Cover: The Muse Is In book
Tired of the dull days of winter? Then indulge yourself with a blast of creativity from the book, The Muse is In: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity, written by Jill Badonsky. Here’s your life-long preventative maintenance - and service manual - for your creative soul.
The book offers you the tools to conquer such creative malfunctions such as procrastination, perfectionism, self-sabotage and idea bankruptcy. Instead of labored language, you’ll find fast-paced and inventive text that gently eases you into creative flow.
Badonsky urges us to ask the following question frequently: “How can I make this easier?” And during this time-stressed era, we all need easy.
Instead of devoting large blocks of time to your passions which inevitably result in large blocks of resistance. The author suggests that you develop your perseverance muscles by showing up in small increments of time. Then you will eventually be able to be creative longer and longer.
As a start, Badonsky suggests five minutes. Small steps are a theme in her book and I think that’s what many of us need – small steps to help us succeed. I know I can do five minutes - and you can too.
The author introduces us to a simple tool to optimize our creative thinking called percolator questions. Here’s one example of a percolator question: “If focusing on my creativity were a top priority, what small things would I be thinking and doing now?” I found that reading about these “small thinking” tactics energized me and brought new ideas to the forefront of my mind.
There are also suggestions for high-powered self-talk to help readers overcome the messages that have not worked for them in the past. I especially like this joyful statement, “I can’t wait to see what I’ll come up with next.” Badonsky believes that if we woke up saying this phrase every morning we would set the stage for creative expression.
I liked Badonsky’s fanciful idea to “Take a voyage into your imagination. What will you pack? What will you wear? Where will you go if you could go anywhere?”
The author also helps readers troubleshoot that pesky fellow called procrastination. I was surprised to learn that procrastination is a form of punishment and that when you break through it, the esteem which you gain becomes a strength that you can use in all facets of your life.
As I read through the book, I highlighted on target quotes to later write down on index cards. In fact, her whimsical drawings inspired me to embellish the cards with my own doodles. Badonsky calls on us to loosen up and doodle either from a list in the book or your imagination. Render several variations of the same thing. Doodle abstract concepts. I loved the Henri Matisse quote, “Drawing is putting a line round an idea.”
And so that you don’t lose your creative vibe after your first reading, there is a Day-to-Day Maintenance Datebook offering 115 pages of daily uplifting quotes and ideas. Essentially, it is creative support for the coming year.The book provides so many delicious ideas to dip into and reap quick results. You can open the book to any page and find inspiration. Because of this fact, you may want to pop this book into your artist bag along with your Art Journal. And then you’ll be ready to create anywhere and at anytime.