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"This book will save new artists and working artists years of wasted effort and thousands of dollars in therapy. This is a brilliant, wonderful book -- a bible. Maisel is a sage."
-- Heather Sellers, PhD, author of Georgia Under Water and Page After Page

"Eric Maisel has done it again! This indispensable guide to actually living as an artist must be on every working artist's shelf to be read again and again. Ten thumbs over the moon!"
-- Jennifer Louden, author of The Life Organizer and The Woman's Comfort Book

"In Creativity for Life, America's premier creativity coach delves deeply into the issues that challenge writers, artists, musicians, and performers and provides them with unique strategies and stimulating insights to achieve their creative destinies."
-- Nita Leland, artist and author of The New Creative Artist

"Eric Maisel is the therapist, counselor, coach, and friend we all want and need. He provides the psychological tools to help artists lead a mature, functioning, productive, and enriching personal and creative life."
-- Bobette Buster, adjunct professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts and La Fémis, Paris

"Eric Maisel has taught me more about the creative life and how to live it successfully than any other author. Creativity for Life is for anyone who has ever dared to live an extraordinary and fully exposed life."
-- Sharon Lebell, author of The Art of Living: The Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

"This is the most comprehensive book on creativity that I have encountered. I will make this book required reading for the students in my creativity coaching training as well as for clients embarking upon a creative path."
-- Jill Badonsky, MEd, creativity coaching trainer and author of The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)

"If you are an artist who wants to get a project finished, read this book. It gave me new understanding of my artist personality and why I put things off. Most important, it gave me new courage to forge the path I know I have to take."
-- Coleen Rajotte, documentary filmmaker

"Eric Maisel speaks as the artist's friend and ally. His book will serve as a powerful encouragement for people who undertake the courageous and often lonely adventure of finding, protecting, and nourishing their creative voice."
-- Stephen Nachmanovitch, author of Free Play: The Power of Improvisation in Life and the Arts

About the Author

Eric Maisel, an American psychotherapist, writes the "Rethinking Psychology" column for Psychology Today and leads workshops nationally and internationally. He is the author of more than forty books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (March 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577315588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315582
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The latest from Eric Maisel is an amazing and wonderful book that any writer, musician, artist, or performer would benefit from reading. In CREATIVITY FOR LIFE, Maisel brings together concepts and ideas he's discussed in previous books, but here every part is synthesized and complete. It's a smorgasbord of examples and tactics. He breaks new ground in detailing the artist's personality in ways that that the non-psychologist reader will instantly understand, and the book is highly accessible to anyone from beginner to master.

In the introduction he distinguishes between the "artful life," which is the way many people wish to live; the "art-filled life," which includes the joy that art brings; and an "art-committed life," the process of actively choosing to be creative. It's this latter that's the focus of the book.

"As soon as you decide to be creative in a particular domain and that you mean to live as a novelist, biochemist, actor, or sculptor, you introduce a set of profound challenges that you would not have confronted if you had `settled' for artful living and an art-filled life" (p. xii). In four major sections, Maisel thoroughly examines the challenges faced in seeking an art-committed life: The Challenge of the Artistic Personality, The Challenge of the Work, The Challenge of Relationships, and Strategies & Tactics. Each section is brilliantly detailed and will make sense to anyone at any stage of invention, innovation, or imagination.

Because creative folks face major obstacles that non-artists do not, Maisel spends a great deal of time giving hints, ideas, and suggestions.
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As a trainer of creativity coaches, I felt like this book was a delightful feast. The information is both exceptionally intuitive and timelessly helpful to both those who work with creative people and the creative individual themself. If you are a creative person all you need to do is open this book to feel validated, understood and inspired. It is a motivating reality.
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The author presents a fairly detailed and good overview of the artistic personality and the challenges that the artist faces, both in terms of internal challenges via the personality of the artist, and career challenges that can also occur for the artist. The author also includes exercises at the end of each section that can the artist can use to help him or herself out by answering some good questions. Additionally creativity coaches can also use the exercises to help clients.

A couple problems I found is that the exercises weren't really integrated into each chapter. The writing is also fairly dry, which occasionally had me feeling that I was slogging through the book.

Overall, I'd recommend this book as a resource to both creativity coaches and artists who are looking for some understanding and help.
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This book addresses, with great honesty and comprehensiveness all aspects of the artist's personality and the artist's life. It provides insight, validation, support, inspiration, besides providing just good facts and information about the world of the artist.

I love all of Eric Maisel's books. His knowledge of the artist's temperament and life is profound and comprehensive. He does not balk at the hard stuff. And having the hard stuff out on the table makes me feel understood and supported and inspires me to keep moving forward with my work and life.

Whenever I feel alone in my life's goals with writing, I read any of Eric Maisel's books and immediately feel better and encouraged. He really has a great writing style and a beautiful way of pointing out the truth with heart. That's a rare gift. Thank you Eric!!!
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Eric Maisel is the guy to go to for help with understanding your creativity. Just can't say enough good things about his work. I bought this book as a gift for a clergy member but I have read and loved many of his other titles including Living the Writers Life, A Writer's Space and Mastering Creative Anxiety. All three of these books are currently living on my desk as reference books.
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