I started reading "Creative Thursday" on a Sunday morning, and by chapter two, "Moving Through (and Accepting) Resistance," I was struck by a simple piece of advice Marisa relates on pg. 19: "There are days when I literally have to take my arm and gently push away piles of papers on my desk...grab my (supplies)to start painting before I even take my morning shower, pour a cup of coffee, have breakfast, check an e-mail, make a bed, or speak to anybody. Sometimes I must decide to paint first. And that's all there is to it..."
I actually got out of bed, grabbed my pastels, and started a project that I had been procrastinating on for months. I finished it in FOUR days (usually pastel portraits take me months to complete due to second-guessing myself, getting too critical, etc. - she addresses all that too, btw) The idea that I didn't have to follow my usual morning routine and instead look at all hours of the day as possible creativity time was a TOTAL paradigm shift.
Marisa's simple observations, advice, and willingness to share her experiences (both struggles and triumphs) combine powerfully into a very persuasive, yet reasonable argument for making creativity part of your life. And not just your art/writing/whatever your medium, but your THINKING. How are you sabotaging your expression with self-judgment? She shares ways that she's softened the voice of her inner critic. How are you sabotaging your work with procrastination? Simple statements like the one above can cause seismic changes in how your view your routines.
"Creative Thursday" also goes into how to stay inspired, step outside your comfort zone, setting time limits, leveraging your creativity, and a host of other valuable pieces of advice. Looking for inspiration? Buy this book!
Then get out of bed and start creating, damn it! You DO have it in you!