My Creative Space
October 16th, 2019 by diane92345

What if I told you there was a way to stimulate your creativity? In My Creative Space, the author does just that with 48 ways to enhance yourself or your environment to encourage creativity.

My Creative Space explains how to make your home or office a space that encourages imagination and problem-solving. Many of the ideas are surprising. Staring at a bare light bulb, looking at family photographs, and making a fire can make you more creative. Many of the ideas are counterintuitive. Have a drink, make some noise, and work when groggy (or take a nap) are all scientifically indicated to boost originality. For each suggestion, the author lists what to do, why do it, why does it work, and how to do it. The studies supporting his suggestion are fully spelled out if further research is desired. All the suggestions are accompanied by many photographs showing how people have implemented the suggestions in real life. They are gorgeous and definitely encourage readers to try to do the suggestions themselves.

Overall, this is an excellent and original book on an unusual topic. It would be useful to anyone trying to solve problems or complete a creative project. Writing a book or illustrating a graphic novel? Solving programming or other analytical problems? Painting a picture or quilting a memory quilt? All of those activities can be assisted by being done in a more creative space. 5 stars!

Thanks to the author and Skyhorse Publications for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Me, Myself & Ideas
May 3rd, 2019 by diane92345

Whether you are trying to think up the perfect plot for your great American novel, create a new business, or energize an existing business with a new product or marketing plan, Me, Myself & Ideas can help.

Brainstorming is usually done in a group. But what if there is only you in the room? The authors have modified traditional brainstorming ideas so they can be performed by one person. They begin with breakouts and icebreakers to warm up your brain. But the meat of the book is in the brainstorming exercises themselves. Divided into methods using art, English, drama, and science as their muse, it is likely that at least one or two types will work for each reader.

There is nothing really new presented here. However, the style and humor in the book are a welcome addition to the surprisingly dry academic books on creativity. Years ago, I took a Master’s level Creativity Class that was my favorite MBA course. It presented these same ideas (i.e., mind maps and new ways of seeing old ideas). These methods work!

If you want to up your creativity with some pizazz, Me, Myself & Ideas is a good way to do it. Just a head’s up, I wouldn’t read this book from front to back. Stop and do some of the ideas as you read. 4 stars!

Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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