Creativity Takes Courage: Dare to Unleash Your Inner Artist by Irene SmitIt’s not always easy to be creative—to give our minds space to roam while ignoring our inner critic, to stare down a blank page and make the leap from nothing to anything. It takes courage.
Finding the courage to create is something the editors of Flow know a lot about. Creativity is a central value of the Flow mission, evident in every issue that bursts with the wild imaginations of its artists, writers, and editors. In Creativity Takes Courage, Flow brings together inspiration, hands-on projects, boundary-pushing activities, and special paper goodies to show readers how to unleash their inner artists.
Organized around a series of twelve “dares”—including Dare to Fail, Dare to Be a Kid, Dare to Be Bored, Dare to Go Offline, Dare to Collaborate—Creativity Takes Courage encourages the reader to be fully present . . . and spend idle time staring out the window. To leave your comfort zone and start a project, without hesitation . . . and nourish yourself with museum visits and reading time. Each dare includes fill-in pages and prompts to go deeper into what motivates us or hinders us, like mindful questions to identify fears of failure, or a Dare to Commit notebook for recording both daily and weekly projects.
It’s the illustrated and fully interactive gift of how to live more creatively and enjoy every minute of the process, no matter what the result.
Creativity Takes Courage: Dare to Unleash Your Inner Artist
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Irene Smit and Astrid Van der Hulst, the co-founders and creative directors of Flow Magazine, believe that you have tremendous creative potential. We love introducing you to the fabulous books from Irene and Astrid and so we are thrilled to continue our partnership with Workman Publishing with this post about Creativity Takes Courage …. You might be afraid to be creative. You might think there is no room in your life for creativity. To be human means that we approach life creatively — from the way we feed and clothe ourselves, to the way we protect and nurture our loved ones, to the way we understand the world around us.
Creativity tends to show up in my life as a feast or famine — is it like that for you, too? This is a creative book like no other — simultaneously a practical, hands-on guide to stretching your creative muscles as well as an inspirational book that focuses on the pleasure of the process. Creativity Takes Courage is organized around a series of twelve so-called dares that are intended to break you out of your usual creative habits and provide a fresh perspective to help you step outside of your comfort zone. And man, do I need that frequently! These questions follow the theme of the chapter — reexamining something you may consider a failure that could be seen as a learning process or questions that might help you break down a new project or challenge into more manageable parts for example. There are lots of pull-out extras throughout the book — probably my favorite parts! Use the daily project notebook for getting started and focused on something as simple as saving your shopping list or receipts, drawing a cloud, or writing something positive on the sidewalk with chalk.
DARE TO SLEEP (MORE):
I was not disappointed. Sprinkled throughout the book are paper goodies: postcards, a daily project notebook, and a quietness diary. In addition, the book includes questions to promote deeper thinking, which immediately engage you.
Learn how to make a practice in failing well, starting again, to commit to something new and much more! Creativity begins when you are able to silence your critical inner voice, and you need courage to do that. I am so excited to be sharing yet another gorgeous and extremely inspiring creative book by the wonderful creative directors of Flow Magazine. This post may contain affiliate links. Each dare includes fill-in pages and prompts to go deeper into what motivates us or hinders us.