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Incorporating equal parts positivity, practicality and visualization, writer and workhorse songwriter Maziarz presents a guide to tapping and fostering creativity with broad appeal for button-down and artsy types alike. After exploring the concept of energy--how it works, how it affects us, and how we can use it to our advantage--Maziarz moves on to real-life applications, encouraging readers to examine their wants and desires as well as the self-imposed roadblocks that keep them from their goals. Peppered with quizzes that challenge readers to examine their motivations and struggles, Maziarz helps creative types attack their roadblocks from multiple angles. Yes, there is some chakra-clearing involved, but the patchouli-tinged instructions are balanced by practical advice on dealing with naysayers, staying focused and time management that will appeal to those who respond better to reason than emotion. Though her concepts aren't exactly new--self-knowledge gained through introspection leads to a more productive, rewarding life--Maziarz's encouraging tone and practical, common-sense approach should resonate even with skeptics.
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"Kick-Ass Creativity is a lively and personable guide to higher creativity. Spirited and spiritual, Mary Beth Maziarz is both muse and guide. This book will catalyze all levels and types of creativity. Candid and good-humored, it is a bright lantern on the creative trail." --Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing; 1st edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571746218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571746214
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fact that I'm writing this review, or even attempting to write this review, is a testament to the power of Mary Beth Maziarz's book, "Kick-Ass Creativity: An Energy Makeover for Artists, Explorers, and Creative Professionals." As the title suggests, the book is about more than creativity - it's about charging your personal energy and connecting to an external, higher source of inspiration that will make your work happen. It's about using the spiritual laws of the universe to turn your current ideas into realities and to come up with new, potentially groundbreaking, ideas for future work. The book is essential for any open-minded creator who wants to take his productive, creative powers to another level.

In the first half of "Kick-Ass Creativity," the author reviews the key concepts and principles of energy, such as discovering our motivational desires, maintaining positivity, manifesting wants, opening to receive, quieting the mind, developing focus, and entering flow/intuitive states, etc. These principles apply to all areas of life and really do work. In the second half of the book, she shows readers how to apply these principles to their creative endeavors - be it report writing for a corporate job or sculpting. Her combination of theory and advice for practical application is perfect.

Read this book, do the exercises, amplify the energy that is already inside you, connect with the energy of the universe, and bring your ideas to life.

My story - why this book worked for me: I am a PhD student who has been suffering from a severe case of writer's block - so severe, in fact, that I had to leave my home in Hawaii and spend five months in the mountains of Utah to overcome it.
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I'll get right to the point. Other readers may enjoy this book, if so, I'm happy for you. I don't like this book so I am using Amazon's rating star of 2 which they classify as "I Don't Like It". It just isn't for me. Maybe I'm too serious, or that I take my creative endeavors too seriously. I was looking for an upbeat, fun, inspiring book but this just didn't work for me.

Author Maziarz has a colloquial writing style. It feels as if a friend is giving you a pep talk which is good if you're in the same groove. "Get ready and hold on tight, `cause this is going to be a rockin' trip" and regarding your inner artist she says, "Let's set that sucker free!"(page 1). This is not the traditional more professional written language style that book authors used to always use (and which I'm accustomed to). I know "kick-ass" is in the title but this type of lingo is throughout and it's not the way I talk or what I like to read, it distracts me, to be honest. The author uses slang and trendy phrases like WTF, but changes it to "what's the focus" (page 34) and uses slang phrases like "pissed off" (page 72).

Maziarz also is a bit over the top with her descriptions, it felt odd to me. "Every day you have the potential to make contributions to the universe that no one else can possibly provide. You've got something special to offer. You're gifted, even." (page 10) Perhaps I'm just sick of hearing that everyone is special and fantastic and that we're all gifted persons...

The book is full of new-age talk which was a bit much for me. I'm just not into all that New Age stuff. I've been there, done that, and I've had enough of it.
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I'm old. I'm tired. I'm productive. I don't have energy to be "Thrilling!" or work at the "Next level!" or "Make a big mark on the world!" I make art. I sell some of it. I show up to the rest of my work and life. I go to bed, and I start again. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Someone in my art class last night said, "Oh, I could never paint 100 of anything..." (in response to my current exercise) and I thought, "Hum. Maybe that's your problem... You should try a bit of discipline and practice..." I've read Cameron and I write three pages a day, every day, and I get in a few Artist Dates regularly, and I make art. How complicated is it? Creativity, per se, is not and has not been my problem. Implementation and execution are my problems, plus inventory management (both raw materials and finished work), and add in a bit of physical therapy / ergonomics so I don't destroy my body or health in the process of making the art I want to make. So maybe I'm just not the right audience for this book.

When I need to kick my creativity to the next level, I re-read Art & Fear, by Bayles & Orland, or maybe The View from the Studio Door, by Orland. They don't take very long at all, and they're clear, and they send me back to the studio to make more art. The best artists are the ones who make the most art.

I really can't stand reading books written in the 2nd person--"we live in a different world than masters of the past," especially when the writing jumps from second to third person imperative.

I could go on, but I don't really want to. The book didn't work for me. My art's calling.
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