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The Creative's Curse

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  30 reviews
All Creatives are cursed.

And it isn't the sexy kind of cursed like where you turn into a werewolf or something - I think we can all agree that'd be pretty awesome. No, it's the subtle kind of curse. It's the kind you might not notice until you're 46 years old at a desk job wondering why you let the best years of your life slip away. It's the kind that keeps you paralyzed a
Kindle Edition, 134 pages
Published July 19th 2016
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Almuhannad Alkadam
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
كتاب جميل و محفز جدا ، طاقة ايجابية تشحنك .

K. Parker Richmond
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first connected with Todd's writing on Medium and after being consistently impressed, decided to purchase "The Creative's Curse." I wasn't disappointed. This is an easy and quick read, but with enough depth and meat to satisfy. One of Todd's greatest strengths as both a writer and motivator is his ability to be honest about the amount of work--and failure--necessary to succeed in a creative field, while maintaining unflagging optimism. His writing style is humorous, accessible, and a pleasure ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The audiobook is narrated by the author and can be obnoxious at times. There are nuggets in there though and I like to be "cheerled", so, I'm giving it a 3 instead of a 2. You can tell I had to "put it down" for a spell too. ...more
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I don't know how I first came across Todd's work but getting on his mailing list led to following him on Medium which led to his writing course and now reading his book. The Creative's Curse is a burst of motivation and an honest reflection on what it means to be a creative. Todd writes like he speaks, making it feel like he's a REAL human (which he is) who truly cares about you and your creative ventures (which he does). He details all the doubts you're probably having about writing/painting/do ...more
Sydney Young
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing
Via Audio. Took a little bit for me but then it did feed and give pointers to my artistic soul.
john calkin
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any creative human
Recommended to john calkin by: good luck
The theme of this book is simply, "Do your chosen work. Now!" Creative people need to be told that until they get so involved in their chosen work that they never think to stop. Or maybe all Creatives flounder now and then and have to be reminded. There are other books that say "Just do the work", including one with that title, but Brison's is more entertaining than most. After reading it for free on Kindle Unlimited I had so many passages high lighted that I bought the book. If I fall back on i ...more
I know I'm not as successful as someone who has 90 Quora answers and freely admit that I may never be that successful, so maybe I'm not qualified to review this. I would like to know, though, why is it that so many people who have "honed their craft" for as long as Mr. Brison still don't know the difference between "less" and "fewer"? Also, aren't analogies supposed to be analogous? J. K. Rowling as an example of how to keep going? "Maybe you won't sell 450,000,000 copies." Huh. Maybe not. I'd l ...more
Wolf Ostheeren
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a quick and easy read and I quite enjoyed it. Even though I find now that I'm not taking a whole lot with me from reading it, as it's mostly "Just keep going!!". Which happens to be what I most needed to hear at this particular point, so that's fine. And there ARE a few nice pointers on the "how", too. Still, a little more editing might have done some good. I remember some typos in the early chapters (these things really distract me from the content...) and that one terrible not-really- ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Follow your creativity where ever it leads

This book is great to motivate anyone who's creative. There are some good tips on breaking through the creativity block, says to motivate yourself to be creative and is just a constant voice telling you to keep creating. It felt like the author was a personal life coach for creative people.
Sheila Freeman
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An inspirational read for anyone feeling stuck in their creative journey. I purchased the Audible version and listened to the narration on my daily walks. Beware, you will find yourself yelling, hell yeah, outloud at the the moments when the book resonates with you. I am looking forward to the next book to accompany my morning walks. Keep writing!
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Focuses more on persistence than going against the grain, which is what the author meant by the creative's curse. "Creation beats affirmation" seems to me to be the main value of the book. Presents affirmation as consequence of creation instead of something that an artist should aim or stress about. Focus on discipline and creation, affirmation will follow. ...more
Chris Boutté
This was a great, short read that I picked up when I bought Art & Fear. I actually enjoyed it more than Art & Fear because it was a lot more casual, and it felt like a creative friend just hanging out and giving you some advice from their journey. I'm definitely going to re-read this book whenever I feel that I'm stuck or in a funk. ...more
David Lehman
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

Moments in reading this book I wanted to break down and cry. It reminded me of what I love and need to be doing. Thank you for the guidance and lighting the path a little more.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Contains common and true ideas that are useful for any creative/entrepreneur types. Draws a line between business and creativity that is interesting if not entirely true. Quick and easy to digest. I got a few actionable ideas from it.
Amanda Butler
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Amazing points to be made about finding and indulging your inner artist, but I was distracted by the narration; smacking lips, passing cars, and a dog barking in the background disrupted my audiobook experience.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A quick read and a slap in the face. The first couple of chapters had me tearing up - I felt seen, as if it was written just for me. It's all practical advice, shit we should know by now but don't for some reason. The antidote to your mother's voice echoing inside your skull. ...more
Beth Chapman
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You can and I can do it

Sometimes you just need someone to say they believe. Sometimes you just need someone to remind you of what you knew and know. Simply put and easy to read. An easy conversation but if you listen and do it, easy becomes a nuclear force.
Better than I expected. It didn't start that well for me. I am a creative but I am very rooted in reality. That must make me an outcast in the field but that's who I am.

I loved the later parts and took a lot of useful tips for me.
Vivian Adram
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really needed this book today. And it delivered. Very short read but one that I will be going through over and over again.
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books on being a creative artist that I've ever read. Highly recommended! ...more
Andrea M
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perfect for when you need some motivation to go for your dreams, to keep at it, to never give up.
Bobby P-h
Content is good, recording quality is terrible. Would be at least 4 stars with better recording quality.
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think it is a wonderful book. I will listen to the audiobook again for sure.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's nice every now and then to have a positive message to those that seek a creative life. I applaud the author for doing so. ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Poorly written!

Todd has a few good things to say, but this book should have been proofread! There are so many writing errors. And Stephen King's name is not spelled STEVEN!
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Better than I ever expected.

I used to write a personal development blog ( ) and so I have read a lot of books on creativity, on "doing what you love", on this kind of subject. To be honest, buying this book was more out of solidarity than interest.

I put off reading it for a long time.

When I did finally pick it up, a few hours ago, I read it from start to finish. I chuckled a lot, I highlighted a lot, I made mental notes about where I had similar experiences and succeeded and
Blake Powell
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Thank you Todd for writing this book :)
James Kirk
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Better than the Mummy's Curse--by Far!

Are you as cheap as I am? Do you love, love, love it when friends and family buy or lend you books? If so, buy and then read "The Creative's Curse". Then do what my best friend Joseph did, and lend it via Kindle's loan a book program, to someone you absolutely know needs to read it. Oh, I'm off to purchase my own copy right now!
Patrick Kollmeier
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great Read

Such a great perspective on being a creative. Absolutely recommend this for anyone trying to branch out and create something they are proud of.
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
There were some good nuggets in here, but also multiple times where I literally rolled my eyes. Maybe, as a Gen X'er, I'm beyond his obviously Millennial target audience. ...more
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