite some of the stuff but in the end I found it was enough to simply let all the thoughts go, simply writing them down (taking a brain dump) was relaxing enough.

Edit: I realize you are also interested in mood tracking, this could also easily be included.

u/Cpt_Atown · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Check out the book "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron

u/loose_spaghetti · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

It sounds a little cheesy, but when I have the discipline to do it The Artist's Way really helps.

u/admorobo · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

While it deals with creative laziness moreso than physical laziness, Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way is a really interesting book that addresses becoming more creatively/artistically motivated, which I think can certainly transfer over into physical/psychological motivation as well.

u/jmacdoogs · 2 pointsr/Advice

Become your own artist, Try reading The Artists Way It may not be the short-term solution that you were looking for but I can attest to the long term help you will receive.

u/darkofmoon · 2 pointsr/Screenwriting

Force yourself to write for a set amount of time a day-- don't wait for inspiration to strike.

That being said, continue to fill your creative well-- with art, movies, experiencing life.

Sorry, such a brief comment, but check out The Artists Way-- it's an amazing book that may help you to dispel "writer's block" :)

u/ucstruct · 2 pointsr/GradSchool

A lot of times procrastination is a sign of a deeper symptom - wanting to be perfect and tying your self worth into it. A lot of times, people (including myself) will put off anything that might threaten this view that we have of ourselves as perfect because failing threatens our self worth. It kind of goes like this.

  1. Have project with deadline

  2. Pressure builds, you put it off because if it doesn't work out, you're not to blame right? You never really gave it your best shot.

  3. More pressure, deadline comes putting a fire under your ass to get it done.

  4. Its completed, maybe not 100%, but its good enough and hey, if I really had tried, it would have been spectacular.

  5. Success from the previous round means more work. Promise of more work and more chances to fail only lower motivation. You feel shittier and the cycle continues.

    I think this is extremely common. So how do you break out of it? Its not easy, but you have take steps to detach yourself from this constant perfect vision of yourself and just be willing to do the work to a level below perfect, but do it consistently. Have a huge paper? Just write an outline with some good not great paragraphs and add to it later. Huge project? Get a small step of it done. Success and feeling successful isn't about "winning" or being perfect, its about steady, small bits of production.

    A good book is The Now Habit, that helped me with some of these feelings.
u/disso · 2 pointsr/gaming

I just started reading The Now Habit so I don't know if it really works, but it seems highly recommended on Reddit and Amazon.

u/dwtebriel · 2 pointsr/pornfree

You may also be dealing with procrastination as well. I'd definitely recommend checking out The Now Habit. It's a pretty short book to help with it.

u/davidrcollins · 2 pointsr/getdisciplined

Read the Now Habit by Neil Fiore. You will thank me later if you do.

u/ToonTheShed · 2 pointsr/pornfree

This guys blog has helped me a ton! Arguably as much as /r/NoFap and /r/pornfree. Other great reads are The Demise of Guys ebook and I'm currently reading The Now Habit. I'm only like 1/8th of the way through TNH and I can tell you that it will for sure change the way you look at doing work and maintaining habits. Bold &amp; Determined blog is good because it's just a no bullshit "grab your fuckin nuts and be it" kind of blog. Also the guy in that video Greg Plitt unfortunately died 3 days ago so RIP

u/cpplinuxdude · 2 pointsr/Entrepreneur

&gt; I think you need to understand more about what procrastination is.

Well actually in the Now Habit by Neil Fiore Phd, the author explains how procrastination is due to picturing yourself finishing a task, as opposed to starting it. It blows the amount of work out of proportion, and it's more comfortable to offset the task than having to deal with it.

This is why procrastinatr asks you for a few basic steps and a time estimate: it tricks the brain into believe that it's starting with the task.

Secondly the reward mechanism is based on an excellent book called the power of habit by Charles Duhigg, which explains the 'cue, habit, system' loop, which is exactly what procrastinatr tries to exploit.

Thanks for your input nonetheless, still taking it on board.

u/spastIK709 · 2 pointsr/GetMotivated
u/popheart · 2 pointsr/raisedbynarcissists

There's an awesome book you should read call 'The Now Habit' by 'Neil Fiore'. It goes through all the insecurities and psychological barriers that stop you from taking action on stuff; it really helped me understand the reasons behind some of my more unhelpful behaviours.

Here's some notes someone did if you want to get an overview. :)

u/rolfr · 2 pointsr/getdisciplined

It sounds like you are on a road to burn-out. I've crossed the precipice and fallen into that abyss many times. At 31, I finally have some real insights on this subject.

The transition from student to professional can be daunting, and particularly so when you enter into an arrangement that resembles being a student -- i.e., working from home, especially in a research capacity. All of those old pressures come back -- you end up having the same lifestyle/problems as a professional that you did as a student. If you don't develop any better stress and time management mechanisms than you did back then, there's no reason to expect that the outcome will be better or different. Online jobs are especially bad for procrastinators, especially since Web 2.0 and its explicit focus on distracting you.

It sounds like you are employing avoidance as an anxiety-abeyance strategy against the rising tide of work, which never seems to wane no matter how much you work. Then you feel like you are always busy, always behind, always need to be working -- even if you instead spend your time procrastinating, online shopping, etc.

Making endless to-do lists and schedules is another penchant of the avoidant-obsessive personality type. The problem is that the schedules themselves become a visual manifestation of your anxiety, hence you tend to avoid them too, and end up feeling worse.

It might be beneficial for you to go to the office more often, to feel more viscerally-connected to your work and your colleagues. Perhaps you'll find the millieu motivating -- perhaps this is the solution to your problems. But maybe not, because as someone with these tendencies who has worked in an office building, I can tell you that it's just as easy to feel buried in that situation.

The resentment in your relationships, caused by not spending time with them owing to a sense of dread over work un-done, is just going to get worse and result in those relationships withering and dying. I would recommend taking a notebook to the park and trying to understand the root of your work-related issues. It won't happen immediately -- you'll have to devote time to it regularly in order to develop the sort of self-psychoanalytical facilities that allow you to view your self from a detached perspective. Once you figure them out, explain them to your friends and family, so that they might gain a sense that your absence from socializing with them is not personal.

As for how I've dealt with these issues:

  • Have a morning ritual to get you ready to go. Although it's obvious, I find that waking up, eating something, showering, brushing my teeth, using mouth rinse, and washing my face brings me from a drowsy, non-alert state to fully on-line and ready to go.

  • Exercise! Every god damned day. No excuses. It provides me with the clarity of mind and energy necessary to approach my work.

  • As you mentioned, sleep is absolutely critical. I try to get up at 8:30 or earlier every day, so that I can put in productive time, and actually feel good about what I have done at the end of the day -- good enough that I don't feel guilty about doing non-work-related things.

  • The book Getting Things Done has a lot of good advice for organization. In particular, write down everything that you need to do in every area of your life, and have it on a piece of paper in a file folder. When it's written down, it's not in your brain floating around causing you anxiety. Make sure your to-do lists are task-oriented and not goal-oriented. For example, "cure cancer" is a goal, not a task. "Read XYZ paper on cancer research" is a task, not a goal. Write each task on its own piece of paper so that you can consider them in isolation without getting overwhelmed by the totality of the work.

  • Keep daily progress reports. Writing down something on a paper that says "DONE" at the top of it lends visceral satisfaction to progress.

  • I find it helpful to regularly re-frame my work. I.e., rather than just having a to-do list of actionable items, I devote some time every day to writing down where I am within a project, where I want to go with the project, and the steps I can take that will get me closest to it.

  • If it is possible for me to work on something off-line (i.e. if I am editing a document, programming, doing mathematics or whatever) I often disconnect my internet connection. If I need to look something up, I either do it on my phone or plug in my internet connection temporarily. Perhaps that isn't an option in your case.

  • If you struggle with getting started on your work, focus on that specifically. Don't spend an hour repeatedly checking Facebook and reddit. Do it once, and then find a way to get your head into your work. Perhaps by reviewing the work you did yesterday, reading your to-do actions, or taking a walk. I like to go to the park with a print-out of yesterday's progress report and my to-do list.

  • Take breaks during the day. Some people like the Pomodoro technique. I tend to work for about two hours at a time, before my eyes start glazing over, at which point I go for a walk around the neighborhood, take care of chores around the house, etc. Anything to take your mind off of work for a bit -- and resist the urge to let your mind wander back until you sit down to work again.

  • Take dedicated time off. When 5/6PM rolls around, you are done for the day. Stop thinking about work. Don't do any work at all on the weekends. Eventually, you will re-frame your thinking so that you come to think that a particular block of hours is dedicated to working, and the rest of life is yours to do as you please. This mindframe itself is beneficial to productivity: given that I only have N hours to work, I certainly want to make the most of them so that I am less buried tomorrow, and can enjoy life even more tomorrow.

  • Don't discount circumstantial factors -- in your introduction story, surely the stress of being in a different country apart from your loved ones was detrimental to your mental state. We like to think that we should be infallible, but circumstances can definitely affect your mood and productivity. For me, I find that keeping my apartment clean (spotless, in fact) is very important. When there is miscellaneous stuff strewn about in my perihperal vision, it leads to anxiety. It makes me view the world as homeostatic, which is not what I need when I need things to change (i.e. the amount of things on my to-do list).

  • If you drink alcohol, it will affect you the next day. Keep it limited to two drinks except for special occasions and the weekend.

    You might benefit from books on personal psychology. I found Too Perfect excellent and insightful. The NOW Habit had some useful advice in it as well.
u/bhrgunatha · 2 pointsr/westworld
u/tvorryn · 2 pointsr/leagueoflegends

This book has helped a lot of people improve their drawing skills by quite a bit. My middle school art teacher ran us through something similar.

A set of before and after examples

u/bureburebure · 2 pointsr/comicbooks

warning: long post incoming

tell your son that he is at the best possible age to pick up drawing. if he draws a lot now and keeps it up for the next several years he'll eventually become good. by the time he's out of high school he could be almost pro depending on how his artistic pursuit goes.

every single artist, even those with natural talent, started off from the same place. it takes a very long time and a lot of bad drawings to get to a place where your art "looks right".

"how to draw books" are largely crappy because they tell you "copy this" without actually teaching you the basic fundamentals that all artists have to learn. there are very good books out there but you have to talk to actual artists/be part of actual art communities to really learn about them.

honestly, the most important thing at this stage for your son is for him to learn not to be too hypercritical of whatever he does and for him to have fun drawing. i can't stress the "fun" part enough. of course this is probably hard for him to do at this point because he's a kid and kids get frustrated pretty easily, but keep encouraging him.

one thing that might be helpful is showing him "here and then" comparisons which show that artists get a lot better over time. i could give you some examples if you want, from my own art even.

while the main thing is just for your son to learn to have fun and keep drawing, i suppose it wouldn't hurt for me to post a couple of the resources i've amassed over the years. However I cannot stress enough that no book, video, tutorial, or whatever can substitute the hours and hours of drawing that are required to get better. again, the most important thing is for your son to draw a lot. the rest will come with time.

another thing to keep in mind is that everyone is different, there are many ways to learn art and everyone learns better through different ways. some artists mostly just copied other people's art to learn, others did detailed focused studies of art fundamentals, some used tracing as a learning tool (not to claim the art as their own). there are many different ways and techniques that are all basically rooted in the same fundamentals. i'd say it's most important right now for your son to try a bunch of stuff out and see what helps him the most. there is no "best way".

with that said...

this is a site focused on digital painting primarily but there are a lot of videos about basic drawing techniques and a lot about the struggles/psychology of art. this is a good place to start.

this is one of the best youtube art channels around. these [are] (;amp;list=UU5dyu9y0EV0cSvGtbBtHw_w) some good videos to get you started out.

this guy is a phenomenal artist and has tons of amazing tutorials/breakdowns on his page. give it a look, you can try and ask him for advice yourself if you want. he's a super nice guy so if you ask politely for advice i'm sure he can give you better direction than i could.

books that i think would be the most useful/important for a beginner:

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain don't pay too much attention to the "science" in this book, it's the drawing exercises that you really want. it will teach your son to draw what he sees much more accurately.

Fun With a Pencil Andrew Loomis is renowned for being a really good art instructor. any of his books are worth owning but for your son i'd recommend starting with this.

Vilppu Drawing Manual In terms of introducing a beginner to basic artistic fundamentals (especially form) this is the best book i've found so far.

i apologize for the long post, but this is a topic i'm pretty passionate about. if you want more help, guidance or resources you can feel free to pm me and i'll help you to the best of my ability.

u/docmongre · 2 pointsr/Art

Here you go this is an incredible book.

u/TheMaskedHamster · 2 pointsr/funny

Keep working on it. You have a sense for humor and timing that is deserving of the effort to refine not only it, but your art as well.

Some books that may interest you:

  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards - This is handy as an inspiring introduction to the mental perspective of art, ie how to draw what you see and not what you think you see.

  • How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema - There are hundreds of lousy books with instructions on how to draw cartoon characters. This isn't one of them. This is a breakdown of how comic art is formed, from the elements of illustration to the basics of composition, all packaged in a format to be enticing to novice artists who happen to be comic fans.

  • Perspective! for Comic Book Artists by David Chelsea - A straightforward guide on how to represent perspective in illustration, with lots of supplementary explanation and art, in an amusing comic format.

u/Tiff1030 · 2 pointsr/ArtCrit

I think you did a pretty solid job on both images, especially the dancer one. I would recommend that you use more really dark blacks in small amounts just to create more contrast. Also, more gradual and soft blending (try a blending stump) although much of gradual blending takes practice. When I took Drawing I, I read this book...

and it is truly amazing. It makes you think about drawing and seeing the world around you differently. If you are serious about drawing I would definitely read it.

Good work and good luck!

u/jtmengel · 2 pointsr/Overwatch

That's solid for 12 man, congratulate him. And if you are thinking about encouraging this but don't know how, maybe consider getting him some books to study if he wants to be harcore.

...Now, you draw one so we can power rank your skills.

u/Retrosurf · 2 pointsr/GetMotivated

20 y.o. Here's a bit of mine

Make money- I want to open a surf shop in the town I grew up in. I want to be my own boss so I'm taking business courses and I'm trying to learn how to make my own clothes. I worked at a place on the boardwalk this summer and I had a chance to print t-shirts and see the process of the business. It's really not that hard and I think I can handle the business part of it. There's probably not a lot of money in it, but in the off season, I figure I can do something else to make money.

Keep in shape- Sorry man, but I don't think you can count going to the gym as a hobby. It should be more of an obligation really. You should enjoy it, but because of the good that you are doing for your body. Find a sport to play there's so many I'm sure you'll find one. Who cares if you suck, you will find people your level. I've been a tennis player pretty much all my life. It's a great sport and you only need a few things to have a great time. A racket, a couple balls, and a partner! I work at tennis courts in my town too and I see people in their 80's still playing! And like a bunch of other sports I'm sure, you can take lessons to get better! The gym is great exercise, but you should really try to get the thrill and competition of a sport.

Creative- This is my favorite one. Over the last year or so I've been going crazy trying out new ways to express myself and it's honestly the most fun trying to tap into it. I like music a lot. I spend a few hours a week just looking for new music. All kinds, have an open mind to new things! Then last january I said fuck it and bought a guitar. There's a bunch of free opportunities to learn to play whether its from a friend or online. This is the site I've been using and I'm not great or anything, but being able to (somewhat) recreate some sounds from my favorite bands is so satisfying. I've also started to take up drawing. This is the one that's most difficult for me because I was always aweful, but I bought a book to teach me. I've realized you're going to need a lot of help if you want to learn or do something. And that's ok! I've been taking videos and playing around a bit with some old editing software I got a few years back. Unfortunately this hobby is halted, since my video camera was confiscated at a concert :( Also, I'm not really sure which category this fits into, but I've taken an interest in cooking as well. Nothing crazy, but I can put together a few decent and healthy meals. It's really rewarding making a meal for yourself. Even more-so if you share it with friends for the hell of it!

Dude start trying anything. Really anything you can think of that you are interested in. You'll realize things aren't really as hard as you think. If you aren't good at something, well that's ok too. Just find something that interest you and work towards it and slowly get better. Cut out time wasted and put it towards creating something that you can be proud of. It doesn't even have to make money.. any skills you learn will benefit you in some way, or at least give you an outlet to clear your mind. Play around with life! Test yourself and see what you can really do. I might be going a little overkill. I almost feel like I'm hitting a mid life crisis already hah but you should really experiment, it's a hell of a lot of fun. And not I'm not speaking directly to you, but generally people just need to cut out some wasted time being distracted watching tv to do something that requires thinking and action. At least substitute some tv/movie time for reading. It gets easier to find things that interest you once you get going! I'm sure you'll find something man just remember to have fun with it. Hobbies are hobbies, thats all theyre for, so don't worry if you think it might not benefit you in some way, because it will.

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u/UncleDrewDogger · 2 pointsr/nba

Not a drawer by any means myself, but a buddy of mine learned and swears by the book Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain as a resource for people who are not 'natural' artists.

He also suggests drawing things by turning them upside down and copying them, as a way to force an emphasis on mechanics and technique by drawing something unfamiliar.

u/JarlesV3 · 2 pointsr/IAmA

I am not an artist, but I did want to learn to draw better. It was recommended that I read drawing on the right side of the brain by Betty Edwards. It's a pretty awesome book. I definitely enjoyed reading it, and improved my drawing considerably by working through it. I got the latest edition, but any edition should help you.

The biggest part about getting better is time. Drawing takes time. Practicing takes time. So when you start, keep at it.

u/yes_me_too · 2 pointsr/socialanxiety

Drawing isn't messy. I immensely liked Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (well the half I read anyway). Super impressed by what I was able to accomplish (maybe I'll try to pick it up again). Check into welding and metal working / sculpting. The dark welding helmet only allows you to focus on the little puddle of molten metal directly in front of you; I don't think about anything else when welding. Don't let anyone tell you that you shouldn't start with TIG welding.

u/Astrolotl · 2 pointsr/learnart

it can. There is a whole section about how to draw. However there is no definitive resource that can teach you everything. Supplemental resources you can use are draw a box and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

u/Kryt0s · 2 pointsr/Naruto
u/Rustic_Loafcat · 2 pointsr/furry

Reference! When drawing a character always rely on reference! No need to reinvent the character unless that's what you are going for.

Draw what you see not what you think you see. This tip is a bit more ephemeral though and ties into references. When drawing from reference really look at how each body part curves and connects. There are usually a lot of subtle curves.

Anatomy is your friend. Once you understand how anatomy works you can kinda bend it to your will. You can mold it and still have it look "right."

Other than that, to get rid of the hairy/scratchy looking lines, commit to the lines you draw. Don't constantly redraw the same line over and over trying to get it just right! (unless this is a rough sketch, then scratch away!) Usually for inking a drawing you should have a rough idea of where you want your lines to go in pencil. Practice the line you are going to draw in your head. Ghost your line a few times. And then commit and put your line on the page. Dont go so fast you cant controll the line but dont go so slow you get all the tremoprs in your hand to show up in the line.

Hmm, for other tips I wish I knew when starting, dont be afraid to reproduce someones art. Copy (do not trace) it onto the page as close in detail as you can to the original image.

Im a huge advocate of this book as well, its hugely eye opening for a beginner if you have no sort of training. It does contain lessons and requires you to have supplies on hand but its well worth the effort of going through it.

Lastly here is the first time I drew Fidget and the most recent redraw attempt! The first was when I first started drawing about two years ago. The second was about seven months ago.

P.S. Keep ALL your drawings. Whenever you feel like you are not making much progress go back and look at them. You will definately notice your progress.

u/brightemptyspace · 2 pointsr/CPTSD

Any kind of drawing you do is great! But if you wanted to draw in a more realistic way, take a look at the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. It's for total beginners and you advance SUPER-rapidly. The neuroscience behind it is not accurate, but the exercises are really amazing. You realize that the main thing is 'seeing' better, not 'drawing' better. And you can really 'get it' pretty quickly! Just in case it's something you want to explore. :)

u/NYC-ART · 2 pointsr/ArtistLounge

This is where/how I learned about negative space. I learned about composition from my photography days pre-painting; mostly from Andreas Feininger and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

u/loutsfrommud · 2 pointsr/learntodraw
u/jknecht · 2 pointsr/drawing

The sidebar has good stuff (the Loomis books are pretty good). If you've got a little bit of money to spend, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards is fantastic.

Your best bet is to find a class. A good teacher can identify your weak spots and give you tips and exercises specifically for overcoming them.

As far as websites go, I really like for its forums. The artists there are (in general) fairly advanced and a lot of them make a living from their artwork; but they are generally supportive of beginners and will provide honest, direct, blunt critique if you ask for it.

Keep in mind that no amount of reading or video-watching or class-attending is going to make you a better draftsman. It is all about practice and identifying mistakes. Do the work, get critiques, do more work.

u/tragopanic · 2 pointsr/Wishlist

I have about a dozen books on lucid dreaming. This is the best one. Unsure if they have an audio version. Otherwise it's been a while since I've read anything. I went through a self-help/psychology phase and purchased a bunch of books I haven't gotten all the way through yet. I should read more.

u/runningscared · 2 pointsr/LucidDreaming

Wow great stuff. I'd also suggest Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge to anyone interested in lucid dreaming.

u/beancrosby · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Dreamviews is a great community for beginners and advanced dreamers alike. You can even keep a dream journal there to help with you journey. Witch is very helpful.

And anything by Dr. Stephen Laberge is great. He literally wrote the book on lucid dreaming. Literally.

Don't be discouraged if nothing happens for a while. It might take months before your first lucid dream. You just have to actively be thinking about it day and night. And if you are interested enough, it shouldn't be that hard.

Also once you obtain your first lucid dream, it wont last very long. The second you become aware you are dreaming, you will become too excited and you will wake up. This will happen the first few times until you get over the initial excitement of being in another world where absolutely anything is possible.

Good luck and sweet dreams.

u/Irielle · 2 pointsr/IAmA

This is very common, and I was super disappointed when this would happen to me. One solution that might work is closing your eyes and spinning in place... sometimes you end up in a different setting, and otherwise it seems to take your mind off of getting too excited/distracted.

I really recommend Stephen LaBerge's book, there are a variety of techniques to help induce them and heaps of interesting studies into lucid dreaming.

u/tehubersheezy · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Try a website called their forums have all sorts of willing experienced people to help you with your journey. also, read this book;amp;qid=1250035755&amp;amp;sr=8-2

u/kami_nl · 2 pointsr/LucidDreaming

I read something about it in LaBerge's book "Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming".

In his experiments, LaBerge came to the conclusion that time estimates in lucid dreams are very close to the actual time. So if you feel in your dream that 10 minutes have passed, it corresponds to approximated 10 minutes in real life. This being said, if your dream seems to last for days or years, it's because of the same effect that is used in movies. You see/experience one scene (for example someone is going to bed) and a second later another scene (the same person is getting up). Your brain accepts that and makes you believe that a whole night had just passed by.
(Chapter 2: "Preparation for Learning Lucid Dreaming")

So according to his studies, it might be impossible to really extend a dream for a very long period of time. It's just an illusion.

u/Booher · 2 pointsr/LucidDreaming

Wayyyyy to long to write an explication however try this book

u/He_is_Risen · 2 pointsr/LucidDreaming

Here's a link to the book off of Amazon if anyone's interested.

u/Sinnocent · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I think you should get Wreck This Book! I also have this on my wishlist (Duct Tape version) and it just seems like an extremely fun book. It gets you active, creative, and let's you also have a keepsake. This would be something you would enjoy having (and hey, we can go through it together by having the same gift!)

u/Kopfi · 2 pointsr/advertising

/u/wherepoetrygoestodie made a good list so far.

I will give my art director this Wreck this journal

u/looeee2 · 2 pointsr/vapeitforward
u/holysparklynarwhal · 2 pointsr/OkCupid

I gave this to one of my friends who was having severe writer's block. IUNNO IF IT'D HELP YOUR WEIRD MIND, but mebe? MEBE?!

And yeah, I was singing "Wow, I Can Be Sexual Too" for like two weeks after the Say Anything show here.

u/TMA-3 · 2 pointsr/Filmmakers

Watch FilmmakerIQ, DSLRguide, D4Darious, Basic Filmmaker, Film Riot, Every Frame a Painting, LightsFilmSchool, nofilmschool and etc. similar channels that you discover on your own

Watch a fuckton of movies.

Make your own projects--write, shoot, direct, light, etc. just create stuff and learn about what specific parts of the process intrigue you the most, and focus on those.

Read this book and also this book.

Get on set, that's how you'll gain most of your experience. Start as a PA in the production department and you can work your way up from there to another department. Get on as many sets as you can in the beginning, like indie shorts and web series and student films, and make friends with the people you meet. BE A NICE PERSON AND STAY IN TOUCH WITH PEOPLE.

Be open to all the possibilities and don't assume you know what all the jobs are and what they involve, because you don't. You never know what you'll end up being interested in--as an aspiring writer/director I really wanted to learn cinematography (I dropped out of school) by working in camera department and tried to transition to being a 2nd AC or camera PA from just a regular PA on a student thesis so I could learn the ins and outs of how cameras work, however I ended up being assigned to G&amp;E (grip and electric) which I wasn't thrilled about. However I ended really enjoying it and a year later it's still what I do.

You'll go through bouts of discouragement and experience lots of ups and downs, and it'll be easy to lose hope quickly, but the only way you'll know for sure that you'll fail is if you give up, so don't ever give up if this is really what you want to do.

u/soapdealer · 2 pointsr/TrueFilm

I always feel you get better information reading works by practitioners than from academics or journalists. My two favorite film books:

In the blink of an eye by multiple Oscar-winning film editor Walter Murch is probably the best book for understanding film editing and the theory behind why it works.

Making Movies by Sidney Lumet (who presumably needs no introduction) is the best all-around book written on filmmaking.

u/SacrificialGoat · 2 pointsr/psychology

Touched With Fire Goes over this in quite some depth

u/strange_quark · 2 pointsr/BipolarReddit

Even with the lithium and wellbutrin, I can still feel the swings but they're not nearly as pronounced. As I've told other people before, meds very rarely, if ever, completely mask all the symptoms of bipolar to make the patient as "normal" as the rest of society. Rather, meds are simply a tool in helping you reach an equilibrium where yes, there are still swings, but they don't control you and interfere with daily function. So, in that sense, they're pretty effective and have zero physical side effects for me.

It's very possible that the seasons have something to do with it. I'm not sure how common it is to have seasonal affective disorder and bipolar, but I can reasonably see why 9 months of dreary weather could mess with just about anyone.

Good to hear that you're taking a proactive approach to your meds. Too many people don't participate in the decision making when it comes to their medications, which, in my opinion, is counterproductive.

