A little zine recommendation for you - I've got it, I've read it, I love it :)
"This 28-page creativity how-to zine is the result of three or four pretty miserable months I had last year. I was trying to reconcile my day-job life with my wild-creative-person life, and it wasn't easy. It's still not perfect, but this zine is the synthesis of everything I read or figured out that lets me go outside with a smile again. When people ask me what I do, I can say I'm a writer and an artist without feeling like a fraud - even though that's not how I make my living (yet)." - Breanne
On July 18th 2009, Breanne Boland attended "The 24 Hour Zine Making Extravaganza" in Seattle and created this awesome little zine from start to finish!
Crammed with hand-written wisdom and illustrations that will make you chuckle, this is the perfect read to get you back in creating mode if life has got in the way or you're just blocked and nothing will come out (creative constipation, tee hee).
There are 16 chapters/28 pages to read, each cleverly named, filled with all sorts of inspiration including decluttering the creative side of your brain, "locating energy vampires", making time, creating routines, creative spaces, playing with your brain and embracing the ridiculous.
My favourite part of the zine is "To hell with perfection" where Breanne talks about not being afraid to do things that aren't perfect the first (or second or third..) time - the idea of "embracing the draft" really clicked with me and I now remind myself of it all the time. Its better to do something crap that could be improved on later than to do nothing at all, basically!
You can get yourself a copy HERE if you like :)