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Jumpstart Your Art

Geri S. Hoekzema "Flights of Fancy"
The list author says: "It's hard enough to write, create art or compose when you have to do it after an 8+ hour workday. Wasting time being stuck or stalled makes it even worse. On such occasions I reach for one of these titles."
A Creative Companion: How to Free Your Creative Spirit
A Creative Companion: How to Free Your Creative Spirit
"I enjoy anything SARK puts out but this book might be her most pragmatic one. The series of exercises is presented in both verbal and visual formats. I love her idea of microsteps."
What It Is
What It Is
"This is not your usual "how to write" book. The suggestions Barry presents are geared towards beginners at writing. However, I find her books a visual treat, which sometimes helps get the words flowing again."
The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week
The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week
"I recommend Pierre's book to every friend who tells me that she "can't" finish her novel/resume painting/start playing piano again because she works. "Artist in the Office" shows how to tuck creative moments into each workday."
Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design
Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design
"I like Heimerl's DiY philosophy: you're not obligated to try to make a living at your art. It's OK to be happy doing what you do for its own sake. He reminds us that at one point in human history, people simply made things for pleasure; they didn't call it art."
The Weekend Novelist
The Weekend Novelist
"The Weekend Novelist method won't work for everyone because it seems to assume the writer has all weekend to work on her novel. But if you have the time, Ray has the technique."
Art at the Speed of Life: motivation + inspiration for making mixed-media art every day
Art at the Speed of Life: motivation + inspiration for making mixed-media art every day
"Several friends who do mixed-media art recommended this book, which contains bite-sized projects to establish a daily habit of making art."