It's pretty common for artists and creative writers to be bipolar. (I also write! yay!) I have a comical blog that I write and illustrate, just to have something to do that requires a bit of a schedule, and to try to keep humor in my life as humor tends to stave away depression. I won't do a shameless self promotion, but if you're interested and want a link, I'll post it. I could always use another reader to keep me motivated. :)

Also! There's this book I recently purchased called Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament. It's an insightful read that discusses the scientific link between creativity and bipolar disorder, and lists examples of famous artists and authors throughout history. I'd recommend it for any of us artsy bipolar types. :)

u/inperigee · 2 pointsr/edmproduction

I don't exactly have a juicy story but I started making music shortly after the onset and diagnosis of my bipolar disorder about a year ago. I have to be careful here not to romanticize mental illness but my manic episodes (which have since been alleviated by medication) have been a major source of inspiration and creative energy for me. I'm not the only one; studies on bipolar disorder have shown that there is a strong correlation between it and creativity. If you're interested in learning more about this I'd recommend the work of Kay Redfield Jamison.

u/HarperEdie · 2 pointsr/Kanye

Interesting comment &amp; definitely worth exploring more. Do I think there are links between creative genius &amp; hypomanic/manic episodes? Yes. Do I think one justifies the other? Here's where I think it becomes a gray area. Mania has positive aspects; heightened creativity, productivity; &amp; the ability to think quickly &amp; abstractly, grasping complex ideas with ease. However, it can also plough through your life like a fucking wrecking ball, destroying careers, relationships, finances &amp; reputations. Finding the balance is like walking a tightrope 24-7, believe me I know. Here's the best book I ever read on this very topic, written by one of the leading researchers of mood disorders in the world:

u/TIGit · 2 pointsr/Accounting

I read a book on the connection of mental illness, suicide, and artisticness. The rates of suicide are far higher for artists.

u/kitog · 2 pointsr/programming

I read a book called Touched by Fire a few years ago which tried to make that point, although it was specifically about bi-polar. It was a good enough read but I don't remember it putting forward any kind of theory for it, then again it was a few years ago.

u/healthyside · 2 pointsr/graphic_design

To build off of that, there's also Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. I've never found it wildly useful, but he brings up a lot of excellent topics that new(er) designers need to address.

u/Yaohur · 2 pointsr/Screenwriting

I recommend you read Steal Like an Artist, because you're off base here with your understanding of interesting = new = reading lots of academic literature. There is nothing "new" in the artistic world. And this post you've made, in my opinion, is evidence that you need to read more scripts.

u/bradg97 · 2 pointsr/graphic_design

I would recommend this. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

u/Yoyoge · 2 pointsr/songaweek

I always like your stuff. I would not have noticed the Tennyson line, but I that it was there and that you mentioned it. I've got "Steal like an artist" on my nightstand and really need to read it.

u/DXimenes · 2 pointsr/RPGdesign

Hey, novelty is overrated. Steal like an artist. Don't worry if what you're trying to make is new, just make sure it's yours. Especially if you're not in it for the money.

u/josephnicklo · 2 pointsr/graphic_design


Thoughts On Design: Paul Rand

Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design

How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul

100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design

Paul Rand

Paul Rand: Conversations with Students

Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design


The Vignelli Canon

Vignelli From A to Z

Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible

It's Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want to Be: The World's Best Selling Book

Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!)

Josef Muller-Brockmann: Pioneer of Swiss Graphic Design

Popular Lies About Graphic Design

100 Ideas that Changed Art

100 Diagrams That Changed the World

Basics Design 08: Design Thinking

Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920-1965

Lella and Massimo Vignelli (Design is One)

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice

History of the Poster

How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer

The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics

George Lois: On His Creation of the Big Idea

Milton Glaser: Graphic Design

Sagmeister: Made You Look

Victore or, Who Died and Made You Boss?

Things I have learned in my life so far

Covering the '60s: George Lois, the Esquire Era

Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

[Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration]

Graphic Design Thinking (Design Briefs)

I Used to Be a Design Student: 50 Graphic Designers Then and Now

The Form of the Book: Essays on the Morality of Good Design

Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills

Information Graphics: A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference

Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

Envisioning Information

The elements of dynamic symmetry

The elements of content strategy

Corporate Diversity: Swiss graphic design and advertising

Book Design: a comprehensive guide

Meggs' History of Graphic Design

u/Vape_C · 2 pointsr/VideoEditing

You have to read a book to understand what people are saying about copying someone else's visual style. Thing is while it does look cool with the timelapses and Maxzwell's music, it reminds everybody of Casey, who is by the way an "established" if you will, vlogger, it makes your audience immediately think and compare you to him. The odds aren't in your favour in that department, and not because your editing is not cool enough or the music doesn't fit or anything like that, (not even the visual style) but you don't tell a story!

The editing was pretty good, my two cents:

-At the intro the first sentence was off the right I think. (use the grid and the rulers in the programm you use)

-There was flickering at the draw my thoughts kind of thing you did! (which was cool)!.

So my advice to you is to think before you film , even before you edit, plan out, imagine your video before making it!

Also a cool book to read by an amazing author, it helped me alot to understand where i've crossed line between stealing and copying with the mindset of making it my own!

But please don't stop creating!

u/Banjerpickin · 2 pointsr/Audiomemes

Sorry I was being overdramatic haha. I still love music, it just takes a really phenomenal band or artist for me to sit and take it all in without analyzing every aspect of it. I have to use the "Sorry, I've pretty much ruined..." punchline anytime I go see a show with non-musician folks and I start tearing the show apart as soon as it's over. They always think it's funny and it's a reminder to myself that what I'm passionate about may be ruining the experience for them.

I actually really enjoy figuring out what I'm going to steal for my own show, I see it as important research! But I do wonder what it would be like to go see some of my favorite bands without knowing anything about music.

I've also "ruined" beer (I homebrew) and movies (I've scored some films and learned too much about movie making) as well hahaha.

u/Pranaryx · 2 pointsr/gamedev

100 percent. If you still feel paranoid I can't recommend reading Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon enough. He also has a Ted talk that goes over most of the ideas in the book.

u/current_events · 2 pointsr/getdisciplined

I am of the mind that it isn't something you can look for at all - it's just 'there' and it is more important not letting it go than actively looking for 'it.'

What turns you on?
What makes your heart race?
What makes your mouth go dry?
What gives you goosebumps?
What makes your balls/vagina tingle that isn't sexual at all?

This book is a fast food/quick read but it's got some fun ideas:

The one thing I pulled from that book is - don't throw any of yourself away, stuff you were in to 5-10yrs ago that you 'let go' can probably still turn you on.

u/Pwag · 2 pointsr/productivity

Nah, I struggle with it all the time...

Usually it's survival.

I've screwed up enough things to know that if I don't do the hard thing and get it done up front, it'll bite me in the ass in the long run.

Mundanely: putting off car maintenance will wreck your week later in life when you're either paying for and waiting for a long repair time. Which sucks.

At work... I work for the government. There's so much laziness and inadequacy running amok there and I can't stand it. So I'm driven to get done what I can.

It's not easy, it's frustrating, but if not me, then who? I spend a lot of time depressed and angry about shit I can't control and shit I don't get done.

It doesn't get easy but it does get easier.

What has helped that even on my laziest, grass eating, star gazing, hog in the mud kind of day...I still get more shit done than 3/4s of the folks I could compare myself to. I could always make the jump to close the gap between me and that last quarter, but I've got no delusions of being the next Steve Jobs, Zukerberg, or any other number of un-likables who are uber productive.

What I get done is fine. Hell, I don't (and you don't) even have to compare yourself to that other 3/4s. Just do your thing, because despite how you feel, I'm sure your probably more productive than you think.

Someone once told me that the only person you need to impress at make happy work is your boss. (and maybe their boss).

You thought about journaling? I keep two. One for home and one for work. At home I have a 5 year journal at work I have a simple bound book. I kind of recap my day before bed and before quitting time. At the end of the month, I can look back and see what I've done. It kind of help, the list of crap to do is always huge, but we see that more than what we've done. This look back helps me to see that.

Careful though, finding and selecting a journal can be a rabbit hole.

At home I have a levenger 5 year journa because I thought this was too pretty:;amp;psc=1&amp;amp;refRID=J5M7J5KZPSJFDV7XCZNG at work I use a simple hard cover notebook I keep in my desk. Something like this:;amp;psc=1&amp;amp;refRID=7DJTC9SPAKVCQHMYPR0F (these are nifty because you can get military covers and stuff for them if you want).

The work one is not a place for your deepest darkest secrets, it's just a record of what you've done for the day and anything memorable.It also comes in handy in case you're sued, or investigated. But that's another matter.

For me, they let me see what I've been doing and let me adjust or tune up and remotivate periodically.

I've just started keeping both again. After a year without I really missed their benefits. It's also handy at eval time as I have a record of the stuff I've been doing. If I've forgotten, I know my boss has too.

My work life is wired pretty tight, my home productivity is a wreck, but I've gotten better over the years.

I feel like I'm rambling, I hope I'm helping.

u/sleepyhead111 · 2 pointsr/Mindfulness

Set both short term and long term goals (write them down) and have something to look forward to. Exercise. Sometimes I will write on a post-it a day what I would like to accomplish and put it on my bathroom mirror. Even when I am severely depressed, I put a time frame on everything and dream about the future to keep myself going.

I try to write down one positive thing in one line a day.

Hope this helps

u/Emrys_Wledig · 2 pointsr/simpleliving

I've been recently experiencing the same thing. It seems as though life is speeding up and leaving my memories behind in the dust. I've been using a "one line a day" journal for about a year now. Though it doesn't come anywhere close to solving the problem, it has definitely helped me to remember lots of things that I otherwise would have forgotten. I very much enjoyed the article, I'll be following your blog from now on, thank you!

u/katanapdx · 2 pointsr/stopdrinking

I have a 5 year journal ... I'm actually on year 3 already!

It's great because it only gives you enough space (like 5 lines) a day to only write a couple of sentences. I focus on just what I did that day - what I ate, where I went. Whenever I Look at past entries I can always read between the lines and know what was going on in my head... after all, I'm just writing for myself, and not for anyone else.

Congrats on 29 days! :)

u/JonSzanto · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

I've been doing this for a while now (couple years) by virtue of a very nice, inexpensive journal, called One Line A Day (that's just a link to Amazon, could be purchased many places). It seems like such a simple thing, making the barrier to writing go away by keeping it short has really helped. And those short entries are still long enough to jog the memory of an important moment.

u/altergeeko · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

I have a Line A Day kind of journal that I'm using now. It has ~365 or more pages and each page represents one day. On each page there is an entry for 5 separate years. On each day, you're supposed to write 2-3 sentences for this year's entry.

Some days I write really small to cram a bunch of stuff, other days, I'll only write a sentence.

I write in it every few days, but fill in each day mostly because I'm too busy or tired.

I'm not really a writer but a lot of life changing stuff happened in the last two years and I'm sad now that I didn't document that progression. It would have been nice to read back on those days.

Although back in the day I had a xanga and reading back on those entries were so cringe worthy.

I've also gifted these types of journals to other people. I don't really ask them about it but I do hope they're using them.

This is the one I have:

There's also a mom version which I gave to my bf's sister who just had a baby. I was thinking that if she kept up with it she could see the progression on the growth of her child through her words over the 5 years.

u/bort_studios · 2 pointsr/gamedev

The best thing to do is to do all of the concept work first. You do not want to get three months into development and then realize that there's something you overlooked. The game should be fun before you even start programming it.

I know how you feel by the way ... with sort of moody teammembers. Managing a project is not easy - that is clear.

One thing that has helped my team a lot is using asana (free for up to 15 people). I have learned that absolute clarity about (1) where the project is and (2) how the project is going to finish across the entire team is ideal.

Before you start making any assets, you should make a schedule for the entire project. The first thing I recommend to do is to get concept art for the entire game. Every part of it. If you do not know what every part is going to look like, it is too early to start programming. If you do not know all the mechanics that are going to be in it, it's too early to start programming. Because once you start programming, it's going to be (very) hard to get back into "concept" mode. Right now is the most fruitful and creative part of game development - don't waste it by doing the routine aspect.

Do NOT leave the artist in the dark on your side of development. That fosters a poor working environment.

Read this;amp;qid=1483297048&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=creative+inc

It details how pixar makes movies. Apply it to your smaller team.

I repeat though, do not leave anybody in the dark just with an art asset list to make. That is definitely not how you make a great game.

Clarity and openness are key to fostering a good work environment. Everybody should know the schedule, and everybody should be able to know what everybody is doing at any time. Asana helps a lot with that.

Project management is hard and is something I've only just recently started studying, but I've had great success so far with what I've said here.

Oh yeah, somebody needs to be the leader. The tie breaker. And you MUST establish what the game should be. Because once you've established that, there is no question as to if one asset or the other is what should go in. The only question is if it fits with what the direction for the game is. The director makes those decisions.

Read a book on movie producing, too ... I like this one;amp;qid=1483297223&amp;amp;sr=8-3&amp;amp;keywords=movie+producing

Producing a project on a team is a fucking hard thing to do. It's an art all in itself. Don't leave people in the dark, be open, and make a fucking schedule. It can change, and it will, but you need something to go towards. Good luck

u/dippitydoo2 · 2 pointsr/MovieDetails

And don't forget that Disney didn't acquire Pixar until 2006. They had a partnership for distribution but Pixar was well-established before being owned by them.

BTW, the origins and methodology of Pixar are fascinating, everyone should read Creativity Inc if they get a chance.

u/YITredMR · 2 pointsr/WaltDisneyWorld

Check out Bob Gurr's Google Talk, particularly at the 12 minute mark when he hears his interviewer use the word "Process." It's pretty funny. Watch the whole video. It's great. I'd also recommend any of the D23 panels that include the Imagineering Legends (Sklar, Gurr, Tony Baxter, Alice Davis, Rolly Crump, Joe Rohde, and others).

I was fortunate enough to hear Bob speak and meet him. Very, very nice gentleman.

In terms of books, in addition to those already mentioned:

The Imagineering Way is a fun book about the way they go about things.

The Imagineering Workout is a fun companion book.

John Hench's Designing Disney is a fun, visual look at his time with Disney.

Building a Better Mouse is a very specific story about the engineers who built The American Adventure show. This might be something you'd find interesting as an engineering student.

Project Future discusses the land acquisition in Florida. Very interesting book.

Three Years in Wonderland covers the construction and development of Disneyland in detail, more regarding the business side of things (leases, sponsors and partnerships).

*Walt and the Promise of Progress City is another fun book on the acquisition and the original EPCOT concept.

The main Walt Disney Imagineering Book is a great start, and Marty's two books are good as well.

I've also found Creativity, Inc to be inspirational. It goes back to the storytelling roots, but you'll find that most of the Imagineering books, articles, and posts are all about storytelling.

u/CreativeInput · 2 pointsr/graphic_design

I found this book to be a good read: "Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration". It was written by Ed Catmull, president of PIXAR and Disney. It basically goes over some of his companies' hurdles and what they did to resolve the problems. It expands on the idea that in any creative industry, the mistakes are a necessary part of the overall process.

To encourage creativity, allow your team to make mistakes early in the process and it will expand on their overall creativity. They'll be more inclined to think outside of the box in future projects if they know that they won't be chastised for doing so. I'm mostly referring to brainstorming/sketching/prototyping and other early parts of the process.

u/ohfouroneone · 2 pointsr/CGPGrey

Most people probably already know about this, but I think Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull, one of the founders of Pixar, is an amazing read for every business owner/manager.

As opposed to a lot of business books, this one is pretty entertaining and cannot be easily summarised. The key takeaway I got from the book is that success hides flaws in your company.

u/WhyDidILogin · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

He said it in the comment - it's called "The War of Art" and I'm assuming this is it:

u/theknowmad · 2 pointsr/msp

Pretty sure he's talking about The War of Art.


u/Linguist_Music · 2 pointsr/Meditation

Check out the book Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner. It's great for what you're describing.

It's about using meditation and relaxation techniques to play freely and without tension. It comes with a guided meditation CD as well.;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1484436144&amp;amp;sr=1-1&amp;amp;keywords=effortless+mastery

u/gtani · 2 pointsr/trumpet

(Me: not a trumpet player, but had same thoughts). Going pro means a lot of things besides having beautiful technique and repertoire. You might invited to a band for live sound, logistics and recording studio skills, or you might end up like most pros i know that teach privates or at a college/high schools and do other work (repairs, manufacturer's rep, run retail shops etc). So you have to think about what it takes to make a living.

Here's some books for you to read and think about as far as your playing tho

Kenny Werner,


Bruser: (Gerald Klicksteins' book is also good, i remember)

u/kahoots · 2 pointsr/Guitar

Kenny's famous book is "Effortless Mastery"

u/IsomerSC · 2 pointsr/piano

There are a number of books on the subject of practicing piano, check out the three in "Frequently Bought Together":;amp;psc=1

Here are some tips:

  1. Enjoy yourself. It's a hobby, so enjoyment will help you stay committed.
  2. Consistency is key. It's better to practice 20 minutes a day than 2 hours the day before the lesson.
  3. Focus hard. Try not to "zone out," try to set a goal for yourself, something to improve upon, and stick to it. That could be a particular mesaure, a section, etc.
  4. Break it down. Don't just play pieces over and over. Play the hardest parts, play them slowly, play them hands separately. Sing them out loud. tap the rhythms. Use a metronome. Always, break things down and think about things more simply. When you start layering the "simple" things together, you get a beautiful tapestry which could never have been made by not focusing in/breaking things down.
  5. Be healthy. Don't hate yourself, don't pick pieces you hate, don't hate the piano. If you are hating what you doing, take a break and find an approach that you don't hate.
  6. Ergonomics - make sure your set up is optimal. I am still making adjustments after 15 years, so every once in a while think about seat height, seat distance from keys, curl of fingers, etc.

    I could go on forever with tips, but get started and bring questions to an experienced teacher. They will guide you through all of this. And, in the end, if you love the music, many of these things will come together due to your desire to do the music justice.
u/OutsiderInArt · 2 pointsr/learnart

Different strokes for different folks. Depending on their learning style, some love Loomis but hate Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain or say Keys to Drawing didn’t help them a bit. Truth is, most artists eventually read them all and use portions from each of them.

My personal reading focused more on the philosophy of art. I wanted to learn the traits and mentality of a successful artist and why they do what they do.

Books by Steven Pressfield:
The War of Art,
Do the Work,
Turning Pro.

I also re-read The Art Spirit by Robert Henri.

u/IronMyrs · 2 pointsr/learnart

Sorry, that probably did come across as more rude than helpful. I don't mean to discourage, more that you're just inexperienced. Google is your friend and just searching art fundamentals and picking a topic that's interesting or appealing to you probably will get you far at this point. At this point I'd experiment and try a bunch of different stuff rather than obsess over something specific. Here are a few topics that would be worth searching out:

Perspective (thinking about creating the illusion of a 3D object in a 2D space)

Value (understanding how to use light and dark to form objects and not just draw symbols)

Color theory (What are pleasing color palettes? More advanced: how does light affect color?)

Ask if you have more specific questions and you are 100% welcome to send me PMs if you want more detailed feedback and help, but this isn't really the place to ask for an art curriculum when you can find great resources on Amazon

EDIT: I'm a little worried that you're conceptualizing "ART" in the wrong way, from reading your reply. It's not like fundamentals are something you either have or you don't have, it's about growth and learning. But there's a foundation level that needs to be built first.

u/nazbee · 2 pointsr/gamedev

Youre not wrong, art is like anything else in life. You get out what you put in, and it helps to have a roadmap.

If youre stuck- Try this book:

It'll teach you techniques to see what youre looking at. Once youve understood that, art will seem less mystical.

Unfortunately, it wont turn you into a good artist. Next, start building up your foundation skills. Figure drawing from life by combining simple geometric shapes. Perspective. Color theory. Analyze and imitate good artists. Develop your eye with deliberate practice.

Make_lots_and_lots of game art, then look back every couple months and analyze what you need to improve.

Takes years but theres no end point so dont get hung up on being proficient. Just focus on getting better than you were yesterday. Every great artist ive known have had one similarity. They all made tons of art, ALL THE TIME for at least one period of their lives.

u/SandyRegolith · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

This is a good book:

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

It kind of teaches you to stop thinking you can't draw and just see what you see and get it on paper.

u/ManiCon · 2 pointsr/learnart

Great start. Consistency is key.

The values look pretty good for just starting out. The main thing that stands out is the eyes seem too big and the nose is a bit too narrow.

Be sure to look at the shape of the features rather than drawing what you think it looks like.

If you want rapid improvement read “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

It made me actually believe I could draw.

We believe in you!

u/PresidentYummy · 2 pointsr/drawing

Books, books and more books. Or courses.

I like to draw anime and I spent a few years just photocopying.
The problem with that is that it made me better at copying not composing. Also I didnt like to get off my comfortable areas. I didnt know why the artist drew it like or how they did it. I just copied it. Like if you are copying a math problem you dont know what it means at all. So you need to be taught why it works like that. Unless of course you are gifted.<br /> <br /> So there is a good handful of books out there to help you with such things.<br /> <br /> The whole case on books is that if you arent a talented or gifted artist youre gonna have to do what we normies do best. Learn the fundamentals. Gifted people are gifted with the ability to just do and not know. Since we arent we start here.

Another thing to ask yourself if you arent willing to commit atleast an hour or more a day or atleast a good amount of hours a week on drawing is this: &quot;Does this just sound good or do I really want it?&quot;<br /> <br /> Here is a few books<br /> <br /><br />;amp;dpID=51BQ2AW%2BCWL&amp;amp;dpSrc=sims&amp;amp;preST=_AC_UL160_SR124%2C160_&amp;amp;refRID=181BN40T9TTX026F0EBF<br /> <br /> I am currently working with anatomy on George Bridgman Books.<br /> <br />;amp;dpID=51vQXcL6ZyL&amp;amp;dpSrc=sims&amp;amp;preST=_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&amp;amp;refRID=13K2R2Y1Y6FZD3BJCBKK<br /> <br /> (Oh yeah try to find all the PDFS to these if you can`t afford them. I know that sounds wrong but these books are bestsellers if that makes you feel any better..)

u/anthema · 2 pointsr/graffhelp

If that's as far as you've got in "years" then you need to approach the craft from a different angle. Study typography (for letter structure) and architecture (for learning how to draw).

Two books worth reading:

u/postblitz · 2 pointsr/anime

ah one more thing i would advise: those mauve areas on her dress.. don't just draw a darker shade of gray, i recommend using crossthatches or something of the sort for shading them since you want greater disparity between elements of the same object - in this case a dress. if your drawing is pure pencil then manipulating/alternating the texture is what you want to be doing.

for excellent shading drawings, check out gofu's style

as for the duration of the sitting.. i recommend reading Drawing on the right side of the brain.

u/superflipcup · 2 pointsr/learnart

This book goes over the idea very very well.

You can find a pdf of it online, I'm sure. Good luck!

u/EntropyArchiver · 2 pointsr/SketchDaily

Only 5~ months ago did I decide to get serious about improving my art in my free time. For most of my life I only doodled occasionally. So I thought I would describe my plan of action with books and resources that I will likely be using. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

My process will be basics of construction-&gt; perspective -&gt; figure drawing -&gt; digital art and rendering. Approximately 45% will be improving, 45% will be doing what I want for fun and 10% will be a daily sketch(this subreddit) that takes anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour to complete. for fun I will be doing anything from digital to water color.

Construction and perspective: First I am starting my art journey by completing draw a box . Next I will go through Marshall Vandruff's Linear Perspective Videos and Perspective Made Easy simultaneously while referencing with how to draw by Scott Robertson. Briefly I will gloss at Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain or keys to drawing pulling ideas of where I might find weakness.

Figure drawing: Once those are finished, I will begin my figure drawing phase. I will move onto free proko subsided with loomis books such as this, other photo references sites like and Figure Drawing: Design and Invention. I will also reference Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist and maybe more depending on my budget.

digital art and rendering: For the final stage of my journey, I will venture into ctrlpaint. Simultaneously I will be reading How to Render, Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist and Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter

After that.... I don't know. We will see were I am in a year.

u/theDinoDynamo · 2 pointsr/learnart

This book is geared specifically towards teaching non artists to masrer drawing. It will change your game.

u/Nweez · 2 pointsr/photography

Become an artist, learn to draw. It's really not that hard - this:
will set you on your way. This will really get you into understanding why someone would frame the way they did. You mentioned lighting 101, find someone you like as a photographer and attempt to copy their stuff. You're going to pick up the creative thing as you go along. Fake it 'til you make it-

u/CrankCaller · 2 pointsr/AskReddit
u/beammaker · 2 pointsr/gamedev

I highly recommend this book:

It teaches you how to draw and how to summon the flow at will. It also reinforces that art-making is actually a learnable skill, and gives you the framework on how to approach other lines of art so that you can learn how to craft artwork in the most effective way.

u/kingkrang · 2 pointsr/ArtCrit

here's my real critique if you want it: You should try studying life drawing for a while. This drawing isn't successful, for too many reasons to get into, but that's ok. Just draw something every day.

Also go to the museum or wikipedia your favorite artists, learn about them, study their careers. DRAW EVERY DAY. Take in as much about art as you can, be open to ideas in art you think are bad. I see all the time people look at Pollock and go 'thats not art, i could do that' without trying to get it at all.

that last bit has very little to do with you, except in that I think it'd help you a lot to study as much as you can and DRAW EVERY DAY.

There is this awesome book called Drawing on the right side of the brain. It's helped millions learn to draw in proportion and perspective.

Then there's an art appreciation book called Move Closer. It's my favorite art theory book.;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1369903747&amp;amp;sr=1-2&amp;amp;keywords=Move+Closer

Good luck and have fun.

Edit: just looked at your submission history, you know how to draw, u just trollin.

u/lbridgey · 2 pointsr/tipofmytongue

Could be anything, but this is a pretty well known one: Link

u/IrisHopp · 2 pointsr/learntodraw

Do one a day and you'll be amazed at the progress you see in two weeks. You're exploring so you're gonna hit on improvement (for example in the hair I see you've attacked drawing it in three different ways).

Your eyes are too large and high up, see here](

You could try Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Amazon link, but I recommend getting it from the library since you only need it once in your life) and Proko (linked in sidebar)

For your next drawing, try a 3/4 view!

u/5hot6un · 2 pointsr/trees

I cannot over stress how damned good this book is at teaching you how to 'art';amp;psc=1

u/Psychoicy · 2 pointsr/raisedbynarcissists

&gt;I'm afraid I'll end up one myself. I want to become a better person.

A narcissist will never ever say that. A narcissist believes they are perfect and all their problem or imperfection are the faults of others. You are critical (maybe over critical) of your flaws and you take responsibility for them. You are already a better person than your mother, SOs, and friends. From your description of the people that surround you, I think you have the same problem I had. I tended to repeat the same relationship pattern I had with my mother with my friends, so I ended up making friends that treated me like my mother treated me. I blamed myself and made excuses for my (ex)friends when they abused and exploited me. When meet good people I wanted to be friends with, I would tell myself that I was not good enough to be their friends and they wouldn't want to hang out with me.

