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"Abel delivers a motivating productivity guide for people who have trouble finishing creative projects...[Her] plan of attack is as thorough and astute as the assessment questions, providing practical and detailed actions that target problematic habits."
--Publisher's Weekly

"Abel's book is one you "do" instead of just passively reading. If you follow her exercises, you can clean out the cobwebs of your goals and processes and find the clarity to drop the nonessential and focus on the art you want to make more than anything else. With Growing Gills, readers pin down the specific obstacles that are preventing them from getting their work done, make clear-eyed choices about what they want to devote their attention to and build a system that will get them across the finish line."
--Professional Artist Magazine

"[Abel's] writing voice is very confident, very capable, very conversational, but not sloppy. You always feel like she's in control of her voice. It doesn't have to be that well-written because the advice is all very good, but it's such a pleasure. I was really impressed."
--Sonia Simone,

"If you have creative work but have been unable to make it happen, I highly recommendGrowing Gills. It is practical and down to earth, and it is realistic. Whether you are blocked by illness, disability, job, money, fear, or family, this book will help you take an honest look at where you are, where you want to be, and chart a path between the two."

"[Growing Gills is] about prioritizing creative processes over all the other stuff that can get in the way of success, in pinpointing priorities in the creative life, in time management, and in taking the steps needed to bring big, beautiful projects to fruition."

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Dive deep and swim

Go from overwhelmed, anxious, and stuck, to consistent, clear, and in control of your creative life.

You're a creative person. Even if you have a hard time calling yourself a "writer" or an "artist" in public, making your creative work is core to who you are and how you see the world. You may be nurturing a big, ambitious idea for a project. Possibly a lot of them.

And it's killing you. 

You lie awake thinking about it. And then in the morning you're exhausted, and you can't believe you "wasted" more time on this stupid idea. You try to shove your idea away. But your creative work is what keeps you sane. You can't not do this. So you live with guilt and anxiety all the time. 

Maybe you've tried to borrow time-management tips from the business world, but the problem isn't simply getting "things" done, it's allowing yourself to devote precious time and attention to the vital, self-generated creative work that builds toward your vision for the future.

But the life you're living is already full. You've made a lot of promises, to yourself, your family, your friends, and your community, that you'll be there for them. Where, exactly, can you find that mythical Creative Focus Unicorn? 

Growing Gills takes you step by step through the process of pinning down exactly what's stopping you from finishing your beautiful, inventive, and potentially game-changing projects, and overcoming those obstacles

In Growing Gills, you'll discover that the power is already within you to make your work. 

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  • File Size: 5076 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 10, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07284HSHQ
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