Over the years we have noted how many creative people; artists, writers, musicians, struggle with mental health and also, in a sense, reap the benefits of it. In a fluctuating climate, mental health in creativity has either been regarded romantically, disregarded or occasionally actually taken seriously. In a 2007 essay from Stanford University, Adrienne Sussman … Continue reading Why Creative Perception is So Important for Mental Health.
As of 6pm today, I put up a photo on my Instagram (@liamxavier95) that I would be self-publishing a book late this year. Truth is I have been planning this for a long time now, working out the logistics of this, chasing down research over whether I wanted it to be traditionally published or self published, and after much deliberation and trepidation, I have set my self organised deadlines and dates, and now we are starting!
There is a beautiful quote from the formidable and undeniably troubled Jack Kerouac which goes "Maybe that's what life is... a wink of the eye and winking stars". It really resonates with me and is something that makes me think of a particular moment whenever I find myself travelling to new locations, unfamiliar to me. … Continue reading A Whisper In | Brighton
Creators have been saying for years that the reason they do what they do is to express pain, to share love and to immortalise moments and people they don't want to forget. The whole reason I began writing was as a need to heal, and to understand my own demons and issues. Writing, singing, playing … Continue reading Mike Shinoda: Honesty and Healing Through Art | ‘Post-Traumatic E.P.’
Perhaps is a defining word, it is an all-encompassing, sinful, innocent word. Perhaps is, for me, at the heart of every good book, and at the heart of why my head has been, in one way or another, buried inside the pages of a book for the last 22 years or so. "Perhaps, when I grow older, … Continue reading Head Stuck In A Book; A Timeline, A Lifeline.
In my last post How To Be Productive When You Feel Broken, I spoke about how to deal with being productive after the effects of a breakdown and panic attack. In this post I'm going to be going over some of my tips and own ways of staying organised and productive before a breakdown has time to occur. Staying … Continue reading How To Stay Organised and Create A System.
Every now and again a person wanders upon something truly spectacular. For me, over the past year or so, that something has been Spoken Word and by extension the poets that come from the industry. In particular Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay, who have a great collection of, quite frankly, incomprehensibly beautiful pieces of work. … Continue reading Project V.O.I.C.E and The Power of the Spoken Word
Success is a funny thing. It comes with a whole host of problems, and discussions. It's also pretty difficult to talk about in what is effectively between 800-1000 words (my general word count). So imma go ahead and split this post up into titled sections, hopefully making it easier to delve into, and also digest … Continue reading Success, Idols and All That Jazz
When you're a creative type of person and you take the decision to pursue a career in one of the many creative sectors, especially those heavily public ones, many will agree that the chances of you suffering some form of mental illness are quite high. That is not to defer anyone from following their dreams, … Continue reading How To Be A ‘Creative’ And Deal With Mental Illness
The reason creativity and the arts are so important is that they lay the foundations for a personal support network and a fundamentally beautiful way of perceiving the world. Last night I wrote a poem (pictured below) about the reason I write, and the fact without doing so, I would struggle to emotionally survive as … Continue reading Seeking To Understand; Creating To Survive.