Eric Maisel

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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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Fearless Creating

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Deep Writing

3.49 avg rating — 132 ratings — published 1999
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“Write, even if you have a twinge, a doubt, a fear, a block, a noisy neighbor, a sick cat, thirteen unpublished stories, and a painful boil.”
Eric Maisel, A Writer's Paris

“Both the biological and psychological approaches are suspect since both posit an unreal world, completely at odds with human experience, in which people do not get depressed for good reasons having to do with their experience in life and their uneasiness about the facts of existence. Rather, people only get depressed because something in them is flawed or broken. Depression of any magnitude, these approaches claim, is always an illness and never a reaction to being dropped, willy-nilly, into a world not of their making, which they are forced to make mean something.”
Eric Maisel, The Van Gogh Blues: The Creative Person's Path Through Depression

“A key to a long, productive writing life is finding ways to support that life, emotionally and existentially.”
Eric Maisel, A Writer's San Francisco: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul

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