My first N-book was Children of the Self-Absorbed. It not only helped me describe my Nmom, but also helped describe the various affects it had on me. It has fun worksheets and little questionnaires. It has little messages at the end of each section, which I put on post-its and put it around my workstation. The post-its have been enormously helpful in guiding my thoughts and most importantly interactions with my parents and friends.

The Gift of Imperfection helped me recognized my shame and insecurity, and gave me tools to deal with them properly. It also has a lot of inspiring messages about living life to its potential after being emotionally battered. This book helped me open up and reach out. This book is also an easy read. I read it in a week on busy schedule.

This forum, too, has been an amazing support group - the next best thing to a good therapist. People are so incredibly supportive and understand. I feel comfortable posting my thoughts, feelings, and get responds on difficult issues. I have learned, cried, and healed and never felt judged.

u/intet42 · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

Came here to say this. Her book "The Gifts of Imperfection" straight-up changed my life.

u/alsoathrowaway · 2 pointsr/crossdressing

A friend of mine recommended I read her book The Gifts of Imperfection. It didn't have quite as much, I don't know, substance as I would have liked, but it was inspirational and quite good.

u/morebikesthanbrains · 2 pointsr/ADHD

This book really helped me

&gt; Wholehearted living is about engaging with our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’ It’s going to bed at night thinking, ‘Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.

u/logroowehe · 2 pointsr/GetEmployed

This will get downvoted to hell but get this book and read it in like a day or three. More depending on how you read. If it hits home, then it could be a big deal, if not move on. You'll have lost a week. I think it's an important book and it sort of sounds like you are looking for more than just job advice.

u/SoWhatDidIMiss · 2 pointsr/TrueChristian

I encourage you to read this book. It isn't explicitly religious but it really helped me a ton with my shame and people-pleasing. It's short, approachable, honest, and freeing.

u/Queen_E · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

I don't know that I'm navigating life all that well, but some little things have helped and why not share with the class? I think I have underlying mental health issues (depression, anxiety) worsened by trauma (rape, attempted rape which morphed into PTSD, I think) and a narcissistic dad.

  • Books! I read so much about this stuff. I actually find therapists really terrible, because I can tell I'm more well-versed than them. Which sounds snotty, but I think I've had bad luck and, like, what am I paying you for if I can tell you're
    Here are a few helpful ones:
    Sexual healing, literally
    PTSD and trauma:
    Shitty men:
    Shitty parents:
    A Buddhist reminder that to live is to suffer:
    Brene Brown, duh:
    (All the eating disorder books I read have been useless, and I am probably depressed and I'm certainly anxious but the literature on that never quite fits.)

  • Learning to stand up for myself has been huge, but lately it has really kicked into high gear and it has involved lots of screaming. I'm really nice and polite and if I get ignored too much when I need to not be ignored, I melt down and scream. Usually the object of my screaming deserves it 100%, but I'm hoping this is just a phase because it wears me out and I feel like I'll get put in an institution one day, even though the episode never lasts more than a couple hours. I got stalked and cornered in a parking lot once, and men who come too close and don't listen to my polite, repeated requests to back off, well, they get an earful. I've had a lifetime of feeling unheard and abused, so I don't feel a ton of shame about it. I'm trying to find other productive ways, but, man, this world sucks and sometimes screaming feels like the most rational thing. (To be clear, I do this, like, once every three months max!)

  • I wrote a letter to my dad once, telling him I hated all the shitty things he did to me and I cut him out of my life. Probably the best decision of my life. I did it thinking I just needed a little break, but almost eight years later, it feels pretty permanent and like it's given me the space I need to truly heal. Cut off your toxic relationships if you can!

  • Venting helps immensely, whether with my friends, my mom, my journal or a therapist. I told a therapist that the main reason I found her helpful was because she was a neutral third party who had to listen to me and she got really offended. But it's true! Most of my therapists have not been able to be much more than a sounding board. I am open-minded, but their ideas were either useless or offensive. The ideas I found in books were so much more helpful (like the writing my dad a letter thing was right out of the Toxic Parents playbook! No therapist ever suggested any of that!)

  • Weed is the only thing that truly helps me come down when I'm majorly triggered or anxious (ie when I have a screamy day), but Ativan isn't bad either.

  • For anxiety, I do better if I've had 7 hours of sleep, no caffeine and as little sugar as possible. I always feel best if I hike, bike, run, elliptical, lift weights and swim. Being worn out keeps the anxiety at bay and I sleep better.

  • I watch a lot of TV and spend a lot of time on the internet. It's a distraction and I don't find it terribly healthy or productive, and I'd usually rather be doing something else. But I get really anxious if I'm alone with my thoughts and it helps.

  • I still haven't figured out if I'm an introvert or extravert and maybe it's dumb to care about, but if I'm around chill people, I tend to do much better. I read and write a lot and am shy and introspective, and I used to prefer being alone, which I guess would make me an introvert. But I've been very PTSDy lately, and having friends and family around me is a good distraction, I feel much safer and I seem fine enough that no one ever seems to comprehend how I could end up in a psych ward out of the blue one day. The thing is hanging out with friends requires money and I don't have a job because of my PTSD, so I feel myself sliding downhill. I wish I had money just so I could cook for my friends all the time or go out to dinner and drinks regularly. I get anxious about being a fucking mooch all the time :/

    Okay, that's prob good, right?
u/randomuser59 · 2 pointsr/socialanxiety

While not specifically about social anxiety, "The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are" and "Daring Greatly" (Brené Brown) both have been helping me untangle a lot of my issues over the last few weeks.

If her TED talks speak to you ("The Power of Vulnerability" and "Listening to Shame"; don't be put off by the titles), give the books a try.

u/kaidomac · 2 pointsr/findapath

That's exactly perfect! I like to take the "3P Approach" to solving problems:

  1. Premise
  2. Parts
  3. Procedures

    What typically happens is that we feel some anxiety &amp; get motivated to change &amp; then jump directly into the weeds (the step-by-step checklist procedures required for implementing change in our lives) &amp; it's a big mess. This approach is better because you identify the problem, convert it from a big, monolithic issue into a bunch of smaller component parts, and then address each one as a project that you can work on bit by bit, which is a far easier approach for dealing with large, complicated things like overhauling your entire life!

    So your premise is that you're ready for a change in your life, you're ready for some improvements, you're ready for better, you're ready for more. The first-pass list of "parts" are:

  4. Develop bulletproof self-esteem
  5. Find a fulfilling career
  6. Have great relationships
  7. Improve your financial situation
  8. Adopt better habits

    Yeah, so with the cookie-cutter analogy, you now have 5 shapes to work with - they're all different, but they're all going to lead to the outcomes you desire because you're controlling the shape of each one. So now that you've got a few separate, individual items to work on, you can start working on them. It's been said that there are only 2 problems in the world:

  9. You don't know what you want
  10. You don't know how to get what you want

    So now that we have that first-pass laundry list of things we want, we've solved the first problem, and can now work on addressing the second problem, which is figuring out how to implement real change to get better results than we're getting now. And the way we do that is by reading books, researching online, talking to people, thinking about stuff, walking through some checklists to define what we want &amp; make decisions about the targets we want to hit, etc. Here are some starting points, just based on my experience: (based on your first 5 identified issues to work on, as listed above)


  • Book: (or audiobook) "Attitude is Everything" by Jeff Keller. For me, this really put into perspective two things: One, that my attitude determined the majority of my experience in any given situation, and two, that I had full control &amp; ownership over my attitude. This book is an easy read.
  • Book: (or audiobook) "Mindset" by Carol Dweck. This introduces the concept that there are 2 mindsets in any given situation: fixed ("this is why I can't") &amp; growth ("how can I?"). This was a critical clarifying concept because it gave me an approach for whatever situation I found myself in: am I having a fixed (victim) or growth (victor) mindset about this situation? This book is a bit of a heavier read.
  • CBT: (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) This is the basic idea that you can change your life by changing how you think. To quote Wayne Gretzky, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take". The way you think determines what actions you will take, so learning what kind of traps are out there (called "distortions") can help you overcome mental obstacles. One of my personal biggest ones was "all or nothing" thinking, basically fake perfectionism...I had to go big or go home, do it perfect according to my mental picture of success, or it wasn't worth doing, etc. This is a great starter article:
  • Book: (or audiobook) "The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are" by Brené Brown, This book is a bit more of a grazing approach to illustrate some common traps we fall into with self-esteem issues
  • These are all just starting points...imo, the ultimate goal of self-esteem is to give you a rock-solid foundation on which you can rely on yourself instead of requiring the validation of others. We all have a certain amount of anxiety &amp; a need for validation, which is totally fine, but it shouldn't dictate our lives or drive our actions to the point where we're not doing, living, and feeling the way we want to.


  • We'll cover the money question in the financial section below, but "how much do you want to make?" is the first question I always ask. Not because it's a shallow thing, but because your entire lifestyle will be limited by your financial picture - how much free time you have, how much stress you carry, if you can afford to live in a nice neighborhood or take time off or drive a reliable car, etc.
  • Businesses will pay you what they think you're worth. You have to define how much you want to make &amp; then get trained so that you're a valuable asset to your company. A lot of people are unhappy with their jobs &amp; their pay scales, but are also unwilling to get further education or change jobs, and you can't have it both ways, because jobs will pay you what they think you are worth, that's the bottom line! You can game the system by doing research, making decisions, and getting training on your own time, in order to achieve your goals, which means that you need to know how much money you want to make, what you want to do, and what job opportunities you should pursue, which gives you a nice checklist to follow to create a path to go down, rather than just feeling stuck &amp; unhappy &amp; not knowing where to go!
  • The point of college &amp; other training systems is to get you a job. You get educated to learn how to work at something specific. A lot of people go into systems like say college with no clue what they want to do with their lives &amp; then just kind of drift into a job &amp; stay there. Statistics say that 84% of people are unhappy in their jobs (hate their jobs, even), which says that that approach blows chunks &amp; that being proactive about what you want in your professional life is a waaaaay better option to go with, haha!
  • There are 14,000 job types &amp; 7 million job openings, right now, today. There is no shortage of opportunity. What we lack is clear direction - a specific goal coupled with a realistic plan to move forward on it, supported by a personal work ethic to do what it takes to get what you want, no matter how many roadblocks, setbacks, and barriers you run into. One of my favorite TED Talks is on "Grit" by Angela Duckworth, which talks about how success is primarily a factor of being persistent &amp; simply not giving up until you get what you want, which is pretty obvious when written out, but is far from obvious in practice!
  • Another question to ask yourself is whether or not you want to find fulfillment at work, or outside of work, or perhaps both. Some people simply don't care what they do &amp; are happier finding fulfillment outside of work. For me, I go a little nuts when I have a crappy job or a bad boss, so I need a really good working environment, or else I tend to get a little stressed out, haha! But everyone is different, so you have to figure out what works for you &amp; what your personal parameters are &amp; then do some research to match up jobs vs. payscale vs. personal fulfillment requirements. I have lots of resources on this topic when you're ready!

    part 1/2
u/workingonit3005 · 2 pointsr/productivity

YO! I highly suggest you read The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield. All about overcoming resistance. Beautifully written and you can read it in a couple hours.;qid=&amp;sr=

u/Mayahaha · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Dreaming is easy - taking your workouts seriously is harder.

Read these two books of you are looking for motivation to reach your potential.

War of Art - Pressfield

Peak - Ericsson

Or don't :P

u/thesewordz · 2 pointsr/KeepWriting

The War of Art is a great read. Take an hour or two to read it.

u/saruken · 2 pointsr/offmychest

I spent 4.5 years in college and graduated with a music degree. I then floundered around for a couple years living with my dad, my friends, my GF, etc. working part-time gigs and dreaming about a life I wasn't working toward in any tangible way. Eventually I went to graduate school in music because at least it was a direction, but I knew before I even got there that it was never going to work. I dropped out after a single semester.

So there I was: manchild of 25 or so with no skills or experience that mattered to anyone, and just like you I had grown to hate the one subject I excelled in. So I floundered some more and felt sorry for myself, made myself out to be the victim in countless plots.

Eventually I found myself working at Subway making sandwiches for a guy I went to college with. He told me how everyone thought I was the one dude out of all the music majors who was gonna make it big. I guess that was a "rock bottom" of sorts for me.

I started rebuilding myself at that point, into the person I wanted to be. I got a lot of shit from family members and old friends who expected me to never change, but fortunately I had one person on my side who believed in me. It wasn't an easy process. There was a lot of backsliding and self-pitying, but anyway, some things that helped (and still help) me improve myself were As a Man Thinketh, the top comment in this Reddit post, and The War of Art.

4 years from that rock bottom now, I'm happily married with a steady job in programming, my own house and savings and working toward higher goals now. Most importantly I'm happy. Fulfilled, even. Things aren't perfect, but I feel like I know where I'm going now, I'm comfortable with myself, and I can work daily toward where I want to be. Hang in there man.

u/indiebass · 2 pointsr/reddCoin

Hey! Nice to see you again! It's a really cool thing you're doing, and you'd be surprised... not many people legitimately want to know how other people's day has been. Which makes this project (for lack of a better term) double cool. =)

Today? Not bad... I'm going away with the GF to celebrate her new job (call back to previous post!) this coming weekend, so spent a lot of the day getting those plans together while she's at work. Went out for breakfast with my folks, which was all right. Parents can be tricky things. But I made it through. And I'm currently at a Starbucks, trying to get some work for myself done (but got distracted by the daily /r/reddcoin checkin).

Incidentally, I've had a rough time lately trying to motivate myself to do all those things that you need to do to better yourself. For some reason, I've just been procrastinate-y. But I took out my copy of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield which I find super motivating at times like this. It's technically about how creative folks can overcome that same procrastination, but it's applicable even if you aren't in the creative fields.

Anyways, I hope your day has been spectacular! Good luck out there!

u/saud23 · 2 pointsr/GetMotivated

[The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles] (

u/thesecondkira · 2 pointsr/writing

I would not say "need," because no one needs to write like, say, they need to breathe. Either you are committed because you want to be or you are not committed because you don't want to be. There is no real crisis here. You are in control.

I don't mean to imply "Maybe deep down you don't want to be a writer" or to cast doubt on that, because that's only yours to know. But telling myself these things, including how I don't "need" to write, makes me realize that I want to write and I want to make it happen. Or, it makes me realize I don't want to write and I should, at least for the time being, stop trying.

It's a good way of discerning if I'm being lazy or should take a break.

Edit: I realize there is nuance here, and there is a struggle involved in making something happen. When I realize I'm being lazy (by not making my wants the thing I work towards), I read The War of Art. That's my kick in the pants.

u/b-smartypants · 2 pointsr/smallbusiness

Since you mentioned Art of War, I also recommend War of Art

u/dorbner · 2 pointsr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

I do the Spotify thing too, I listen to something and think "Ahhh this is so simple but why can't I write anything this good". But I try to remember that it's not fair to compare my ability to an artist who's had something produced on top of years of experience. I'm just starting out and it's okay to suck.

I'm not the type to push a self-help book, but this was a great read and helped me develop some of the mindsets I'm working on:;amp;qid=1467819885&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=the+war+of+art

u/CD2020 · 2 pointsr/Screenwriting

Cool. Glad to help.

Here's the two books that I was referring to. It's definitely a trap to start buying screenwriting books or writing books -- however, there are couple of key nuggets I've only recently uncovered.


u/ratjea · 2 pointsr/writing
  1. The War of Art by Steven Pressman is helpful with procrastination.

  2. I'm finding great success with Focus Booster to help break through resistance. It helps you structure you work time into 25 minute blocks with 5 minute breaks. You can do just one 25 minute block if you want, though.

    Resistance/procrastination is a bitch. I think it's not the talent, planning, or anything else that makes a successful writer. It's breaking through resistance and getting the shit done.
u/chaosofstarlesssleep · 2 pointsr/askphilosophy

From here, :

&gt;When he wrote the "Critique," Sartre, a lifelong caffeine fiend and serious drinker, was also frying his brains on corydrane, a form of amphetamine mixed with, of all things, aspirin. The philosopher was using corydrane on a daily basis, first to cut through the fug of the barbiturates he was taking to help him sleep—and he was having trouble sleeping not least because of all the corydrane he was putting away—but also to keep him at his desk, churning out the "Critique." "To put it briefly," he told Simone de Beauvoir some time later, "in philosophy, writing consisted of analysing my ideas; and a tube of corydrane meant 'these ideas will be analysed in the next two days.' " Or, as the Ramones used to put it, Gabba Gabba Hey.

There is also a section in Daily Rituals ( that is on Sartre and corydane, which is where I originally read about it.

u/batfacecatface · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I see you like books!

u/GellasTheLeafy · 2 pointsr/entp

Here's the thing, though. Most famous writers don't have great discipline. Earlier this year I read a book called Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. Some of the writers in the book were organized, but some also went on methamphetamine-fueled writing streaks, and many simply waited for inspiration to strike.

In fact, what struck me most was the lack of a stereotypical routine. It varied from artist to artist. And each artist's routine reflected his or her personality. The ones who were naturally more rigid had more rigid routines. The ones who were naturally more free-spirited—probably Ne and Ni doms—structured their lives to give them lots and lots of free time so their ideas could simmer and they could write when inspiration struck.

&gt;However, the only way a book can train Ti is if it somehow teaches you to reason differently.

u/lightfive addressed it already, but I have no idea how you reached this conclusion. Reading teaches you to think. Personally, my Te is nonexistent, but I can still make a living editing books. My Ne helps me see the big picture of the narrative, and my Ti helps me enforce the consistency of that narrative.

u/RedFezChris · 2 pointsr/writing

In the fall semester of my last year of college, I decided to drop out. It didn't seem worth it to me to even get my English degree. I felt I had learned more from my own reading and study than I had from any of the workshops or literature classes I had taken. It seemed a waste of time to even spend another 6 months in school.

Enough people yelled at me, especially mom mom, my roommates, and some other friends, that I ended up finishing up. To do this day, I don't think, for my writing, it would have made a difference in the long run had I stayed or had I gone. But staying meant a few things.

First, writing takes dedication. A lot of dedication. And it's especially hard to finish a story, much less finish a novel. Being able to see college through to completion is, while seemingly pointless at times, an experience that really can, I think, reinforce a habit of completion. If you get used to backing out of things, especially big things, then it's easy to make that a constant every time you reach that moment of "Will I persevere or relent?"

Second, there's a branding and respect factor to consider. 22 year old me was ready to tell everyone to fuck off. They'll respect me when I'm a published author who is selling books and a shooting star. But the reality is that shit still takes time and is difficult and won't happen over night, unless you have a really lucky first book and that doesn't even take into account being lucky with the people you meet and the people who give you a hand up. For most of us, it's going to take a decade plus to really get a writing career going. Do you want to be, that entire time, known as someone who finished school and continued your work, or someone who dropped out? There's much more pressure on the drop out to prove themselves. Sometimes that pressure can result in the extra motivation to do the work. Sometimes it can result in collapse. It's a riskier proposition than finishing your degree.

Third, it gives you a bit more time to think and plan. Had I initially dropped out of school, my plan was to move to LA and work in a bookstore and write. Who knows what would have happened. But since I spent the other 6 months finishing up school. I refined what was really important to me, looked at my opportunities, and decided to move to Sydney, Australia for a year. The degree gave me an extra level of security. Also my mom felt much better about helping me out since I had finished my degree rather than bailed on it. I seemed a little more responsible to everyone around me. And it helped when I was in Sydney. Not job wise. I worked at a Subway and made $18.50 an hour and then worked at a Berkelow Books and made $17.50 an hour. But when I met people, they would ask about if I was in school, what my degree was, etc. I was really aware of those conversations because I had been so close to dropping out. And I realized how different they would have been had I dropped out.


When it comes to what degree you should get, that depends.

I initially started as a business major because I had the same thought as you. After two years, I was losing my mind. I had taken more English classes than business and would have to be in school for 5 years. So I changed majors to focus on English.

I still feel like both an English undergrad degree and an MFA are nonsense. I know a bunch of people who went the MFA route and thought it was fun but unhelpful or not fun and unhelpful. There are very few people I've ever talked to who got their MFA and felt that MFA really helped them reach the next level.

I say all that from an education perspective. The workshops you're in are usually with students are your caliber of writing or worse. Which usually makes it a blind leading the blind kind of situation. And the professors usually have other things they're worried about. Making you the best writer you can possibly be isn't what most professors really care about. They may like teaching and helping you, but they're concerned with their own projects. So while you'll get some help, it may not be the mentor/mentee relationship that would be ideal.

The main benefit of undergrad and grad is networking. There really isn't that much of a difference between what you're taught at The University of Akron versus what you're taught at Yale. But there's a vast vast vast difference between who's teaching you, who's next to you, and who you have access to.

The best thing you can probably do while in undergrad is leverage the network. Does the school have a literary journal? Join it. If it doesn't, start one. Befriend all the professors. Ask them for advice on a writing career. On internships. Or publishing. Conferences, etc.

That's the true value of a school. Not the classroom experience. But the networking.

If I was back in college, that's what I would focus on.


TS Eliot and Wallace Stevens worked day jobs their entire lives. Einstein worked a day job while working on his major breakthrough.

It may help to look at the book Daily Rituals which looks at the day to day lives of many artists (mostly historical).

But, really, you don't need the classroom to learn how to be a writer.

You just need to read, deconstruct what you read, research what you read, and write a lot.


And with all that said, I did, at one point, pay for a year of private lessons with a writer. That was when I was 26. I had come a long ways on my own, but I felt like I needed more. I did a summer workshop at the Iowa Writer's Workshop. The workshop itself was interesting but not revolutionary. But the guy who lead it was who I worked with for the next year. We had weekly calls. He'd assign work. I'd send work. He'd give me feedback. It's the first time I really felt I had feedback from someone who knew what they were talking about and was actually a better writer than me.

I wouldn't recommend everyone doing private lessons. But I do think everyone needs to find someone who they respect as being a superior writer and work with them. Up to that point, I had been in...two poetry workshops, two fiction workshops, two non-fiction workshops, then two other writing groups, and another writing group. As awful as it will make me sound, I always felt superior to the other people in the workshop. I had read more, I had written more, I had studied more. So having that experience of being coached by someone who had read and written more than me—that was priceless.


I also think working as an editor for a literary journal is more educational than any writing class. In classes, you usually read a great work and discuss it. In workshops, you're reading a dozen or so low quality works. The workshops are skewed because these are your peers. It's not so easy to objectively examine their work. And it comes in a situation where you know they're judging your work. And that you're all experimenting and busy.

It's an entirely different experience to read submissions for a literary journal. Reading 30-50 poetry submissions in a month or reading 20-40 short stories in a month. And the quality is always changing. You see this whole gamut of quality. And it gives you a much better sense of why something works and why it doesn't. Most of the time, these writers will be better than you are. But they are still flawed. And it's easy to recognize those flaws. Which makes it even more shocking when you encounter a really really good submission. It's much more clear WHY it's good when you've just read 15 bad stories in a row.

You don't get that experience if you're only reading great works of poetry and literature. The flaws just aren't as obvious. And your eye probably isn't trained to see the flaws that are there.

Likewise, if you're in a workshop with other college kids, the quality of work they turn in probably isn't good enough to create the necessary contrast that you get from reading submissions of better quality writers.


So to summarize:

  • Stay in school

  • The networking and writing experiences you have are more important than the classroom stuff

  • Reading, deconstructing what you read, and researching what you read are better than classroom stuff

  • Start volunteering as an editor at a literary journal. (We're always looking for people at Red Fez.

u/iammyproblem · 2 pointsr/datingoverthirty

So I have this card game thing based on Chuck Klosterman's essay about weird questions to ask people that are better than small talk. For a while I started using questions from this game as openers. I wouldn't say it was super successful, but at least it was different. Small tangent: I sent one of these to a girl on OKC once and she came right out of the gate at me aggressively asking if how the other women I send the same thing to respond. We ended up having an exchange in the vein of maybe dating might be more fun and fruitful if you didn't go around immediately treating every guy like he's an asshole that deserves to be smacked down. The convo ended friendly and with a better understanding of each other, but she also successfully locked herself in as a "fuck no".

&gt; Wonder why that awesome guy might not be messaging you? Maybe he's too worried he'll come off as a creep, or his bumbling nervous opener will be posted to a site and mocked mercilessly, even though he's just trying his best.

Thanks for mentioning this. I have felt similar things reading this sub, myself.

u/ElwoodDowd · 2 pointsr/movies

That was precisely its point, I think. I recall trying to compare it to many moves; Pick something like The Shawshank Redemption - which is fantastic - and you have an absolute right and an absolute wrong. At the end of Gone Baby Gone you are starkly reminded that many, many situations are not so black-and-white.

Also: If you enjoyed the ensuing conversation, I highly recommend this set by one of my favorite authors. 50 questions designed to have no wrong answer, tons of fun to share with a bunch of friends... or smart people who disagree with eachother.

u/BIGwilliamSTYLE · 2 pointsr/WritingPrompts
u/YoungRL · 2 pointsr/LongDistance

Sure! As mentioned, I do think the book I linked before is the best one, but here are some others that I personally own:

u/jojewels92 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This thing looks so damn cool.


Write On!

I love postcards! Especially risque ones. ;) I'm also trying to collect stamps to fill up my "Wreck this Journal!" so a plain letter would be cool too.

u/dioxazine_violet · 2 pointsr/OpiatesRecovery

The things I loved most in rehab were the little things that I took for granted outside. Gum, chocolate bars, soda, candy.

I bought this for myself for my birthday this year, and I've really been enjoying it so far.

If he's into 12-step recovery, something like this. Or if he's more into holistic/cognitive type recovery, maybe something like this.

u/alphalpha_particle · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

I actually have three "diaries":

  1. Q&amp;A a day journal. Different prompts that I need to respond to each day. This I am getting a little bored of, but I have to continue.

  2. A small notebook for "A Statement a Day". This is where I write one statement (or a couple statements or questions) every day about anything. What I was thinking, what I feel, what happened, ect.

  3. An online private blog. This is written in less frequently, but when I do write an entry, it can be quite extensive. I write about things that have been on my mind for a long time, feelings about events or people, my life, myself. The "deep" stuff, but also whatever stuff scattered throughout.

    I have these journals and write in them because I usually don't have anyone else to discuss whatever it is I write about. It's not only that I don't have anyone to talk to, but is also that I can't really talk to them about the matters. I also enjoy looking back at the stuff I write. Some of it is just storing memories. It's a time capsule and they're always fun and nostalgic.
u/MonocleComplex · 2 pointsr/Anxiety

Something I'd recommend as well is to consider buying a 3 or 5 Year Q&amp;A journal. Some Targets and Walmarts now sell the one I bought 4 years ago that look like this:;amp;qid=1558297094&amp;amp;s=gateway&amp;amp;sr=8-3

It has really become essential to discovering and reminding myself of where I was at, what I was hoping to achieve, what I did achieve, and how I have personally transformed over the years. You are making progress, it's just difficult at times to realize it when we typically tend to live in the present.

u/TorchyTodd · 2 pointsr/raisedbynarcissists

I'm the GC, and my little brother is the SG. We're both fucked up, but in different ways. I've a lot of anxiety issues, he's depressed.

