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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760341346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760341346
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Scalin and his subjects tackle the problem of stymied creativity from every conceivable angle and direction in Unstuck. The result is a book that positively bursts with ingenuity and experiment: an essential tool not just for artists of every stripe, but for teachers, parents, and just about everyone else.”
—Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit From the Goon Squad
 
Have you hit a creative roadblock? Noah Scalin, author of 365: A Daily Creativity Journal, has created a toolbox of skills to get you Unstuck!
 
In this book are 52 inspiring project prompts designed for any field and any level of experience. The activities can be done randomly or one per week for an entire year of creativity building. With tasks divided by time commitment (from 30 seconds to several hours), pick one that fits your schedule and get started right now!
 
There’s plenty of room to sketch, journal, and document your experiences. Along the way, peek inside the brains of 12 creative professionals and see exactly how they stay motivated. Unstuck is the ultimate DIY guide to regaining your creative flow!

About the Author

Noah Scalin is an artist, designer, author, and activist. He is the creator of the Webby Award--winning art project Skull-A-Day and the founder of the socially conscious design firm Another Limited Revolution, and his fine art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. His other recent books include 365: A Daily Creativity Journal and Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing at Home, at Work & In Your Studio. Noahscalin.comwww.alrdesign.commakesomething365.blogspot.com

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John on November 11, 2011
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This book is deceptively simple. While many of the activities are lighthearted, crafty diversions and brain teasers, there is something deeply human being explored here about the ways we think, perceive, and inhabit the world. This not just about getting unstuck, but shifting ones perspective and developing awareness of the ways we work, the ways we think, the ways we ARE.

Not every exercise will speak to you the same way, but that's OK because the book is packed with so many ideas you are bound to encounter some zingers that move you. And that is well worth the price of admission.

Once you read this, once you DO this book, you will be hard-pressed to un-DO it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Kopperude on October 8, 2011
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Once was not enough. Noah Scalin has done it again. His new book "Unstuck" provides a depth of inspiration through seemingly endless ideas and pictures to demonstrate at least 52 ways to explore your creative potential. His best advice centers on having simple expectations of yourself. Be reasonable with your creative goals, and when you're ready, reach beyond them.

"Unstuck" has a similar layout to "365: A Daily Creativity Journal" in that you can record your progress after some of the 52 prompts in the book. There is often space to record brainstorms or even to participate in the activity by completing an exercise on the page. But I would say that "Unstuck" is packed with even more idea-generating material and more often than not uses all of the space on each page to help you think outside of the box. What I love most about "Unstuck" is the way the book is organized into sections of projects based on how much time it would take to finish them. Ranging from 30 seconds to multiple hours, each section contains approximately 10 activities and guides you by baby steps until you're ready to stand on your own and confidently let your creativity grow. Whether you have a case of artist's block or are looking for a book to encourage a creative person, "Unstuck" will cure what ails you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Louise Penaz on September 30, 2011
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My copy came today and I couldn't put it down. I devoured it straight away. My husband and I just started a major project, and while we are definately thriving artistically right now, this will no doubt inspire us in other ways. I actually think this book is good for both times, when you are thriving and of course, when you are stuck.

Nonetheles, there's not a creative person who hasn't lost his or her inspiration at one time or another. Annoying? Yes. Excruciating? No doubt. But please, suffer no longer. If you're stuck, do yourself a favor and buy this book. Scalin's book is chock full of ways to get your creativity flowing again. Fast forward to the last pages where the author tells you the secret about this book, that it took a year to create, which perfectly illustrates the author's intention, to get you back on track and in the habit of doing something creative every day. Not only does this book give you plenty of ways to get the pen moving forward, the paint brush swishing, the camera clicking again--but also other artists will tell you their secrets, how they avoid roadblocks, ways they keep the Muse landing even on a rainy day. Nothing beats the company of other working artists who've been stuck before, who've been there before. Nothing beats another artist offering tried and true suggestions, that might help you get back up on your feet and experimenting again. Plenty of blog and web links are included, so you can check out each artist's work, and see other cool places, for massive doses of needed inspiration. What a gift, what an act of generosity from so many talented artists. And if you know someone who needs support, this would be the perfect gift for them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kitty Barfrags on January 26, 2014
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Not as inspirational as I'd hoped. Mostly repeats the kind of information available everywhere else. Add a dose of common sense and a little bit of thought, anyone could get their creativity flowing without buying this book. Shortly after purchasing it, it was donated to the local library.
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