Book Review – Coaching The Artist Within by Eric Maisel

It’s ok to make mistakes and messes. – Eric Maisel

Creating something is not easy. Artists, if they’re being honest with themselves, will tell you that every blank page is terrifying. Every new musical composition is frightening. So why bother creating? What makes people want to create? Eric Maisel has gathered together a collection of explanations and exercises that will give every creative person insight into what goes on in their mind and how they can harness their power.

My favorite is where you have to take responsibility for your self-talk. If psychology has taught us one thing is that we are not kind to ourselves, and that is something we need to fix. Unfortunately, the mind doesn’t like hearing that we’re not being kind to ourselves.

Fortunately, there is a fix for this negative self-talk. And it’s simple. Just be aware of it and affirm positivity. Sounds simple, but definitely a lot harder in exercise. But like everything else, the more we do it, the better we get at it. And every artist that’s successful will tell you that it’s worth it.  

How This Helps With Your SongWriting: My favorite idea is “Letting Go Of Correctness”. Perfection gets in the way of creativity. Basically you just have to create. Everything is a process. Mistakes are needed. While it’s very important that we study the craft, songwriters need to realize that it’s more fulfilling to have an abundance mindset when it comes to our work. When you create a lot, not everything you make is gonna be great. But that’s ok because in order to get to the great things, you HAVE to go through that.


This book is about recognizing that you have a responsibility to create, what is preventing you from doing it, and what steps you can take to be consistently creative.

Coaching the Artist Within: Advice for Writers, Actors, Visual Artists, and Musicians from America’s Foremost Creativity Coach


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