This year I got him a journal -- one of those "one-line-a-day" types. He always liked to write, and I know he stopped seeing his therapist. Along with it I got him a giant mug and a pen that's inspired by H.P. Lovecraft since I know he's all over that literary mythos. I imagine him writing in it while enjoying a giant cup of tea/coffee/cocoa. :)

u/franklinJK · 2 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

I can't make any recommendations about ADHD/ADD but I DO think you should go see a doctor, first and foremost. Aside from that, try to not be so hard on yourself! Us human's have A LOT to learn and many have a learning curve greater than others. That doesn't mean they're dumb or stupid, they just learn and process things differently so it takes a little longer to get the hang of it. It's also important for your mentors, peers and bosses to understand how to work with you to make sure you properly understand how to do a process. I'm not sure what your job is, but maybe you can ask if there's a written guideline somewhere? Or write yourself one to reference when you do it correctly, and make notes of where you frequently make mistakes. For example, I'm really so bad at math and anything with numbers and I just started a job where I have to count out large amounts of money and I literally get so tripped up and embarrassed I can't even think straight. It's been really hard for me, but I'm pushing through and practicing as much as possible.

I know it's hard, but try not to compare yourself to others and maybe even start journaling at night for self-reflection. I'll link the two I recently bought that I've been loving :);amp;psc=1;amp;psc=1

u/happy_otter · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Have you read How Would You Move Mount Fuji? and if yes, is it an accurate description? Do you have crazy job interview anecdotes you can share with us?

u/TychoBrohe · 2 pointsr/finance

Cool piece of trivia. If you're interested, the book "How Would You Move Mount Fuji" was an interesting read I had on that type of reasoning.

As for moving a customer and producer closer to each other, I think that applies broadly; I'm trying to find specific examples of it in practice.

Thanks for the input!

u/lazyman73125 · 2 pointsr/decaf

Here's a good book on lucid dreaming for anyone interested.

u/4plus1 · 2 pointsr/LucidDreaming

You should probably take a look at this book.

It's the go-to guide to lucid dreaming and explains all the relevant psychological facts and background information.
It's written by Stephen LaBerge, who was the first one to analyse lucid dreaming in a scientific way.

u/Resteban_Mongle · 2 pointsr/LucidDreaming

Stephen LaBerge is a scientist, Lucid dreamer, and pioneer of the lucid dreaming world. Basically, read his books if you want to LD.;amp;qid=1411697284&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=stephen+laberge

u/ConvictedConvict · 2 pointsr/LucidDreaming

This sounds like a really cool idea, I wish there would have been a LD club at my high school!

Make sure you require your members to keep dream journals, and take a few minutes to let people share something out of their DJs if they would like to.

I don't see how this could ever go stale. People are always dreaming every night, so as long as you're recording them, you will always have something to talk about.

Also, maybe have this also be a sort of book club, where you assign Lucid Dreaming specific reading material and then discuss whatever chapters you assigned that week. Here is a link to Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen Laberge, which is also linked in the sidebar. I am about half way through and it is very informative and has helped me a lot, 9/10 would definitely recommend. It can also be found as a PDF, which can be viewed and downloaded for free here.

Also, encourage your fellow students to come check out this sub!

Good luck man, I hope this comes through for you, very cool idea.

u/ecc10394 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. I am relatively new to Reddit, only 2 months reddit old, so I have not been gifted and I dont have an intro.

    2.10 months ago my father got diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and emphysema.. As a 20 year old, and even if I was way older, I couldn't handle this news. It was way too frightening. I decided to study everything about natural cures, and I did. I also skipped college for an entire year so I could be home giving him love, feeding him, spoiling him, and just hanging out. My mom and brother were always at work every day and my father would tell me go to school, go to school, dont worry about me. But I decided screw you dad, I am staying to be here with you, and for you, and I did for 10 months, everyday, I was taking care of him, making him feel like he is on vacation. That decision was the best decision of my life. 2 months ago, my father past away. It was the first day of the new semester, my dad forced me to take one class since it has been 10 months that I haven't been to school. ON THE FIRST DAY, I come back from school to find him past away, blood everywhere in the house, he choked on his blood. He went into cardiac arrest the paramedics say. I cried a lot, until today, and forever, I will cry, but I am happy to know I was there for him for 10 months, taking care of my dad, my hero, and now he is living in paradise. Ever since then, I got 4 of my friends to stop smoking, and the parents of one of my friends.

  2. This is a thing

  3. My father, while he was alive he would always throw me to the best direction. He went to the best programming/engineering school in the world, and he was the most intelligent man I have ever met. Even now when he is dead, he gives me so much power, so much guidance, and its hard to grasp since he is not physically giving me the guidance, but in a spiritual sense, I can feel it.

  4. My dream is to become successful, and to acquire that American dream that my father was so close to achieving. My dad always had a great job, making 120k a year, until a few years back when he decided to try hitting that American dream, and start a company. Except the company never made it.

  5. I did all of them because when I talk about my dad, I can keep talking forever.

  6. There will always be people that annoy you, make you feel terrible, make you want to kill or hit them, make you feel worthless, but these are all choices you have. You have the choice to feel annoyed, you have the choice to feel the need to hit or kill them, you have the choice to feel worthless, catch my drift? It is always better to take the smarter, more humble approach, because letting it agrivate you, just harms you, and make your day feel bad, when in reality you could choose to smile upon their annoyance, and say to yourself, "Im choosing to be happy and not annoyed because that will just slow me down, and then they won". If you let them annoy you, they win, if you just choose to be happy, you win, and everyone likes to win.

  7. I love you too, I can feel you have a beautiful soul.

  8. Happy Easter, 4/20, Passover, Holidays :)

  9. I completely understand, I did not do this post for the gift, I did this post to try and change a few peoples mentality, and also for my beautiful dad who I hope is having a Happy Passover up there in heaven. R.I.P.

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  10. This is such a great edit. I will happily comment on others beautiful words.

    Thanks for this beautiful post, hope you were able to take in something from my words, and wish you the best of luck and health and hope you don't smoke cigarettes, and if you do, I hope you stop in the near future.

    Very Best

u/Middlerun · 2 pointsr/INTP

I was into it for a while when I was younger. I was never able to do it consistently enough to justify the effort I put in, but your mileage may vary. I think some people are naturally better at it than others.

I still had some pretty amazing lucid dreams. In fact, the most profound one I had was a dream where I didn't even do anything much. I just stood in my backyard looking around at stuff, feeling the ground under my feet, marvelling at how real and solid and detailed it all seemed while knowing it was all in my head. Probably the closest thing I've had to a spiritual experience.

I'd recommend grabbing a copy of Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, it has a lot of good practical info.

u/FloatTankGuru · 2 pointsr/FloatTank

I recommend "Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming" to anyone who wants to lucid dream more.

Also, waking up early (about 90 minutes before you'd normally wake up) and having a quick warm shower and then floating can result in having lucid dreams in the tank (if you have one in your house).

u/Teggus · 2 pointsr/books

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming is a good book on the mechanics of dreaming, and has some discussion of the phases of sleep. The focus is more on lucid dreaming than sleep overall, though.

u/Apollos_Anus · 2 pointsr/

That's your best source of information. Also search through the AMA's for really good tips on lucid dreaming.

u/DigitalMindShadow · 2 pointsr/LucidDreaming

For a comprehensive guide by the world's foremost lucid dream teacher and researcher, read this book and do the exercises in the accompanying guidebook.

u/fordag · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

I had great success with some of the advice in this book:

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming

u/coyoteka · 2 pointsr/zen

Haha that's a much better response. If you ever do want to make a serious effort in lucid dreaming the payoff is incredible. It is by far one of the most fun, awesome, weird, interesting things I've done, and it drastically improved my sleep quality. I've been trying to get back into it, my current schedule/life makes it very challenging; I'm only about 15% successful these days.

The best book ever written on the topic, Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, caused lucid dreams spontaneously just by reading it. It's also a super interesting read aside from providing instructions.

u/mackwon · 2 pointsr/LucidDreaming

Besides methods, you should try to focus more awareness while awake on reality checks. School won't be on your mind anymore and so just focus all that energy towards the checks. I have a combination of letters/words on my wrist that works for me. The more your mind is focused on lucid dreaming, the more likely the chances of triggering one. I would maybe suggest a book to read based on lucid dreaming.

For me, the easiest way to trigger a LD is to set an alarm to wake up during a long REM cycle and then take a nap later on. Naps always give me some intense dreams.

Last option I can think of is to take some nootropics/supplements. I can attest to them increasing the oddity of dreams while being more aware to cause a reality check. I find the way nootropics make free dreaming so wonky more fun than LD'ing itself sometimes.

u/isuarez · 2 pointsr/LucidDreaming

Awesome! I am sure you will find some interesting patterns. When I went through I kinda skimmed the first time then the next time I went through with highlighters of different colors to represent the patterns. If you want the most in depth instructions on how to categorize the recurring elements of your dream I suggest this book: Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming

By Stephen LaBerge :)

u/bobbaphet · 2 pointsr/LucidDreaming

&gt;Is there anything else I can do to help prepare?

Yes! Get this book.

u/BurnInNeverland · 2 pointsr/askscience

I read in a book by Stephen LaBerge that dream time and real time are almost exactly the same. They did experiments in which the lucid dreamer would make a specified eye movement pattern, count to ten, then do the eye movement pattern again. Every time it was extremely close to 10 seconds in real life. He explained that time dilation works in the same way movies use this trick. If you see a character going to sleep, and a few seconds later the sun rises, the viewer/dreamer accepts that several hours have passed.

Hope this helps. Taken almost word for word from this book as I could recall from memory. .

u/mzrosy · 2 pointsr/LucidDreaming

I am also new to purposeful lucid dreaming. I have had several lucid dreams scattered over the years and only recently started to learn more and try strategies.

This book sounds really interesting. I am particularly curious about the differences between awake and lucid dreaming and schizophrenics. Just a couple nights ago, I achieved lucidity and began talking to someone wondering the whole time if I was having a conversation with myself. Ultimately, I woke up contemplating it.

If you are looking for more of a guide, I recommend Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming. It has a lot of evidence-based strategies and examples from other lucid dreamers. I find it really helpful!

u/jvalonen · 1 pointr/writing

King and Asimov both wrote for a living. If writing is your day job and how you pay your bills then obviously you'll spend a lot of your time doing it.

For most writers though, that isn't the case. Most are likely juggling day jobs, children and whatever else takes up the hours in the day. To hear about what cluttered lives many creatives led, check out the book Daily Rituals

The important thing with acquiring any skill or finishing a project is to start with small goals, do a bit each day and build momentum. I set a goal of writing a few crappy pages each day. If I feel like doing more I'll keep going. Sometimes I'll outline or rework a bit of writing instead, but every day I do something.

Also when you feel you've taken your long term plan forward you'll feel way better during your down time. ;)

What's also important to realize is that a lot of writing happens away from a keyboard or pen. I get ideas while sitting on a bus or picture a scene I'm working on while walking. That way I'll ideally have a good idea of what I want to write before I start.

u/choose_goose · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

No problem. I don't mean digital tools (although they are incredibly useful), for me it has come down to two things when it comes to sketching. A good sketchpad and a good pen. My preferences

I buy in bulk :)

Creativity is a very subjective topic, what is ingenious to some will be dull to others. Personally I would say creativity is finding the simplest solution to a complex problem, be it design or any other subject. Don't be fooled by thinking that the only way to be creative is to come up with completely original ideas from the beginning. Start by understanding great architecture, replicate to study, and improvise on top of this.

Suggested book

u/lolodif · 1 pointr/productivity

Sorry I can't exactly help, but your post reminded me of a book called Daily Rituals that has been on my list of books to read ( Also, Adam Grant's books are all amazing-- Originals is probably my favorite nonfiction book of all time. Give and Take is great, too.

u/PooveyFarmsRacer · 1 pointr/IAmA

Hi Chuck, I regularly take your "Hyperthetical" question set to group settings (weekends away, tour group vacations, or even hanging out with friends I already know) and it's an incredible way to get to know someone's worldviews and mindsets. They initiate thought-provoking Rorschach tests of conversations, especially if there's booze present or the answerer doesn't realize the larger, more personal implications of whatever they're saying.

Do you use your own hypothetical and philosophical questions to analyze people, like a rhetorical Greek play where you have a specific outcome and plan of action in mind? Have you ever made snap judgments based on your hypertheticals and been wrong, or dead-on accurate? Have they ever caused trouble in your relationships or friendships?

Do you have more probing hypotheticals you haven't shared with audiences, or are those retired in favor of Ethicist columns?

u/jellicle_cat21 · 1 pointr/funny

It's Chuck Klosterman IV. It's excellent, but then, I love CK and own everything he's written. I heartily recommend his books!

Also, if you like weird questions like this, try Hypertheticals

u/theriotismagic · 1 pointr/CharlotteHornets

Yeah, he's definitely one of my favorite authors. You should check out his card 'game' HYPERtheticals.

u/mikeyam · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I just bought [these] ( out of a vending machine in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. They are pretty interesting. I'm a sucker for Chuck Klosterman, though, so your mileage may vary.

u/Tsara1234 · 1 pointr/pics

A reader of Hypertheticals I see! I love these conversation starters.

u/TheVloginator · 1 pointr/TheCreatures

They got them while they were on their Road to E3 trip last year, but here they are on Amazon.

u/daryldickin · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I think you should get this book! It seems fun to do and it incorporates reading, which you said you like doing.

u/moomaid_in_the_sea · 1 pointr/proED

It was this one!

u/HeadlessBob17 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

For the first time ever, I have a match with someone who is running one of these contests! We both have impeccable taste in journals!

u/neotipex · 1 pointr/santashelpers

Not really gag gifts, but a few ideas...

A cool journal? This one could be fun:;amp;psc=1&amp;amp;smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Desktop white board for organization/lists.
A healthy eats cookbook.
An inexpensive fountain pen.
Watercolor/brush set.

u/lotrouble · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I have a match with this diary wohooo!

Thanks for the contest!

u/hanumanCT · 1 pointr/IAmA

That interviewer wasn't even creative enough to use more than the title of the book as his question: How would you move mount fuji?

FYI, Microsoft doesn't really use puzzle questions anymore.

u/J_de_Silentio · 1 pointr/sysadmin

I bet they read this book before interviewing you:

u/alphalucid · 1 pointr/LucidDreaming

You probably already have this one, but anyway. Steven Laberge

u/generalT · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn
u/DankMasterTripper · 1 pointr/Psychonaut

I've been lucid dreaming since about 4. I've been using it as a safety mechanism to get out of nightmares but i was still controlling my dreams and being lucid. I never realized there was any interest in it until high school. That's where i started trying the weird lucid dreaming techniques, and i had several "Wake Into Lucid Dream" (sleep paralysis) dreams so ask me anything if you're interested in hearing anything.

I never heard of the book you mentioned but This Book would be something on the topic i would recommend.

u/wannagohome · 1 pointr/AskReddit

You could try reading this book.

I was interested in lucid dreaming for some time and for me, just that increased my lucid dreaming frequency. Thinking about and hoping for a lucid dream before going to bed makes the chance larger that it will happen. Making checking if you're dreaming or not (like pinching yourself in the arm) while awake, might make it a habit so that you also do it when dreaming, making you aware of dreaming and turning the dream lucid.

There are also technical gadgets on the market that are said to help you go lucid. They usually consist of LEDs that flash through your eyelids while you sleep to notify you that you're dreaming. Some are just timed to go off in the middle of the night while others claim to meassure your eye movements or brainwaves.

u/forstari · 1 pointr/DebateReligion

This is gonna be tldr;
Moreover English is not my first language so I am sorry in advance for any mistakes.

As most religions have taught in their doctrines, God is already sending revelation or divine revelation to every human being in the world every time, every day, and every second. Every time you hear or feel a thought to do good things and give compassion and love to others, or every breakthrough to your problems, God is already talking to you.

The most and important requirement for people to be able to have dialogue with "The Ultimate Source" or feel "The Divine Presence" or for the simplicity sake "God" for directly while is that you have to let go off your control, ego, selfish and childish desire so in the end you have to submit and surrender yourself completely to God.

The real question here is not "Is God too busy to spend time talking to me?" but "Are you too busy to spend time talking to God?"

The quickest and easiest way to do that is that people have to die in real world first so they could be in hereafter and unite with God himself in nirvana if people are managed to avoid hell.

However since I believe that you still do not want to die yet and you do not want to resolute to this extreme way, I know you are actually seeking another ways that are more plausible to talk with God while you are still alive on Earth. What you want is to experience what Moses a.s, Buddha, and Muhammad s.a.w had experienced. They all have received enlightenment on earth.

So far in my opinion based on researches and also from my own experience there are several ways to experience "Divine Presence" or talking with "God" directly whiles you are still alive.

  • Near Death Experience (NDE).
    In this case you are only 'dead' for a while. If you are dead long enough you may manage to actually enter heaven and feel the presence and talking with God. Some people only manage to have O.B.E, entering the void, or only see 'The Light" at the end of the tunnel though since they wake up to live again or being told "It's not your time" before reaching heaven. But otherwise any NDE experiences, good or bad, could have resulted in positive view in life. Even the most atheist person will end up to be really religious and spiritual after having NDE. But this is difficult since of course you cannot expect if this will actually happen in your life. And if you are not lucky you could end up being really dead. NDE only happens by chance and I don't think experiencing physical injury can be considered desirable for anyone, so I don't believe you or anyone wants to go through this route intentionally. If it's intentional it's called a suicide then.

  • Extreme despair.
    In extreme despair, desperation, suffering or depression, certain people could experience Divine and Nirvana. Their body is not physically dead yet but spiritually the soul is almost dying and really desperate to get help from God so in this case they are experiencing NDE-like event whether it's by vision, dream, or astral travel. I personally experienced Divine in dream through this route. I got words, vision, and knowledge. In my opinion words are such inefficient way to communicate. Words are indeed still useful and necessary to emphasize something important or to make ‘dialogue’. Nevertheless what really valuable are vision, knowledge and thought. People said a picture can speak a thousand words, while in my opinion a drop of thought can speak millions of words. Buddha himself was experiencing such extreme suffering in real life to be able to get enlightenment. Buddha was witnessing such despair and sadness of people on earth. He's intentionally walking away from his own wealth of his own kingdom and to live in such poverty. His spiritual journey to achieve nirvana was very though.In Islam it was told that before Prophet Muhammad s.a.w was able to go to 7th heaven to talk with God directly, he was actually facing such a despair situation at that time. He's being cornered by enemies that wanted to kill him, he's having financial difficulty and at the same time, two of most beloved people by Muhammad s.a.w, his uncle and his wife were passed away.Those people are facing such a great despair moment in their life but in the end they are still not giving up hope on The Divine. So God is finally revealed Himself in front of them. Intentional suffering combined with extreme meditation is practiced in modern days by monks of Buddhism or Sufi of Islam by leaving all material world and pleasure. However still, getting enlightenment on Earth is difficult. People could still be monks and Sufi forever but they still cannot get the Supreme Enlightenment. Moreover this kind life by entering monastery is usually are discouraged by most modern people.

  • Extreme meditation.
    By doing extreme meditation you probably could have vision of God. I do not know the technicality of this meditation, maybe you could try search your own on Google. It's something like yoga, meditation, kundalini and stuff and stuff idk practiced mainly by Hindu. By doing this maybe you could skip the part of leaving your material world and pleasure. If your mind is really clear and pure it's possible yet it's still incredibly hard. People are reporting that they could have O.B.E, astral travel, having Divine Presence when they are doing this extreme meditation.

  • Lucid Dreaming.
    In lucid dream, you are aware that you are dreaming. If you can master yourself in the world of lucid dreaming, you could probably try to ask anything about the meaning of the universe or ask for the presence of God himself. However remember the secret recipe is that you have to let go of your ego and control and just trust God to reveal Himself in your lucid dream. Stephen LaBerge has written such extensive book on how to do lucid dreaming and he claimed that he even able to experience The Divine while lucid. If you have innate talent of lucid dreaming, this could be the easiest route to be with Divine. A bit of LaBerge’s statement about this:
    To go beyond the ego’s model of the world, the lucid dreamer must relinquish control of the dream (“surrender”) to something beyond the ego. The concept of surrender is illustrated by the dreams above. Each of us probably has a different conception of this “something beyond, “ the form of which depends on our upbringing, philosophy or exposure to mystical ideas. A common theme, expressed in religious terms, is “Surrender to the Will of God. “ However, if you don’t like or don’t understand religious terminology, you may wish to express your desire in a different manner. In the context of what we have been discussing here, the phrase could easily be “I surrender control to my true self. “ Whatever you assume about the nature of your true self, surrendering control from who you think you are to who you truly are will be an improvement. Because it includes everything you know, whether consciously or unconsciously, the true self is capable of making wiser decisions than your ego.
    LaBerge’s book:
    There is an entire chapter on that book on how to see The Divine in LD.

  • Substance and Drugs.
    Well you know they are still mushroom and stuff or ayahuasca. But I personally don't encourage this. They are such extreme shortcut and you could potentially die when doing this. These ways are not 100% successful too. And if you are indeed successful, how many people would take you seriously if you claim getting into 'heaven' and talk to God by consuming the Shrooms? I could still believe in you but I don’t think others will feel the same way.

  • Forget everything I'd told you in prior and just live your life to the fullest :)

    In conclusion there is no easy way to be able to have ‘dialogue’ with God directly. You either have to feel extreme physical or mental pain, extreme trauma and danger, severe despair and depression, living like a monk, or putting extreme effort in meditation or lucid dreaming. And even all of that doesn’t always be fruitful. If you are successful in achieving this then would you finally be able to believe in yourself that your experience is real? In the end what important is what you believe not what you experience. If you don’t believe than you will always be living in denial.

    The path to ‘talk’ to God 'directly' is sure not easy task and I know that you are complaining about that in your replies. If it’s easy there’s no point of human being were born on earth. If God is on plain sight, then you are living in what so called heaven or nirvana not on earth. Just remember not to have despair with love from God!

    Just remember that God has always been with you all along. You have always been taking dialogue with God all the times.

    I am just trying to deliver the news and not to argue, in the end it’s up to you to decide. I was in total despair before and I just really do not want you or anyone to experience everything I’d went through hence I went into so much trouble writing this. Before, just almost like you I was once very disappointed about this life and incapable of feeling love from God. I just did not understand the point of my life or why I had to suffer so much. I was once really lost. But here I am after having my own enlightenment in a dream I am talking about God’s love to you. Now, I am just trying to be a better person. What I really want you to be able to live happily in this life. Suffering/difficulty is not a curse; it’s the best tool to experience love. This may sound cheesy but yeah God bless you :D

    &gt;Well, we know how much the Christian God prefers men over women, so maybe I've got a better chance, cause, ya know, testicles, or something.

    Btw I am a girl, so your testicles or something are actually not that important on the eyes of The Divine :P
u/Frater_DIPL · 1 pointr/LucidDreaming

Hey Centurion,

Long story short yes.

When I was about 24 I got the notion that I needed to understand this Lucid Dreaming business. I got Stephen Laberge's book and got to work. It took maybe three months but I finally started to LD. Once this started happening, naturally I wanted to push the envelope. If I can control my dreams I thought, maybe I could even control what they would be about.

So, what I did was recited a sort of mantra in my head which outlined the desire to Lucid Dream about a certain thing or concept:

"I will have a Lucid Dream about x."

"I will control my dreams."

"I will remember my dreams when I awake."

I chanted something along these lines before going to bed each night. I think it was the third night, I manifested the dream I desired. After that phase of Lucid Dreaming in my life, it never happened again. I can't even LD anymore. However, I was able to do just what you are asking.


u/minipump · 1 pointr/IAmA

You might want to check out Stephen Laberges book on lucid dreaming for inspiration/technical stuff. It's very interesting to read.

u/disco_freek · 1 pointr/MrRobot

I personally have never heard that phrase as a suggestion for lucid dreaming, but its been several years since I read one of the definitive books on the process.


Yes, lucid dreaming is aided by "short sentence recited repeatedly". I know a common one is to simply ask "Is this a dream?" or "wake up inside the dream".

If you want to try it, ask those questions at various points in your day and keep it as a running thought - so when you do dream, you might be able to catch the oddness of whats going on and 'wake up, inside of your dream."

u/OlanValesco · 1 pointr/Fantasy

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Dr. Stephen LaBerge. It's about lucid dreaming (where you're aware of your dream state). Most of the info can be found online through places like Dreamviews and the like.

u/RealFruitSnacks · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

that part does suck, but if you do it enough you learn to stay in

u/Sikkha · 1 pointr/The_Donald

I'm sorry you didn't have a chance to grow up in the America that existed before that 9/11... watching a wounded America betray its founding principles because of a false flag massacre was one of the saddest things I've ever seen. The whole nation was scarred and scared. It was a massive red pill that most choked on and left them red-faced and flailing their arms, striking anything put in front of them.

As for the nightmares... I recommend the book "Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming" by Stephen LaBerge. You can confront and resolve those phantoms and fears while lucid and also learn a great deal more about the nature of this reality that God has given us to inhabit.

As for the Bible's prohibition against killing... that is about murder and not about external threats that worship Moloch and other demons (especially those that hate black dogs). They threaten the innocent and they must be stopped. Just keep training and treating your body like a temple. Be stoic, but ready to take on that sin if there is no other choice.

*spezzed one word for grammar

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    Some good ןɐıɹoʇnʇ links

  • Finger Induced Lucid Dreaming This appears to be the biggest improvement in lucid dreaming techniques in a long time. Be sure to give it a try.

  • Dream Views A good fairly comprehensive guide. There's also a great message board and an online dream journal.

  • LD4all A message board, it's got solid information and good community.

  • Mastering the Art of Lucid Dreaming A nice straightforward, step-by-step tutorial.

  • All Day Awareness is a great approach. it is effort intensive, but pay back in lucid dreams and more awareness in life.

  • This FAQ was produced by the Lucidity Institute. It's not pretty, but is based on solid science.

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  • Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming is THE book on Lucid Dreaming. "A Course in Lucid Dreaming" is the most thorough lucid dream training tutorial with lots of charts for you to keep track of your progress. (No link right now.)


    Lucid Dreaming Acronyms

    LD - Lucid Dreaming - Being aware that you are dreaming while in a dream.

    RC - Reality Check - A test to establish whether you are in a dream or waking life, actively done during the day in hopes that the habit will continue within dreams.

    DC - Dream Character - Any personality you encounter other than yourself...well, occasionally it can also be yourself.

    WBTB-Wake Back To Bed - Waking up for 20-30 minutes, then going back to bed increases the chances of lucid dreaming. Use that time to read about lucid dreaming or plan your dreams, and make your intention solid. Can be combined with other techniques.

