Making Your Creative Mark + Giveaway!

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Greetings!  Today I’m sharing a new book with you, published by the folks at New World Library.  The book is Making Your Creative Mark, by Eric Maisel, PhD – something that I think will interest a number of you. Not only will I share a bit about the book, I’m also offering a giveaway since NWL was nice enough to send me a giveaway copy.  Woo hoo!

Mr. Maisel is an esteemed creativity coach and a prolific author.  He’s written over 40 books, including both fiction and non-fiction, but his specialty is helping artists of all kinds (visual artists, musicians, actors, etc.).  He coaches internationally, trains creativity coaches, and lectures internationally, and has created a book that contains nine keys to achieving your artistic goals.

Here’s the text from the book’s back cover:

Writers, painters, singers, filmmakers, musicians, craftspeople, and actors confront daunting challenges every day. It is hard to produce new work, find success in the marketplace, manage relationships, and keep spirits up. Many doubt that solutions to these very real problems exist, but they do, and world-famous creativity coach Eric Maisel has compiled them in this book. You will learn how to:

* make sense of the challenges of your personality, the challenges inherent in creative work, and the challenges of culture and marketplace
* quiet your overactive mind
* increase motivation and avoid blocks
* engage in practices that create and reinforce meaning
* align self-talk with goals, avoiding negative loops that block creativity
* identify stressors and implement stress-management techniques designed specifically for artists
* maintain emotional intimacy and healthy relationships in the midst of the creative process
* claim your identity as an artist
* rekindle passion for your art and feed that flame during dark days and dry spells

Intended for professional artists and those aspiring toward professional status, this book offers the nuts and bolts of sticking to a successful and fulfilling life in the arts.

Topics include The Mind Key, The Confidence Key, The Passion Key, The Freedom Key, The Stress Key, The Empathy Key, The Relationship Key, The Identity Key, and The Societal Key.  In addition the book contains an Artist Plan and a Refresher Course of 97 Creativity Tips.

How to Enter the Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment here on this post sharing one (or more) of your creative endeavors, whether it’s cooking, creating art, singing, etc.

The winner will be drawn at random, and will be announced here on my blog on May 9, 2013.  Good luck!

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted May 2, 2013 at 5:21 am by M. David | Permalink

    I can see how this book would help with my writing and would love to have a copy.

  2. Posted May 2, 2013 at 6:46 am by Crystal R. | Permalink

    I love any and all creative avenues…..painting, drawing, sewing,,,etc…

  3. Posted May 2, 2013 at 7:33 am by Cheryl Rotnem | Permalink

    I am doing Zentangles right now. I love it. and want to teach it. And sell my wares.

  4. Posted May 2, 2013 at 7:44 am by rebeca trevino | Permalink

    hi Melody
    what a great give away. certainly a subject matter that would help me!
    i am an assemblage artist, and i live and work in northern california, living the dream.
    there are days, however, when i find myself questioning my choice i careers . . . maybe this book will help?
    i hope you can stop by my website and see what i do.

  5. Posted May 2, 2013 at 8:46 am by Marguerite | Permalink

    I have been Zentangling now for a couple of years. I am expanding my artistic horizons an am now learning botanical illustration. I always I have read great reviews about this book and would be thrilled if I won it.

  6. Posted May 2, 2013 at 8:53 am by oksana | Permalink

    I would love to have this book. Sounds very interesting. I’m taking jewelry classes and trying to discover my own unique style…

  7. Posted May 2, 2013 at 9:43 am by Katherine Regier | Permalink

    I have a myriad of creative endeavors, but right now I’m focused on handcarved block prints and a mixed media book I am completing.

  8. Posted May 2, 2013 at 10:08 am by Jo Murray | Permalink

    I’m a mixed media artist and just know this book will help me overcome ‘artist’s block’, a problem we all suffer from time to time. Thanks for this opportunity Melody.

  9. Posted May 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm by Suzanne | Permalink

    Oh just about every one of those bullet points resonated with me! I am a Scientist by day and artist (who needs to do more art and less Pinning/Instagram/blog-stalking) by night… I also am a CZT who needs to practice and teach more!

  10. Posted May 3, 2013 at 7:53 am by Sandy Lewis | Permalink

    I scrapbook, knit, make cards, make jewelry, play guitar… I’m a busy lady some days.

  11. Posted May 4, 2013 at 7:52 am by Elizabeth Porter | Permalink

    I’m a compulsive doodler. I also paint, and draw, and sometimes I write.

  12. Posted May 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm by Barbara I. | Permalink

    I have read Eric Maisel’s, “The Creativity Book” and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Based on the info you posted I’m sure I’d benefit from reading “Making Your Creative Mark.” Thanks for this giveaway and an opportunity to win. As far as creative endeavors go. . .I enjoy art journaling, creating one of a kind artist books, collaging, mixed media projects of any kind and I teach kindergarteners which lends itself to creativity on a daily basis!

  13. Posted May 5, 2013 at 8:02 am by Karen | Permalink

    I am a writer who is experimenting with learning to draw ala Zentangle. I would really enjoy this book. Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

  14. Posted May 5, 2013 at 8:05 am by millicent | Permalink

    I am constantly in the process of “repurposing” things. One current project is a sculpture made from prescription drug bottles. Although this one is rather unusual, many of my creations are very useful for the average person. Art with a purpose 🙂 Anything that can contribute to that, like this book, is all good!

  15. Posted May 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm by Nina | Permalink

    I encourage all artists to read Dr. Maisel – I’m a writer and artist and he has pulled me out of so many blocks and angst – all part of the creative process. An artist needs an understanding friend and Dr. Maisel is that friend.

  16. Posted May 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Misty | Permalink

    I’m a photography student, and am also currently teaching myself how to draw. This book looks absolutely fantastic, thanks for the opportunity!

  17. Posted May 6, 2013 at 7:20 pm by Darlene Campbell | Permalink

    Hi Melody,
    Thanks for all the cool things you’ve been doing lately and yes, I’d love a chance for this book. My creative things are: I write and illustrate children’s picture stories, humor essay novel, poetry. I paint with oils and acrylic…focus on still lifes and portraits right now. I work with mixed-media and I love to art journal with watercolors. I knit, crochet and twirl the baton – even a fire baton (well, okay I used to twirl the baton but maybe for 4th of July celebration I should get the fire baton out again). ha ha

  18. Posted May 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm by Antonio R. | Permalink

    As a former film student, I love composing my photos in the most cinematic way possible. I don’t often succeed but the effort is half the fun.

  19. Posted May 7, 2013 at 5:33 am by Michelle T. | Permalink

    Great giveaway! I’m a biologist with a love of photography. I love being creative from doodling in my filofax, designing experiments, designing graphic lectures and teaching materials and incorporating my love of photography.