Review: Being Creative: Be inspired. Unlock your originality: 20 thought-provoking lessons (Build and Become) by Michael Atavar

Being Creative

Publisher: Aurum Press
Author: Michael Atavar
Release: May 3rd 2018
Received: NetGalley
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I received a copy of Being Creative in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Being Creative isn’t your typical artistic guide book. The intent of this book isn’t to help you draw or paint better, but rather to get you into the artistic mindset, regardless of your chosen art form. In that it is very unique, and is the reason why I really wanted to give it a try.

This book is set up in five different parts, first is the Beginning, which covers all of the issues with getting started on a creative journey, from the anxiety of starting to failure and success. Next is the Word Process, helping and explaining the concept of the internal camera, how to subvert habits, and so on. Third is Keeping Going; the hardest part about any project is to not drop it, and this chapter covers that; persistence, recording every day, etc. The fourth chapter is on Being Resourceful, which covers more advanced points on artist challenges and mindsets (most of which I had never actually heard of, before this book). And finally the last chapter is Challengers & Difficulty; how to finish a project, the diy parts, saying goodbye, etc.

This was an interesting and informative read, on the whole. I do think it was a bit dry and points, and would have appreciated a few more examples and explanations in a few points (particularly towards the end with the more advanced concepts). But on the whole I enjoyed it and am glad I took the time to read it. I haven’t tried applying any of these tips and tricks yet, but I certainly am looking forward to doing so. With any luck they’ll help me get out of my winter slump (which may be the real reason this one caught my attention, if I’m being honest). I hope it ends up helping somebody else as well!


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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