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You may have heard it all before if you've done the whole Oh-my-god-I'm-Stuck book hunt thing. Which I have. I have dozens of books on how to try to get out there and create (because listening to a book means I don't have to actually do anything... I know... I'm sorry...), and a lot of what I've heard before in Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk is kinda sorta old news. The main thing is:
Choice! We have choices about whether we want to turn our creative impulses into hard work, or fun play. We can shackle ourselves to the idea that we need more/advanced schooling, or just realize that by doing, we're getting better. We can go it alone, or we can find community with other artists, people who inspire us. We can be frozen by our seething jealousy, or we can turn it into rocket-fuel inspiration. We can stare at a blank page, a blank canvas, or we can work on something already scribbled upon, maybe build from there.
So choice, my friend!
That's what's here, and you may've heard it all before, but really. Less than 3 hours? You might need the hope, the snippets, the gentle and courageous prodding.
God knows, I do...!
76 of 81 people found this review helpful
This audiobook is funny, full of lots of good advice to get your creative juices flowing, and an excellent means of procrastinating when it's time to be creative.
Who are you creative for? Do we create for an audience or ourselves? Danielle Krysa gives the tools, prompts and advice to get us out there and create for the sake of doing it. Stuck in a rut? Make a macaroni collage-- just get to it.
She gives your inner critic a swift kick in the pants while encouraging you to get on with it. I loved the interviews with working artists that let me know that EVERYONE has doubts about their abilities and can find an excuse to not create.
"Your Inner Critic Is a Big Fat Jerk" is genuinely helpful and is well and sincerely read by the author.
30 of 33 people found this review helpful
As a recent fine art graduate, now trying my hand at design, this listen was invaluable! To hear others who have stood in front of the same hurdles was the uplift I needed. So nice to know I can listen to it whenever I need that creative boost.
Honestly this book is fantastic . As s creative myself it's like she speaks my mind and what is constantly buzzing around up there ! Reading it and now listening to it has allowed me to take control of my inner critic , my creative journey and also my professional development. Strongly recommended for anyone struggling with creative doubt ! And I would say to actually buy the book too and have those post-it's ready 🙂
I listen to your podcast Art for your Ear and I was so excited to learn about the audio version of this book. I'm a nomadic artist, I travel light and there's unfortunately no room in my backpack for a paperback.
Thank you Danielle for yet more valuable content, reassurance and inspiration. As an artist who travels full time I have many challenges and your content really really helps me! I've listened to it twice and I always pick up on new tips and tricks.
100% recommend this to everyone! We are all creative in some way or another, a resource like this is golden!!