- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: New World Library (January 18, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1577314646
- ISBN-13: 978-1577314646
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coaching the Artist Within: Advice for Writers, Actors, Visual Artists, and Musicians from America's Foremost Creativity Coach Paperback – January 18, 2005
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Maisel, well known in self-help and creativity aids circles, brings to this resource for writers, actors, visual artists, and musicians--as well as your average Joe or Jane--a lifetime of experience. The author of Fearless Creating (1995) and Affirmations for Artists (1996), this advisor to rockers and screenwriters organizes his latest title into 12 skill areas. Early chapters deal with "Becoming a Self-Coach" and "Making Meaning." Later ones focus on generating energy (even in the midst of day-to-day demands), centering, managing anxiety, perfecting creativity planning, and maintaining a creative life. These "skill lessons" help would-be artists stifle negative thoughts and develop and use scheduling skills for starting and completing creative projects. Each lesson features as examples artists of diverse disciplines, such as a dancer, singer, poet, and painter, and provides exercises designed by the author to help readers incorporate his methods into everyday reality. To succeed in the arts, commitment must lead to effective, concrete action. Maisel shows the way to both. Whitney Scott
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I liked "Coaching the Artist Within" so much that I decided to buy a copy for myself so that I could highlight and underline and make notes in it.
When I took the book home from the library, my wife expressed interest in reading it after me. So when my book came from Amazon, I gave my library copy to my wife to read and I started reading my copy from Amazon. The next day, my wife told me that she wants her own copy of "Coaching the Artist Within" by Eric Maisel - so she too can mark it up and make her own notes in her own copy as well!
So my wife and I have found it to be a book that we can really get into, a book that we can really study and appreciate.
The text part of each chapter is very relevant and the exercises are very appropriate. I found this to be very helpful in my specific area of creativity, but it applies to a wide spectrum of creativity.
At every stage, writers and artists hit new levels of the same old problems, including self-criticism, negative self-chatter, difficulty articulating discontent and finding the vocabulary and tools for creating a meaningful life. As with all self-help books, the tone and content of this book will either hit you wrong -- and feel fairly obvious and encouraging, but otherwise nonessential -- or it will hit you the right way at precisely the right moment, helping you find the discipline and mental strength that might take you to the next step in your own artistic evolution.
Finally, one of my favorite things about the personal asides and client anecdotes is that Maisel does not end on a saccharine upnote every time. He admits that some clients, some projects, some dreams will still fail-- at least in the conventional sense. Those stories are some of the best in the book.
My life has made a lot of changes for the better since reading this book and I owe a lot of it to the Eric Maisel's strategy.
His advice always seems to apply to my life. I love the concept he offers in
Chapter Six: Creating in the Middle of Things. If I were to wait for my life to align with my creative urges, I'd never accomplish anything. His advice really validates my efforts.
I'd recommend this and all of Eric's work to help you on your journey of creativity.
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Author's kinda puffed with himself, but it's still helpful.