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Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,399 ratings  ·  142 reviews
This book is duct tape for the mouth of every artist's inner critic. Silencing that stifling voice once and for all, this salve for creatives introduces ten truths they must face in order to defeat self-doubt. Each encouraging chapter deconstructs a pivotal moment on the path to success—fear of the blank page, the dangers of jealousy, sharing work with others—and explains ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Chronicle Books (first published 2016)
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Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A succinct guide to owning your creativity and overcoming negative thoughts. The ten chapters focus on a variety of common creative hurdles: finding inspiration, conquering self-doubt, ending the excuses, handling jealousy, dealing with critics, beginning again after failure, building a support system, and beating creative block. It's filled with tips, anecdotes from professionals, exercises to spark your creativity, inspiring quotes, and whimsical illustrations.

“Don’t think about making art, ju
Heidi The Reader
A quirky little book about how to inspire your own creativity and how to use your inner negative voice to its best advantage. Martha Rich's art elevates what is actually rather simple text, but, on a more positive note, it is a quick read for those who may be short on time.

I couldn't help but draw similarities between this book and Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better Than Best, which I read last week. Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk deals with the sensitive parts of the creative process and breakin
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wellness, own
This book is basically a shorter, breezier version of Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear--with some quirky illustrations thrown in. In other words, it's wonderful.

In ten chapters, author Danielle Krysa outlines ten ways you can silence your inner critic and more freely let your creative light shine. Some of her tips are more inspirational than concrete, but I found all of them relevant and useful in some way. Most of them center on the importance of acknowledging your id
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
“Labels are for canned peaches, not humans.”

I snagged this #Audible deal a few days ago on a $2 whim. I’m really happy I did! It’s a short (just under 3 hours), but feel-good type of self help-ish book for creative folks. I’ve always felt myself as pretty creative and crafty, but not necessarily as an artist. This book provides some good advice and perspective. It hit me at a good time.
Donna Merritt
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I expected more after loving the title. A beginning artist might find some helpful tips. Other than that . . .

1. While the author tries to include all creative people, it's geared toward artists.

2. The overuse and misuse of the comma irritated the OCD editor in me.

3. Mark Twain suggested substituting the word "damn" whenever you're inclined to write "very." He said your editor will strike it out and your writing will be just as it should be. Krysa might like to try this with a few different word
Beth Cato
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk is a blunt yet pleasant self-help book for anyone in the creative arts. Krysa writes as someone who has personally experienced artistic blocks--in fact, giving up on art entirely due to a professor's harsh criticism--and the whole book has a vibe of a friend taking your hand to talk sense into you.

The book itself is well-made and would work well on a coffee table. It's hardcover, with a front cover that is enough by itself to make a person smile. The design insid
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is like having a visit from my old art friend from college. This book is honest, relatable and funny. Danielle Kyrsa shares a personal experience that nearly stopped her from ever making art again but now uses the story to share how she healed and grew into the artist and writer she is today. She exposes the negative voice inside our heads that blocks and hinders our creative thinking and creating. She warns artist, writers, chefs, musicians, dancers, anyone who makes things that the “ ...more
Cassandra Carico
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a quick, enjoyable read. I enjoyed it and found some useful info and support for kicking my inner critic's ass. ...more
Olivia Linn
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-and-design, 2020
Amazing! A great read for anyone in a creative profession who have experienced self doubt or for those who wants to enter a creative practice, but are afraid that they are not creative “enough”. This book really resonated with me. Absolutely recommend it.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, inspiring, art, fist-reads
This book was so inspiring!!! The whole time I was reading it I kept thinking about different people I wanted to give it to, so they could be inspired too! However I will be keeping this copy because I see myself picking it back up in the future! 😉 Also the book is filled with Martha Rich's paintings and I love her artwork!!!!! ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, however it basically said all the things I already knew (typical for an advice book). The illustrations were super cute. I might be trying to be a bit more creative now 😊
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really needed to read this right now, and I feel a bit emotional now.
Nick Carraway LLC
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
1) "These are a few of the most common labels that we slap on and may have a hard time seeing beyond; but, as you will see, there is so much more to each of us than these one-liners. Acknowledging, and owning, these labels is the first step in transforming them from creativity-halting excuses into a fascinating part of your unique story: You may be a parent from a small town who is also an insanely talented painter, or a self-taught musician who works in a cubicle by day and plays in blues clubs ...more
Zachary Love
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was phenomenal for me! I felt like it was speaking to me and tapping on the rust I let gather over my creativity. I have fallen victim to the growing technology and let myself get swept up in video games while my creative side, the side wanting to be a writer, was trapped behind one sided glass.

