Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises & Advice for Getting Creative by Kim Piper Werker, Kate Bingaman-Burt

By Kim Piper Werker, Kate Bingaman-Burt

Fanatics of DIY tasks and crafts will overcome their worry of failure and create their very own masterpieces utilizing this enjoyable and encouraging handbook. Get artful. Make nice Stuff. Be inventive! the #1 worry of all artistic types—crafters, DIYers, makers, artists—is that failure lurks correct round the nook. artful blogger and creativity guru Kim Piper Werker urges everybody to choose up their pen or paintbrush or scissors and make whatever robust gruesome: get that “failure” out of how. This pleasant publication deals up a multi-pronged method of overcoming inventive fears via inspiring essays and anecdotes, interviews, workouts and activates, and sage recommendation from all around the inventive spectrum to assist members slay their artistic demons.

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Wait to do this exercise until you’re feeling pretty good—don’t do it right after you’ve encountered an ego-crushing defeat. Gather some items or people that will help you out if you need it when you’re done—a box of tissues, a hip flask, a night out dancing. Here goes. Close your eyes, and listen to your ugly voice. If you’ve never noticed it in there, embark upon a quest inside your mind to find it. Telltale signs to look for: cobwebby corners you instinctually avoid, a feeling of anxiety as you approach, fear, sweat.

Take a deep breath. Sharpen your sword. 1 Unless you borrowed it from a friend or the library, in which case I recommend the photocopier for choice sections. I MAKE UGLY THINGS ON PURPOSE. I do it because I’m afraid to make ugly things not on purpose. I do it because I’m a self-saboteur. I do it when I’m stuck. I do it because I’m a big old fraud. Don’t get me wrong—I don’t only make ugly things. I usually try hard to make any other kind of thing, really. Making ugly things on purpose helps me do that, though.

So I decided that rather than berating myself for failing at the web-design business I’d set out to build, I ditched it without looking back (after completing that daunting contract the best I could) so I could pursue the project that was actually making me happy. One day a couple of years after I launched Crochet Me, I discovered I’d become a magazine editor. With the help of a couple of volunteers and dozens of contributors, we were publishing issues on a regular basis to a rapidly growing audience.

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