Making Your Creative Mark: Nine Keys to Achieving Your Artistic Goals

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Writers, painters, singers, filmmakers, musicians, craftspeople, and actors confront daunting challenges every day. It is hard to produce new work, find success in the marketplace, manage relationships, and keep spirits up. Many doubt that solutions to these very real problems exist, but they do, and world-famous creativity coach Eric Maisel has compiled them in this book. You will learn how to:

* make sense of the challenges of your personality, the challenges inherent in ...

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Overview

Writers, painters, singers, filmmakers, musicians, craftspeople, and actors confront daunting challenges every day. It is hard to produce new work, find success in the marketplace, manage relationships, and keep spirits up. Many doubt that solutions to these very real problems exist, but they do, and world-famous creativity coach Eric Maisel has compiled them in this book. You will learn how to:

* make sense of the challenges of your personality, the challenges inherent in creative work, and the challenges of culture and marketplace
* quiet your overactive mind
* increase motivation and avoid blocks
* engage in practices that create and reinforce meaning
* align self-talk with goals, avoiding negative loops that block creativity
* identify stressors and implement stress-management techniques designed specifically for artists
* maintain emotional intimacy and healthy relationships in the midst of the creative process
* claim your identity as an artist
* rekindle passion for your art and feed that flame during dark days and dry spells

Intended for professional artists and those aspiring toward professional status, this book offers the nuts and bolts of sticking to a successful and fulfilling life in the arts.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Art is often work that you do alone and for yourself, but Maisel (Mastering Creative Anxiety) stresses that you are also “creating for other people; you are relating to other people; you are working with marketplace players and selling to your audience.” Accordingly, the therapist and “creativity coach” offers practical advice designed to overcome the blocks that artists face on their own, as well as the challenges of being an artist in the world. Organizing his work according to nine themes (or “keys”—e.g., passion, freedom, empathy), Maisel marshals diverse therapeutic techniques, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness meditation, in addition to sensible self-assessments in order to help artists cope with obstacles like self-censorship or lack of focus. While many of these are useful, the pragmatic recommendations sometimes feel tedious or generic, and his attempts to appeal to a myriad of artist types (e.g., musicians, writers, visual artists) suck the life from portions of the book. Still, his advice on relating to the outside world—other artists, the market, societal pressures—is astute and contains valuable lessons. (Apr. 15)
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“Maisel is a meticulous guide who knows the psychological landscape that artists inhabit.”
The Writer magazine

“Eric Maisel’s books should be required reading for anyone involved in the arts, especially students and their teachers. Maisel demystifies the process of creating art.”
Theatre Design and Technology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608681624
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 958,897
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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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