Discovering this book was a fortunate stroke of serendipity. I was in a creative black hole, it was pretty bad and I had considered just become a normal person. My personal life had made being creative a chore yet the desire was still there but I didn’t know how to get it out. So, one day, my train home from work was delayed and I went into the WHSmith at the station to browse and kill some time. This book was staring at me; I stared back at it. I took it as a sign and flicked through the pages only to find some really interesting concepts and ways of thinking. I was straight to the till and I was reading it on my late train home with a hot cup of tea.
Each piece is taken from the perspective of a creative so it isn’t a stuffy writer telling you what you should and shouldn’t be doing; these are the trials and tribulations of real artists making their way through their creative life.
The format of this book is not linear. Of course it isn’t, why would you want it to be? This book is something you pick up, turn to a random chapter and be inspired. Rod Judkins, of the world-famous St Martin’s College of Art has studied creative people for most of his life and this really shows in the passion behind the words. He knows how creativity is crushed and pushed aside at school so he gives you this opportunity to open up this book and get back to being that child. It urges you to try various techniques, methods and thought processes, which can help artists, writers and even office workers to indulge in their creative side.