In Embrace Your Weird, New York Times Bestselling Author, Producer, Actress, TV Writer, And Award Winning Web Series Creator, Felicia Day Takes You On A Journey To Find, Rekindle, Or Expand Your Creative Passions Including Felicia S Personal Stories And Hard Won Wisdom, Embrace Your Weird Offers Entertaining And Revelatory Exercises That Empower You To Be Fearless, So You Can Rediscover The Things That Bring You Joy, And Crack Your Imagination Wide Open Unique Techniques To Vanquish Enemies Of Creativity Like Anxiety, Fear, Procrastination, Perfectionism, Criticism, And Jealousy Tips To Cultivate A Creative Community Space To Explore And Get Your Neurons Firing Whether You Enjoy Writing, Baking, Painting, Podcasting, Playing Music, Or Have Yet To Uncover Your Favorite Creative Outlet, Embrace Your Weird Will Help You Unlock The Power Of Self Expression Get Motivated Get Creative Get Weird Felicia has long been a superhero of creativity From her web series The Guild, to the numerous shows she created at her media company Geek Sundry, to her many writing and producing projects, she has always had several creative irons in the fire So it s exciting to have her devote a book to creativity itself The book is full of engaging exercises and practical techniques for nurturing your own unique, creative voice I found the chapter on enemies to creativity particularly useful It hel Felicia has long been a superhero of creativity From her web series The Guild, to the numerous shows she created at her media company Geek Sundry, to her many writing and producing projects, she has always had several creative irons in the fire So it s exciting to have her devote a book to creativity itself The book is full of engaging exercises and practical techniques for nurturing your own unique, creative voice I found the chapter on enemies to creativity particularly useful It helps work past those obstacles internal and external that prevent us from getting our ideas out Whether your medium is writing, painting, dancing, playing an instrument, or anything else, this book gets at the basic force of wanting to express ourselves that underlies all creative efforts.The writing is funny and full of energy, and the illustrations add to the book s fun spirit The creativity put into every page of the book may inspire you all by itself If you want to get better at coming up with creative ideas and be able to bring them to life, you owe it to yourself to read this book This review is a courtesy provided by NetGalley First of all, if you notice that I m writing this review in acasual conversational style like I m talking directly to you, that s what you ll get from this book Felicia Day s text is mostly like a transcript of her cheering you on and giving you personal guidance for finding direction with your creative ambitions If you get the audio book, I m sure you ll be in for a treat Yes, audio books are reading You can add it to your GoodReads Y This review is a courtesy provided by NetGalley First of all, if you notice that I m writing this review in acasual conversational style like I m talking directly to you, that s what you ll get from this book Felicia Day s text is mostly like a transcript of her cheering you on and giving you personal guidance for finding direction with your creative ambitions If you get the audio book, I m sure you ll be in for a treat Yes, audio books are reading You can add it to your GoodReads Yearly Challenge.Next, it s also a book you can breeze through at first to get that first layer of absorption then go back and do the weird exercises at the end of each section that s pertinent to your creative output or desire There are illustrations where you get to fill in things or blank pages to doodle You are instructed to scribble and draw all over these pages which means the hard copy version might be the best version to have Otherwise, have a notebook ready I guess you can take screenshots of the illustrations and print those so you can fill them out.While this is a self help book, it s probably the most cheery, fun, and dare I say frivolous in a good way It makes you embrace your childlike self to build up what Day calls the Hero Self She s had a lifetime of therapy, I guess, to know how this stuff works There is also a list at the back of other books she references and uses herself including Marie Kondo My shoulders shrug a little in a cringe as I type that I hold on to precious things and as long as I m not at a dangerous level and take time one to two times a year to purge crap, I m okay with my choices.I said frivolous because it s how our culture, in the US anyway, sees artists and sees the actions of playtime When I take Gus out on his daily walk, it s mostly for him because he loves it but it became for me too I started to write about our walks Then I embellished them with pure nonsense like monsters and mysteries to solve Taking a cat for a walk is playtime, but it s also my own inspiration for writing three years worth of weekly posts I have a friend who dances around as she does housework because it simultaneously makes her happy to move her body and she can feel accomplished that crap got done Play is vital It s an embarrassment that adults in working environments are quelled from doing it Sure, Bryce in IT, you can have ten different toys on your desk from ThinkGeek, but you can t actually be silly That would be a disgrace.Day not only gives you permission to make mistakes, she encourages it She also reminds the reader that being an artist is hard work Hard work doesn t mean you don t love your output whether this is your job or just for you or a hobby Embrace Your Weird acts as a tool where you can have your own imaginary cheerleader, parental figure who is proud of you, role model, and friend at your disposal Day tells us that being creative is our natural state Isn t that wonderful to know The reason Marie Kondo and her purging into minimalism lifestyle comes up is because having too much clutter and chaos in your environment can stifle creativity Doesn t it make you sad and depressed to see dirty dishes or a closet filled with clothes you can t fit into any She says to get rid of it I may say, I worked too damn hard on that costume to part with it, but I ll put it in a neat and tidy bin on a shelf Day also gets into how the mind tends to work in a state of anxiety She does say anxiety could be useful, but I think the dividing difference is that excitement for a project is not the same thing as anxiety disorder I m not a doctor, but I think I can speak from my own experience I will die on the hill that writer s block which includes all critical thinking and creative thought endeavors is a real problem The advice you get about taking a walk, clearing your head, walk away from it and come back, do something entirely different and maybe a solution will come that s all true The pressure you put on yourself can lead to anxiety, but they isn t necessarily The Anxiety itself Plenty of people thrive under pressure They look forward to it I also work better with a deadline like NaNoWriMo There s something to hold me, the creator, responsible.Accountability does get a small cameo in the book Day talked about when she joined a group of women in a similar position in the acting world struggling to find the next gig They were holding each other accountable with weekly things to do invite X to lunch to network and that sort of thing If you like in person group accountability, go for it I prefer the realm of online which is why Comics Experience worked well for me as I floundered through my first comic scripts Same for NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo you get a support system who understands what you re going through when your spouse dog mother doesn t get it.As readers work through the exercises to free their creativity, they need to be resilient to criticism, open to valuable feedback, aware of personal limitations maybe you can t devote five hours a day to your art , and remember that we are mere mortals Eventually time will run out You will either have made the thing or not made the thing We re not all Tupac putting out records every year posthumously.Day is considerate of switching gendered pronouns She also gender swaps Hamlette in one example I m sure there are things I wouldn t notice, but I can at least be honest and say this is a writer who tries She only refers to her significant other as partner She talks about her baby here and there if you re sensitive to discussions on babies families It s understandable given her career, but still unfortunate that she cares what Joss Whedon thinks about her He should be seeing her as a role model not the other way around What the fork HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS You know imma get my hands on this book because I LOVE Felicia Day Very inspiring to unleash your creativity and embark into venues maybe you didn t even though of trying Full of exercises and tips, and the way she writes, reading this books almost feels like having a conversation with her.
- 272 pages
- Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity
- Felicia Day
- 11 March 2017 Felicia Day