    MILD - Mnemonically Induced Lucid Dream - In short, MILD is telling yourself as you are in bed ready to sleep that you are going to become lucid when you dream, then visualizing yourself in a dream becoming lucid. Repeat until you fall asleep.

    WILD - Wake-Induced Lucid Dream - A technique in which you maintain consciousness while your body falls asleep. Not for the squeamish.

    FILD - Finger-Induced Lucid Dream - A technique using subtle finger movements as you fall asleep.

    SSILD - Sense-Induced Lucid Dream - A technique where you use awareness of your various senses as you cycle through them while falling asleep.

    False Awakening - False Awakening is in essence just dreaming that you woke up, only to usually immediately after either actually wake or have another dream of waking up from the previous dreams. Those can often happen multiple times in sequence. It can be a bit jarring but also fun. If those happen often use it to do a reality check every time you wake up (or think you do).

    SP - Sleep Paralysis - A natural, safe part of the process of falling asleep which causes you to be unable to move your body. The paralysis process happens to you every time you go to sleep. When you WILD and experience SP, you are conscious while it happens. Sometimes you may be visited by the dream transition buddies--relax and enjoy the show until you can interact with your environment. Attempting to induce SP is NOT required to achieve lucidity.



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u/DeathSpaghetti · 1 pointr/perfectgift

Taken from the [Lucid Dreaming sub-reddit:] (
[This book is a perfect tool for a person trying to understand lucid-dreaming.] ( It's considered a necessary read in the sub-reddit!

u/Suinani · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

For the "fringe"-part I can highly recommend Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming. That said its almost 30 years old and therefore doesn't really the current state of science

u/Kabur · 1 pointr/LucidDreaming

Well dream sign is something what happens in your dream and couldn't happen in reality. Through these it might struck your brain that something is not right, do a RC and boom, you're LDing!
Dream signs are divided into categories:

Inner Awarness: “I’m trying to figure out where the house and furnishings are from, and I realize this is an odd thing to be
thinking about.”
“Somehow I could see perfectly without my glasses.”

Action: “I was underwater, yet I was breathing.”
“Doing pull-ups got easier and easier.”

Form: “I am a man.” (dreamed by a woman)
“Her face changes as I look at her.”
“I see a tiny purple kitten.”

Context: “I’m a commando behind enemy lines in World War II.”
“My friend is assigned to be my husband.”
“My bed was in the street.”

Source: Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge

u/fantastic_skullastic · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, by Stephen LaBerge.

There was a story about this phenomenon on Radiolab.

u/Kafke · 1 pointr/LucidDreaming

I can answer those for you!

  1. No, I have the same problem. I hardly ever "dream" (remember my dreams). You can still lucid dream with about the same difficulty as others. The problem is experiencing (remembering) the dream itself. I've had 3 so far, and I hardly ever remember my dreams. You should keep a journal as that will help you remember. I'm not sure how the Remee factors in. I suppose it'd help you remember (seeing as you'd be concious while dreaming).

  2. While lucid, it's pretty easy to realize that everything isn't real. Levels of control are different for each person. Waking up is real easy. it's not like you are trapped or anything. In fact, the hard part is staying in the dream!

  3. I don't think any training is needed for the mask. As that's its selling point. But there is a book by Stephen Laberge called "Exploring the world of lucid dreaming" that you should read. It introduces the basic aspects of lucid dreaming.
u/Sniper_Brosef · 1 pointr/LucidDreaming

Can I recommend the WILD technique that was detailed in this book? I've gotten very consistent results from it but only from naps and never before actually going to bed.

u/outofyourtree · 1 pointr/needadvice

Can be disconcerting, eh?

We all (including you) have sleep paralysis EVERY NIGHT that we sleep. We just don't remember it. It's completely natural and the reason we don't run into walls when we dream we're out for a jog. Our body safely immobilizes signals to our non-vital (think stuff other than heart/diaphragm) muscles

Not trying to say it can't be scary, even terrifying! I've been there. But honestly, the more I confronted it, the less I find it distressing. It's just novel now. It happens anyways, there's literally NO WAY it can actually hurt your body. I actually want to get it now!

I always recommend people who experience it look into lucid dreaming, which is being aware while dreaming. When you have sleep paralysis, what is basically happening is your body is still in sleep/dream mode, but your "waking life" brain's awake. If you learn not to panic, it's entirely possible to ride awareness back into the dream state. Many people spend many hours trying to experience sleep paralysis as a means to lucid dream. It's basically like having a metaphorical foot thru the threshold of the dream world, and one in your bed, paralyzed, awake

I've transitioned back into dreamland with sleep paralysis many dozens, up to maybe a couple hundred times in my life once I learned that. Flown, sprouted a plastic flower from a dream dime. All sorts of neat stuff. The more experience you get, the more you realize it can't hurt you. I've woken up and felt my whole body buzzing and paralyzed, and heard guttural, demonic sounding auditory hallucinations, been able to say "Ah, just my silly body glitching out again: neat!"

I recommend " for learning more if interested

u/Urbanjamjar · 1 pointr/WTF

From experience, the best way to learn about Lucid Dreaming is Exploring the world of Lucid Dreaming.

The internet, while full of info, you will quickly find it just has variation after variation on several types of induction to Lucid dreaming aswell as vague background info often inaccurate.
This is the list of contents in Exploring the world of Lucid Dreaming contents

If you haev spent much time looking online then you'll probably be suprised at how many ways to induce lucid dreams and how much info there is on it.

u/luiggi_oasis · 1 pointr/LucidDreaming

np! you'll find some articles by Laberge, he's a pioneer in studying LD from a scientific point of view... the first half of his book is based on research too, it may very well be of help for you... you can find a digital copy on the web, btw...

u/HondaGirlMN · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/glanmiregirl · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Wow Jori, this is pretty hard! :)

here's a thing

I don't know anything about lorises except that they are adorable!

u/showurnuts · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

cheesecake all day everyday

I agree with that, because I love cheesecake! It's so delicious.

Happy cake day!

u/MakinBaconPancakezz · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

So cute! If she’s creative she’ll probably live something like these:

Make your own mini erasures kit

Wreck this journal

Lip Balm Maker Kit

Instant Camera

Also, if she loves to build, you can never go wrong with Legos.

u/RedGryphon_RachelN · 1 pointr/IAmA

My advice would be to start where you're at right now. The internet is full of great websites and videos, and there are some good books to get.
Start developing your skill with a camera, composition, lighting etc.
Here is a great website and a youtube channel I particularly enjoy:

And here is a highly recommended book on cinematography:

Here is a book that got me seriously interested in being a Director:;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1394579190&amp;amp;sr=1-1&amp;amp;keywords=sidney+lumet+making+movies

u/find_my_harborcoat · 1 pointr/CineShots

No problem at all! In this case, I mostly learned it by reading a lot of essays and interviews and books, in this case especially ones on Kubrick and on cinematography. I don't remember specifically what stuff in particular, unfortunately. The best advice for watching EWS (or any film) in its intended format is to find a screening of it that's in 35mm--depending on where you're located, good bets are museums like MOMA in NYC, a local university, or arthouses and repertory theatres that might have a Kubrick retrospective or something.

As far as becoming well-versed in film, the first step is to watch everything you can get your hands on, even if you think it will be awful, and pay as much attention to the choices that are being made, how a camera is moving, what is in the frame and what isn't, lighting, color, dialogue, etc., even if you have no idea really what to be paying attention for. Anything you can think of or see onscreen, think about why that choice is being made and what the purpose of that choice is. And then after viewing something, look up some reviews of it (to find good critics, a good start is to go to Rotten Tomatoes, narrow down a movie's reviews to Top Critics, and then read the full reviews from there), positive and negative, and try to match what they're talking about to what you just saw and see if you can recognize what they're mentioning. And if you can't, just store the type of thing they're talking about and remember to think about it during the next movie you watch, and the next, and so on. Practicing this will build up your knowledge quite quickly, and it will become second nature to pick up on all kinds of things, and once that becomes habit and you don't have to pay as much attention consciously, you'll pick up on more and more subtle nuances. (If you want to have a starting point for films, you can go with a list like this, a list of 1000 movies that are "the best of all time" as a result of aggregating several different polls. Obviously, you never want to put too much stock in other people's opinions of what the best is, and it seems intimidatingly long, but like I said, it's just if you want a reference point. And they link to the polls they use, so if you want a smaller list to work with you, you can try one of those. This is helpful because again you'll discover what you like, so you might find one movie on that list by a director you love and then go off and watch everything else she ever did. And then you come back to the list. So it's not really about completing the list, just using it as another starting point for discovery.) Also, I recommend you keep at least a brief log of everything you watch, along with some notes about it--this will help you keep track of directors/screenwriters/cinematographers you like, as well as help you understand what you like and don't like about films better.

Once you start to feel comfortable with some of the basics, you can start seeking out books that discuss the film-making experience. With both movies and books, you'll discover your tastes as you go along, so it's best to start casting a broad net and reading books that cover a lot of topics, and then you might find that cinematography interests you most and then start reading books that are more specifically about that, and subscribing to specialty magazines like American Cinematographer, or you might find it all appealing and want to read books on all aspects of filmmaking.

That probably seems like a ton of info and fairly intimidating, but I basically started from nothing and basically just taught myself whatever I know by this method, no film school or anything certainly. Not saying I'm an expert on this stuff by any stretch of the imagination, but I've been able to become knowledgeable enough.

Some specific recommendations that I found immensely helpful that hopefully might be helpful to you too:

Current film critics: Dana Stevens (Slate), Stephanie Zacharek (Village Voice), Karina Longworth (freelance), Manohla Dargis (NYT), Wesley Morris (Grantland), A.O. Scott (NYT)

The Stanley Kubrick Archives - A great book that also features Kubrick's drawings, personal notes, continuity photos, and interviews with him

Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made - A book on SK's uncompleted Napoleon film

The Kubrick Site - A really amazing online resource with a lot of links to essays and articles

Film magazines: Sight and Sound, Film Comment, American Cinematographer, Filmmaker, Little White Lies, Screen International

Books (if you only ever read one book on film, I'd make it Hitchcock/Truffaut--I learned more from it than from any other single source):

What is Cinema?

Pictures at a Revolution

Negative Space

A Cinema of Loneliness

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

The Age of Movies

Making Movies

u/Pantagruelist · 1 pointr/changemyview

I want to respond to each part.

&gt; It might seem like depression but I think it's more an awareness of our drive as animals.

How could one tell the difference? Someone in depression may very well believe the same thing. Life is not worth living, we are simply animals pursuing pleasures. As would someone suffering a depressive episode (e.g. in the example of the dead spouse I gave). Alternatively, someone may very well not believe this but would claim to in order to receive euthanasia.

&gt;At some point a pessimistic nihilist realizes they are on a hedonic treadmill which can never be satisfied. I would say in their 30s or 40s their life will be pretty much a routine with diminishing returns on health as their life continues.

What are you basing this on? This seems like an entirely anecdotal assertion?

But, one of my original questions was this:

&gt; are you ok with people doing this who could potentially lead meaningful lives in the future?

It sounds like in your recent comment your answer is "no" because a pessimistic nihilist could never possibly live a meaningful life. It also sounds like you want to make a sharp distinction between someone who is a nihilist and someone who has depression. As mentioned above, I'm not sure that distinction is possible to make. You mention Mitchel Heisman. Who's to say that his suicide note was not an articulate justification for his suicide. That is, the depression came first, the justification needed to be found. It wouldn't be the first time a brilliant person committed suicide, and not for reasons of nihilism (Van Gogh, Plath, etc.) One author argues that there is a link between genius/creativity and bipolar disorder that leads brilliant people to suicide. Heisman's own mother believes Ritalin caused depression in her son.

And while I'm skeptical of that, I think you may have put the cart before the horse on the whole nihilism thing. That is you have placed the philosophical justification first and primary, while devaluing the emotions and psychological state as irrelevant. To put it another way, I think that the reason you see nihilism as separate from depression is because you believe that we can reach a notion of meaninglessness through reason alone such that we would want to die. That seems improbable to me. Indeed, I could very well agree that there is no "ontic" "out there" meaning, we are indeed animals that live and die and are socialized to believe certain things have value when they actual don't. This seems to me unequivocally true. But these thoughts could never induce me to suicide without feeling like I don't want to live. In short, I'm saying (and I think suicidal depressives would agree) that this idea of meaninglessness is first a feeling and only later a rationale.

u/gattofila · 1 pointr/bestof

You don't have a need or want to chat with suicidal people who are grateful for the intervention b/c it conflicts with your (lack) of logic that not helping others at the brink is the right thing to do.

I bump into that idea that I must not have "really wanted" to die if I survived all the time. The EMTs who pumped my stomach told me that the 65 grams of ativan were a lethal dose. Just b/c someone survived doesn't mean they weren't suicidal. That might be too much for you to grasp though.

ClutchMaximus, I hope you never have to wrestle with a serious illness (physical or mental health). I hope if you do, though, that there will be people around you encouraging you to get help b/c they care about you. I hope you would do the same for the people you love.

Since you apparently feel that suicidal people aren't worth saving, I'd strongly urge you to read Dr. Kay Jamison's book Touched By Fire to read about the interesting intersection between creativity and mental illness.

u/Jin_the_Wanderer · 1 pointr/bipolar

Indeed! - When I sit outside on my terrace with a cup of tea, a couple of cigs and my headphones, I hit shuffle play on this particular playlist I've been making over this year in Spotify.

I let it flow, at most I'll queue up some songs but don't skip any. You could say, in a bit of an esoteric way, Spotify moves my imagination on its own will, based on what it decides to play. So far it has done quite a good job, not always, but frequently enough that I let it be--not that I believe the software is alive or anything like that of course.

Now, there's this one song titled From The Stars by Sound Adventures; Awakening, that almost always carries my imagination up into the skies.

&gt; I just draw my first thoughts and don't question them. I feel most go no that's dumb I'll stick with more traditional art. Just my thoughts.

I agree, and I'd add as well that many give up before even starting, many want to paint the way you do in a day, bypassing all the hard work it implies and thus, leaving it "for later", or worse, falling into the pit of "I can't do it, I'm useless";

Writing is my hobby - one I take seriously - and as you say, I let my imagination fly free and guide my hand: it always delivers, no matter my mood or life circumstances. First few drafts are rarely any good, but, thing is, I already started the process, one that won't stop until the final version, revised and edited, is finished.

Say; Ever read Kay Redfield Jamison's book titled, Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament? It was a very interesting read for me, learned a lot from it.

u/Mikkjal · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Not between depression and music creators per se, but Touched With Fire is about bipolar disorder and artists. There's a lot of references to classical composers who were quite out there at times. I read it a long time ago, but remember it as an interesting, if dry, read.

u/Saiserit · 1 pointr/thelastpsychiatrist

Isn't this simply an ability to hide one's sources? University and grad school is little more than passing off the ideas of one professor to another professor and pretending one had original thoughts on the subject. It didn't work so well for me because I later found out my two favorite professors, in two different departments, happened to be best friends. That was a tough semester!

There is no such thing as originality, just decay and remix.

Yes, I stole that thought, as well. From a new york times bestseller, which I highly recommend if you work in the creative field:

I made a post some time back about the underlying meaning of the PhD process across social science fields, the point was the "sincere" creation of a brand new symbol which qualifies for inclusion on consensus reality, thus why they are ah-"worded" get it-haha. "Defend your thesis" = Swindle the panel into considering something within the discipline's boundaries that they don't already "know."

u/zarape · 1 pointr/mexico

Diseñador Gráfico aquí.

Primero, todos copian, todos los grandes artistas roban y no hay nada malo en eso. Te recomiendo mucho el libro Steal Like an Artist. Siempre vas a estar tomando referencias del mundo que te rodea. plagio es cuando le robas a una sola persona y eso si está mal.

Segundo, las ideas no son especiales. Lo difícil es ejecutarlas. Este texto es sobre diseño de juegos de mesa pero aplica para otras áreas creativas)

Tercero, no te debes ocultar, al contrario debes mostrarte. Haz una página web, pon tus trabajos en Behance, en twitter, facebook, reddit (no abuses), en instagram, ten tus redes vinculadas. Eso es lo que te dará el respaldo necesario. Yo también pasé por mi etapa paranoica y registré mis trabajos en Indautor después de que oí una horrible historia de un amigo al que le robaron un personaje, unos años después volví a revisar mis cosas y me di cuenta que todo era basura, realmente nadie se iba a robar eso.

Lo que si plagian son campañas pero se las roban directamente a las agencias no a individuos. La mecánica es la siguiente: una empresa pone en "licitación" una campaña; las distintas agencias ponen todo su esfuerzo para ganar el pitch; después la empresa se hace güey, usa a sus diseñadores internos para que se roben los copys y artes y ya no paga nada. Lo triste es que es algo que ya todos aceptan.

PD. No pongas marca de agua, se ve muy vulgar, te lo dice un profesional en lo visual. Eso si, puedes ponerle tu logotipo personal abajo en pequeño.

u/ScribblerJack · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. Done! It's not traditional reading material maybe, but this book has been on my list since the dawn of time, lmao.
  2. The Name of the Wind &amp; The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. :-) I was just talking about this series the other day! It's like hearing an epic story being told, but you're being told by the person at the center of the epic. You don't actually know if what they are telling you is the truth or not (especially since this person has a reputation for being cunning). You want to believe that it is, but at times evidence points to the fact that the person is either lying or is no long the epic figure they once were. Basically, unknown events have fundamentally changed them but we don't even know what that is yet! The wait for book three has been tortuous. :-)
  3. Check check CHECK! :-D

  4. YOU go read! :-D Here's the prologue!
u/TreesAndDoughnuts · 1 pointr/Songwriting

Every artist you have ever heard has done covers.

Probably the best thing that you can do is to take each one of those influences and mimic it. Create a small 2 minute song which duplicates that influence well. That will become your palette of musical colors.

Once that is created, you can mix them together in different portions.

You will always be a ripoff. No one may notice it but you, but you will always be borrowing and being influenced by other sources. That is how we get new stuff.


Book: Steal Like an Artist

u/boaaaa · 1 pointr/architecture

Get this book. Steal Like An Artist

It explains how to evaluate sources and how to find them in a really easy to understand way.

u/zeeaudacia · 1 pointr/Standup

I just finished reading "Steal Like An Artist" ( One of the key points is that when you first start, you try and copy from your heroes. Have 4-5 of them.

By copy, I don't mean word by word, but more like the general topics, style of delivery, how they do act outs etc.

Check out the wiki pages of some famous comedians (Louis CK, Russell Peters, Kevin Hart, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Dave Chapelle). They have "Influences" on the right panel where it lists all the different comics that they looked up to - and undoubtedly tried copying from.

After a few years of that, you'll start developing your own style.

u/Chris_Misterek · 1 pointr/graphic_design

Check out this book

Steal Like an Artist

It’s normal.

u/TryingT0Wr1t3 · 1 pointr/gamedev

It's a great book! It's motivational also, people don't create things from thin air!

u/Arkholt · 1 pointr/latterdaysaints
  • Confucius' Analects: Some things in Confucius don't exactly fit in with my world view (such as his and later Confucians' view of women), and some of the specifics don't conform to the gospel (such as sticking with Chinese rituals of ancestor worship), but most of the ideas and concepts are incredible and extremely practical in everyday life. It's all about cultivating oneself and one's mind, doing the proper things to conform with the Way. I highly recommend Edward Slingerland's translation, which includes translations of important commentaries.

  • Dao de jing by Laozi: Opposes Confucius on many things, but still some incredible stuff there. Lots of stuff about letting go and allowing things to happen without trying so hard to push them in the exact direction you want. In most things, I lean towards Confucius, but in creative endeavors I lean toward Laozi. More and more, however, I lean toward Laozi, because I realize there are things that are outside of my control that I have to let go. It's very hard for me to do, and I'm nowhere near mastering it, but I'm working on it.

  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster: The best book on the importance of a well-rounded education. Everything you learn, everything you can learn, is important, and while you may not see a use for a particular thing in your life right now, it doesn't mean you'll never use it. Also, it's the best children's book with the highest number of great puns.

  • Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon: This book is great for anyone in any creative endeavor, be it art, music, writing, or even business. It's all about where to get great ideas from, and how most of the time, you have to steal them. This doesn't mean you plagiarize, but you take them and make them your own and make them something new. It's a tiny book that packs a big punch. It's really opened my mind to the possibilities of creativity. How this relates to the gospel... I'm not quite sure yet. But it's changed my life and mindset in so many ways, I had to share it.

u/timdesuyo · 1 pointr/literature
u/Sandfloor · 1 pointr/graphic_design

I am in almost the same situation.
I have also been looking for books for motivation, inspiration and so on.
Here are some stuff that keep getting recommended as well as other books that I think are interesting judging by their description and reviews (note: I haven't read anything yet I am just sharing my searching results from the past 2 or 3 days):

For creative problems

u/champagneghost · 1 pointr/ToastCrumbs

i based mine off the "One Line a Day" concept. i allot two or three lines in my notebook each day, and jot down a sentence (or two on especially good days) about what the high points of that day was. sometimes it's a long run-on sentence of all the fun things I did that day, sometimes it's just "lyanna mormot is is still the best GOT character ever". it doesn't improve writing skills but does make me reflect a bit before i go to bed (although i also do spend more time at work backtracking happy thoughts than i would like!)

u/brendapie · 1 pointr/AskWomen

It's called One Line A Day. Each page is divided into five sections and it gives you just enough room to write a few sentences about your day.

u/Only_In_The_Grey · 1 pointr/technology

Is this it? How is the writing? I'm pretty interested in the book but don't read too much non-fiction like this partly because of how dry some authors can be with this stuff.

u/NotTheLittleBoats · 1 pointr/todayilearned

In some alternate timeline, Enchanted Bayou Frog Adventure led to a 2D animation renaissance.

And to save everyone else the trouble of looking it up, here's the book:

u/swmacint · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Fore more info on this and a ton of other cool Pixar stories, read: Creativity Inc., by Ed Catmull, President of Pixar Animation Studios.

u/jackfreeman · 1 pointr/writing
The War of Art By Steven Pressfield. My personal favorite

u/FinallyForMe · 1 pointr/raisedbynarcissists

Added to my wishlist. Another book I got a lot of insight and much to think about from was The War Of Art, by Steven Pressfield. I recommend this book to anyone who's doing anything creative. Awesome, awesome book.

Well,look at that - the blurb from Publisher's Weekly says it's a cross between Sun Tzu's The Art Of War, and The Artist's Way, by Julie Cameron! Definitely reading it now!

u/BradAllenDrums · 1 pointr/drums

Your welcome! Glad it helped. The relaxation thing is something most drummers don't want to hear because it seemingly has nothing to do with music. It also makes people feel weird or self-conscious. But it absolutely works.
There are several books on the subject that really helped me.

One other thing I wanted to mention is the concept of dancing and drumming. There is a direct connection between the two. In Bob Moses book Drum Wisdom, he states that it behooves all drummer to dance. I tell tell students, if you're embarrassed about dancing in front of people go in your bedroom, shut the door, and dance. Again, this makes people feel weird, but it works. You don't have to be a good dancer. You just have to learn to relax and move with the music.

u/rcochrane · 1 pointr/guitarlessons

Ah then a book probably isn't what you want :-)

There are some links &amp; tips in the /r/guitarlessons FAQ that might help, but I think it's mostly a matter of doing it a lot, learning from how others do it (by listening / copying) and slowly expanding your vocabulary...

[EDIT: I kind of want to say this, though: you don't have to figure out how to improvise. If you can get past the anxiety that's bound up with playing guitar and just play, it's the most natural thing in the world. Kenny Werner's book is very good, and in fact you can get a lot of the gist of it (without some of the New Age / Buddhist stuff that may or may not appeal to you) from this video.]

u/jaromdl · 1 pointr/Songwriters

This book is an entire book dealing with a lot of the fears and problems we have as musicians and songwriters, and gives information to help get past it.

u/jgrubb · 1 pointr/IAmA

Then you need to take a breath and stop trying to make something happen. The ideal for me is to reach a mental state that's a lot like meditation, and that can't happen as long as there is all this pent up energy/thought/expectation about your performance. Getting rid of this anxiety takes practice, as it's a perfectly normal human response to get upset that things aren't going as well as you'd like them to, but once you are able to consciously let it go, you can take a bad show or set or song, forget about it, and not have it affect everything else downstream.

I highly recommend Effortless Mastery by Kenny Warner. It's been a long time since I read it, but it helped me clear out my mindset about the significance that I would attach to good gigs and bad ones.

u/Thunderpiss · 1 pointr/Guitar

You should check this book out:

Its changed my life in a pretty significant way.

u/mishefe · 1 pointr/Guitar

I highly recommend the book: Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner. Highly recommend. Highly. And the meditations are great. A game changer, I’d say. I’m no shill or anything. I really love that book and the first meditation especially. It got me into meditation. Love that dude.

u/pianoboy · 1 pointr/musicians

This may not be completely applicable to your situation, but I've seen this book recommended when musicians mention getting stuck in a rut, feeling inadequate, etc.:

I haven't read it myself, so I can't give any opinion on it.

u/fractalfrenzy · 1 pointr/gamedev

The ability to realistically render an image with paper and pencil does not make one an artist. Being an artist is about tapping into your creativity and giving in whatever form it may take. May I recommend two things:

Procesing a programming language for creating art! Allow my to plug my own portfolio for some examples.

And this book The Artist's Way which is a workbook for tapping into your own creativity and to stop censoring yourself!

Your photography is your art! Whatever medium comes natural to you, practice it everyday and hone it into a talent uniquely yours.

u/akamerer · 1 pointr/selfimprovement

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron is one of my favorites.

u/lifeisfractal · 1 pointr/AskWomen


  • Went to therapy
  • Finished the Artist's Way
  • Moved into a better apartment
  • Found a better job
  • Hung out with all of my wonderful friends
  • Spent time doing fun stuff that makes me feel good

    I know it's a cliche, but when my life is jam-packed with wonderful and important people and things to do, I'm much less likely to make room for a guy who's anything less than wonderful. I also have so many things in my life that make me feel good about being alive that I don't feel the need to latch onto any warm body for validation. It's hard to make HUGE changes in the way you relate to men immediately, but it's something that can definitely be done bit-by-bit over time. The most important step in the process, IMO, is learning to feel complete without attention from men.
u/RPeed · 1 pointr/askMRP

Oh I typed all this for you my dude but these dastardly bullies caused you to delete it.


Hope it benefits you or another ENTP stoner:


What caught my eye was the Myers-Briggs test: I also (usually) test ENTP. Just wanted to say I think the Reddit subs seem to do it a serious disservice:


A) It is a management tool. It is not meant to enable some rando's life as a lovable eccentric. You should be shoring up the weaknesses it shows, not jerking off to how creative you think you are (not that you can stop yourself amirite? Ha!), and

B) It is not a tarot card reading of your soul. I get profiled regularly, by professionals, using whatever method is in vogue at that moment and while I absolutely see the value in the tests, it is limited, it is contextual and it will vary over time.


