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Art is Nothing Without It,
This review is from: Mastering Creative Anxiety: 24 Lessons for Writers, Painters, Musicians, and Actors from America's Foremost Creativity Coach (Paperback)
At first I thought this would be another book on how to overcome anxiety, which might help me get on with creating - which it does. However Eric Maisel has researched the creative process in real depth and puts forward the view that the fear is part of the process - art is nothing without it and neither are artists.
There are fascinating chapters on such subjects as ego-bruising, compromise, choosing and failing. The book includes detailed explanations on techniques that range from deep breathing to guided imagery, reorienting, ceremony, symptom confrontation and affirmation/prayer. A lot of it is really new and detailed, not just a repeat of every other new-age book on the shelf. The text is also strongly spiritual, but in the context that creativity is a form of spirituality in itself. Therefore, it is suitable for those with any religious view or absolutely none - examples are drawn from all the great philosophies in the world and from Maisel's own work, and that of his students.
The book was written and published in the United States but comes across as perfectly suitable for a UK audience too, and suitable for artists in any discipline - painting, writing, acting, ceramics and pottery, etc. Very much a workbook for those who actually want to do it - there's an awful lot of work here for the price. If you liked Natalie Goldberg and Julia Cameron, I think you would like this book.
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