Originally written for www.pinknoise.co.nz in 2013
I just couldn’t work out why this book was recommended to me over and over and over for a few months, it also just seemed to pop up in the weirdest places. Once I even overheard someone in a cafe talk about it. I thought perhaps it was just because it was something I needed in my life and it was the ‘perfect time for me to learn about what it is about so the universe was just thrusting it in my face’.
It wasn’t a case of magical forces in the end. . .
After reading for a little bit I realised that so many people are talking about it because it is actually amazing.
I think anyone could take something from this book. Either inspire you to get past your creative hurdles, foster the confidence to become what we call a ‘real artist’ or, if you happen to be one of the lucky people that already have this work ethic and frame of mind, it will reinforce and refine what you are doing in a straight forward, no excuses, and sometimes pretty dam funny way.
Books I have read recently. And liked. A lot.
The war of art : break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles / Steven Pressfield.
Steal like an artist : 10 things nobody told you about being creative / Austin Kleon
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future and The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World / Chris Guillebeau
Living the dream : putting your creativity to work (and getting paid) / Corwin Hiebert
and one I read years ago. But think about every day because David is my actual hero and I have used so many of the techniques in this book every single day. . . Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity / David Allen