Coaching the Artist Within by Eric Maisel

Coaching the Artist Within

Advice for Writers, Actors, Visual Artists and Musicians from America's Foremost Creativity Coach

by Eric Maisel

225 pages
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Coaching the Artist Within explains the techniques creativity coaches employ to help artists overcome obstacles and start producing. Focused on developing the habits and routines of a productive artist, the book’s twelve lessons and numerous exercises explain how to coach artists beyond the obstacles that block creativity. Chapters focus on key areas like generating energy in the midst of daily demands, staying centered, dealing with fears and anxiety, and developing a creative lifestyle. Author Eric Maisel illustrates these principles with anecdotes from his own creativity coaching clients from a variety of disciples: painters, actors, screenwriters, novelists, dancers, poets, and more. Coaching the Artist Within will teach you to self-coach or coach creativity issues, and the results will transform your relationship with the creative process. It also includes extensive information on the process of self-coaching for creative individuals. Early chapters deal with "Becoming a Self-Coach" and "Making Meaning." Later ones focus on generating energy (even in the midst of day-to-day demands), centering, managing anxiety, perfecting creativity planning, and maintaining a creative life. These "skill lessons" help would-be artists stifle negative thoughts and develop and use scheduling skills for starting and completing creative projects Price $14.95

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Advice for Writers, Actors, Visual Artists and Musicians from America's Foremost Creativity Coach
by Eric Maisel

225 pages
Rating:

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In Coaching the Artist Within, an internationally-known creativity coach shares how he helps artists, musicians and other creative people overcome internal obstacles and reach top productivity. Maisel offers 12 lessons, each with practical exercises, that focus on working with creative blocks and the unique obstacles artists encounter. These daily habits help would-be artists bypass negative thinking, build a positive mindframe about the creative process, and cultivate the planning skills needed for starting and finishing creative projects. Numerous anecdotes about real coaching clients spice up the story, as Maisel tells stories of his work with actors, painters, dancers, poets, painters and screenwriters. Coaching the Artist Within also includes extensive information on self-coaching, making this book relative to artists and writers who want help in overcoming their own creative blocks

Table of Contents

  1. Becoming a Self-Coach
  2. Passionately Making Meaning
  3. Getting a Grip on Your Mind
  4. Eliminating Dualistic Thinking
  5. Generating Mental Energy
  6. Creating in the Middle of Things
  7. Achieving a Centered Presence
  8. Committing to a Goal-Oriented Process
  9. Becoming an Anxiety Expert
  10. Planning and Doing
  11. Upholding Dreams and Testing Reality
  12. Maintaining a Creative Life
  13. Creativity Coaching as a Profession

About the Author

Eric Maisel a columnist for Artists's Sketchbook magazine and Art Calendar Magazine, is the author of more than 25 books. He maintains a creativity coaching practice in San Francisco and leads workshops nationally and internationally.

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About Eric Maisel's Prior Books
“Maisel intimately understands the anxieties of the creative process and the psychological landscape that artists inhabit. Strong on the psychology, he is equally strong on practicalities.”
— The Writer magazine

“Eric Maisel’s books should be required reading for anyone involved in the arts, especially students and their teachers. Maisel demystifies the process of creating art.”
— Theatre Design and Technology Journal

“Eric Maisel’s psychological approach sets his work apart from the many inspirational and how-to writers on the market today.”
— Library Journal