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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kiosk Publishing (30 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953107310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953107315
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.4 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Atavar is an artist and consultant with a practice that mixes creativity, business, art and psychology. He currently works developing dynamic business strategies for individuals and companies.

He is the author of three books 'Everyone Is Creative', '12 Rules Of Creativity' and 'How To Be An Artist', as well as the designer (with Miles Hanson) of a creative card system '210CARDS'. His books focus on the development of personal process: a deep reserve of good ideas that can be accessed by each one of us every day, if we learn to trust our own intuition.

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MICHAEL ATAVAR is an artist and a creative consultant with a practice that mixes creativity, business, art and psychology. His output includes over thirty public works, in a variety of forms, performance, installation, digital media, publishing. Websites www.atavar.com www.how-to-be-an-artist.com www.12-rules-of-creativity.com www.everyone-is-creative.com www.creativepractice.com www.210cards.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alan on 29 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I love this book which is highly stimulating, positive, intelligent and fun at the same time. I think it was initially meant for writers, performers and visual artists, but it really concerns everybody because it's all about creativity. I felt boosted in my musical practice with this reading, providing pure magical energy beyond the written words, and on a more concrete level adding concepts and methods to my own ideas. There are some exercices proposed, and I won't really do them, not being this kind of methodical guy, but even in this case the general idea behind can be useful. Probably I would have also greatly appreciated having this book when I was a beginner, it could have stopped me wasting energy with the usual lack of self-confidence.
I know that it will keep me company in the future. The highlights are short yet powerful and useful formulas that stay in your mind for a long time. The rest of the book encourages me to read it again from time to time, giving long distance food for thought.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anna C on 18 Dec 2011
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Michael Atavar has long been an angel to struggling artists in his capacity as an arts officer attached to the Oval House Theatre. So it was a pleasant surprise to see him commit his wisdom to paper on the subject of how artists should develop their skills and keep them honed.

I had the book in my possession for all of two days, during which time I skim-read it, looking forward to a longer relaxed perusal and putting his advice into action, when a friend declared her intention to begin writing again. She was the obvious ideal reader of this book and so I gave her my copy as a way of ensuring she had someone holding her hand while she gained her confidence and got into her stride.

I'm now awaiting my second copy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jobriath on 25 Aug 2009
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Firstly, the title: the tongue is firmly in the cheek. Don't imagine this is your typical "How to..." guide. Atavar's too smart, too creative, for that. Whilst there are, indeed, useful exercises to get you creating, the mood of the book is like one long haiku about being an artist, or about how being itself requires that you express, create, be an artist. That makes it sound more Zen, or more obtusely philosophical than it really is. It's got humour, warmth, reassurance, and recipes. It's got soul, and smarts, in spades. I turn to it regularly, open at random, dip in, and fish out a gem. It's that kind of book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Min on 29 Oct 2011
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I use this on most days, keeps me going when being a freelancing artist gets tough. I love this bookHow to be an Artist
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