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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Every now and then you find yourself in a rut. These come in the form of well-laid plans that you are not able to implement because your creative muse refuses to perform. Then self-criticism besets you and aggravates your creative inventions and you just cannot get out of it. In times like this, author Chris Newcomb offers UP & OUT! Creative Ways to Get Unstuck. This slim volume offers easy-to-follow creative methods to get our creative juices flowing. Built with the concept of ideation, the mental exercises provided herein involve generating thoughts and suggestions to trigger our imaginative faculties, and these exercises do not skimp on humorous elements. Can you imagine how you would use the idea of “Yukk!” in improving your personal relationships? If that doesn’t get your creative wheels thinking, then you’re a robot.
Reading UP & OUT! will help you to discover that waiting for external change to happen is not necessary because change must happen within you. Chris Newcomb assures immediate, positive results when you practice his recommended techniques in finding ways to make your environment more reflective of your needs. Getting stuck does not mean that your situation is hopeless. This book, while not the panacea to total creative breakdown, can help anyone to gain a practical understanding of themselves as creative individuals. As a self-help guide that provokes our ability to change, it will constantly remind us that the journey to getting unstuck is to start from where we are and not from where we wish to be.