This book opened up a way to reconnect with that part of me. I have taken the advice from this book and started a new Twitter page (@phatcreative145) where I will post a tweet every day and I'v
Holly Schopfer
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book helped pump me up for more manuscript writing to come, and helped give me various ideas to shush the mean, never ending critique in my brain! I especially loved the ending part where it emphasized that failing hard is actually a way to succeed because it gives clarity and direction. Once I actually give more effort to my many writing projects, I plan to read her Creative Blocks book! ❤️
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s a quick read (3 hours) with several tips. I wanted to give it a three because I’ve *mostly* heard this all before (see You Are A Badass book and/or Creative Block book), but others may not have heard these “go get ‘em” tips for artists and creatives ... and may need them! It’s a far less attractive book than her other two. I’d borrow it at library buy it for less than $5 on audible (sometimes on sale).

There are some great practices and useful advice here. If you’ve read Creative Block, you
Alex Pal.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
It is kind of ironic to write a not-good review on a book that speak about mainly about negative voices. The only thing that saved the irony is that mainly the book speaks about the negative voices that we have within our own selves. However, unfortunately, this book didn't have something that would make me say, this time was well spent. ...more
Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a great book for any creative person who is struggling to get back into or continue their creative process! There are so many helpful tips, tricks, and spirit lifters in this book. After reading it I feel more ready to tackle my art making goals for 2018!
Ryan Miller
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
One sentence summary: We all think we are less creative than we are, so just get over yourself and do stuff. (I was hoping for a bit more.)
Donna Snyder
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an informal little book about taming one’s inner critic. Several methods are suggested to rid negative self-talk that sets up blocks in front of one’s creativity.
Beth Diiorio
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! So many good ideas about the needs of creative minds, breaking through blocks, dealing with the critical voice, and finding time for creativity...Highly recommend!!!
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Overall I enjoyed this book. Practical tips for overcoming inner obstacles. Has given me a lot to think about why I quit art for so many years. Quick read.
Anna Morgenstern
It was fine, I guess, it was motivating at a certain point but not memorable in a sense that will stay with me forever.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
If you haven't been at the Art Game long, and suddenly find yourself stymied by your inner voice yammering (aka lying) to you then this book will probably help. Not a lot of new stuff to add to an already loaded genre. But. I did enjoy reading other artist experiences. The prompts were good and that Danielle left generous room in the margins and even some blank pages to take notes. ...more
Adrean Messmer
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some of the best advice I've ever read. ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
(from my video review on Artist Strong)

There's a secret that most artists don't realize: creative block and that pesky inner critic is something we all experience as a creative.

Hi, my name is Carrie and today on Artist Strong I'm sharing my top ten takeaways from the book Your Inner Critic is A Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa.

The first takeaway is that everyone experiences moments and feelings of insecurity when it comes to their art and their creation process.

Danielle Krysa opens the entire book by
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Last semester I took an online class in public speaking. (I had to make a bunch of videos - it wasn't pretty.) For my last speech I had to choose from a list of character traits and values. I chose creativity because it's something that fascinates me, mostly because I have to keep convincing myself that it's something I possess despite my lack of demonstrable artistic ability. In my speech I made the claim that A) Everyone is creative and B) Creativity is important for everyone, including accoun ...more
Love, love, LOVE this book! I initially bought the hardcover version, but - as with many, many of my books these days - I didn't take the time to sit down and read much of it, despite being very interested. When I discovered the audio version, GAME ON! I could listen to it while I painted, and loved it so much I keep going back to the hardcover version to make notes, add bookmarks, and re-read bits of it.

If you are an artist, BUY THIS BOOK. If you are a writer, BUY THIS BOOK! If you are a design
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book identifies common blocks and stopping points for creatives, from jealousy to negative self-talk, and then offers solutions. The book also provides a few small anecdotes into the author's life, but that takes a backseat to the tips and tricks on offer.

- The tips, tricks, and short-cuts on offer were both practical and useful.
- The book leaves ample space in the margins for note-taking; the author comments on this, noting it was a purposeful choice
- The book is short and to the p
Chris Esposo
This was mediocre, but potentially useful for some people. The author extracts some rules-of-the-road to jump start a career in the arts, but I felt a lot of what she recommended could be applied to any skills-based career, including much more technical ones. Much of this book (as the title suggest) focuses on altering (or suppressing) your inner critic and getting pass what has come to be known as the "Impostor Syndrome".

Standard stuff, get stuff done, action, not planning (or maybe more actio
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Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria, and a post-grad in design from Sherian College. She began her career as a painter, but her love for graphic design quickly changed her interest from painting to mixed media - specifically collages filled with narratives, negative space, and pop cultural references. (Danielle Krysa is also is the writer behind the contemporar ...more

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