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Living the Creative Life by Rice Freeman-Zachery

May 16, 2010 - - 9:12 AM

I have highly enjoyed this book. Let me tell you why:

  • The author has a way of explaining the complex subject of creativity so that you can understand it in detail and relate it to your own process of creating.
  • The content was very rich in information and gave me many insights. The exercises help you to actually transfer these insights into your life.
  • The design elements on the pages might not appeal to everyone’s taste, but they are done with a lot attention to detail and do not conflict with the presented works.

What could be improved:

  • The photographs of the artists’ projects could have been better with some images. However, the scans are excellent.

For these reasons my overall rating is 4 out of 5 points.

The book communicated one very important message that I wanted to share:
It is not enough to dream something into being, you actually have to work on it to make it real.

“If every idea that popped into someone’s head was realized, we’d be constantly bombarded with wild leaps in fashion, amazing music unlike anything we’d ever heard, and other things so different from anything we’d seen or tasted or heard or touched that our mouths would drop in wonder. It’s not like that, though, because most ideas never come to fruition. They’re there, in someone’s head, and then they’re gone. Sometimes they get as far as being written down or sketched on a bar napkin, and sometimes someone will tell his best friend about this terrific idea he just had. But mostly, it’s just an idea, a little spark that isn’t fanned into life. And therein lies the fundamental difference between those who have ideas (and that’s everyone) and those who are creative: the act of bringing the idea to life.”
(page 21)