Making Your Creative Mark: Nine Keys to Achieving Your Artistic Goals Paperback – Apr 4 2013
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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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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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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.
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.
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.
(InannaWorks.com received a free review copy of this book.)
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.
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.