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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Ideas to Overcome Creative Block, September 6, 2012
This review is from: Breakthrough!: Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination (Paperback)
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The real value of this book is that each of the 90 creative people (and groups) tells you how they overcome the inevitable creative blocks in their working lives. While their solutions might not end up being different, each expresses their solution differently.

That makes it a very uneven book to read straight through, but it makes it an excellent resource for creatives to keep on the shelf. Having a block? Open the book at random and read a few entries, try some of the ideas. If it works, great. If not, repeat.

Even so, I didn't find the book without faults. Its origins are from a blog where creative people from different disciplines were asked to answer the question "How do you overcome creative block?" Befitting its origins, the answers aren't long. To turn this into a book, graphic design, focusing of pull out text and simple shapes, was added.

I'm not a graphics person, but a fiber artist and writer, so I ended up feeling as if this was both padding and an awfuol lot of visual noise. Someone else might feel differently, but, to my mind this was a fault.

In the end, I found this book useful but not necessarily enlightening. I didn't find any earth-shattering new ways to deal with creative block, but often its good to be reminded of things you already know, so you can act on them right then.
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