It is not so much "revealing" your personality as a prediction of how your behavior will manifest in a given context. MB being particularly general. For example, all my ENTP result tells me is that RIGHT NOW, I likely have too many projects going on and/or am managing my time poorly.


So based on your results, I would recommend you get out of your comfort zone and focus on active productivity exercises. Far from being something unsuited to you: they are likely just what you need. Anytime I dial this in tight, my life has a night and day improvement.


7 Habits is the granddaddy of course.

Unchained Man has a great time management system. Actually he refers back to Covey's 7 habits and explains why and how he updated the principle for a digital era. The rest isn't "bad" but its pretty standard 4HWW/TRP/Digital nomad type stuff. You could literally read Chapters 8-11 and get a great deal of benefit.


4HWW fuck I hate this book. And it's probably dangerous for lazy fucks. But Ferriss has nuggets of good advice on productivity and time management.


More conceptual reading:

Do the Work;

The War of Art;

The Power of Habit;


On Form - some tips, although heavily weighted to glorify salaryman life;

One Minute Manager;

Extreme Ownership has helped a lot of dudes here. Personally I despise wading through the military waffle for two or three pages of content but the message of owning every aspect of your life and not accepting low standards from yourself or others is good (Hint: that means after you quit weed, (after a reasonable interval) you can and should expect your lazy wife to too).


Corporations have invested a great deal of time and money in training me but honestly most of the valuable things I implement are on that list.


Atomic Habits is on my current reading list. Check out this post (and comments) with some concepts from it.

u/angriwooki · 1 pointr/GetMotivatedBuddies

Check out this book. Although it was created for creative types, i've found it useful in helping me get motivated to do stuff in everyday life tasks.;amp;qid=1412300154&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=war+of+art

u/Micosilver · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

Read or listen to this book:;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1458698226&amp;amp;sr=1-1&amp;amp;keywords=war+of+art

He talks exactly about this. He calls it "resistance": the power that stops us from doing what we should be doing, what causes procrastination, rationalizations, self-sabotage, etc. Great book.

u/FissureFilms · 1 pointr/edmproduction
u/nodle · 1 pointr/Anxiety

I'm a graphic designer, and I too have been struggling with creating. Right now, I'm in the middle of moving, planning a wedding, and what feels like a million other things, but for a time, I had a pretty good routine down.

I found that if I set a schedule for creative time, and stick to it, that eventually, something good will come out of it. You're always going to have bad days. You'll always have nights where you move your pencil around the page for hours and churn out nothing you like. It's part of the gig.

I also found that keeping a list of projects in a notebook was very handy. Instead of spending my creative time worrying about what to work on, I just picked from the list. I also made sure that I didn't have any distractions. It was almost like meditating. I would sit at my desk, and wait. Wait for creativity to come.

Granted, our mediums are different, but I'd suggest giving it a shot. Stick to a creative schedule. Eventually, I think your mind will become accustomed to working at a certain time, and you'll have more success.

Also, find some subreddits or communities where you can talk about your art with other people who enjoy what you do. Share your work. Ask for advice. You might run into an asshole here or there, but that's always going to be the case.

I also spend a lot of time worrying about the future. Worrying about my career, worrying about not being good enough. Try your best to push those thoughts out. I know that's easier said than done. Just sit and wait for it to flow through you.

I'd also suggest checking out this book. It's called The War of Art. The way the author views creativity is exactly what I needed to do in order to find success and stop letting my fears get in the way of doing what I love.

Keep at it. Good luck!

u/GooseNuckle · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

Read The War Of Art, By Steven Pressfield

The whole book is essentially written to answer your question.

u/phantomfromnowhere · 1 pointr/getdisciplined

&gt;why do I want to get better--and I don't really have an answer

I think I found your answer.
&gt;I want to live a longer, healthier life, so eating right and exercising is part of that.

That seems like a good answer to me. That you want to get better so you can live healthier and longer. I know that it might not seem as purposeful as being a doctor or dedicating you life to help people but it's not less right or not less meaningful.

Also you mentioned having a career and money. Is that not a good answer also?

&gt;will make some real progress toward one of these goals, but then get burned out

I struggled with this for years. I still get so fucking pissed when I think back to all the time I wasted. I don't know if this will apply to your situation or help at all but something that opened my eyes was The War of Art

The book spells out all the ways you can sabotage yourself. He names the force stopping you "The Resistance". The Resistance is linked to pre-historic part of our brain called "The Lizard Brain". Which is responsible for fear and rage and reproductive drive. Blog post on the lizard brain

When I stopped my art project half way it wasn't because I was lazy. It was because I was scared that people wouldn't like it.

I don't want to exercise. Not because I'm lazy but because my "lizard brain" is more comfortable at home watching movies.

I don't stop eating a lot of junk food. Not because its too much work to eat healthier but because my "lizard brain" enjoys the ease and pleasures of junk food too much

This view on procrastination, laziness and fear really changed the whole way I look at my work and goals now. I can realize much sooner when I'm trying to avoid things when The Resistance is trying to get to me. I know that if I feel The Resistance telling me not to do it that its a sign that I should do it.

I still fail a lot, have a lot of bad habits and struggle with self discipline but I'm getting better, I'm much more aware of what my real mistakes are and can take steps to improve them.

u/smutforcash · 1 pointr/eroticauthors

Writers block is a myth. Just write. I struggle with sitting down and doing it myself but it's not lack of creativity it's lack of sitting down and writing. Here's my two cents (most of which I need to follow myself!)

-Read [The War Of Art] (;amp;qid=1450114231&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=the+war+of+art&amp;amp;tag=thelexfiles05-20) (or Turning Pro) By James Pressfield. I keep a copy of both near the toilet and it always sets me straight. He talks a lot about what he calls resistance, which is what I now believe in, instead of writers block. Really, really good stuff.

-Dictation can he HUGE if you like doing it. I type really fast so I don't have as much incentive to give it a go but more and more authors seem to be moving in that direction. I read [this] (;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1450114377&amp;amp;sr=1-2&amp;amp;keywords=dictation) and found it to be a no nonsense guide on getting set up for a life of dictation.

-Write in the morning, before you do anything else. We only have so much mental energy every day if you're waiting till the end of the day to write you're going to find yourself drawing on thin reserves. This is the one I have to work on the most. I want to start getting up at 5am every day to write. I'll try again tomorrow!

u/officeaj · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

Here's a short book. You could read it in a weekend without even trying. It's full of stuff like that passage. Because even with the most viable of ideas, you're still going to hit brick walls.;amp;qid=1482382723&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=the+war+of+art
(NOT an affiliate link or anything like that)
edit: Happy to share! Merry Christmas!

u/__dio · 1 pointr/EngineeringStudents

Pressfield calls this Resistance...funny how it applies to just about everything, even though he uses it when referring to procrastinating artists/entrepreneurs.

u/BobJoRaps · 1 pointr/makinghiphop

Thanks. I got the internal editor mining/refining stuff from The Comic's Toolbox and I got the "you aren't your art" stuff from The War of Art. I learned a lot from both books.

u/SpydaX10 · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Read this book and do what it says (even just find it online or something):

u/glumurphonel · 1 pointr/books

Probably the War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It's the best self-help book I've ever found, and the method he writes about really worked for me.

u/Royale-w-Cheese · 1 pointr/books

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

A swift kick in the ass for procrastinators and under-achievers, artistic or otherwise.

u/Akuden · 1 pointr/webdev

The teamtreehouse stuff is alright. My college instructor has been using their videos to teach us stuff. Actually . . . my class is pretty much a scam. I'd also suggest running through

It is a nice little primer and then after they give you a few tools the website asks you to build your own projects. Once you do those projects, the site welcomes you back and into some serious javascript tutorials and on and on. It's a nice way of hand holding and letting go.

A couple sources you might be intimate with already are: --Write code and see it shape right away. You can run preprocessors such as pug on your html, jquery on the javascript, load in frameworks like foundation or bootstrap, sass . . . whatever your fancy is. --When building sites you will want pictures. Here are blank placeholder pictures. Nice site.

A smart phone app called "enki" -- Couple minutes every day for code exercises.

On firefox and chrome "inspect" -- get down and dirty with inspecting pages. If you are on chrome right click a webpage and go to down "inspect". Take a good look at the code. Highlight spots on the website, what is a child of what? Is there a responsive container holding everything ect. When making your own sites, using inspect will help you understand your widths and heights of containers and many other things. Good luck.

Also suggest a book called "The art of war".;amp;qid=1478741594&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=war+of+art

Book just says whatever it is you are trying to do creatively do not give up, and do something in that field every single day. Even if it's shitty. Bonne chance mon ami.

u/ukiluke7 · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

I've experienced the same things you have! Like I know what to do but I just don't do it, then I'll watch something motivational and get myself pumped up! Only to be distracted by something else and go back to the same bleak existence... I know there's a lot of self help books etc, but the book that really struck the nail on it's head for me was: The War of Art And since you want to write a book this could be particularly usefull to you! LMK what you think of it if you end up reading it, very quick and easy read...

u/the_eulogist · 1 pointr/askphilosophy

Not necessarily. It's area of focus is creative endeavors though. The War of Art.

u/ehsahr · 1 pointr/Advice

Read "The War of Art";amp;robot_redir=1

It's not long and I think it may help.

u/rextramus · 1 pointr/edmproduction

The War of Art

Read that and then just sit down and do the work. Instant gratification and art don't always mix well. Put in the work and the gratification you get from finishing will be even greater.

Good luck.

Edit: Fixed a word.

u/firmituri · 1 pointr/getdisciplined

Read this

u/les_diabolique · 1 pointr/goodyearwelt

I probably have 50 or 60 books in the queue, i'm a bit behind!

I finally finished Zero to One by Peter Thiel. It's not a long read, but I've barely had time to read.

Here are some of the books:

u/sumzup · 1 pointr/confession

This might be helpful:

I just started going through it so I don't know how effective it'll be, but it's meant for people who have zero talent at drawing.

u/House_DeMota · 1 pointr/getdisciplined

You've hit rock bottom which is a good thing, now there is only one way to go and that is up. Another plus is that your canvas is clear so you could experiment with different colors to paint a different life for yourself.

But first you need some guidance so open up a few books and read. Stay up and stay strong my friend.

A book that will help is....

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
By Steven Pressfield

u/aiwacht · 1 pointr/Fitness

I think this is a case of focusing on the least effective aspects here. I'd instead suggest taking a two month block to work on perfect form in the basic movements, and focus on only that for that period. Ingrain the basic habits, and then progress. Also, I'd suggest reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield for the motivation side...which is really the discipline side. In other words: your likely totally fine as a person, you are just lacking a few skills. Focus on acquiring the skills rather than beating yourself up. The skills change everything, the self abuse does nothing.

u/skinpop · 1 pointr/samharris

'The War of Art' by Steven Pressfield[0] is a great book on productivity and procrastination in creative endeavors. He introduces the concept "resistance", a force that sabotages your ability to get things done - and offers insights on how to overcome it.



u/Drahkir9 · 1 pointr/gamedev

I kind of have mixed feelings about it. I'm reading the War of Art for the second time, and it advocates almost the exact opposite approach to creative endeavors. Pressfield encourages you to "just do it", in a sense. Simply force yourself to put in the work, and let inspiration find you. Sort of like the old saying "Inspiration can find you, but it has to find you working."

Thanks to that advice I've been able to push past self-doubt and procrastination to put in at least an hour a day of game dev time for some time now. And yeah, my first game won't be anything inspirational or amazing, and maybe Bukowski would say that it didn't burst out of me so maybe I shouldn't have done it. But I'm proud of it, and as the War of Art also taught me, the next project will be even better.

u/the_good_time_mouse · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

This is a short read:;amp;btkr=1

Moreover, how long did it take you to acquire the skills you do have? Do you use them in ways that are entirely personal to you?

Creating music is just a skill, like all the others. Be prepared to feel like you suck for a long time before you ever feel like you are accomplishing anything, possibly forever, even if you do great things.

u/Diplamatik · 1 pointr/MandelaEffect

Here's some residue posted by another redditor that is immune to photoshop - an amazon review of a book by none other than Stan Berenstein:

"A marvelous help for anybody who has ever encountered the resistance of a blank page, an empty canvas or an unyielding musical scale."

u/MidnightPlatinum · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

Hmm... seeing your post history includes both IT and writing...

I'd suggest buying and reading the book "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. I'd do that today if you never have. Load it up on the Kindle PC app and for $7 you have life changing knowledge. You can read most of it in 2 hours or less. Many chapters are less than a page. It is the foundation for many writer's lives.

Second, I'd taking writing classes or enroll in a local writers group that meets and shares regularly. Knowing you'll get feedback each week makes writing rewarding, social, and teaches you the (literally) HUNDREDS of things you need to know to stand a chance at completing and marketing a finished novel. It also adds natural discipline. People who only write "when they feel inspired" are openly laughed at in university English departments. Plus, I've felt my strongest inspirations after I've sat down and just tried to write a scene... thinking about the characters on paper and imagining what they will do next. Inspiration is earned. It is fought for. If you only do what you feel like, you'll have an unfulfilling life!

Beyond that, if you work in IT, it is relatively easy these days to take some classes online for free or cheap and add another specialty to your CV/resume. Think of all the sites you see constantly posted on Reddit/Imgur: Codecademy, Khan Academy, Udemy, etc. Just learn one or two more skills and try looking for some new job positions. Just looking around and checking job postings... that's a motivating act! It often makes people feel like they have hope.

Writing like Suzanne Collins is relatively easy by the way. The vocabulary level is low and the plotting is not that intricate. I'm not saying you'll become famous (your story must be magical and liked by readers for that), but that is not a difficult standard to hit! Just reading a few books on plot, like those by James Scott Bell or "The Writer's Journey" by C. Vogler, will start you powerfully down the path! Your first book will probably suck. No one can write great stories at first. But, by your 2nd book you feel good. And by your fourth or fifth book you are actually good.

u/Selavy · 1 pointr/INTP

I totally agree with you! I also think that creating something is one of the most beautiful things in the world...
but live/society have its ways and so most of us do not believe or follow through with these creative thoughts (even though deep within we know this is what we want to do...)
I am/was in the same situation as you are.
and that is the good thing, there are ways to change this situation.
One book was already mentioned here and I want to recommend another one to you.
It is called 'The Artist's Way'
It is a 12 week 'course' in order to get back on track.
It caught my attention when another one typed as INTP mentioned it in an interview, who is actually successful in the music industry.
I only completed a third of the book by now, but the changes are already immense.

So I can really recommend it to every struggling artist!

as an addition:
have you ever listened to the speech of john cleese about creativity?
this one is very good as a starter and taught me a lot about the creative process.

u/jkersey · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

I would recommend working through The Artist's Way. It has some "self help" kind of stuff, but most of it is about rekindling and embracing artistic creativity.

u/baes90 · 1 pointr/gamegrumps

If I had to hazard a guess on Dan's book since the way of the artist isn't a thing, I would figure it was this book.;amp;qid=1393722724&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=the+artists+way

u/nastylittleman · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

A lot of people swear by The Artist's Way.

u/darknessvisible · 1 pointr/books
u/CatChowGirl · 1 pointr/getdisciplined

You should read the Artist's Way, it's about exactly what you're feeling!

The author has helped dozens of people gradually rebuild their creative spirit from being crushed (due to parents, work, failure) through guided daily journaling, exercises, steps, and explanations about all the barriers that will get in one's way.

The book definitely has flaws and is not the only book you need to be actionable in creating something, but I think it's a good one for building and strengthening your creative foundation.

Best of luck!

u/Mind0fWinter · 1 pointr/infp

I have the exact same problem in my life. I grew up thinking I'd one day be able to take hold of all those cool movie-ideas I had and make them real. Still hasn't happened, and it aches deep down. Sometime I feel like I'm not even a failure because I never really tried. I feel like if only I'd let myself try, I might be amazing at something and discover my real passion. That's all I really want in find my passion. I discovered this program at Barnes and Noble and I'm on Week 1 right now. There's this tool in there called the "morning pages" that seriously does seem to work. It's been hyped quite a bit, so I decided to try it and settle its claims to praise: The Artist's Way: A course in recovering and discovering your creative self

u/Hazcat3 · 1 pointr/tipofmytongue

Published much earlier but might have been republished in 2012: The Artists' Way by Julia Cameron

u/absoluke_pitch · 1 pointr/singing

I think you're refusing to make the creative leap necessary to create music. It will be bad at first, but writing lots of bad melodies is a necessary stage. It's not something you find, but something you create. Here's a video and a book that may help you.

u/bgirlapostle · 1 pointr/writing
u/tianas_knife · 1 pointr/getdisciplined

The Artist's Way did good for me. Specifically the Morning Pages.
Basically, the free-writing got me to the point where I was quite secure in my ability to bullshit on page, giving me confidence in essays. Plus it helped me puke out ideas and thoughts that contributed to my essay writing.

u/mfinkgallery · 1 pointr/painting

I highly recommend reading/re-reading "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron - it's full of tips on how to find/broaden your path as an artist. By the way- one of the great things about creating art of course is that it's a discovery process...there are no "rules."

u/duppyconquerer · 1 pointr/stopdrinking

I was a writer while I was drinking, and drinking was an important part of my "writing process" (ie, drink enough to quiet the angry critic voices, and then write as much as possible before becoming too sloshed to make sense). I actually took a long break from writing when I got sober, because I knew I needed to be nice to myself and I didn't know how to do that while writing.

Eventually I was ready to try again, and I found the Artist's Way helpful. It's kind of fruity, but it does help you to figure out a healthy creative process for yourself. The author is sober, so she knows where we're coming from.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? I'm underemployed right now and really have no excuse not to...

u/famousgoddess · 1 pointr/whattoreadwhen

The Artists' Way by Julia Cameron. A spiritual approach of being an artist.

u/CloudDrone · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Yeah, man. Look, I hope you didn't think I was being too harsh. I tried to make constructive criticism.

I will say this: I really appreciate hearing when artists try things that are different and out of the ordinary. Its necessary, and I will always support artists who try things differently more than artists who tread the same tired waters in a more polished way.

Yes, you could use some practice in the application of your ideas. But I hope this will be a fire under your ass a little to focus in on taking the little elements that you like about what you do, and find a way to do them better. That's where the true magic happens as an artist.

I'm reading a book right now called "So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love" by Cal Newport.

The main idea of the book is breaking down the idea of being motivated to do what you do based on passion, and how that's an idea that can be dangerous. He says we can think about our work in two ways. There is the passion mindset, and the craftsman mindset.

  • In the passion mindset, our focus is on what value our work will bring us.

  • In the craftsman mindset, our focus is on what value we can bring to our work.

    The passion mindset leads us to find more heartbreak and creative blocks in our workflow because of our expectations for the kind of feelings and value we perceive our work to be adding to our life.

    The craftsman mindset however, is much more fulfilling, realistic, and helpful in the long run. Our minds become not consumed with the grandiose ideas of how amazing our work is, and instead are focused on how we can improve them. This ultimately leads to a point where our work is undoubtedly much more full of value, because of all the energy we put into giving our work value. We can't help but feel the value in our work. We don't have to rely on vague abstractions of passion and trying to stay optimistic with our work, because we know exactly how much work we put into it.

    I have found this to be especially true, and there are a lot of other theories and things I've found along the way that support it too.

    The book mentions Ira Glass's Famous quote on advice for beginners. The idea that we've got to just keep working and learning and improving and not focus on how good our work is. Here's a really nicely animated version of the short speech.

    Then there's the famous 10,000 hour idea from Malcom Gladwell's book Outliers ( The idea that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a master. I always take that with a grain of salt, but there is something to it. I generally take it though that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberately working on getting better to become a true master. 10,000 hours of casual playing will make you a master at casual playing. Like Kenny G. (who I still consider a master, by the way. He's the best at what he does, even if what he does is fucking simple)

    Another of my favorites is the story from the book "Art &amp; Fear" ( about the pottery teacher who turned one semester class into an experiment. He split the class into two halves. One half were told they would be graded on only one pot that they could spend all semester working on, and the other class were told they would be graded on the amount of pots they created. The long story short is that the side of the class who took all semester working on one pot had inferior pots than the side of the class who wasn't graded on the quality of work, but by the quantity they produced. The side who made a lot of pots gave themselves so many opportunities to learn from their mistakes simply because they gave themselves the freedom to make them. Once you do something so many times, little changes each time mean you find a better method. There is only so much you can do to improve when the approach hasn't been practiced, and all the fundamental skills haven't been repeated over and over.

    Something that can help us to keep in this mindset is from one of my favorite books "The Artists Way" by Julia Cameron ( She suggests a practice to help artists work through creative blocks by a process of freewriting with a pen and paper, a practice she recommends for every kind of artist. She suggest starting every single day out with writing 3 pages of longhand writing without stopping. The only rule is to not stop. You write and write, even if you have to repeat stupid things over and over because you can't think of anything else. You come up with ways to keep yourself from stopping by writing about your day, or your grocery list, or saying "this is stupid" over and over. Anything to keep you from stopping. It gets the juices out and you keep going and going, and going. You practice getting over the fear of making the mistakes. You are practicing your art. Free expression where there are no mistakes. You practice coming up with ways to keep going. Then when you are done with the three pages, you close up the notebook and you don't read over it. You are done with the pages and you move on with your day. There is no reason to look over what you wrote since you are not critiquing what you wrote. The process is about getting over creative blocks and creatively acting without hesitation. I've found this practice to be invaluable.

    Some advice that started to help me was to not spend too much time on each of my songs deliberating over details, until I was good enough where it was hurting the final product to not dive in deeper. I also don't listen to my tracks over after finishing. Instead, when I finish a song, or make a recording. I listen to it and set it aside and begin working on something else. After at least a day, or sometimes more, I listen to it with a notepad and take notes as objectively as I can, and try to find ways in which I would have improved on the song. Things I could have done better or approached differently. If its a couple of small things, I might fix them right there, but if its a bunch of bigger things, I just appreciate that I learned a lot from that song and try to incorporate what I learned into a new song to practice it.

    All of these all point toward the same thing, and I hope you find some of the advice useful if you try it out. I'm not telling you this because I think your music sucks, but because I think you have what it takes because of how you are trying things outside of the ordinary.

    My ideas to all artists: Abandon thoughts of your work being brilliant. Focus on keeping moving. Let yourself make terrible music. Learn from your mistakes without getting down on yourself. One finished song that you had to think creatively to get to work even though it sucked, is a better use of your time than 20 unfinished alright ideas sitting as loops. If you do like making lots of loops, export them as audio loops and churn them out like an assembly line. Don't deliberate on every move when your time would be better spend actively working through a block. In art, mistakes is where magic happens. Hone in on your mistakes and see if you can let them dictate the direction of where your song goes. Focus on improving your skills instead of feeling good about being an artist.

    I hope this wasn't just a bunch of gibberish. Let me know what you think about this kind of stuff if you're interested. I'm always down to talk about it when I can't be making music.
u/yourbasicgeek · 1 pointr/writing

Oh! You absolutely should read The Artist's Way. Among the habits Julia Cameron gets you to create is "morning pages," that is, write 3 pages first thing, every single morning. I followed that advice for three or four years, and it made a difference in my creativity.

What you write about doesn't matter, it really doesn't. My morning pages rambled on everything from what to cook for dinner today to being mad at my boss to "oh no what am I going to write about for work" ( which case I discovered that I regularly explained to myself exactly how I'd solve that problem). If I really had nothing to write about I'd write, "I have no idea why I am writing this when I have absolutely nothing to write about." Except that was boring, and I found something to write about ("Let's describe the tree outside the window, because what the hell").

Once you realize that you don't have to write "about" something, that you can just write -- particularly if nobody is reading this -- it's rather freeing. It takes the "oh it must be meaningful and important!" out of your creativity. Which, naturally, makes it a lot easier to be creative.

u/Foolness · 1 pointr/productivity

Good post but it's missing references.

The poster book for Stoicism and productivity mixed together: The Obstacle is the Way

Not sure about the rest but for subjectivity, I'm guessing The Now Habit

Guess for negativity bias Predictably Irrational

Guess for think objectively Succeed

Guess for advice to friends The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I guess this goes to explain my downvote. I'm not really expecting a fully referenced article but it goes to show that either productivity concepts are overrated and can be summed up in one short article or the concepts, as written in the article, is vastly under-represented if not mis-represented.

I'm sure my lone vote won't matter much in the river of upvotes and congrats for giving your site and articles that "Seth Godin" touch but you could do better.

u/Godphree · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

A couple weeks ago a wolf recommended The Now Habit. I got it from the library and it's very helpful. When you said "I'm not attempting anything new because I might fail" I thought of the book because it tells you how to get over that obstacle. It teaches you how to talk to yourself not in "I should" or "I have to" but instead, "When can I start."

Is some of the problem that you don't know what you want to do? If that's the case, I recommend another book, Living Out Loud. There are several activities that lead you to think about what you want to do, and planning out the steps towards doing them. HTH. Best of luck!

u/zeta_orionis · 1 pointr/getdisciplined

I think the biggest thing to tackle is the negative self-talk. It doesn't matter how successful or unsuccessful you are if you constantly treat yourself as a failure and let others who call you a failure get to you. You are not a failure; you have made mistakes and failed. You are not garbage; you might have taken actions that aren't that great, but that doesn't make you a garbage person. Don't let your sense of self-worth get tied up in your schooling, and don't let others tear you down.

If you can, I'd recommend attending therapy, if only as an outlet for your thoughts and feelings. I went to therapy and it changed my life. Don't worry if people make fun of you for it; you're making you and better you, don't let others get to you.

One of the best books I found for dealing with negative self-talk and how it affects your work is The Now Habit. I'd highly recommend it!

u/johnchidiac · 1 pointr/productivity

This is nice tutorial on using the Unschedule which is part of The Now Habit by Dr. Neil Fiore

u/Moomium · 1 pointr/getdisciplined

Read this book. I found it really helpful.

u/Singmee · 1 pointr/sanfrancisco

I found the chapters in this book "The Now Habit" around perfectionism to be very helpful.

u/GetOutOfBox · 1 pointr/funny

Although not obviously related to your feelings, I HIGHLY suggest reading "The Now Habit". It's the go-to book for dealing with procrastination, which I find is a pretty common habit that significantly worsens such worries.

I know there a lot of bullshit self-help books out there, but this one is based on actual scientific principal, and is one you'll probably seen on any good psychiatrist's shelf. I wept in the first few pages because he cut right to my core; feelings I was certain did not exist in me poured into the open, and suddenly, there was hope :)

u/Elendira · 1 pointr/getting_over_it

To begin...

I'm glad to hear that it sounds like I haven't offended you with trying to be silly, as that wasn't my intent. :/ I was pretty worried about it, honestly, and if I did and you're just not saying, I really do apologize. I'm in a very similar ship, so I meant to commiserate. My self esteem is getting better, but it's still quite low and fluctuates a lot.

