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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher (21 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585420298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585420292
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Author of Affirmations for Artists, Fearless Creating, and Deep Writing, Eric Maisel, Ph.D., works exclusively with artists in his private psychotherapy practice and in group workshops. He lives near San Francisco.


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I like Eric Maisel's process towards creativity. It is not about manipulating the styles and elements of art but a more holistic approach, covering meaning making, overcoming blocks and trying some interesting and sometimes uncomfortable experiments in pushing you creative boundaries.

I haven't stuck to the week-by-week format but generally worked through it chronologically. He takes a very thoughtful approach to getting you to: What the hell, I might as well get on with it!
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I didn't find this book very helpful. Most of it consists of common sense wrapped in jargon.
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This looks an interesting book arrived in great condition too. Day by day information as to how to increase creativity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for some, but not for me 20 Jan. 2010
By AmaGirl7 - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book because I find that my creativity has greatly decreased over the last 5-7 years. I am in my 30s and bought this book as I was hoping that it would help the creative juices flow again or at least provide some inspiration. It started off okay, but some of the exercises are just not for me - like curling up on a chair with a cup of tea and taking in your surroundings. I'm a busy woman and wanted exercises that would help me use my creativity in a more of a design/creation way and not just through thoughts. I didn't find what I was looking for in the first quarter of this book, so I gave the book away. The person that I gave it to thought it was fantastic and I have no doubt it will greatly benefit her. For me, the exercises were a bit too silly, but my friend who received the book thought they were great. So I would say that while this book was not for me, I'm sure others benefit greatly from it.
84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb guidance, not for the lazy! 28 Oct. 2001
By M. Gondek - Published on Amazon.com
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Maisel consistently challenges the artist to be true to his/her artistic self in all his books, and this is no exception. Unlike The Artist's Way (a fine book for the creatively blocked or undiscovered), The Creativity Book targets the artist who has achieved a higher degree of self-knowledge and acceptance. He asks the reader to choose a Dream early in the year, which will be accomplished as the year unfolds. Each week highlights an aspect of living as a creative being, and includes exercises to clear the way to living more fully. The exercises range from easy (have a morning and evening tea ritual for three days) to much harder (sit for 40 minutes and do NOTHING), but the difficulty will doubtless vary for each reader.
Maisel has a no-holds-barred style that doesn't permit excuses, whining, or hedging. His message is simple: one must actively pursue the muse at all times, and embrace her when she appears. You don't HAVE to do any of the exercises, although he'd like you to do them all. He makes it clear, however, that choosing not to do the exercises is also a clear statement of your degree of commitment to your Dream, which ultimately boils down to art.
If you're looking for coddling, this is the wrong book. But if you're ready to be gently but firmly led to create as you know you can "if only...", Maisel removes the "if only..." and leaves you with a fuller, more satisfying relationship with your artistic self.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, doing, keeping, re-reading 16 Mar. 2004
By QuinnCreative - Published on Amazon.com
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Eric Maisel is a prolific writer with a penchant for helping artists. And this book is no exception. For those who have read Cameron's "The Artist's Way," in the required number of weeks and wish there were other timed guides, Maisel's book is the answer. It's a year's worth of creative work, some gentle and imaginative, some kick-in-the-rear tough. I'll admit I read all the way through it, and I'll bet Maisel knew that most readers would. It's an interesting read that way, with Maisel's wry observations and self-deprecating humor serving as another level of inspiration. There is a lot hiding in this book, waiting to be discovered. The quotes in the scholar's margins create their own interesting commentary. Use this book to dip into when you are bored, stymied, frustrated, lonely or stuck. You won't come away feeling the same way. You might not want to do every exercise Maisel suggests, but imagining them might be enough to give you creative traction again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 8 Mar. 2014
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This is a well written book filled with useful concepts for dissolving creative blocks commonly experienced by artists. I'm delighted to have found it.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Information. Bit dull 4 Oct. 2015
By Dana - Published on Amazon.com
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Good Information. Bit dull....
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