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Lots to chew on,
This review is from: Coaching the Artist Within: Advice for Writers, Actors, Visual Artists, and Musicians from America's Foremost Creativity Coach (Paperback)
I read this small book in a few sittings and found there was a lot to chew on. I thought the basic ideas were quite powerful. It's easy for instance to love/hate the process of creating or to love/hate the finished product but one of the points is that you can come to grips and accept the duality of many things like this. Learning to commit to the ideas and activities that are important to you (after you figure out what they are and how to accomplish them) is crucial; sticking with it, no easy task. Mr. Maisel draws on his experience of coaching himself and others to help you understand how you can support your own best interests and achieve what you want.
I enjoyed the personal stories and anecdotes in the book, they put a more concrete wrap on some pretty abstract concepts. I do wish that the exercises, which he stresses are important to do, were a little more directed or fleshed out. For several of them I felt that I needed an in-real-life coach there to help me with them. Perhaps they'll become clearer on the second read.
Overall I think this book would benefit many people no matter their medium.