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

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  982 ratings  ·  111 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 Hippie 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: audio, 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
Solange te parle
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ludique et d'une grande assistance pour faire la peau à son petit juge intérieur.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really needed to read this right now, and I feel a bit emotional now.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, inspiring, own, 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!!!!!
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 😊
Nick Carraway
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
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! ❤ ...more
Jodi Renshaw
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adrean Messmer
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some of the best advice I've ever read.
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
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
Dennis Murphy
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who want to do something creative, but always come up with excuses to avoid doing so
Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative by Danielle Krysa is a quick and inoffensive read that teaches some information and gives advice about being creative, and, in a way, it has its own charm. If you've had a few good people in your life who believe in your success and helped you along, then you will probably know most of the lessons this book will teach from the outset. But, if you feel as though you always wanted to get something done, but held yourself back, ...more
Vernon Burt
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Got this in an audible sale and thought it might provide a nice perk to some rough spots I've been in recently. The 'advice', is roughly the same vein as telling depressed people to 'cheer up' and poor people to 'get money'. The author cheerfuly just tells you to power through your current inadequacies by assuming you aren't inadequate after all. Almost all the advice boiled down to 'if you feel you are terrible at art, create more art'. It's not harmful advice, but it certainly isn't terribly h ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
If you're in need of cheerleading in your creative endeavors, this book is for you. As a writer, it was interesting to hear some of this advice couched from the point of view of a visual artist. Mostly, it was advice I've heard before, but Krysa's approachable style and supportive attitude added a layer, plus it was a lot of "things to try" all collected in one place.

I listened to the audiobook and it was a good quick pick me up that left me feeling a little more ready to re-tackle my own creat
Holly Davis
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fast but fiery read, one that I really needed at this time in my life. I was beginning to feel disheartened, unmotivated, and uninspired to edit my manuscript. This book gave me the kick that I needed to get back on the saddle and get er done. With practical examples of how to beat writer's block, to ways in which to silence both your inner critic and outside noise, this was a great read! Despite the author being an artist, it was practical for both artists, writers, and anyone workin ...more
I appreciate the guidance. I’m not an artist. I tend to think I’m not creative. I appreciate the perspective she shared that I just haven’t thought about. That feeling that the art doesn’t count if someone else also came up with an idea. It causes a lot of controversy when a physicist thinks of an idea at the same time as another of their peers, but often the ideas come from similar influences and premises.
Diogo Muller
This review is for the audiobook version.

In it's core, this book is about doing creative work, even if your inner critic is trying to sabotage yourself. The author gives a few good ideas on how to do that and how to live with your own, normally self-deprecating critic, and even how to learn with it and become someone better.

Works well as an incentive book, even it does not go too deep into the subject.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I listened to it as an audio book so maybe not the best "consumption" method.

It was a little blah, not a big blah, just a little one. Lot's of exhortation; go, get off your bum, do something, paper mache, sketchbooks, songs whatever... not sure what else I was expecting so it's probably me.

Was interesting that creating structure promotes creativity; get a place and a time, organise it otherwise it's never going to happen.
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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
“I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said, "Me? No, I'm not creative". I would be gazillionaire. The thing is, that's not really them talking, it's their jerkface inner critic. Okay, so maybe you haven't made anything in a very long time, but that doesn't mean you're not creative. What it means is that, somewhere along the way, you became really good at saying "Me? No, I'm not creative".” 0 likes
“Are you an artist?
I ask this question a lot. Generally, this question is met with a pause and a slightly blank look. In that moment I can almost hear the inner dialogue: "Um, Artist? Well, no. I make stuff. Sometimes. But an "Artist" with a capital A? I want to say yes, but that would be terrifying". What actually comes out of the person's mouth is usually, "Oh. Uh, not really". I should mention that this answer, and those blank looks, are always from adults. When I ask kids the same question, I get a very different response. It goes a little something like this: "Are you an artist?" "Yes". No hesitation. No thinking it over first. They have never sold a painting, or published a story, but they have absolutely no problem answering me with a loud, resounding yes.”
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