Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives by Adam J. Kurtz

Title: Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives
Author: Adam J. Kurtz 
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Tarcherperigree
Publish Date: October 3, 2017 (Today!)
Source: Publisher

What's the Story?:

From "From the creative mind and heart of Adam J. Kurtz comes this quirky, upbeat rallying cry for creators of all stripes. Expanding on a series of popular guides he's created for Design*Sponge, this handwritten and heartfelt little book shares wisdom and empathy from one working artist to others. The advice is organized by topic, including:
(How to) Get Over Comparing Yourself to Other Creatives
Seeking & Accepting Help from Others
How to Get Over Common Creative Fears (Maybe)
How to Be Happy (or Just Happier)
As wry and cheeky as it is empathic and empowering, this deceptively simple, vibrantly full-color book will be a touchstone for writers, illustrators, designers, and anyone else who wants to be more creative--even when it would be easier to give up act normal."

My Two Cents:

"Things Are What You Make of Them" is the perfect chicken soup for the creative soul. No matter what form your creativity takes, we all know that every once in awhile you can use a boost, which is exactly what this book gives you.

Through equal doses of wit, wisdom, and inspiration, Kurtz reaches out to the creatives of all kinds. He encapsulates why we do what we do and how we can better serve our art and let it better serve us. While some of the advice is straight forward and probably close to many things that you've heard before, it is nice to have it in this nice, neat package for when you need a kick to get you going again.

As I think towards the holiday season (October is when I have the best intentions to start holiday shopping), I can think of a few friends who I'd love to get this book for. It would be a great gift for any of your creative friends who need a little bit of inspiration to help drive them forward.  


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