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Getting Creative: Developing Creative Habits that Work by [Kimble, Drew]
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  • File Size: 978 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523716444
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016N02JCC
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Drew Kimble is pithy, and so is his book. There are no mega systems here on how to turn yourself into a habit cultivating machine. There are no promises of Olympian achievement or of immediate life changing transformations here. It's a pragmatic book on how to cultivate the habits for all creative endeavors, or for just about anything that requires long term practice, skill and mastery.

His guidance is practical, and realistic. His way of writing moves you along easily, and he lays out a methodology that anyone can and should follow. He won't make you feel all glowy and wonderful inside, he does not portend any riches or immediate gratification or mystical transformation into the creative genius you want to be.

His way is a time proven method, and is presented chapter by chapter as meaningful and sound advice. As each page unfolds, you know what you will have to do to develop your most important habits, and he presents it in a way that makes you want to do the work. For me this book was a call to action, and I found myself making notes, and planning adjustments to how I will proceed with my creative works.

This is another must have book for just about anyone on the creative path.
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This book is a handy resource for any artist or writer who is struggling with a 9 to 5 job while pursuing their artistic endeavors. This book is more about endowing yourself with good creative habits than being a magic problem solver book, and the author is upfront about his goal in this book. It's also incredibly supportive in making sure you don't overdo the practices, and not to beat yourself up if you falter, but continue to take small steps towards larger gains while maintaining a flexibility in being able to be creative while also living your life.
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5 Things to Know About: Getting Creative

1. Getting Creative: Developing Creative Habits that Work by Drew Kimble is a short, nonfiction book about how you can get more done in your creative life if you develop habits that boost your productivity and are easy to maintain.

2. While these tips for developing your own creative habits can be used anywhere, they are especially helpful for writers because a lot of Drew's examples that he uses throughout the book are writing oriented. I definitely think that any writer, artist, or creative type can gain insight from this book though.

3. One of the big reasons why I enjoyed this book so much is that in a way, Drew urges us to pace ourselves. He points out that it's really easy to start a project all gung ho and let it fall to the wayside. But throughout the book, he shows us that setting little daily (or weekly or monthly) goals for yourself is the best because that way you can keep achieving your goals over and over again.

4. He really dives into the reasoning behind goal setting and I think that's really important! Sometimes we don't know what's stopping us. Take this quote from earlier on in the book:

"We hate that feeling of pain and awkwardness, which is why we do everything we can to avoid it at all costs. One of the first questions we ask ourselves before we attempt to do something is, Is this going to hurt or make me look like a complete idiot?"

We shouldn't feel that way! And that's what Drew is trying to teach us. If we set little, manageable goals for ourselves we can still get things done but also stay realistic.

5. Last but not least, I really liked the focus on having a creative space and a creative ritual.
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This book is targeted at those creative artists, (musicians, artists, authors etc) who are finding it difficult to start a project or maintain the energy or motivation to keep it going. He covers all bases - from the psychology of why we can't get started, even when we really want to, to practical tips for getting started, creating a routine and keeping up the momentum. He also makes the important point that setting goals (such as daily word counts) can set ourselves up for failure, and that it's important to aim to establish a regular creative practice rather than to set goals. I also like his emphasis on the psychological aspect of creativity, because in the end what we do or don't do is all down to our mindset.

The book is written in a clear and conversational manner and is easy to read. Even though as an indie author I have already established a regular writing practice, I had a couple of Aha! moments as I was reading the book and I still found plenty to motivate and inspire me. So though the book is aimed at beginners, creative artists of all levels of experience will find it useful - no matter how experienced you are, it's always useful to be reminded of things that you may already know, but have forgotten or ignored.
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It's a really excellent book and I heartily recommend it for anyone who truly wants to achieve something creative. I love Drew's approach and it totally supports any creative habits I have developed as well as my own real life experience as a creative artist, author and illustrator of children's books. Thank you Drew! Tomer Rosen Grace of [...]
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