Creativity for Life: Practical Advice on the Artist's Personality and Career from America's Foremost Creativity Coach [NOOK Book]

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As a therapist and creativity coach, Eric Maisel has worked with thousands of creative people. He knows firsthand the struggles that writers, musicians, artists, dancers, and actors face and has helped them find balance in their lives while pursuing their artistic endeavors. His new book presents a comprehensive approach to the much-misunderstood life of the artist. Creativity for Life offers practical ideas as well as exercises and inspiration to nurture growth as an artist and...
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Creativity for Life: Practical Advice on the Artist's Personality and Career from America's Foremost Creativity Coach

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Overview

As a therapist and creativity coach, Eric Maisel has worked with thousands of creative people. He knows firsthand the struggles that writers, musicians, artists, dancers, and actors face and has helped them find balance in their lives while pursuing their artistic endeavors. His new book presents a comprehensive approach to the much-misunderstood life of the artist. Creativity for Life offers practical ideas as well as exercises and inspiration to nurture growth as an artist and as a person, exploring such subjects as:
Establishing your creativity practice
Obscurity and stardom
Blocks
The artist's personality
Moods and madness
Artists in love
Craft
The rewards and perils of isolation
Social interactions and community
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577317234
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,249,821
  • File size: 479 KB

Table of Contents


Introduction: Lifelong Creativity     xi
The Challenges of the Artistic Personality
Creativity and Talent     3
The Puzzle of Personality     25
Of Moods and Madness     47
Obscurity and Stardom     73
The Artist's Personality     99
The Challenges of the Work
Craft     113
Blocks     127
Resistance     147
Business as Work     157
The Artist's Work     185
The Challenges of Relationships
The Rewards and Perils of Isolation     201
The Place of Culture     219
Social Interactions and Community     231
Artists in Love     253
The Artist's World     267
Strategies and Tactics
Self-Awareness through Guided Writing     279
Your Creativity Practice     295
Transitions and Choices     309
Creativity for Life     319
Index     336
About the Author     347
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2007

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    The latest from Eric Maisel is an amazing and wonderful book that any writer, musician, artist, or performer would benefit from reading. In CREATIVITY FOR LIFE, Maisel brings together concepts and ideas he¿s discussed in previous books, but here every part is synthesized and complete. It¿s a smorgasbord of examples and tactics. He breaks new ground in detailing the artist¿s personality in ways that that the non-psychologist reader will instantly understand, and the book is highly accessible to anyone from beginner to master. In the introduction he distinguishes between the ¿artful life,¿ which is the way many people wish to live the ¿art-filled life,¿ which includes the joy that art brings and an ¿art-committed life,¿ the process of actively choosing to be creative. It¿s this latter that¿s the focus of the book. ¿As soon as you decide to be creative in a particular domain and that you mean to live as a novelist, biochemist, actor, or sculptor, you introduce a set of profound challenges that you would not have confronted if you had `settled¿ for artful living and an art-filled life¿ (p. xii). In four major sections, Maisel thoroughly examines the challenges faced in seeking an art-committed life: The Challenge of the Artistic Personality, The Challenge of the Work, The Challenge of Relationships, and Strategies & Tactics. Each section is brilliantly detailed and will make sense to anyone at any stage of invention, innovation, or imagination. Because creative folks face major obstacles that non-artists do not, Maisel spends a great deal of time giving hints, ideas, and suggestions. Just a few include ways to silence negative self-talk, using visualization, focusing, and practicing one¿s craft while bringing to it skills such as regularity, honesty, self-direction, intensity, joy, discipline, and more. He tells us, ¿Creativity is the act of making one choice after another¿ (p. 120). Living an art-committed life is the same. As Maisel says late in the book, ¿Lifelong creativity isn¿t given to you. You must earn it and attend to it every day¿ You will have to dig deep to find the requisite honesty, courage, and resilience to live an artful, art-filled, art-committed life¿ You must really want it and really commit to it in order to have it¿ to crack through everyday resistance and create for a lifetime¿ (p. 319-320). I approach every new nonfiction book by Maisel with giddy excitement, wondering what fresh aspect of the creative process he¿ll unearth, dust off, and show around. Sometimes I feel like the man must personally know me and the challenges I face in writing ¿ but we have, of course, never met. Maisel is just an amazing creativity coach and counselor who knows the secrets and insecurities, triumphs and tribulations of those who seek the creative life. This book is the next best thing to personally experiencing Maisel¿s creativity coaching, and I highly recommend it.

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