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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (April 4 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608681629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608681624
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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About the Author

Eric Maisel, PhD , is America's foremost creativity coach and a prolific creator who has written more than forty books, including 'Coaching the Artist Within' and 'The Van Gogh Blues'. A print columnist for 'Professional Artist' magazine and a blogger for 'Fine Art America' and 'Psychology Today', he coaches individuals, trains creativity coaches, and lectures internationally. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Just what I needed to read at the right time.
Honestly have very quickly skimmed the book...stopping to read a section here and there. But it seems to be just what I needed to hear to keep busy and keep painting. It will always be a struggle...but I will keep at it.
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may be useful for a beginning artist
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06260c0) out of 5 stars Its okay, but not great June 18 2013
By pebbles - Published on
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The book has some good suggestions and even a few geewhiz ideas, but I was repeatedly annoyed by his promotion of his other books. You'd be reading along on and he would mention something that would be helpful and say "you can read about that in my book..." or "I went over that at length in my book..." and then THIS book would skip on past that idea. Hmm. So unless I buy ALL his books I won't get the full picture.
This is small book and you can't get all of his suggestions in this volume, I get it, but I think he could have done better.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa062630c) out of 5 stars Making Your Creative Mark April 29 2013
By Sheri Newton - Published on
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Making Your Creative Mark by Eric Maisel is a book for people to use to help guide them on their creative or professional path. The advice contained helps the reader to follow through with their aspirations, and stop the negative self-talk that plagues many of us.

Making Your Creative Mark is the type of self-help book that creative people need to give them a kick in the butt to accomplish their goals. This isn't a book that helps you decide what you want to do in life or give you amazing ideas to go create something. This book does give you the self-confidence and motivation to turn what you already love doing, or are already doing, into something more.

The book is divided into nine "Keys" that help you with various aspects of creativity including: the mind, confidence, passion, freedom, stress, empathy, relationship, identity, and societal keys. The advice contained in each one is written to help creative people, but it can be used for everyone to accomplish their goals, too.

Eric Maisel helps you to become what you want to be, and do what you want to do. One of the big things you have to do for this to work though is to stop making excuses, and stop bad mouthing yourself mentally (or verbally). This can be hard at times because many of us (including myself) sometimes have that negative self-talk that is just not helpful with anything.

This is an excellent book to help push people in the right direction of their dreams. The advice can honestly be used by a wide variety of people or professions, and has some really good suggestions. I definitely recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Making Your Creative Mark, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa062654c) out of 5 stars Are you in the habit of mentally bad-mouthing yourself? April 6 2013
By Anna from InannaWorks - Published on
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That's the first thing Eric Maisel is going to ask you to stop doing in this, the latest of a long line of successful books about creativity. The book is written for creative professionals (and soon-to-be creative professionals) but readers from all walks of life will garner valuable tips about adding passion, confidence, and vision to their lives and career.

Maisel has distilled the essence of his decades-long creative coaching into nine "Keys". Each Key is discussed in simple terms, illustrated with case studies, and activated with understandable directives. Covering topics like mind sets, stress, relationships, and societal influences, he gives readers everything they need to begin changing their lives and careers for the better. Empowering, realistic, and empathetic, the book speaks to the readers inner blocks as well as to their desires.

As difficult as competing in a creative profession is, it is nothing compared to the self-imposed challenges most of us struggle with. Want to free yourself from yourself? "Making Your Creative Mark" will tell how to start working towards, and sustain, that objective.

( received a free review copy of this book.)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06267c8) out of 5 stars Deciphering the Keys to your creativity process May 1 2013
By Callie Carling - Published on
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The sub-title of the book gives you a great idea as to what is in store for you as you travel through the pages ... Nine Keys To Achieving Your Artistic Goals. Mind, Confidence, Passion, Freedom, Stress, Empathy, Relationship, Identity and Societal Keys provide you with a huge wealth of ideas, knowledge and practical steps to reach out and actually ACHIEVE those goals you have been coveting - maybe for days, maybe for years!

Written in Maisel's inimitable style, there are some real nuggets within the pages - a veritable handbook for all creatives and artisans, this is a gem to help you when you discover it's one of "those" days. Or indeed, weeks!

I personally found the Passion and Identity Keys thought-provoking and the real-life examples contained within each Key help you to identify areas within your own practice (or those of your clients) that map similar issues; Maisel has also included questions for the reader to work through at the end of each Key which are stimulating and appear deceptively easy to answer ... until you begin working on them!

Creativity is energy - movement fuels energy - so I was delighted to read in the Stress Key, Maisel's advice to "start each work session with a war cry. Stand up, beat your chest, and shout, "Ready! Set! Go! ... Craft your own starting ritual" pg.95.

Yay! Let's here it for rituals and movement!

Maisel, I feel, writes for a certain audience and because of the depth of material he traverses, it is a dip-in, dip-out title; Making Your Creative Mark is a practical, useful and insightful handbook for all artists and creatives, to help you achieve your visions and dreams.
HASH(0xa0626abc) out of 5 stars A wonderful book Oct. 7 2013
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A very helpful book which frames creative issues/obstacles in a candid, bracing way, and inspires one to take action.
I've since ordered additional copies to send as gifts to friends, and have also read two more books by the author.
Geared toward artists or anyone who wants to get on with the work and complete creative projects. I highly recommend,
even if one has read multiple books about the artistic process.