My involvement in this blog tour is entirely my own decision, and this review forms my honest opinion.
What do most highly creative people have in common? What are the habits they cultivate? What is
‘the flow’ and how do you get into it? THE ART OF CREATIVITY is a practical guide to help you unlock
your creative potential and find fulfilment and happiness in the process.
After 20 years working with some of the most creative people on the planet, writer and business
coach Susie Pearl has unearthed the habits of highly creative people and takes you on a journey to
unlock your own inner stream of creativity.
Over the course of this easy-to-follow guide, you will learn to take risks with your inner artist, ignore
critics, release blocks and get into daily creative habits in order to build better projects, ideas and
artistic collaborations, and unearth creative solutions and innovations.
Containing practical tools and exercises, and a step-by-step to help you along the way, THE ART OF
CREATIVITY will reveal a more fulfilled, passionate and creative you.
Visually, The Art of Creativity is the most gorgeous eye-catching book, and the perfect size for carrying about in a handbag (or it would have been if me and my handbag had anywhere to go nowadays!) and there is something about the dominance of the bright yellow on the cover which just makes me feel more optimistic and positive just simply by looking at it.
The request for this blog tour arrived at a real low point for me creatively. We all know how dire 2020 was, and it was just too much for me. I probably could have coped with the ‘rona situation, but that combined with personal ill health and a temporary living situation with the stress of renovating a house amidst a pandemic had my creativity run screaming for the fictional hills. I went from producing 2 or 3 submission worthy pieces of writing each month, to just 2 (one good – it’s being published – yay! – the other is as dicey as week old raw chicken left in the sun.)
The Art of Creativity is not quite what I imagined – but for the better. I had envisioned a book full of takeaway practical exercises – and whilst it is full of exercises, it’s much deeper than that. Instead of just a quick one shot fix, it really delves into the very core of creativity, focusing on personal wellness and mindfulness, exploring good self-care habits and even suggesting activities that feel incredibly therapeutic to perform.
I thought it would be a book I could pick a page at random and off I’d go, but this needs to be worked through in a linear fashion. I read through initially and have gone back to the beginning to work through as it is meant to be done, and I am really enjoying exploring the techniques and adopting new ways of working. If you are looking for ad hoc exercises, this is probably not the book for you, it is definitely a comprehensive guide which requires commitment, but which I can already feel is being rewarded.
It offers the reader a wonderfully well rounded approach, and although it’s too soon to say in terms of long term effects, it feels to be providing me with exercises which I hope will become habit, forming part of my daily routine well into the future. This is one book I am thankful for, and one I will be keeping close to hand for the foreseeable.
About the Author
Susie Pearl is a writer, podcaster and a host of workshops on creative writing, visioning and meditation. She is a mentor and holistic coach for companies such as MTV, Huffington Post, Google and Sony. She is the author of Instructions for Happiness and Success (2012) and has been
involved in writing and collaborating on international bestselling titles including The Art of Eating Well with Hemsley & Hemsley and contributed to research for Paul McKenna’s I Can Make You Rich. She is the founder of a celebrity PR agency in London, and lives between London and Ibiza. She
hosts the Conversations with Susie Pearl podcast and is a cancer survivor.