&gt; It's also very hard to try and be positive about myself when people treat me like I'm garbage. It validates my core negative beliefs about being unlikeable, socially inept, unlovable and just plain worthless and undeserving of love. :s

Sadly, I understand that all too well, and I unfortunately don't have any real advice to you other than that you have to keep trying to counter those thoughts. Which, if you're feeling like I've felt, can be one of the hardest things ever. What I had to do was say positive affirmations to myself religiously in the shower, OUT LOUD. Every day, over and over again. They were really uncomfortable, and I thought they were hokey, but they helped. I couldn't really face myself in the mirror and do it, and the noise of the shower helped me feel less self conscious. I also had a therapist that would harp on me (kindly) if I didn't do it, so I eventually did it regularly.

However, I understand completely how hard it is to say these things when you don't feel like they're true. That's why I was trying to focus on the logical aspect. Heck, I know that what other people think only affects me if I let it (technically), and that what really matters is my own self esteem, but that's really bloody hard to translate into reality.

As for failed relationships or whatever, you have honestly no real idea what happened there. I'm sorry to be the one to inform you, but you're not a psychic. :P I pretend to be too, and I have to remind myself all the damn time that I don't honestly know what is going on in someone else's life. I'm pretty good at reading other people and picking up on non-verbal cues, but if someone is upset, I jump to the conclusion that it's because of something I did. I still do, but less than I did. Really, just being aware of this mind-reading is the most important thing you can do. Actively combating takes time, but it CAN be done.

Take a moment to really think about it. Have you ever been upset or grumpy at work or around others because of something totally unrelated? I certainly have. I've had people think I was upset with them because of a face or visible discomfort, when all it really was was an upset stomach. I've also flaked out on plans with friends simply because I was feeling too depressed to go out that day, but I was too ashamed to fully communicate that fact to them. They thought I was upset with them, but really, it was just a personal matter. Is it not fair to think that that could be the case with some of your interactions with other people too? Sadly, some of your suitors could have been scared away just because you maybe were anxious and your body language was screaming, "Don't come by me!" As such, I stand by my statement that your first and most important step would be to try to improve your self esteem/anxiety.

Yes, it's a long process. Yes, you will fail. Again, IT'S OKAY. It's totally okay to mess up. It's TOTALLY fine. It has NO reflection on your worth as a person if you mess up. I am straight up giving you permission to fail. I hope when you're a little stronger, you can give yourself that permission too!

As for what particularly happened with Nick specifically, I honestly have no idea. I'm guessing it's just that he probably felt like he was putting himself out there and didn't understand your more subtle signs that you returned his affection. :/ Sadly, some people just don't seem to be patient in matters of love, but that's okay. Honestly, it took a really long time to get with my fiance-we met online, we're both shy, and the only way he ever found out I liked him was that I got super emotional one day and just flat out told him in an email. (I was sick of him telling me about all his little crushes actually.) Then, I literally ran away to a friend's house several states away for a mini-vacation. X_X Luckily, he was my best friend by this point and things didn't get very awkward after my confession. He didn't realize how much I meant to him really until I ran away either, so I guess it worked out in the end. It wasn't exactly the best response I could have had, but I needed it at the time.

My point is that love is a tricky thing that cannot be easily evaluated. Sometimes you just have to accept not knowing as the answer and try to move on. Sometimes, you have to go way outside of your comfort zone and just be totally direct with someone.

Of course, I felt the same about not finding anyone, and it actually was about 5 years from my last real relationship. I sort of just tumbled into it on accident. It's a bit trite, but hobbies are a great place to find like-minded people. With the internet now, it's a lot easier to find others that enjoy the same activities. I happen to be a big dork, so my SO and I met on World of Warcraft. It's an LDR, but we've met in person a number of times, and I'm positive that he's the one for me. This is not something for you to use to flog yourself with if you're feeling that compulsion (as I would if the situation were reversed)-it's to give you hope!

As for meditation, I liked Headspace a lot because it's very novice-friendly. There's a lot of positive affirmations in it, and you start off with only ten minutes a day. If you need "assistance" finding the files, let me know and I'll give you some pointers.

I would also like to recommend this DBT workbook, as I found it to be helpful for me in starting to overcome my default negative thoughts. I think DBT works a little better than CBT in that regard, and it 's written in such a way that is very forgiving.

As strange as it might sound, The Now Habit helped me a decent bit with my self-esteem too. It focuses on procrastination, but procrastination stems from perfectionism/fear of doing poorly.

Anyway, I'm not a therapist. I've been to plenty throughout the years, and I've been in this boat before. My best advice to you is truly to try to focus on caring about yourself. When you can love yourself more, when you can feel worthy of love, that is when you make the connections that last a lifetime.

The only constant you'll ever have in this life is yourself. I'm not saying you're doomed to go it alone, just that if you can learn to at least tolerate yourself, it'll make the going a lot easier. :)


u/tekmon · 1 pointr/stopsmoking

I quit adderall when I quit smoking. I had to because addy just makes you chain smoke like you're running an unhealthy marathon. No matter what you're better off without the ciggs and without the adderall. My first week was pretty horrible in terms of concentration and productivity... but slowly it came back - the natural way. The main reason for quitting adderall (besides smoking) was the side effects of an enlarged heart. That did not sound cool to me.

I really do think ADD is in our heads. It's not a real disease. If you're having problems with productivity, read the Now Habit. If you're diets poor... go watch Forks over Knives. I'm becoming a believer that being shitty in life can be attributed to poor habits and poor diet. I didn't think I would be saying those things 3 months ago but here we are.

u/Bill_Kuzzington · 1 pointr/AskReddit

This is exactly what The Now Habit covers

u/T-Bills · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

You meant "how do I stop procrastinating".

Actually LPT for you - check this out from Amazon or your local library. This book outlines why people procrastinate, how people do it, makes you become aware of your habits, and some tips on how to resolve that problem. Personally I like this book over other "5 tricks to get things done etc." since it actually digs into the roots.

u/njjc · 1 pointr/trees

Hey frient,

I have the same problem. I think every human does; the difference with the people you see specialized in one thing is that they had a certain impetus when the going got rough, when they hit the inevitable plateau where the learning process slows.

This is difficult but not impossible to learn to get passed. Find your passion and set goals. If it's weed, learn to do other things than smoke it: bake, grow, work in a dispensary, improve joint rolling skills. Set big goals with intermediary small goals so you don't lose motivation. Abandon goals you care less about or have been languishing over for years.

I recently read an amazing book on the subject of procrastination, The Now Habit. I "highly" recommend it. Much of life is a game you play with your mind. Paying attention to your thoughts and how you mentally deal with situations throughout your day is the secret to improving your life.

Good luck to all my fellow Ents out there.

u/oujea · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

The Now Habit try reading this, it teaches you how to motivate yourself and not procrastinate.

u/InevitableSuccess · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

Check out the book The Now Habit.

In the book, he goes deeply into the reasons we procrastinate. A major point is that you always procrastinate for a reason. We procrastinate instead of working because we get a reward from procrastination. Sometimes that reward is relief from anxiety about fear of failure, for example. So in order to stop procrastinating, it's really helpful to emphasize the rewards of doing work. For example, when I sit down to work on my thesis, I say to myself, "I choose to work on my thesis for 30 minutes because every time I work on my thesis, I get a little closer to realizing my dreams of getting a PhD and an amazing job. Besides, I enjoy being productive and accomplishing things."

It's really important to emphasize the positives and eliminate the negatives of doing work. Best of luck!

u/littlegermany · 1 pointr/de

Zu 3: Neil Fiore - The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play. Ich weiß leider nicht, obs das auf Deutsch gibt, aber es ist auf Englisch recht einfach zu lesen. Der geht das recht systematisch an. Witzigerweise darfst du erstmal ~2 Wochen weitermachen, aber dabei "Buch führen". Immer dann, wenn du dich bei Aufschieberitis ertappst, dann schreibst du das in eine Liste. Wann? Welche Aufgabe? Wovor hast du Angst? etc...

Ich fands gut; es ist wirklich eine strategische Rangehensweise. Als letzten Witz: Kauft sich einer ein Buch über Prokrastination und liest es dann nicht. Man kann gut mit dem Buch arbeiten, das Ergebnis fällt aber nicht vom Himmel :)

Zu 1): Streich dir nicht selber die Geldquelle. Nie. Jetzt biste Prokrastinator mit wenig Geld, danach biste Prokrastinator ohne Geld. Letzteres sind noch trübere Aussichten; deinem Selbstwertgefühl wird das bestimmt keinen Boost geben!

Und bleib bei deiner kleinen Liste mit den Tageszielen! Das ist eine sehr gute Idee und die Bewältigung gelingt dir anscheinend auch. Kein Scheiss - ich find das Klasse!

u/glasspenguin · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Get The Now Habit by Neal Fiore. Every procrastinator should read it. The techniques in that book helped me to have fun and get stuff done.

I found this book to be so helpful that I've recommended it lots and lots, and have bought numerous copies for friends.

u/erokar · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I recommend The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play. Sensible explanation of the underlying problem, practical exercises.

u/o0o · 1 pointr/INTP

I was recommended this book some time ago; I might need to read it again. :)

u/KnitAJesso · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm late to the party, because I missed the original thread, but this book has been helping me a lot.

Also, HabitRPG helps me with things I need to do daily/regularly, and with to-do lists. You get XP for completing tasks, and lose HP for putting them off too long.

u/interestedurbanist · 1 pointr/productivity

yep, it's great. so is The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. i return to both books a few times per year.

u/mdawsonart · 1 pointr/learnart

I see a lot of improvement and you should be proud of yourself.

As for suggestions, at this point the most important thing for you to do is to keep getting the mileage down. I know that's not what you want to hear, but drawing every day and drawing a wide variety of subjects will objectively be the key ingredient to moving forward.

If you want a more specific critique, I think your edges need work. You're doing a lot of line petting, which shows a lack of confidence when you lay down marks. This is completely normal and will go away with time, but training yourself to lay down confident lines will help sharpen a number of skills in ways you wouldn't expect.

I tend to advocate this book frequently, but I would really recommend picking up Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. You can find a used copy relatively cheap, and there is a library's worth of valuable information inside. The book is highly focused on stepping away from "symbolic drawing," and actually drawing what you see - and while you are clearly past that point now, she thoroughly covers a ton of different subjects and exercises, many of which I think you could still learn a lot from.

One last bit of advice: you should consider working on studies. A study is a drawing you approach with a specific learning experience in mind. For example, you could potentially benefit from putting some time into a value study - that is to say, a drawing where you put the most energy into making sure your darks and lights are as close to the reference image as possible. Print out a simple black and white picture, then do your best to recreate what you see accurately by comparing them as you go.

Good luck, keep drawing!

u/enaidyl · 1 pointr/TheLastAirbender

Look into Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain. It actually addresses your complaints, which from what I can tell, Art Fundamentals does not.

u/SteelCrow · 1 pointr/audiobooks
u/Kezreck · 1 pointr/FurryArtSchool

I picked up that particular book (I assume it's this one ). And I agree, it's really, really dumbed down. If you just google "how to draw anthros" or "anthro line art" you'll find plenty of free blogs and the like with just as much information as the book. It's not that the book is bad, it's just not worth what I paid for it.

/u/jackiebird has some great suggestions, but I'd also like to add Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. It's not specific to anthro drawing, but gives a LOT of good concepts to build a foundation. It focuses primarily on how to get into the proper mindset for drawing and it really helped me get started (even though I still have a lot of practice ahead). It's targeted specifically at beginners.

u/crankykong · 1 pointr/twitchplayspokemon

I want to start practicing, do you have any tips? I've heard good things about drawing on the right side of the brain, might try that book out.

u/thefadderly · 1 pointr/comicbooks

drawing on the right side of the brain by betty edwards. excellent book.

u/moondawg5000 · 1 pointr/learnart

Well, the top things that people will probably tell you to focus on are value and perspective. Probably because they tend to be the hardest things to just pick up. There are loads of places online to get help with these, many of which are probably over on the sidebar of this sub. Many people recommend Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain if you're into books. I'm not sure you'd love the exercises in there, but they're valuable.

Honestly, I think if you draw as much as possible, seek criticism of your work and use it to improve, and do it mindfully you can go pretty far.

u/Superkroot · 1 pointr/learnart

Drawing on the right side of the brain is a good start, there's a reason people keep on recommending it for you!

Andrew Loomis's books is also good (all free there in digital form)

Constructive Anatomy by George Bridgeman

Imaginative realism by James Gurney more about painting and finishing, better for more advanced stuff.

Other than that, just draw things! Just anything and everything, it will help!

u/nairebis · 1 pointr/pics

It looks like wizardry, but it really isn't. I drew like a five year old until I resolved I was going to learn how to do it. I learned "the secret", and actually lost interest because "the secret" was actually more interesting than putting in the work to getting good at it. And that's really all it takes... practice. The OP is good because the OP has practiced for a lot of hours. And that's not to diminish the OP's skill, because it is definitely an extremely skillful drawing. Only that it's not magic, it's practice. I respect the amount of work that the OP put into learning the skill.

The "secret", by the way, is that you don't learn to draw, you learn to see. When you learn to see what is really in front of you, that's when you start to draw realistically.

There are numerous books that teach you the basics, but the one I learned from was Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. (Clean amazon link).

If you look at the sample drawings from that book, it looks like magic how much improvement people go through in the first 8 weeks. It's not. If you go through the exercises, you too can destroy the sense of magic of seeing someone draw realistically. :)

Edit: Look at page 19 and 20 of the sample display. Those are actually after only 4 days.

u/xroche · 1 pointr/videos

The book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is basically exploiting the probable differences between right/left hemispheres of the brain, and cites this clinical case.

u/Muhvugga · 1 pointr/needadvice

Try the book "Drawing on the right side of the brain" by Betty Edwards. It's inexpensive and contains many exercises and techniques one would find in an entry level visual arts course.

u/sleepingsquirrel · 1 pointr/INTP

Just throwing out some topic areas that have interested me lately:

  • Manual metal machining (lathe/mill)
  • Welding / brazing
  • glass blowing / lamp work
  • cellular automata
  • superconductivity
  • watchmaking / clockwork
  • thermodynamics / entropy / heat engines
  • common lisp
  • turtle geometry
  • hypnosis
  • reading body language
  • woodworking
  • electroplating / electrochemical machining
  • Bayesian probability
  • analog translinear circuits
  • cellular biology

    Things on my todo list to learn more about in the future:

  • chemistry
  • differential equations
  • plastics
  • knots
  • metallurgy
  • fractional calculus
  • space filling curves
  • self-assembling / self-replicating machines / structures
  • Quines
  • jewelry making
  • metrology
  • molecular biology

    Other things...

  • regular expressions
  • Astronomy
  • Telescope making / optics (grinding mirrors)
  • topology
  • Theory of relativity
  • ice sculptures
  • philosophy of math, intuitionism, ultra-finitism.
  • wood finishing
  • switching power supply topologies
  • bicycle making
  • illusions / magic tricks
  • electrophoresis
  • social insect behavior
  • Godel's theorem
  • Game theory
  • tesla coils
  • gun smithing
  • drawing
  • n-body choreographies

u/caitface · 1 pointr/learnart

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (! Lots of tips for improving drawing skills and portraits in particular.

u/BluShine · 1 pointr/gamedev

Personally, I'm more of a learn-by-doing person. I would suggest looking for some local art classes. Color theory sounds like it would be the most useful thing for you.

If you do end up buying a book, try to find one that has lots of exercises, and basically treat it like a class. Don't just read all the way to the end of the book in one sitting. Read a chapter, do the exercises from the chapter, and then wait a day or two before you move on to the next chapter.

The book Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain is a good example of what you should look for. It's obviously tempting to say "I don't need to know about drawing!" when you work primarily digitally, but learning drawing really teaches you a lot about the fundamentals: perspective, composition, light and shadow, etc. To re-use my musician analogy, pretty much all composers start by learning to play an instrument (usually piano) before they start writing music. You don't need to be an expert, but it's very important to understand the fundamentals.

Oh, also apparently the same author has a book on color theory, but I haven't personally read it. Might be worth a try.

u/Niaxus · 1 pointr/learnart;amp;qid=1487777403&amp;amp;sr=8-1&amp;amp;keywords=drawing+on+the+right+side+of+the+brain

An absolute must have book for every artist. I wouldn't trade this one book for an entire year of art school, it's that good and it's that helpful.;amp;psc=1&amp;amp;smid=A2FQ5GG01HBOZ1

I'm in love with the tri-grip design of these pencils! Comes with sharpener and eraser, now just snag a Strathmore sketch book and boom you're all set!

Just always remember a few things. It's not about the product it's about the process, meaning have fun with it and don't worry so much about how it'll turn out. Don't let anybody discourage you, especially yourself! You obviously have a passion for this, I think all you need is the right tools and a push in the right direction and you'll just take off. Draw everyday, draw everyway. Art is simply a way to communicate feelings and perceptions when words simply won't suffice.

As far as this particular sketch goes. It really isn't that bad and there is no right or wrong answers, it's all about what you want to do better. The only thing I would have done differently is turned the entire face about fifteen to thirty degrees to the left and I would have chosen a light source from the very beginning before I even begin to draw the subject. Yeah for some reason humans are the most difficult thing for us to draw and paint. Which is way it's such a good place to start!

u/anti-realist · 1 pointr/darksouls3

Its been a long journey but I am definitely still learning. The book Drawing with the Left Side of the Brain has a lot of really decent activities that can get you started:

The problem is that it is like any other skill in that the time involved getting to a level you are happy with can take a LOT of time and forces you to neglect other things you could be doing with your time.

u/deadjustdontknowit · 1 pointr/ask

I would suggest a book to help guide you called Drawing on the Right side of the Brain.

You will get more in depth knowledge and ideas from this book than I can convey on Reddit.

u/cidian · 1 pointr/psychedelicartwork

[Excellent book] ( for quickly learning the fundamentals of drawing.

u/Soleras · 1 pointr/learnart

I like the last two, I can feel the mood they're giving. First of them is quite regal, the other really into their guitar. I want to give gesture advice but let's back up.

  • Practice your lines. Draw less of them, and draw them more confidently. Draw lightly to compensate. Draw straight lines for practice. Lots of them. Straight lines, curved lines, circles, ovals. Try to repeat the same line / curve / shape over and over in your practice.
  • Drawing is about seeing. Drawing what you actually see. Our brains are damn good at simplifying. Practice drawing objects in real life.
  • This book was invaluable to beginner me:

    Gesture / quick drawing advice:

  • Try sticking with straight lines. Short ones when you need a curve. It's easier for me and looks structured.
  • Gestures are quick and simple but they're still 2d images pretending to be 3d. Instead of drawing a circle and a rectangle for a subject's head and body, gesture out an egg shape and a rectangle shape.

    Best of luck! You got this!
u/ilovethefall- · 1 pointr/philadelphia

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, 100% amazing and really worth plugging through it. No need to take a class, this book really trains your brain how to look at things differently. Get some good Dixon Ticonderoga pencils to start with.

A doctor suggested this to me as a way to deal with recovering from an illness after a week stay in the hospital about 15 years ago. I can't recommend it enough.

u/whodis90 · 1 pointr/Needafriend

you might wanna checkout these two books too while you are at it -

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition ...

You Can Draw in 30 Days: The Fun, Easy Way to Learn ... -


good luck!

u/D_Z_W_X · 1 pointr/learnart

I recommend this book. The exercises in it can be really difficult, but if you do them, you will improve.

u/sayerious · 1 pointr/graphic_design

Layout + Color

Picture This by Molly Bang


Second vote for Elements of Typographic Style, excellent book.

Drawing, honestly at the start the biggest key to growth is going to be drawing as much as you can. You're going to suck for a while so start getting those bad drawings out of you. There's a ton of great people to watch on YouTube (Sycra Yasin, Glenn Vilppu, Stan Prokopenko, Steve Huston). I've seen Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain recommended by many. I'm not crazy about it myself but I didn't read as a beginner artist so I probably didn't get as much out of it as I could have.

u/nomotivationandtired · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

The point is to draw, it's the process, not the end.

Do this program it works, and not just for nudes! LOL

u/Charlie_Warlie · 1 pointr/drawing

Looks like a pretty good start to me. How did you do this? Did you copy from an image or drawing or just go from scratch?

I'll throw out a few pointers if you don't mind, but I guess you wouldn't because you asked.

When shading, me mindful of the direction of your strokes. If the thing you're shading is curved, your strokes should follow that curve. You did this well in some areas, like the largest valve coming off the heart, but you have more of a flat shade on others (like the 3 top ones), and the result is that it makes the image look flat.

Get a nice and defined outline of your heart. Typically, the edges of round objects are darker than the front so it's okay to get a nice thick line around your subject like this. Some areas, like the bottom of the heart, are too sketchy.

Maybe use more than 1 lead hardness. Use softer leads for darker lines when you need them.

Having something to complete the image would help, like a background or something.

I'm no expert, but I could never sketch all through highschool, then I went to college for architecture and we were required to read this book and it really clicked for me. That, and practicing sketching in class for a semester, and I'm no expert, but I love sketching now. Here are some sketches I've done on a recent trip to Italy.

I'd say, keep practicing and enjoy the time.

u/OftenPyr · 1 pointr/learnart

I heard this book recommended a lot on this sub, so I picked it up the other day. Reproducing Picasso's portrait of Igor Stravinsky upside down is one of the exercises, soI figured a lot of you guys have probably done it as well.

u/syrah900 · 1 pointr/learnart

I've just started learning to draw. Actually, I've always sketched a bit, but I wanted a firm foundation in drawing. I'm currently reading and doing the exercises in this book: It's been recommended by a lot of people.

It's really good, and I already see improvement in my drawing.

And read this book while you're at it (it's not just about comics but about drawing and symbols and how they work on our brains):

u/FrontpageWatch · 1 pointr/longtail

&gt;I've been around MFA on and off since 2011 and noticed that a common problem still crops up in threads all the time: people get bored with a basic or formulaic way of dressing and don't know what to do next.
&gt;I've begun writing on this topic privately for some friends, and wanted to see if there were others on /r/MFA who also wish to reach the point at which they can confidently understand how to dress in more complex ways than the typical uniform. A lot of times the advice is "lurk SuperFuture or Styleforum," which, while helpful, is not directly instructive and requires a ton of time, absorption, and wading through less-than-useful threads to progress.
&gt;My method to get you past the MFA uniform doldrums is based on Betty Edwards' bestselling "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." Edwards' book teaches readers that drawing successfully is less a matter of mystical or innate skill, and more a matter of learning to really see what is in front of you.
&gt;Usually, those who don't know how to 'see' will pull from a library of visual symbols learned in childhood, when drawing: a football shape with a dot in the middle is an eye; a square with a triangle on top represents a house. Obviously, drawing these things don't capture the accuracy of this eye, or this house. The symbol-library is a left-brain approach; the 'true sight' is a right-brain approach. Edwards' mission is to get inexperienced drawers to activate the malnourished right sides of their brain.
&gt;Likewise, I believe that current instructive fashion material skews heavily towards the left brain. Categories like 'peacoat' and 'button-down' are delineated and form the building blocks of understanding dress. I believe this is left-brain thinking that prevents people from 'seeing' in the way Edwards describes. It is rare (from my perspective, unheard of) that anyone is taught to look at garments in an artistic sense. There is a 'you get it or you don't' mentality, and I believe it doesn't have to be this way.
&gt;The writing I've done so far, and hope to delve much further into if people are interested, explains how learning to view clothing in the same way that artists view drawing will let you move beyond the MFA uniform. In addition to the explanation, I am also working on a series of exercises that will help you put this newfound understanding into practice. Whether you want to go for crazy silhouettes or stick to a warm, minimalistic look, you'll have gained a new way of seeing clothing. With that comes a new command over a language, not just that of looking good in the GQ or Esquire sense, but of self-expression.
&gt;tl;dr I'm gauging interest in an eBook that will propel you out of the basic MFA uniform to dressing like your favorite Internet fashion people. If you are interested, please send a note to "[email protected]" letting me know so I can notify you when the ebook's ready.
&gt;edit: This book does not supplant learning, or a natural transition into developing your eye, any more than reading and putting into practice Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain instantly makes you an accomplished artist. It is just meant to speed and smooth the transition. I also see the book not as a prescriptive guide, but an interesting new framework in which to view fashion, that will be interesting to people anywhere on the fashion experience spectrum.

u/micredable · 1 pointr/learnart
u/astragal · 1 pointr/singapore

This one's a bit wordy but it's more about teaching you how to learn to draw instead of how to draw, if that makes any sense.

u/Nakage · 1 pointr/Unity2D

I absolutely LOVE seeing aspiring artists :)

I will say the same thing to everyone who is at this point who is truly serious about improving their artwork. I suggest picking up the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards.

It's a 1 week, 4-8 hour a day book that will teach you how to see your art in a better light, and I think it will be much more useful to you than anything I could say about your work. (If you put up with the psuedoscience in the book, it's very worth it :)

So, I'll give some advice that will help after you've read it, just so I'm not leaving you dry with only a book, but I cannot stress this enough, don't do anything else until you read this book!


From a compositional standpoint, I love it. It shows character with the pose that he has, having a large sword, not wearing anything, giant demonic wings.

From the larger perspective, you have everything you need, but I suggest really emphasizing a lot of the strong points here. Make the sword much larger, make his pose more exaggerated by making it look like his weight is truly shifted on one leg (Try copying the pose yourself and see what you can change. Take a picture if you have the option, even better have someone else take a picture)

Really emphasize that explosion in the background. Curve the wings more, and try to get them to flow with the pose, and really push out his casual attitude. Maybe even having the wings retracted could help in this :)

These are all fairly minor things in the grand scheme. I love it, so please, please keep going forward! Read the book, and what I say will make more sense. If you need any help understanding the concepts behind this stuff, let me know and I'll point you in the right direction. I really hope to see where you go with this!

u/opie2 · 1 pointr/learnart

I'm going to suggest a book I found very helpful when I was learning how to draw - Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. While some of the "neuroscience" may be a bit out of date, it is an excellent introduction to learning how to draw what you are actually SEEING as opposed to what some mental construct tells you you are seeing. This is a critical key to life drawing and to seeing that it is a skill that can be learned just like any other skill, with practice.

u/PSGWSP · 1 pointr/worldbuilding

That's not terrbible.

This book helped me a lot.

u/ExtrovertBrooke · 1 pointr/Art

I see you have a good start to what could become a great passion for you. I personally love drawing and I think this book could be just what you need to teach you how to REALLY see things. There are things in the book that regular drawing teachers don't tell you how to actually visualize things. If you actually read it and do all the exercises I think you will find it very helpful! I did. :)

u/Revenchule · 1 pointr/Art

You can most definitely train those things. Drawing a lot (a lot) helps. Talent is a significant factor in art, sadly, but it doesn't mean you can't learn how to draw well. You just won't be Salvador Dali at age 5, well, neither was he. Some artists were early prodigies, some weren't.

