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"Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out" takes you on an intimate journey through the seven stages of the creative process. All along the way, counselor, artist, and writer Cathy Wild interweaves her own personal journey as well as fascinating stories from her private practice.

Discover your authentic voice while exploring timeless themes that compel creative expressio
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Paperback, 324 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by Standing Place Press
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Karen
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have shelves of books about the creative process. It used to be that reading those books was a great substitute for actually engaging in creative activity of any kind. Now that particular curse has been broken — Hallelujah! — I still read all of the books, but now I’m much more discerning. I want an author who is honest, transparent, gritty and real; someone who has been there, understands all aspects of the creative spiral and who can ask the right kinds of questions that will help bring me t ...more
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Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that WILD IDEAS: Creativity from Inside Out by Cathy Wild is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Vanessa Haley
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to review this book. I have rated Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out by Cathy Wild as a 5 star, being that this book has changed my opinion of creativity in my life, and changed the way I view creativity in general.
Cathy Wild is an amazing author, sharing her life experiences and love of helping others, to empower even the most skeptical of us, that we all have the ability to empower our creativity through many aspects of our life. Wi
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Lovetoread
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This author writes with an honest, authentic voice drawing fearlessly from her personal experience. The sections on Commitment and Courage resonate profoundly for me. Wild is articulate and digs deeply into untilled soil; refreshing and free of cliches. I got a lot out of The Artist's Way; Wild Ideas adds a new dimension to the artist's quest. I imagine writer support groups working through this, or selecting particular chapters to enhance their work.
Colleen
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for a fair, honest review.

Overall, this book provided a nice overview of the process of creativity. She breaks the process down into the many stages, emotions, blockages, etc. that you're likely to encounter in the process of creating something new. She gives some decent broad strokes for each of these stages. I also appreciate that she acknowledges that creative work has a range of expressions, from painting and writing to developing a
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Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Wild Ideas: Creating from the Inside Out is not a book to be read in a rush. It's a book best read a few pages at a time, an excellent choice for those who, like me, want to read something inspiring and uplifting with their morning coffee. That's how I read this self-help book by Cathy Wild.

While the book is full of helpful advice to get the creative juices flowing, the questions posed at the end of each chapter make it personal to each reader. This interrogative aspect of Wild's writing require
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WILD IDEAS: Creativity from Inside Out by Cathy Wild is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree



Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out is a well written, easy to read book that will help you grow your creative side whether you see yourself as an artist or not.  Wild Ideas flows smoothly providing the reader with easy to follow suggestions, helpful nudges and overall comfort to help you through whatever project is daunting you.

Cathy Wild, author, delivers a beautifully written book that stays with the rea
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Danielle Urban
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wild Ideas by Cathy Wild is a great guide for building creativity. The writer has a lot to offer inside her book. A wonderful emotional yet inspiring journey to follow. Taking ones thoughts and placing them in a way that proves positive. I can't see how anyone reading this book won't be changed. It certainly drove me deeper into my life and changed how I felt. I read this book that led me out of my norm and it personally challenged myself. It is well-written and organized in a way that makes fli ...more
Lisa Haydon
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazingly helpful to me. I refer to it almost every day. Creativity is about relationships, work, play, hobbies. It really has applied to all areas of my life. Cathy Wild is insightful and humble, which makes me feel that the creative process is something I too can engage in. It is sort of like my new bible for making my life more enjoyable and well...creative! Every chapter has a different area of work that can be done...or not. And everyone has a different way of being creative an ...more
Shelli
Many years ago, I read/worked through Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, and it had a profound effect on my creative output, my entire artistic approach, and frankly, my life. Since then, I've always been on the lookout for anything promising to enhance my creativity, alleviate artist's/writer's block, improve my process, address my fears – basically any book, magazine, or class that goes beyond technique and into the true heart of the human drive toward cre ...more
Jennifer Jones
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful and joyful examination of creativity throughout all its many stages. Each chapter is based on a quality to cultivate during that stage. Beautifully, lovingly written. My only complaint is that it deserved and inspired more color on the pages than the stock black and white.
Zach
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A truly significant work! This is a book I can see myself revisiting for years to come as it relates to so many aspects of life. There is a great deal of inspiration and strength to be found within the pages of Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out.
Sarah
Dec 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just wasn't my thing
Valerie Bradley
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This was pretty good. Lots of good ideas and good writing.
Denise J.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks Cathy Wild. Helping me find my way back to me. Working on fear, shame, trauma from past. Your book is helping.
Karen Nash
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A book to hold on to and revisit often.
A friendly nudge.
Fred Fanning
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting book with a lot of information. The author uses her own experiences to explain elements of creativity.
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Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cathy Wild’s inspirational book, Wild Ideas moves the reader through the ups and downs of the creative process and provides tips on how to break free from blockage. The book focuses on interesting questions for the self, exercises and relatable anecdotes that outline the stages of the creative process while also providing motivational tools and ways to measure progress. While Cathy Wild does focus on the creative mind, the ideas and techniques discussed in the book are transferrable and usable f ...more
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