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Creativity for Life: Practical Advice on the Artist's Personality, and Career from America's Foremost Creativity Coach

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Over the years, Eric Maisel has worked with thousands of creative people, including writers, musicians, artists, dancers, and actors. He knows firsthand the struggles they must face, and through his many books and professional practice he’s helped them find balance in their lives while pursuing their artistic endeavors. Firmly grounded in psychology, Creativity for Life ex ...more
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Published March 8th 2007 by New World Library
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Christine
I am a digital artist, writer and poet. I know first hand the feeling of inspiration leaving you, of the muses going on an indefinite lunch break. I know the looks and opinions of people in your life, when you do wild things like I did, and quit your job to pursue your dreams. In this book, top creativity coach Eric Maisel, provides us with ideas, exercises and encouragement to help artists grow and become more balanced. He acts as our own personal therapist. Through this book, I found out, ther ...more
Daryoung
Jun 21, 2011 Daryoung rated it really liked it
This is a really interesting book not so much about creativity but about what it's like to live the life of an artist. Supposedly designed as a help to those who are blocked, it has large sections about the kinds of problems artists face. I would have liked more prescription, but the author's thesis seems to be that analyzing and facing the exact nature of blocks make up the biggest part of the task of overcoming them. Once you have pinpointed the source of your fear/blockage, you use directed w ...more
Wright
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A great book to help push your creative work beyond hobby level. Focuses on the basics of setting-up good work habits and discovering/dealing with the common bad habits and obstacles that prevent getting creative work done. What makes this book special is author's decades of work as a creativity coach.
At first I was annoyed a bit by the writing style - seemed to be too much a bunching together of notes and famous creative people's quotations. But overall each chapter was specific to what it was
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Alexis
May 21, 2013 Alexis rated it really liked it
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Really interesting stuff about the creative process, issues artists face and artistic personalities. I found it to be part self-help, part analysis of creative people.

The author is a therapist, creativity coach, and writer. I'm really intrigued to learn more about his work, as I found this book to be very helpful and informative.

Other creative types could find this useful as well.
N.T.
Nov 14, 2009 N.T. rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this honest, practical and empathetic approach to the life and creative space for an artist. Definitely a must read if you are pondering (or trying) to make whatever art you create a part of your life.
Jason
Sep 08, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read on ideas for creative types to stay motivated and inspired. Highly recommended!!
Melissa Hazelwood
May 19, 2015 Melissa Hazelwood rated it it was amazing
Pack with many ideas on how to approach life as a creative entity. Not just today, but tomorrow and for some time well into the future.
Despanish
Aug 12, 2008 Despanish rated it it was amazing
If you are a creative (and need to step it up after The Artist's Way) this is the book that will do it!
Lisa King
Jan 31, 2014 Lisa King rated it liked it
Eric Maisel is a therapist and creativity coach who has worked with thousands of creative people. His book, Creativity for Life, is comprehensive and worth a read. There are several chapters devoted to all the different aspects of a creative person’s career including a chapter on Art as Business or Business as Work. He gives strategies, an action plan and exercises, lots of exercises. It’s worth working through them. I confess to skipping over chapters that did not pertain to me at the time e.g. ...more
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Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is the author of more than 40 books in the areas of creativity, coaching, mental health, and cultural trends. He is a psychotherapist and creativity coach, and writes for Psychology Today and Professional Artist Magazine and presents workshops internationally.
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