Wednesday, March 08, 2006

writing anxiety

At don't get caught, we coach many writers who ask for ways to stimulate their creativity. Many times, when we probe for reasons why, anxiety is the culprit, prompting numerous rewrites at the end of the process, an inability to get started, and a lot of second-guessing of the author, by the author. One tool we recommend is a little book called Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. The authors work as artists and as writers, so they understand the struggle and describe it with clarity. You'll find practical tips for handling the process (including starts and stops), the people and the practice of your art and craft, no matter what you do. As for that creativity question? The authors proudly note that the book never once uses that word (to do so, they refer to it as crea**vity). Enjoy this pithy and piercing resource!

Buy Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

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