- File Size: 1245 KB
- Print Length: 126 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 19, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GGPDLY4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Creative's Curse Kindle Edition
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I put off reading it for a long time.
When I did finally pick it up, a few hours ago, I read it from start to finish. I chuckled a lot, I highlighted a lot, I made mental notes about where I had similar experiences and succeeded and where I could see my missteps thanks to Todd's examples.
This is a GOOD book, regardless of whether you're trying to break out of a corporate cage or just develop your own soul a bit more. He lays out solid, actionable things you can do, and wraps it all in an overarching message from the front lines. "This is what it's like," he explains, "and this is why it's worth it, and here's why you can do it."
With the possible exception of Pressfield's "The War of Art" (which Todd also agrees is the creative's bible) this is now the first book I would recommend to people who want to try being more creative. It's well worth the time, and absurdly worth the money. I plan on going back and culling a few of my highlighted passages as my own kickstarters when the muse is distant.
Highly recommended. READ THIS BOOK.
The Creative's Curse is an excellent read for anyone that has ideas but doesn't know where to go from there. Brison offers stupendous suggestions for grappling with the life of a Creative; in short passages, he discusses how to overcome fear of creating, how to surmount creators' block, and why your contributions matter in a world already bursting with content.
He writes in a way that makes you feel like you're reading something bright and fun, then hits you out of nowhere with some serious truth. I read this book in two sittings (I lost track of how many times I said "just one more section"), and I can't wait to go back and reexamine the passages I highlighted throughout.
I'll leave you with this gem from the portion on Creators' Block caused by fear: "I haven't tested every human being on the planet, but my guess is that Creatives are among the MOST fearful. This is because back in early humanity, it was difficult to fend off a lion with a paintbrush."
Fom one creative to another