If you’ve looked at my sidebar lately–I know, I rarely remember to look at sidebars, so I don’t expect you to–you may have noticed this book on my reading list: Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued, by Dr. Sue O’Doherty.
I’m not normally a reader of self-help books. Really, you could count the ones I’ve bothered with on one hand and have fingers left. But my friend Dr. Sue is cool. She works with artists, and she does it as one of us because she’s a creative writer in addition to being a psychologist. Artists, perhaps more than people in any other profession, tend to have anxiety about their talents. Most folks just go to work and do their thing and come home and maybe bitch about the boss; we can’t even do our work without agonizing over it and analyzing the creative process. I might go so far as to say that doubt is part of the creative process. (Um, should I say that? Really, it feels like it, but what if I’m wrong? What if I shouldn’t be writing this–or anything–at all, ever?) Dr. Sue’s got our number. You can ask her questions, every Friday, right here. Her column is “The Doctor Is In,” and her answers are always good food for thought.
Because I think every woman who’s an artist of any kind–painter, writer, dancer, sculptor, singer, whatever–should read this book, I’m giving a copy away. Leave me a comment on this post no later than noon CDT on Tuesday, July 24th, and tell me what art form you work in. I’ll draw one name at random. Yes, you can enter if you’re a guy, but really the book is written for woman so at least pass it along to a talented woman you know when you’ve read it, K?
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