5 Things to Know About: Getting Creative

1.  Getting Creative: Developing Creative Habits that Work by Drew Kimble is a short, nonfiction book about how you can get more done in your creative life if you develop habits that boost your productivity and are easy to maintain.

2.  While these tips for developing your own creative habits can be used anywhere, they are especially helpful for writers because a lot of Drew's examples that he uses throughout the book are writing oriented.  I definitely think that any writer, artist, or creative type can gain insight from this book though.

3.  One of the big reasons why I enjoyed this book so much is that in a way, Drew urges us to pace ourselves.  He points out that it's really easy to start a project all gung ho and let it fall to the wayside.  But throughout the book, he shows us that setting little daily (or weekly or monthly) goals for yourself is the best because that way you can keep achieving your goals over and over again.

4.  He really dives into the reasoning behind goal setting and I think that's really important!  Sometimes we don't know what's stopping us.  Take this quote from earlier on in the book:

"We hate that feeling of pain and awkwardness, which is why we do everything we can to avoid it at all costs.  One of the first questions we ask ourselves before we attempt to do something is, Is this going to hurt or make me look like a complete idiot?"

We shouldn't feel that way!  And that's what Drew is trying to teach us.  If we set little, manageable goals for ourselves we can still get things done but also stay realistic.

5.  Last but not least, I really liked the focus on having a creative space and a creative ritual.  I have to agree with some of the artists/writers that he mentioned talking to.  I am definitely one of those people who once they get a mug off coffee in their hand, it's TIME TO WRITE!

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Take care,

P.S. I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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