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Making Your Creative Mark

Nine Keys to Achieving Your Artistic Goals
Paperback Book
New World Library
April, 2013
$24.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

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.

Creating depends on having a mind quiet enough to allow ideas to bubble up. Living a successful, healthy life as an artist requires that your self-talk align with your goals and your aspirations. Your job is to quiet your mind and extinguish negative self-talk. These are your two most important tasks if you want a shot at your best life in the arts.

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.

If you were suddenly handed enough time and all the energy in the world, you would still have to master these nine challenges in order to get your creating done. I hope this book presents you with a clear picture of these challenges—and points you to the solutions.

Among Eric Maisel’s other books are Coaching the Artist Within and The Van Gogh Blues.

Publisher’s Description: 

Eric Maisel, PhD, the author of forty books, is widely regarded as America's foremost creativity coach. Eric is a columnist for Professional Artist magazine and a featured blogger for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post. He reaches thousands through his website, workshops, and online courses. He is the founder of noimetic psychology, the new psychology of meaning, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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