Don't be fooled by the deceptively simple title. Affirmations for Artists is a smart, practical and irreverent toolkit for deepening your creativity and enhancing your life. Unlike most of the annoyingly ethereal affirmation books I've read, this one yanks affirmations down to earth, tackles misconceptions and pitfalls, and demonstrates how to use affirmations effectively. The author cuts straight to the heart of the problems artists of all stripes wrestle with and serves up realistic strategies for problem solving. Crafted with wit, grace and no-nonsense compassion, Affirmations for Artists is a generous and elegant book.
The problem with self help books is that, for the real junkie like me, after a while they all start to sound alike. I also question the depth of many of the authors. Maisel's book doesn't try to build a whole cohesive world but just gives a lot of pieces and lets you put them together for yourself. Integrating a lot of quotes from great masters adds a necessary depth. Hey, even these folks have struggled with some of these mundane challenges.