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Creative Demons and How to Slay Them

Richard Holman, Al Murphy


Bedevilled by the demons of self-doubt, fear of failure or lack of inspiration? Lay waste to your mind-forged monsters with the help of Creative Demons and How to Slay Them

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If you’ve ever embarked on a creative endeavour, then there’s a good chance you’ll have been bedevilled by self-doubt, fear of failure or a lack of inspiration at some point along the way. This book will help you to banish those mind-forged monsters one by one, no matter how grotesque or scary they may be.

Drawing on inspirational anecdotes from art, philosophy, neuroscience, nature, music and contemporary culture, creativity expert Richard Holman provides you with your very own mental armoury to see you through every stage of the creative process. By learning through the experiences of such creative luminaries as Leonardo da Vinci, Marina Abramovic, J.K. Rowling, Dr Seuss and Herbie Hancock, you’ll find out how best to overcome the perils of procrastination, the sting of criticism, the seductive tug of convention or the gnawing feeling that you’re not up to it.

It’s time to say farewell to your demons and make your next creative project the very best it can be.

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Book Details

Format: PLC

Size: 21.6 x 13.8 cm

Extent: 168 pp

Illustrations: 45

Publication date: 24 February 2022

ISBN: 9780500024607

Contents List

Chapter 1: The Demon of Procrastination
Chapter 2: The Demon of the Blank Page
Chapter 3: The Demon of Doubt
Chapter 4: The Demon of Convention
Chapter 5: The Demon of Constraints
Chapter 6: The Demon of Criticism
Chapter 7: The Demon of Theft
Chapter 8: The Demon of Accidents
Chapter 9: The Demon of Failure
Chapter 10: The Demon of Disappointment
Further Reading

About the Author

Richard Holman is a creative specialist, with a background in design and advertising. He runs workshops on creativity all over the world, to inspire people and brands to make better ideas. He also hosts the podcast ‘The Wind Thieved Hat’, where he interviews leading artists and creators, and is a regular contributor to Creative Review and Creativepool. Al Murphy is an illustrator whose clients include the BBC, MTV, Newsweek, the Guardian and Faber & Faber. He has inspired many to pursue a career in illustration, confident they can do better.

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