Mastering Creative Anxiety: 24 Lessons for Writers, Painters, Musicians & Actors from America's Foremost Creativity Coach [NOOK Book]

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In his decades as a psychotherapist and creativity coach, Eric Maisel has found a common thread behind what often gets labeled “writer’s block,” “procrastination,” or “stage fright.” It’s the particular anxiety that, paradoxically, keeps creators from doing, completing, or sharing the work they are driven toward. This “creative anxiety” can take the form of avoiding the work, declaring it not good enough, or failing to market it — and it can cripple creators for decades, even lifetimes. But Maisel has learned ...
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Mastering Creative Anxiety: 24 Lessons for Writers, Painters, Musicians & Actors from America's Foremost Creativity Coach

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Overview

In his decades as a psychotherapist and creativity coach, Eric Maisel has found a common thread behind what often gets labeled “writer’s block,” “procrastination,” or “stage fright.” It’s the particular anxiety that, paradoxically, keeps creators from doing, completing, or sharing the work they are driven toward. This “creative anxiety” can take the form of avoiding the work, declaring it not good enough, or failing to market it — and it can cripple creators for decades, even lifetimes. But Maisel has learned what sets successful creators apart. He shares these strategies here, including artist-specific stress management; how to work despite bruised egos, day jobs, and other inevitable frustrations; and what not to do to deal with anxiety. Implementing these 24 lessons replaces the pain of not creating with the profound rewards of free artistic self-expression.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577319337
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 3/9/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 620,256
  • File size: 381 KB

Meet the Author

Eric Maisel, PhD, is the author of more than thirty works of fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction titles include Coaching the Artist Within, Fearless Creating, The Van Gogh Blues, The Creativity Book, Performance Anxiety, Ten Zen Seconds, A Writer’s San Francisco, and A Writer’s Paris. A columnist for Art Calendar magazine, Maisel is a creativity coach and creativity coach trainer who presents keynote addresses and workshops nationally and internationally. Maisel holds undergraduate degrees in philosophy and psychology, master’s degrees in counseling and creative writing, and a doctorate in counseling psychology. He is also a California-licensed marriage and family therapist. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit ericmaisel.com to learn more about Dr. Maisel, or drop him a line at ericmaisel@hotmail.com. To learn about his innovative breathing-and-thinking techniques, visit tenzenseconds.com.
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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    Highly Recommend!

    Only wish I had it this book years ago.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Creative Anxiety Management Techniques

    Twenty-four lessons for managing your feelings of anxiety. The subtitle suggests that artists of all kinds tap into these chapters, "24 Lessons for Writers, Painters, Musicians and Actors.." I believe these techniques would help any procrastinator out there. Have you ever started a project only to run out of enthusiasm? I know I have. I started painting a small apartment in the end of December and admit that I still have finishing touches to add and it's mid-March. Even as recently as a few days ago I was painting. I have one more color to touch-up and then I can officially say the project is complete. I believe that this book helped me put the excuses aside and change my attitude from project as chore to project as gift to myself. Two of the 24 lessons particularly appealed to me. Chapter 14, The Anxiety of Failing, provides new visualization techniques. I loved the suggestion to visualize yourself in the presence of someone who is calming for you such as a loved one, a deceased one, a close friend, etc. Usually these techniques center on placing yourself in a safe environment or stepping your mind through the process visualizing a successful ending. Chapter 21, The Anxiety of Procrastination, says, "Anxiety causes procrastination, and procrastination produces more anxiety. Get out of this vicious cycle by recognizing how much anxiety is at play." That's what I needed to hear. I felt like I was avoiding anxiety by pushing off my painting needs and yet what I was actually doing was making the feeling grow. Once I realized that, it was a matter of time before that color line between ceiling and wall became straighter. It was a great gift to give myself to wake up the day after painting and say, "Wow, that wall looks great." Rather than saying, "I've really got to fix that awful bleed-over. It looks so bad." By focusing on the negative, my energy fled from painting over to anything else I could find to do that day. And, it was easy to go on and on finding an ever-growing list of other chores less taxing. When I shifted focus to relieving my anxiety, I woke up one morning, changed into my paint clothes and got to work. I did not like the format of the book, however. Each chapter contains a parable. A little fictional story demonstrates the chapter principle. I just skipped them and got to the point. I felt like they were used more as filler and adding fiction to a non-fiction work didn't appeal to me. So maybe I missed out on an insightful bit but really, I feel much relieved because my project is now complete and that anxiety is gone.

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