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The Creativity Book: A Year's Worth of Inspiration and Guidance


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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.


One of America's leading experts on the psychological aspects of creativity presents a complete, one-year plan for unleashing artistic talent. Includes two discussions/exercises per week and culminates in a guided project.


A complete creativity education in one volume. Everything you need to know to increase and unleash your creativity, by America's leading expert on the psychological side of creativity.

Whether you're a painter or a human resources manager, a novelist or an information services specialist, says Eric Maisel, whatever you do, creativity helps you do it better.

In this book, Maisel presents a complete one-year plan for unleashing your creativity. It uncludes two discussions/exercises per week, and culminates in a guided project of your choice--from working on your current novel to planning a new home business.

About the Author

A featured speaker at writers’ conferences and a regular contributor to Writer’s Digest, psychotherapist Eric Maisel has written twenty-two works of fiction and nonfiction including The Creativity Book, Deep Writing, A Life in the Arts, Fearless Creating, and Affirmations for Artists. He lives near San Francisco.

Table of Contents

The Creativity Book 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

Product Details

Maisel, Eric
Maisel, Eric , Ph.D.
New York
Creative Ability
Creative thinking
SELF-HELP / Creativity
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Grade Level:
from 12
8.04x4.50x.80 in. .62 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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