“Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing at Home, at Work & in Your Studio” by Noah Scalin
I have a really bad habit, which is not reading reviews before I buy a book; all I read is the general description on Amazon or Goodreads, because I want to avoid any type of spoiler.
Sometimes it’s a good choice as I get to fully discover the book without any type of bias, but some other times, like in this particular case, reading a review would have saved me $15.
Unstuck presents itself to be a collection of projects tailored to help stuck artists to find their lost mojo, and suffering from the occasional artist block myself, I thought it would have been a perfect artifact to get my creative juice flowing again… but I was wrong.
Although the project are very nicely organized in time categories (from 30 second projects, to one hour ones, and even multi hour ones!), the tasks themselves lack a little bit of consistency; what I mean by it, is that the majority of them are more of an inspirational prompt to make you change your perspective on things, and not actual “art” prompts to stimulate your creative bone.
Many of the tasks require writing (e.g. haikus, memoirs) and as a visual artist, I have no interest in them. Some others, require interaction with people, being outdoor, and although the premises are interesting, in substance I would find it really hard to actually accomplish them in my everyday life.
It has to be said, however, that a few prompts are actually really good and stimulating, but overall, they aren’t enough to “save” the book for me.
My vote: ★★☆☆☆
I would suggest this book if you’re a “jack of all arts” and enjoy a little bit of everything, from writing to people watching, but I wouldn’t suggest this book to who’s primarily a visual artist, as there are very few actual artsy prompt in it.
What about you? Have you read it? I'd love to hear your opinion on it as well, let me know!