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Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing at Home, at Work & in Your Studio Flexibound – October 24, 2011


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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, and activist. He is the creator of the Webby Award-winning daily art project Skull-A-Day. His fine art has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia and the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. Noah also founded the internationally recognized, socially conscious design and consulting firm Another Limited Rebellion. In addition, Noah often gives talks on the subject of generating creative energy at conferences and universities, and he teaches a course on socially conscious design at Virginia Commonwealth University. His first book, Skulls, was honored by the New York Public Library and as a "Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Teen Readers" by the Young Adult Library Services Association and was featured on The Martha Stewart Show.

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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760341346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760341346
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 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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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marzi on October 6, 2011
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Are you a creative? Than you know you need this book. Just order it and move along.

Everyone else, sit down and let's talk. Me first.

The truth is no matter who we are or what we do, we all get stuck and we are all creative. The sad truth is most of us don't realize it. You can argue with me until you are blue in the face how you are not stuck and there is no way "Unstuck" will benefit your personal life or career. Go head, do that now. I'll listen attentively. Be sure to mention how busy your life is while you're at it.

Now, let me point out that your argument demonstrates your stuck-ness.

Diving into these projects can stretch your brain in a new direction, uncover a hidden talent or inject a bit of unexpected delight to your life. Anyone who invests 30 seconds, a couple minutes or a half hour to this book will be rewarded with any thing from a sense of satisfaction to the seed of a brilliant new idea. The key to suffering through that spreadsheet analysis might just be going off the grid (project 43) or answering some of the questions in project 14 (bigger than a bread box). You don't know until you try.

Noah has handed over his tool chest of goodies and I'm happy to find that we use many of the same tools. My personal life, relationships and my careers in the arts, technology, management, coaching and medicine have all benefited from getting unstuck. What appeared to be a simple project has often lead me to a profound insight or diffuses distracting tension. The tools that are new to me are being swiftly incorporated into my bag of tricks.

As for those few of you who have actually convinced me that you are not stuck in any facet of your life. Good for you! Now reward yourself with "Unstuck" and keep the flow going!
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By Elissa Hishikawa on November 18, 2014
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Fun Fun book! I was given this as a gift when I was having a "Stuck" moment in my life. I like the other one this author wrote too. 365 days of ... now I"m very motivated to create every day and if I ever get stuck, I know what to do!
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By Deborah A. Trevan on December 17, 2014
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A delightful and inspiring book to accompany the first book. I have enjoyed adding these to the routine of journal writing and creative projects I do.
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