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Art for Happiness: Finding your creative process and using it

Art for Happiness: Finding your creative process and using it

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About this book:

If you’ve ever felt the urge to express yourself creatively, but you’re not sure where to start, this book could be what you’re looking for. Supported by contemporary research on the creative process, and sparkling reviews from readers, Art For Happiness: Finding Your Creative Process And Using It is bound to inspire you. Crammed with information and exercises, this book will help you find your own ideas for realising your creative potential, and it will provide you with the structure to see your creative projects through to completion.

PART 1 is all about YOU. By asking you 5 key questions, it will tease out what's really important to you and how you view your creative self. It also leads you through some creative visualisations and prompts you to consider ways in which you can use these to fuel your creative ideas. There are also some exercises to help you focus your intentions on the creative work you want to do.

PART 2 is all about your creative self. This starts with exercises to help you manage any negative self talk, and to work in partnership with your internal critic. There are also some exercises to help you find your creative concepts and to protect your emerging creative self. Exercises to help you get into the zone of creative work and to manage your creative energy, are also included.

PART 3 is about inspiring your creative self, with exercises to help you mine your childhood memories and major life events. There are also some stream of consciousness exercises you can do to extract key creative ideas from your subconscious and bring them forth into your creative projects. Dreamwork is also included, drawing upon the teachings of CG Jung.

PART 4 helps you to sustain the momentum of your creative energy and ideas. There are exercises to help you ground yourself in your creative space, how to care for your creative self and share experiences with other artists who have similar interests to you. The processes for keeping your vision alive and recycling creative ideas alive are also covered in this part of the book. It also explains the difference between creativity and innovation and how you can move from one to the other.

PART 5 of this book includes interviews with a number of established artists and writers; exploring their creative process and how they think and feel about their creative work. The final section of this book lists a number of other books for further reading on specific topics and ideas explored in this book. If you are interested in developing your creative self, but feel a bit stuck, this book will help you to get unstuck and get your creative energy flowing again.

Reader reviews:

"This is a beautiful and extraordinary book for anyone who creates things. Although the book highlights mostly creative artists, I am a writer, and I found much insight into the creative process of writing that applies across the board for those of us who bring something out of nothing (or at least try to!)" - Peter

"I love all the different aspects of creativity that this book explores. I was pleasantly surprised to find more quality content within it than I had previously expected. My favorite parts were some of the quotes sprinkled throughout the book. They are very inspirational. I recommend this book to any creatives, artists or authors alike." - Elsa

"Very well written, empathetic guide especially for someone who is creative but has not yet found all the joy that cold be accomplished through it. I’m talking about myself here. I tend to listen to too much self-talk that I am not enough, not talented enough, etc. I love the inspirational quotes from those who have gone before us. I personal found them to be quite empowering. Besides drawing from her own personal experience, the author has obviously done a lot of research to pull together all this great material." - Cherie

Download now and begin a new journey to creative joy!

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