You know how you come back from vacation or the weekend at the same time relaxed but also all jazzed up and ready to roll? And then you re-enter the routine of daily life and the energy seeps out of your being until you are right back where you started with the same sapped-out feeling […]

Today I found a half emptied sack of colorful Easter candy stuffed willy-nilly in the back of a kitchen drawer along with a vast quantity of spilled catnip, a set of batteries, some elastic bands and who knows what else. Do you have a drawer like that? I thought of the fish plate while delicately […]

Recent Reptitude posts examined some of the ideas, exercises and techniques psychologist and creativity expert Eric Maisel presents in his self-taught creativity course or creativity manual, Coaching the Artist Within. You might find these posts useful as a companion to the book or as self-review tools, or as reminders to help you stay on track […]

Creative people, people in the arts, and people who live a passion-driven life of making meaning can all benefit from the following guidelines to living as enumerated by Eric Maisel in his self-improvement creativity manual, Coaching the Artist Within. Know your game – your creative field, how it works, what is expected, and how to […]

Do you have a well stocked creativity kit within easy reach? In his self-coaching manual Coaching the Artist Within, psychologist and creativity expert Eric Maisel recommends you keep a special collection of organizational and management tools together in a box or in a handy spot. Doing so will help you stay organized and productively on […]

Here’s the latest update in the ongoing saga of our Wreck this Journal game. (#WTJ) Last Thursday afternoon: mailed book to self. Deep breaths. Friday noon: BOOK IN MAILBOX! Stamps not cancelled, no postmark, in fact not a single new mark on it! Must have been hand carried with kid glove treatment. I toss it […]

There’s a newly published little book on creativity by Hugh MacLeod that I think you should read. Why? Try a sample of vintage Hugh from his CDF (Crazy Deranged Fools) newsletter, dated today. He starts out by addressing us as dear crazy deranged fools, and I love that. MacLeod (aka @gapingvoid) writes: “Here’s the reality: […]

If you are a creative person and you are internally driven to passionately make meaning as Eric Maisel describes in his creativity book, Coaching the Artist Within, then you are a good candidate for developing what he calls “positive obsession” and “mitigated mania” in the course of doing your creative work. Positive Obsession, Negative Obsession […]

Here I am not moving any faster than the slowest part of myself. This is awfully slow, lately. Speaking as a Type A person. But as a recovering blocked creative, if I ask myself why so slow off the mark, I find many answers. The main one lately is lack of direction no, clarity no […]

Over the past few months I have written a number of posts related to The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. This creativity manual or “Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self” is effective for an individual using it alone, reading it by yourself and reflecting on each chapter. […]