The Creativity Book

The Creativity Book

A Year’s Worth of Inspiration and Guidance

Format
Paperback
Price
$14.95
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781585420292
  • 304 Pages
  • Tarcher
  • Adult

Overview


Whatever you do, says Dr. Eric Maisel, creativity helps you do it better. Creativity encourages the artist to paint more frequently and authentically. It allows a busy executive to see her options more quickly, make changes more fluidly, and become more self-directing and confident.

In this book, America’s foremost expert on the psychological side of the creative process presents a complete one-year plan for increasing and unleashing your creativity. It includes two disucssions/exercises per week, and culminates in a guided project of your choice—from working on a current novel or symphony to planning a new home business or becoming a more effective supervisor.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1. Begin

Week 1. 1. Make Creativity Your Religion
Week 1. 2. Craft Ceremonies and Rituals
Week 2. 3. Make Time
Week 2. 4. Make Space
Week 3. 5. Invest in Erasable Boards
Week 3. 6. Settle into Mystery
Week 4. 7. Get Anxious Calmly
Week 4. 8. Do the Tiniest Thing

Part 2. Be Human

Week 5. 9. Forgive Yourself for All Your Failures
Week 5. 10. Forgive Yourself, Period
Week 6. 11. Forgive Others, Too
Week 6. 12. Get Shells in Your Omelette
Week 7. 13. Wrestle with Your Demons
Week 7. 14. Stop Preening
Week 8. 15. Dispute Boredom
Week 8. 16. Make an Earth Landing

Part 3. Be Mindful

Week 9. 17. Rouse Out of Your Dream Sleep
Week 9. 18. Lose Your Self-consciousness
Week 10. 19. Use Your Brain
Week 10. 20. Understand a Frog Thoroughly
Week 11. 21. Study One Blade of Grass
Week 11. 22. Analyze
Week 12. 23. Synthesize
Week 12. 24. Lose Yourself

Part 4. Explore

Week 13. 25. Explore
Week 13. 26. Ask One Question
Week 14. 27. Have Feathers Handy
Week 14. 28. Carve Basalt
Week 15. 29. Abstract Everything
Week 15. 30. Reinvent the Wheel
Week 16. 31. Innovate
Week 16. 32. Leave for the Unknown

Part 5. Go Deep

Week 17. 33. Dive
Week 17. 34. Buy Bewilderment
Week 18. 35. Parachute into Enemy Territory
Week 18. 36. Get Unacademic
Week 19. 37. Put Up a Big Idea
Week 19. 38. Get Nostalgic
Week 20. 39. Incubate
Week 20. 40. Expand with the Universe

Part 6. Use Yourself

Week 21. 41. Hire Yourself as a Consultant
Week 21. 42. Open a Vein
Week 22. 43. Get Ravenous
Week 22. 44. Underpress
Week 23. 45. Kill Maybe
Week 23. 46. Build a Model Creator
Week 24. 47. Look Where You Slipped
Week 24. 48. Be Yourself Entirely

Part 7. Connect

Week 25. 49. Go Out
Week 25. 50. Visit with Children
Week 26. 51. Buddy Up
Week 26. 52. Sing Together
Week 27. 53. Extend a Tradition
Week 27. 54. Get Lost in the Landscape
Week 28. 55. Picture Your Audience
Week 28. 56. Connect with People

Part 8. Be Ambitious

Week 29. 57. Want Everything
Week 29. 58. Demand Grandeur
Week 30. 59. Aim for a Response
Week 30. 60. Play the Tallest Queen in History
Week 31. 61. Change Radically
Week 31. 62. Exhaust Yourself
Week 32. 63. Build a World
Week 32. 64. Feel Immortal

Part 9. Be Truthful

Week 33. 65. Show Yourself
Week 33. 66. Reveal a Secret
Week 34. 67. Serve Up a Sacred Cow
Week 34. 68. Balk
Week 35. 69. Make Difficulties
Week 35. 70. Explain Yourself
Week 36. 71. Aim for Truthfulness
Week 36. 72. Live Your Truth

Part 10. Be Love

Week 37. 73. Renew Your Vows
Week 37. 74. Love Logic and Intuition
Week 38. 75. Locate Your Better Nature
Week 38. 76. Help Friends and Strangers
Week 39. 77. Love Another Person
Week 39. 78. Be Sexual
Week 40. 79. Reward Yourself
Week 40. 80. Stubbornly Keep Loving Yourself

Part 11. Work

Week 41. 81. Wake Up Working
Week 41. 82. Go Directly to Work
Week 42. 83. Really Sweat
Week 42. 84. Make Plans and Schedules
Week 43. 85. Be Patient but Not Idle
Week 43. 86. Become Water
Week 44. 87. Pick Yourself Up
Week 44. 88. Simply Create

Part 12. Create

Weeks 45-52. 89. Work on Your Creative Project

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