But, seriously, muscle control and visual thinking are trainable. The whole problem with this "talent" stuff is people start thinking it isn't just because they weren't born with it.

Look at

u/kidsampson22 · 1 pointr/howto

If you are interested in learning to draw, I can only recommend one book. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

I used this book and realized that I could draw, which I had no idea I could do since I only was able to draw stick figures before.

u/cptwacky · 1 pointr/Art
u/Otatopu · 1 pointr/ArtCrit

This can't be considered "finished" by the realism standards, you should consider filling the contours with pencil, even if lightly, and if you still have your reference, try to look a little more at it, see how light and shadow behave on its surface.
Realism/drawing from life is mainly observation, would be great if you read some books on the subject. keys to drawing and drawing on the right side of the brain are a good place to start. They may help you learn how to hold the pencil correctly, measure effectively, also may show the basics of light and shadow, and perspective.

u/RoosterOnCommand · 1 pointr/learnart

If you’re still interested in improving your portrait skills I’d recommend you to get the book called “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”

Here’s the Amazon link:

u/hotend · 1 pointr/JordanPeterson

If you mean artistically creative, then learn to draw. This book will be helpful if you don't know where to start:

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

Older editions are good. To learn to draw figures well, you will need to take life classes and study basic anatomy.

u/gandhikahn · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Drawing is all about regular practice, I used to be terrible at it, but after an absurd amount of practice I'm halfway decent in general and actually pretty good at my favorite kind.

This is the best book I've found for people who want to learn to draw.

u/CasualMeerkat · 1 pointr/learnart

Wow thats awesome! I would love to see a pic man. Can i ask you, what version of the book did you get? is it The 4th edition?

u/jacobolus · 1 pointr/math

This is worth working on, starting from scratch if you have to.

Unfortunately you can’t go tell your parents/caretakers/teachers to spend more time working on your hand-eye coordination at age like 2–10. That would have saved you a lot of trouble. But it’s never too late to start practicing.

Perhaps start with

You might also find this book inspiring, if you aren’t so excited about drawing per se.

You can also find various books for adults about teaching yourself to write in italic script (or pick your favorite alternative cursive-like script). Consider picking up a cheap fountain pen – these teach better habits than ballpoint pens or pencils.

The good news is that if you actually consistently practice a bit every day, you will be able to improve pretty rapidly (possibly after getting over an initial hump), and the progress is quite visible/tangible.

I have handwriting and drawing skills that are average-ish but I’m not super happy with them. I’m looking forward to having some time to practice with my (currently &lt;2 year old) kid when he gets to be a few years older.

u/irascib1e · 1 pointr/dating_advice

It seems like the shame and embarrassment you feel all stem back to self-esteem. Having self-esteem is about perceiving the world through your own eyes and not imagining yourself through other people's eyes. Because all shame and embarrassment comes from perceiving yourself from an outside perspective, like "I probably looked so desperate to Joe", or "Sam laughed about me and probably thinks I'm pathetic now". Especially the embarrassment you feel when you imagine Joe saying "oh great, here's x again who won't leave me alone even after I rejected her". Notice in each of those cases, you're looking at yourself THROUGH someone else's perspective. It doesn't have to be that way, you get to choose how you perceive yourself! If you can start having respect for yourself, you'll realize that your opinion of yourself is the only one that matters.

I think the best thing for you right now would be to stop talking to Joe and Sam for a while and read a self-help book. Studies show that reading a self-help book is just as helpful, if not more helpful, than seeing a therapist. I did some research on self-help books that I thought would apply well to your situation, so I sorted through a lot of "self-esteem" themed related books.

You should try reading this:;amp;ie=UTF8&amp;amp;qid=1370538212&amp;amp;sr=1-2
It isn't specific as self-esteem, but it's about a much more general concept which self-esteem branches from. It's about how to be an authentic person, which in philosophy means to live solely through how you view yourself and without shame or embarrassment from other people. Being an authentic person will give you higher self-esteem not just in your relationships with other people, but in everything you do. This particular book gets excellent reviews. I haven't actually read it, but I've read many books like it and this one seems to be great.

If you're not up for reading an entire book, try looking at some videos on YouTube. I started watching this one and it seems to be up your ally:

Another help could be to try meditation. Meditation is a good complement to gaining self esteem because meditation teaches you to control your thoughts, so you can learn to choose how you think about yourself. I'm sure there are weekly meditation clubs or groups wherever you live. You can also try meditation on your own, just set aside 15-30 minutes each day to sit down and and try to think about nothing. Focus on what your breathing feels like in your lungs. When you notice your mind wandering, focus back on what your breath feels like. But don't try too hard! A big problem with meditation is that people beat themselves up when their mind starts wandering, but it's hard to control that. So when you notice your mind wandering, just focus back on your breath and feel good that you noticed your mind wandering.

If you ever want to talk, just send me a message.

u/Akatchuk · 1 pointr/perfectionism

Sounds like you could do with a dose of self-compassion. Kristin Neff wrote a book on the subject, and there's loads of related resources, so you start by testing yourself to see how self-compassionate you are, and maybe follow the meditation and exercises or even do a course?

In any case, I don't think what people say will matter as much as how your perceive yourself, and I think self-compassion could help you get rid of that feeling :)

EDIT: Just spotted The Gift of Imperfection by Brené Brown which might interest you too?

u/boppa30 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I agree with a lot of the input here and I want to add something a little more holistic: give yourself a gift and accept yourself for all of your strengths, weaknesses, victories and failures.

Take a look at this TED talk: Brene Brown on Vulnerability and check out her book, The Gifts of Imperfection from the library, both have been really insightful to me.

Also, take it easy on yourself with the "I'm a screw up" talk. You are much more complex than that. When your dad says that he feels that he failed as a father do not make that mean that you are a failure. Because you are not and neither is he.

u/zezozio · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Brene Brown is a social researcher who did an awesome job on this.

Her TED talk on vulnerability

Following that video, I bought her book: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

It is mainly about a hidden sense of shame, that one might not even be aware of. We need your color, your voice to the world.

I hope that helps. I know these 2 items made a world of difference to me.


u/robusto_esplendido · 1 pointr/loseit

Holy moly, I skimmed through these responses and am on the verge of tears because they're all such thoughtful suggestions. Very solid advice here, I'm glad I read it because this is something that's also been an issue in my own life.

I don't feel like I have too much to add, but I want to piggyback on what /u/bladedada suggested about being with the hard emotions and suggest to you an amazing book, which probably sounds empty because you said you've already read some food-related books but THIS ONE isn't food related so bear with me! :)

The Gifts of Imperfection is basically a book about recognizing and accepting your emotions, particularly in relation to your self-concept. It's a relatively short read and just a great book overall when you're trying to address the root causes of things like addiction!! Best of luck to you!

u/NoWheyDude · 1 pointr/xxfitness

I can relate to you on a lot of levels - pushing myself to extremes and putting pressure on myself to be perfect. However, perfection doesn't really exist! Even when I set goals for myself, once I got to those goals I still wasn't happy. I was never good enough. That applied in the gym and outside of the gym - slowly creeping into every facet of my life. It was physically and mentally exhausting.

The Gifts of Imperfection is an amazing book about letting go of the notion of being "the best" and focus on creating a healthy mental state that doesn't rely on perfectionism. It helped me cope with a lot of similar issues that you've outlined in your post.

As far as the gym is concerned - if crossfit brings you joy then think about how you want to be involved with it as a lifestyle now and far into the future. Don't burn yourself out or push yourself 150% at every workout. It's okay to miss workouts if your body tells you that you need to rest or eat more food to fuel your next workout. It doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing approach. Find a balance that allows you to love yourself at all stages - not just when you are pushing yourself to the limits. Self acceptance is the most powerful tool you can have!

u/CPStoudenmire · 1 pointr/socialwork
u/Earth_and_sky · 1 pointr/stopdrinking

Thank you for sharing this. Shame has been one of the worst forces in my life for a long time, really crippling my potential and causing me to keep on self-sabotaging because some part of me doesn't believe that I deserve any better. Weirdly, stopping drinking has actually resulted in LESS shame for me, but I feel like I empathize with what you're going through. I think therapy will really help. (Therapy and meds have helped me.)

You might also want to check out some books by the researcher Brené Brown - she studies shame, courage, and vulnerability. I've only read one of her books - The Gift of Imperfection - but I thought it was really good. She also has some good talks online.

u/Vanillacitron · 1 pointr/Anxiety

Hey, no problem. It's helpful to let us know what you've tried and what experiences you've had!

Have you read up on mindfulness though? The only reason I ask is because most stuff I've read always stresses that you CAN'T clear your mind. That's not your goal. The mind is meant to think...for us anxious folks even moreso...but that's what it will always do. The idea with mindfulness is to learn to not get attached to these thoughts and just let them pass by. With my anxiety, I tend to start imagining scenarios and get swept away by them...mindfulness helps me practice realizing I'm doing this and stopping when I have the first thought. I don't know, maybe try!

As for self-help, I can vibe with that too. Hard to read stuff that doesn't get you excited...but I always get into it once it helps me realize stuff about myself! I'll at least make one recommendation: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. That shit was life changing for me so maybe check it out...for a less time consuming version she has a cool TED talk here: The Power of Vulnerability.

Good luck in the future! I hope you're doing better today :). We're all in this together!

u/pzone · 1 pointr/confidence

This is a nice monologue pieced together from the book "The Gifts of Imperfection" but IMO the book does it better. (I really think he should be crediting the author of this book because even his word choice is drawn directly from the text.)

u/god_damned_kids · 1 pointr/Psychonaut

Probably going to get down-voted to oblivion.

You sound just like my little brother now, and myself a decade ago. You have little love for yourself, are extremely insecure, and blow up your ego to compensate. You want and think you stand like an adult, but you can barely crawl. Now you're trying to run away.

Where can you go? Your parents. I guarantee you your parents and love you more than you can imagine. Possibly more than you even love yourself. As difficult and humiliating as it feels, swallow your pride, listen and follow through their advice, and get ready to walk a long long way. It will take several years, but will progressively get better far sooner. If you're actually serious (I remain unconvinced).

You're telling yourself half-truths and subtle lies. Stop and shut up for a little bit. Chill out with substances to "expand your mind" and read some god-damned books.

The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

I can guarantee if you don't change your attitude you'll be doing and feeling the same shit you do right now. You said your habits weren't a part of the problem. That's a lie, and you know it. Attitude is nothing but mental/thought habits. Stop feeding yourself bullshit and eat some of those greens your parents are trying to feed you.

Mutters under breath "God damned kids these days"

u/Ides_of_March_ · 1 pointr/depression

Sounds like you may have a case of underlying perfectionism. It took me years to figure out that perfectionism was my fundamental problem. I figured that my life wasn't anywhere near perfect, so I couldn't be a perfectionist but it's a lot more complicated than that.

This book has really helped me deal with a lot of my perfectionism and consequently my depression. A lot of self-help books out there, including this one, sound quite wishy-washy on first glance but if you actually pay attention, a lot of what is being said makes sense.

u/greenysmac · 1 pointr/VideoEditing

&gt; My question is what is the best way to stay motivated and positive when you encounter a lot of problems?

Motivation: Go buy the War of Art

&gt; having problems with Adobe Premiere

This is a problem. It is solvable.

&gt; It deleted a solid 2 hours of work, despite me saving regularly.

Did you look at the backups?

&gt; computer will randomly freeze up on me and restart.

Sounds like something is wrong with your hardware. You wouldn't go on the road with a damaged axle would you?

&gt; Most of the time it will work fine, play Skyrim or Bioshock and no problems but will freeze up when I'm trying to edit.

Well, both of these use different areas of your system. Premiere is more stressful than games are.

&gt; My question is what is the best way to stay motivated and positive when you encounter a lot of problems?

Something you said was important:

&gt; I have been struggling getting it together because of working and being really tired.

Get sleep. Life is significantly better with sleep. Work on that for a week. Get on the other side of rest. It's amazing how much lower stress things are with sleep.

u/pixelneer · 1 pointr/100DayComicChallenge

Well, I've watched a few different videos now on the 100 day Comic challenge. Along with that, I know I am not the only one, in fact.. just about every human has this problem. When confronted with a large 'challenge' there is an overwhelming fear of getting started, or dread of where to start. Our brains are actually wired to resist these 'big' tasks. Granted breaking it down to "30 minutes a day" is certainly a start.. you are still setting yourself up for "failure" from just being overwhelmed.

A couple GREAT books on this subject:
The Spirit of Kaizen
The War of Art

I mean, I've already bogged down into where to begin.. what to do.. and I haven't even committed to participating.

So what I would suggest, so that everyone can still work at their own pace, be productive and make visible progress.

Week 1: (at the end of the week you should have these items completed - ideally each one you will spend at least 30min a day on - more if you can/ need to)

  • Main Character(s) Concept sketches
  • Main Character(s) Concept finalize/ polish
  • Rough Outline story Arc (est. page count)
  • Refine outline for first few pages (Taking this from the Kevin Cross vid where one day was 4 pages written)
  • There's certainly more that can be added.. but just tossing out some ideas...

    Week 2: Another set of 30+ min tasks..

    This way, there are clearly defined goals and deliverables that we KNOW we have to deliver daily/weekly.

    As to the google cal. It makes for a central scheduling thing.. not really a biggie as I've already tossed an event into my own calendar..
u/darthrevan · 1 pointr/ABCDesis

Warning: rant on "following passions" ahead...not directed at you personally OP but I've encountered too many people like the ones I describe below.

&gt;Decades of penny-pinching and doing what you hate just for a few bucks while ignoring your passions will make your passions die.

It's not an either/or decision where either you do what you love all the time or you do what you hate all the time. Why not both?

If you really care about something, you will find ways to keep up with your passions while you work toward building a cushion to pursuing them full time. In fact, it's dedicating a little time each day to what you love that gets you through those tough times. The stories of people who did this and eventually succeeded are many; the stories of people who took that "one big shot" and made it are incredibly rare. That's why they make movies out of them. Success just doesn't happen that way very often.

To be honest, people who will only pursue their passions if they can pursue it the way they want to have pretty weak passions. People who really love something often find the time no matter what. This guy wrote a whole novel on his phone while commuting on the train. If really you want to do it, you'll do it. And you'll save pennies and put up with shit jobs in the meantime to pay the bills.

Also, to put it bluntly, a lot of people are full of shit when it comes to their "passions". They're really in love with their vision of what accomplishing those things will give them--the rewards--rather than a genuine interest in the work that doing their "passion" requires. That's why all those guitars lie on the walls unplayed, books lie unread, courses unfinished...because when the idea smashed into the reality of how much daily sweat &amp; hard work it takes, people realize they didn't really want it.

TL;DR: If someone says "Nah I'm not going to pursue my passion until I can do it full time", that either a fake passion or at best cleverly disguised procrastination to me.

Recommended reading: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

u/epistle_to_dippy · 1 pointr/xxfitness

Two good books you may want to read are The Power of Habit and The War of Art. I personally like The Power of Habit more, but The War of Art was on Jonathan Toews' Summer reading list this year. Also, The Achievement Habit... as they say, "The choices you are making now won't even seem like choices until it's too late." That was from the movie Race about Jesse Owens... highly recommend it as well!

u/_namaste · 1 pointr/infp

Check out Art &amp; Fear along with The War of Art.

Tons of good things to say about these books as someone whose perfectionistic brain has ruined many projects by screaming "worthless, pointless" over and over again.

u/dekiko · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Reading: The War of Art.

Playing: Animal Crossing on 3DS.

Watching: Nothing really, unless you count thinking/daydreaming! Interested in looking for more comedy, but I'm very picky about what kind of comedians I enjoy.

u/xecosine · 1 pointr/whattoreadwhen
u/pupdogtfo · 1 pointr/Fitness

Your thread blew up and you probably won't read this, but go watch Vision Quest. Go download The War of Art. Stick to your guns. These are lessons I had to learn over decades. You learn them now and you'll be set.

u/Sheldy13 · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

What you are experiencing is resistance. Read The War of Art:
Make it your bible.

u/fross · 1 pointr/YouShouldKnow

I've battled with depression for a long while (well, everyone who has, will battle with it forever, it doesn't just go away). I'm seeing a repeating pattern in everyone's stories:

  1. You realise what you have to do
  2. You feel unable to get started
  3. You feel ashamed at not being able to do it
  4. You feel like you just want to hide, go back to bed, procrastinate and so on, anything to distract you from the overwhelming sense of shame and helplessness.

    Here's the thing - doing anything is hard, for people with or without depression. Starting something is really really tough. It's likely harder for people with depression, it's hard to say objectively as it's hard to measure. However, it may be consoling that everyone goes through this to some degree or another.

    I read a great book that helped explain the creative process and blocks to it, The War of Art - it highlighted among other things that doing something is hard, your mind works against you, your body works against you. Realising that that is okay, that it's normal, helped me through this. That feeling of shame, inadequacy, helplessness, it's not yourself who is saying them. You realise this is an external thing, an enemy, and you hate it and you attack it.

    Sometimes you just need to sit down, and do what you have to do. Your mind will be screaming at you, but you just do it anyway. If the task is too big, you break it down into smaller ones. Again and again if you have to. You might do it badly, but that doesn't matter, you will have done something and then you can re-do it. You just sit there and write the title and a to-do list, that's so much more than you had to begin with.

    You do it even though it hurts and you cry and you feel you're going to fail. It feels like jumping out of an airplane when you're terrified - you have to do it anyway, you make yourself do it. The tiniest step, one at a time, you just don't stop. It can be exhausting, but little by little you win the battle. Sometimes you lose and have bad times, but you tell yourself they don't mean anything, you just pick yourself up and keep going.

    Self-belief isn't something that's handed to you, it comes through a lot of pain, a lot of failing, and a lot of trying. It's the belief that you won't give up, more than the belief that you will succeed.

    It's hard, damned hard sometimes, but there is hope and there is always a chance. You have to keep pushing and learn how to push even harder, and learn to look back at what you have accomplished and realise that shows you that you can make it again.
u/ZenNate · 1 pointr/kindlepublishing

Dealing with some major Resistance lately. Time to reread The War of Art.

u/djacksonsound · 1 pointr/WeAreTheMusicMakers

Picking up Pressfield's literature is well worth the money. Both his books that are being referenced here are great additions to a creative minds library.

u/aristotleschild · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

I'm getting a lot out of this one right now: The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life. As for drive, which in my opinion comes from listening to your inner voice, a good start would be Pressfield's The War of Art.

u/SpiritWolfie · 1 pointr/SeriousConversation

OK well I've found that most times I'm just lazy and blame it on depression. I'd rather complain about something than getting off my ass and correcting the issue.

I used to put shit off till tomorrow thinking "Well I just need a good nights sleep then I'll feel better." Meanwhile I'm repeating the exact same patterns in my life as I'm more likely to feel like shit tomorrow also.

Something I've learned the hard way is that I can push myself to take actions even when I feel like shit and in fact....that's the exact thing I need to do. When I feel the worst, exercise is often the best thing for me.

Sure there are situations when I really shouldn't take action but those are FAR FAR fewer than I used to believe. The only way I learned when they were was to continue to take action when I feel badly.

People say "Tomorrow never comes" and I disagree. I started to tell myself that "Tomorrow always comes but it looks and feels just like today" That one simple phrase has helped me take action when I just want to sit around and be lazy.

So if you want to work with food great. Start learning recipes, start practicing. I've worked pretty much ever job you can work in a restaurant and there are plenty of jobs available - they're pretty much always hiring. So go apply until you find one. To learn your craft, go to the library and study cooking and recipes and techniques and all that....then practice when you're not at work.

PS - sorry if this came across harshly but I'm actually relating to your reply more than you know. I tend to struggle with motivation and digging myself out of bad places and often I fantasize about being rescued. What I've learned is that it's so much more realistic to just make a plan and save myself. I've recently come across a book that's really helped put into words what I've experienced over the years. It's called The War of Art and it's fantastic. It highlights not only why we don't do what we want to do but also helps provide a perspective on how to do what we want to do. You can probably find it in your local library.

u/SurpriseMeAgain · 1 pointr/learnprogramming

Check out The War of Art. Many of us go through similar struggles to break past our constant self sabotaging procrastination.

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u/redditersince1day · 0 pointsr/funny

I am gonna study in few months and this was my biggest fear so far. I recommend everyone to read the book The War of Art. It helped me a lot to fight against my procrastination! :-)

Wish you all good luck!

u/ZaggahZiggler · 0 pointsr/GetMotivated

The War of Art has some great chapters on this, great book, Very easy audiobook as the chapters are crazy short, you can get a few in on even the shortest commute.

u/DanConnersGarage · 0 pointsr/writing

If anyone is fighting procrastination or writers block I highly recommend

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

It's pretty short and can be read in an evening and it attacks the problem from a very specific angle so you'll either love it or find it trite but it honestly helped me see things from a different perspective.

For the record I'm still procrastinating, just not as much haha.

u/casperrosewater · 0 pointsr/lgbt

I think above advice is vg. Maybe explore lucid dreaming and develop the dreams further: lucid dreaming subreddit.

This book is the best an really works given adequate discipline: Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming, usually in stock at BN locally.

u/bhasden · 0 pointsr/technology

I'm not surprised by the GPA and degrees being useless. My interest is more in the puzzles aspect.

I agree that questions like "How would you move Mount Fuji" are silly and worthless, but what about simple programming "puzzles" like asking someone to reverse a string or to find the average or median of an array of numbers? I've found simple whiteboard programming tasks to be an excellent way of initially filtering out people who can't program, no matter how many years of experience they have.

u/Rosenblad92 · 0 pointsr/selfimprovement

If you're in to books you might want to check out this book. It helped me a lot when I was struggling with procrastination.

In the beginning you definitely want to set small goals that you're sure you can achieve and that doesn't take a long time to do, maybe 10 minutes or so.

At the moment you most likely associate goal setting with a negative feeling, maybe you've felt failure or gotten negative feedback over something you did in the past.

Make sure to achieve the goals you set and make sure to reward yourself for achieving them. That way you will reprogram yourself to think positively about goals.

Good luck!

u/ettredditnamn · 0 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Check out Drawing on the right side of the brain

It really helped me.

u/Imadeitforgood · -1 pointsr/NoFap

I personally think that you should appreciate women's beauty, however I feel that catcalling would be unnecessary i didn't see any approach done "right", i actually feel that people, specially men should learn some social dynamics specially towards talking to the opposite sex, and by this i don't mean learn pick up and fuck as many girls as possible and shit like that, but because I feel that its important to be able to connect with women in a way. I feel that a lot of rapes, and sexual frustration, and probably prostitution is because men want an easy way out, and don't want to put in the work to approach women, and now you could even go online dating if you don't like it but i think that men become more aware of how to deal with this certain situation, I am working on myself to be able to approach a girl and give her a genuine compliment and to mean it because I say it and say it because I mean it, not to get attention that just because by catcalling people I 'prove im manly' they come off as needy and shit.

Although I feel that people, specially women, if you learned some pick up or rather some more sociability they see that as ungenuine and even more chumpy, but the counter argument i would say is they are not being genuine either, they use make up and they are manipulating their appearance to look more attractive and in a way is manipulating me to think better of them, I am against some of the principles of pick up but the dating science isn't wrong, but its on the right path. I personally think that, like in my case, if you know you suck with women, and you don't want to be in a path of crappiness and neediness, via using prostitution to get laid or roofing people to get laid or rather rape girls, or vast usage of porn, I would say that its good.

I personally would recommend reading Models by Mark Manson because the book is really fucking awesome and it would make you a better man, and perhaps reading the 'further reading' books from that book help you understand the mating system of humans, and to become a better man. I think the book itself is actually really good because it states more than just to get laid is to find quality women to be fullfillled and be more happier with women, and in a way is actually attacking the dating science in a way by attacking The Mystery Method which all pick up could be summed up by that single book. In a way I would recommend both and take the best from both because neither of them is 'wrong' but niether one of them is 'right'. I do agree with Manson's idea of confidence and working in yourself more than in women and being sexualy fulllfilled doesn't require large amounts of women, while I also agree with Mystery's focus on competence vs. confidence because he says that you can't quantify confidence and rather focus on number of approaches and really statistics because that shows competence and successful competence breeds confidence eventually but in a way Manson's idea is better, because he is coming from a place of abundance of women and general happiness, is like saying being 'good' with women is something you are and not do and your looks, money demographics and ect does matter in the equation, over mystery's idea which is coming from neediness, because he refers as girls having 'high value' and by that you are infering that you aren't enough for her so you have to in a way manipulate yourself into making her thinking you are 'good enough' so that it doesn't matter if you look like a fucking troll no matter what if your 'game' is 'tight' it doesn't matter what even if the girl is married or anything really, she will sleep with you and that isn't the case, because mysetery uses a lot of indirect and 'fool proof' tactics that are more convoluted than just expressing your intent and if it doesn't work out move on asap, I'd say that take the best they both are right, and both concepts are correct but im leaning more the natural no scripts type of things and just being freeforming it.
I'd recommend both people getting those two books and they will change your life or at least make you think better and be more aware of how to flirt better. And perhaps reading Double your Dating by David DeAngelo, this one focuses more on dating girls and setting up and getting exposure to women over, is focused on both competence and confidence, and in a more natural way. I'd say get them, you can torrent them if you are so cheap, but defenitely read up on them and see what comes out of it.

So defenitely get Models by mark manson and Mystery Method because you can get a really clear picture on the subject of picking up women, and Double your Dating by David D just the simple ebook don't dig too much into it.

other books, I heard of them, and read some reviews on amazon and they seem to have really good reviews but I haven't gotten them or read them but they seem legit too.

Bang by roosh V

Day bang by roosh v

The manual by W. Anton

the Natural by richard la ruina

Get inside her by Marni Kinrys

they all seem like good resources to start and move on from there... and work on specific sticking point, but i'd say don't believe everything use them as guidelines and not as rules, and take them with a pinch of salt. the reason for this was because when I read the Mystery Method, it was well argued and every contingency is planned for, that I couldn't really find fault with the method, And so I believed all the "high value" bullshit that i fucking felt that i needed to one up everybody and that isn't the case, i was able to rescue myself from that mindset by Models, and I really thought it was genuine and it doesn't rely on too much bullshit and is more natural there is no one upping bullshit. I am not preching seduction community but i feel men should know what they are doing, specially if they suck like me, and be just more aware of things.

Perhaps i'd also reccomend
Gifts of Imperfection by Breene Brown since this book really digs somewhat on the self acceptance/self worth/self esteem part and what pick up artist would call 'inner game' ...
I'd say pick whatever books you want to BUT STOP reading too much into it, i became too paranoid and wanted to read every book on pick up out there and that is not the case guys, hope i helped.

TLDR--read books, become aware, know better, don't be a creep but don't be chump either, get informed guys know your shit,

u/PresDeeJus · -1 pointsr/writing

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

Buy it now.