Enrich your life and write with more intensity than ever on a spirit-renewing adventure in the City of Light. Experience Paris not as a tourist but as a creator, where you dedicate yourself to the bohemian life in picturesque parks, cafés, and bookstores. In this guided tour of a beloved destination that has sparked the imagination of countless writers and artists, leading creativity coach Eric Maisel offers insights on how to use the city to spur commitment to your craft. Beyond the metaphor of Paris as a place of creativity, Maisel provides practical tools for you to use upon committing to this journey: tips for writing at the Place des Vosges while soaking in the surrounding architecture and vibrant energy; advice on the best time to visit the Musée d'Orsay for maximum inspiration; and ideas for engaging all the senses during strolls through churches and subways of this dazzling location. In brief essays that are whimsically illustrated, Maisel helps you put your dreams into action, encouraging you to move beyond the idea of living and writing in Paris to the reality of doing it, for three weeks or three years or anytime in between.
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About the Author
Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is the author of more than 50 books, including Dover's The Magic of Sleep Thinking and Ten Zen Seconds. Dr. Maisel is a creativity coach and mental health advocate in the areas of critical psychology and critical psychiatry. He lectures around the world and facilitates deep writing workshops at the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute, and the Kripalu Yoga Center.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents Introduction: A Degree in Paris 01 A Day in the Place des Vosges 02 Pure Flâneur 03 Apricots 04 The Musée d’Orsay When It Opens 05 On Not Speaking French 06 Writing in Public Places 07 Hemingway Slept Here 08 Your Novel in Six Months’ Time 09 Privilege and the Place Vendôme 10 Human Scale 11 Sartre and Inauthenticity 12 Mimes and Literary Agents 13 Three-Week Books 14 On Support 15 The Pain of Perfect Little Parks 16 The Doable Dream 17 The Professor of Nothing 18 Disrespecting Albert Camus 19 Gay Mayors 20 Rainy Day Lover 21 Eating an Elephant 22 An Idea for a Novel 23 Smaller and Smaller 24 Picasso 25 Ghost 26 Second Chances 27 The Great Escape 28 Motivated by Croissants 29 Running Off 30 With Your Daughter on the Rue de Rivoli 31 Maya and Lemonade 32 If Not Paris, If Not a Year 33 Fearing Paris 34 Au Revoir to the Place des Vosges A1 Appendix: A Planning Checklist A2 Appendix: Where to Write or Read A3 Appendix: Resources for Planning Your Trip